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Today, readers comment on a SA Health taskforce, a divisive councillor, fireworks and welfare income reporting.

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Commenting on the story: SA Health bosses on “arms length” inquiry into SA Health

A group to investigate corruption and misconduct will have an end point that will penalise those at the work face, the ones who see the sick people and occasionally use a department tissue to blow their nose at work.

Since 1984 and the Booz Allen report, we have had so many august bodies look at how to improve the delivery of health to the populace, all quite contradictory to previous reports, and none really properly implemented.

It seems incongruous that there is no consumer representation on this task force, something that SA Health likes to see on so many other bodies that it organises to set standards and strategy.

I doubt this effort will cost any less than the $2 million asked for by ICAC to do a proper arms length study. And a Royal Commission with I suspect limited terms of reference would be even more expensive.

At least ICAC has some leads into the matter, and is much better placed to receive information from current employees who will be cowered into silence … lest their jobs and future promotions are jeopardised.

Bruce Landers’ report shows how much pressure there is on employees to be quiet.

Let’s hope this doesn’t drag on like the report into Dr McGowan, or we will never get any answers. John Taylor

Commenting on the story: Call for tougher Ombudsman powers over Moran misconduct

Ann Moran has the unwavering support of many North Adelaide residents whose interests she has pursued for many years.

Team Adelaide obviously does not support her interests, but seems to be favouring commercial platforms that do not benefit people living in the council area. – Jo Mercer

Commenting on the story: Walt Disney, the Taliban and Adelaide City Council’s fireworks debate

There may be some degree of truth in Councillor Moran’s comment; however, it is not just new immigrants and fireworks.

My parents made the decision to move to Adelaide from England in 1968, moving to Tea Tree Gully area.

During their first summer the fire siren at the Tea Tree Gully CFS was sounded and my mother went into a panic, as the last time she had heard that sound was 27 years prior, when she was seven and living in Coventry, immediately before the Luftwaffe firebombed the city.

The heart of the city was razed and my mother was witness to the horror.

I have also met war veterans who got very agitated by sudden, loud sounds, especially any car  exhausts back-firing, and especially any form of explosion. – Richard Hill

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Australia Day celebrations in Elder Park.  

I particularly enjoyed Electric Fields  (world standard) and the fireworks.

After spending the last month on Kangaroo Island it was a much needed welcome change, and I was proud be be Australian and be amongst other Australians from all backgrounds coming together in celebration and reflection of what we all have been through in the last few weeks. – Yvonne Merendi

Commenting on the story: New Centrelink income rules after illegal robo-debt debacle

There are many problems associated with the difference between the actual income, the net income, and the time between getting one income and overtime loading.

A recipient of a Centrelink payment has to work out when their fortnightly payment goes in, when is the best day to receive their payment along with factoring all their utility and rental arrangements.

If the system could be simplified and also made more transparent, I am all for it.

However, sickness or time off needs must be considered too, for the recipients benefit. – Carmel Kinsella

I have just read the article about “improvement” to the reporting scheme.

The so called simplification has been in since I have been in part-time, employment as well as receiving a part pension.

I report my exact gross income bi weekly; being a part-time casual this varies every two weeks.

This has been in existence for the last 18 months at least, so I fail to see where any changes have been implemented.

Centrelink seems to be chasing its own tail or else they don’t know their own procedures. – Sue Tyson

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