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Your views: on Liberal factions, the Aquatic Centre and climate change

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Today, readers comments on the SA Liberal Party’s internal factional manoeuvres, the Crows’ bid to build a new headquarters on the Aquatic Centre site, how we can best address the challenge of climate change, sports rorts and more.

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Commenting on the story: Lib coup as “sensible centre” cuts Hard Right adrift

What an incredible relief it is to read about the reshuffling of the power within the SA Liberal Party.

With the remodelled faction looking to progress climate change issues further, coupled with the Premier’s recently announced climate plan, for the first time in months, I am filled with hope. Finally there are “sensible” leaders who will unite to steer us out of this climate crisis.

One cannot help but hope that similar changes will seen at the federal level sooner rather than later. – Ching Ang

Commenting on the story: “We won’t be bullied” on Aquatic Centre revamp: Hyde

The Adelaide Aquatic Centre should be managed by a Greater Adelaide Authority (GAA).  The Aquatic Centre’s user-base is bigger than the relatively small population of the City of Adelaide.

Keep the existing local council but overlay it with regional authority. In the Whitlam era we had two regional authorities on either side of the River Torrens. I was one of two TTG Councillors on the Northern Adelaide Regional Authority. That structure lapsed. Sadly the fragmentation continues with various regional co-operations being created to get economies of scale.

A model of this is the Greater London Authority (GLA) which was created in 1999 to manage both the County of Greater London and the City of London. London has two mayors: Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and The Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell. Brisbane City Council (BCC) was a bit more revolutionary. It was created in 1925 by the merging of 20 cities, towns and shires. This reduced the number of alderman from 200 to 20. – Neil Hamilton

Forget trying to build Crowquarters in the parklands. There are two thumping big parcels of land sitting there for the taking.

Our friends at Kaufland are looking to get out of Prospect and Wayville. Good price, move right in, build what you need, no arguments, nice and clean.

Leave the parklands for the possums and magpies. – Kevin Whitford

Commenting on the story: Real climate change will help SA – but we can’t do it alone

Whilst there are multiple environmental reasons for the climate changes we are experiencing, we don’t hear much about the consequences and impact of the ever-expanding population on Earth.

The global population has grown from 1 billion in 1800 to 7.616 billion in 2018. It is expected to keep growing, and estimates have put the total population at 8.6 billion by mid-2030, 9.8 billion by mid-2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100.

Surely the reality of these facts is that if the ever-expanding global population is the core central issue in the overall carbon emissions situation, then the question is, what can be done about it? Probably nothing. – David Hall

Commenting on the opinion piece: PM ignores the main issue at heart of sports rorts

This is the most coherent dissection of the sports rorts issue I have read, and I’ve been tracking all the major national platforms since the story broke.

Notwithstanding he’s merely a freelancer with a presumably limited research budget, Jacobs is, in my view, doing a better job than anybody else of separating the legalities from the spin in this affair.

Please keep him on the case. We need his ongoing scrutiny of both the PM’s office’s role and also the Labor parliamentary response. – Jay Tolhurst

Commenting on the story: Fireworks over councillor’s Australia Day move

This is a little belated response to the proposal by Anne Moran to ban Australia Day fireworks.

My first reaction was anger and disbelief. We came to this country 21 years ago and were considered “new migrants” as well. My husband, myself and our daughter arrived from Russia as independent migrants, excited about our new life. We have embraced Australian culture and traditions. We love being Australian citizens and call Australia home. Australia Day is one of those days we observe and celebrate. Fireworks are a big part of the celebration.

My husband’s grandfather and mine were both in the Second World War, fighting fascism and liberating Russia and Europe from fascist aggression. The war journey ended up in 1945 when the victory came and was marked with grand fireworks. So we always think of fireworks as a positive and cheerful celebration of life. Not the opposite. My husband served in the army, and our close friend served in Afganistan helping fight terrorism. No-one has a problem with fireworks. The feeling is quite the opposite.

New migrants to this country should embrace local traditions, not try to impose their own. This country accepted them, gave them homes, social security and stability. What more can you ask for? At the end of the day we live in the free civilised world, borders are open, no one forced them to come here. I would say be grateful for what you’ve got. I speak from the bottom of my heart and would be really disappointed if the proposal by Anne Moran gets through. – Inna Toulchinskaya

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