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Today, readers comment on Liberal Party actions concerning an embattled MP, GM quitting Australia and a Crows park lands HQ.

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Commenting on the story: Richardson: If this is decisive action, the Libs are in trouble

Pathetic from Steven Marshall.

Firstly he initiated an internal inquiry run by a Liberal colleague to try and brush it under the carpet.

Then, when the issue escalates, he refers to ‘other allegations’ and tries to distance himself and won’t explain what the allegations are.

In the meantime the electorate of Waite are left without representation. We need a by-election. – John Evanson

Commenting on the story: General Motors to retire Holden brand and quit Australia

As an expat Aussie who used to live in the north of Adelaide I am saddened by the actions of a global corporation that has shown absolutely no respect for the countries they have made money from.

I live in the US these days and I can tell you that most people here see the GM brand as substandard, and certainly not a leader in the auto manufacturing industry.

GM sells many large pickup trucks and SUVs because the consumers who buy these vehicles can’t afford to buy the quality vehicles manufactured by others.

In the long run Australia will benefit from their closure because the focus will need to turn inward to solve the problems.

There is more than enough talent in Australia to create a truly world-class brand of vehicles without the constraints of foreign ownership being present.

Yes, it will take vision and significant investment, but it’s possible.

The burgeoning electric vehicle market would be an obvious choice for example, or perhaps fuel cell powered vehicles.

The focus at GM is to simply make money for their shareholders, but there is something they obviously don’t understand.

Taking care of your customer base, through thick and thin, will see your shareholders benefit far more than shrinking an organisation and it’s profits.

The GM approach is one that has left many countries reeling.

There were many options available to GM when it came to Australian operations but they were too greedy to consider anything that might have saved a brand that had brought pride to a country over many decades.

In my opinion Holden vehicles were a rare commodity in the GM lineup because they were quality vehicles, unlike the trash they produce in the US and Europe. – Bob Sibson

Sad it came to this. Management could not read our market sufficiently early enough.

“GM is well positioned in our GM International core markets: South America, the Middle East and Korea.”

Great for markets of low expectations, Korea no chance up against their quality cars. – J Tappert

Commenting on the story: City council can fix Aquatic Centre without Crows

The Crows claim that their proposal would return 6000 sq m to park lands.

As I demonstrated in my analysis presented to Council on Tues 11 February, this is grossly misleading.

Their ‘giveback’ to park lands includes a large amount of open space within the fence line, especially on the western and southern sides, and the ‘oasis’ with palm trees adjacent the children’s pools and change rooms – accessible by pool users.

Furthermore, the proposal builds over part of this open space.

The current Aquatic Centre was designed (sustainably) to be openable to the outside park and fresh air.

The light metal fence is clearly for perimeter control and could easily be removed and replaced by cameras.

So let’s have a fair comparison that includes such open space within the Centre’s curtilage.

In this case, the proposal fails Guiding Principle 3 by increasing the building footprint.

It is not a “reduction in the net footprint of any facility infrastructure in its developed form”.David Ness

Thanks for reporting on the Adelaide Aquatic Centre. I was in that meeting and my concerns are as follow:

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