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Today, readers comment on why they tuned out of one Adelaide station, and imminent changes to Centrelink payments.

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Commenting on the story: Radio ratings: Ali Clarke takes back breakfast as FIVEaa crashes

None of us former FIVEaa listeners are surprised at their crash, after they dropped their hugely popular midnight-dawn talkback and sacked three very loved announcers with it.

Many of us have moved to 891 from midnight and have stayed for breakfast with Ali, which we are enjoying very much. – Susan Laundy

FIVEaa no longer cares about the listeners.

They arbitrarily ceased the midnight to dawn program, and that has upset many of us who have now migrated to ABC891.   

Their belief was that we would change only for short periods. 

Well I, for one, will not go back to FIVEaa unless the people are heard. – Pamela Judge

It is my view that FIVEaa lost the massive percentage figure in breakfast solely due to removing the extremely popular and much listened to overnight talkback show.

That absolutely bizarre decision has backfired badly.

Unfortunately for David and Will, their listening share really copped a whack.

So many of the over 60s age group market have now turned their backs on FIVEaa.

I don’t think it’s going to change either.

Sometimes management can really stuff things up big time. – Mark Neville

Interesting to view the first  radio ratings for 2020.

I have long doubted the accuracy of the sample taken.

It seems that the last survey for 2019  was a shocker for ABC Adelaide. The first survey for 2020 is likewise a shocker for FIVEaa.

I think the sampling procedure is wrong

Interesting that FIVEaa appears to have ceased their live broadcasting midnight to dawn and just playing music which in itself is not bad, but would they like to refresh our memories by announcing at the end of the song what the name was and who the performer was! – Bill Hecker

Commenting on the story: Clock ticking on Centrelink payment changes

This is an appalling decision by the government to further reduce the health and life choices and ability to live in this country by people who are not full wage earners.

This will make the gap grow even further.

People who are bereaved do not need to go on the Jobseeker allowance. 

People who have disabilities or who are older all require the right type of pension, not some badly named evil scheme that will allow any number of confusions and tweakings till people are unable to live.

Newstart is a perfect example of the extreme greed of this government and it’s lack of humanity.

It says it all in the fact that they took the word human out of human services.

Shame on this heartless government. – Ina Wilken

I again see the callous nature of the current federal government.

The people on DSP and aged pension rely upon the supplements as the only way to support themselves on any expenses such as medical, power, food.

What is clearly shown by the politicians in Canberra is there are only one minority group that they care about. Themselves. Chris Barton

I am currently on Newstart and have been for some two years, I have not had to seek employment as I am currently unfit for any work due to PTSD.

Last year I applied for the DSP but because my GP did not specify the letters PTSD and my psychologist isn’t on Centrelink’s list of approved providers, the claim was refused.

I immediately applied for a review, which required me to have my GP enter the letters into the report and see an approved psychiatrist to obtain a report from him re my mental and work capacity.

I was lucky as a vacancy became available at a psychiatrist last December, the usual wait can be over 12 months.

I was assessed as highly unlikely to ever return to work and certainly not within the next two years, plus to continue with regular attendances to both my GP and psychologist each month.

To date, some six months later, Centrelink still hasn’t confirmed or denied my claim and no one can tell me how the new program will work in my case.

With so many others from the first responders family suffering the same issues as myself, after having given our all to governments and the public, I find being treated like this as belittling and a blight on our supposedly caring employers. David Pickford

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