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Your views: on a concert hall and hand sanitiser

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Today, readers comment on planning for a new city concert venue, and a shortage of alcohol for coronavirus hygiene.

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Commenting on the story: Planning begins for new Adelaide concert hall

I believe the old Le Cornu site in North Adelaide should be the site. – Christine Auld

Definitely not Botanic Park.

Councils of various regions have cut down far too many trees in many suburbs and Adelaide City Council included with the O-Bahn extension into the city. 

Botanic Park has some magnificent, very old trees and they should stay.

Elder Park?   With the Festival Centre and Convention Centre close to each other, would that create too much congestion when all venues are booked out on the same night?

Then there’s the parking situation to consider. Much to consider. Hope they do their homework properly. – Marie Tebbs

Commenting on the story: “There’s no alcohol available for hand sanitiser”: SA winemakers with a new task at hand

I am not sure on the availability of alcohol wether it be in the form of methyl or ethyl alcohol, but it appears that the shortage has been caused by the overwhelming demand by medical facilities and services and the general public anxious to provide a method of sanitising their living space or persons either through gel sanitisers or plain liquid form.

Production by small distillers helps and is obviously instigated by prices driven by demand and I would expect not out of social or moral conscience as we may be naively led to believe.

If the supply is so critically high then perhaps in one instance we should stop adding it to automotive fuel and redirect it to supply our needs.

The good availability of these products will stop the insane hoarding by some to the disadvantage and detriment of others. The practice of good hygiene is essential at present and the capacity of individuals to practice this conveniently and effectively is essential.  

The current demand is obvious as is the demand for many “essential” items.

What does not appear to be obvious is the directive via our parliamentary leaders to commission the production and distribution of many of the many items that are now in short supply, some dangerously or threateningly so.

If market forces of supply and demand cannot deal with the issue of essential products ( with examples of profiteering and perceived shortages generated to propagate and justify price increases) then the government must act to make these essential item “prescribed” products and control the manufacture, distribution and sale.

It is one thing to have our Prime Minister keep reminding us how we need to all pull together and act in the interest of all Australians and then see that no control is put in place to stop price gouging on essential items by all retailers, wholesalers and opportunistic individuals.

It seems that sometimes morality needs to be helped along by a big stick.

In times of a national emergency then emergency measures must be put in place. Sozo Nikias

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