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Your views: on council stand-downs, and gun shops

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Today, readers comment on councils standing down some staff due to the impact of coronavirus, and closing firearms shops during the crisis.

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Commenting on the story: Unley Council prompts union concerns over coronavirus staffing

Will the council be reducing our rates? – Paul Andrew

I cannot fathom why councils (Unley and Adelaide) are standing down employees, considering that ratepayers for the financial year 2019/20 have already or are in the process of paying their rates that goes towards the budget that was set by Council’s prior to the commencement of the financial year in 2019.

Wages would have obviously been part of the budget.

They should continue to pay wages for all employees and if it is necessary to find work for those involved in community centres, libraries, or swimming pools then I am sure Council management could quite easily find work for said employees. – Les Birch

Commenting on the story: Rush on gun shops “similiar to toilet paper”: dealers

Closing gun shops is completly inconsistent with Scott Morrisons plea to keep the economy going wherever possible.

There is no reason to close retail outlets of firearms, especially when they are enjoying an upturn in business.

They can only sell to police-cleared persons and the employment generated is significant.

To follow the very dubious reasoning behind it, golf shops and all other sporting shops should close which would be just as ridiculous.

Leave South Australian businesses alone and reopen the retail outlets in other states as a matter of urgency.

There will be future elections and to cause unnecessary unemployment will be remembered. – Brian Smith

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