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Your views: on Ann-Marie Smith, virus restrictions, public housing and GM crops

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Today, readers comment on state disability services withdrawn under the NDIS, easing lockdowns, an empty Parkside housing block and genetic modification.

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Commenting on the story: Ann-Marie Smith’s death ” would never have occurred” before Disability SA closure

What happened to Ms Smith is a direct result of the privatisation and casualisation of disability service.

I worked in the old Disability SA system where teams of case workers maintained contact and oversight of services to clients and tried to prevent breakdown of care.

Of course it was not perfect, but the NDIS bureaucracy is so far removed, chaotic and disinterested in the day to day care for people with disabilities as to be very little use. 

There have been other cases where this organisational gap has led to serious harm or death of a client  This needs to be addressed urgently. Ceridwyn Owen

I agree wholeheartedly with the views expressed by the former Disability SA worker.

 I voiced similar concerns when told that the After Hours service would no longer exist to put clients in touch with lawyers if the police had arrested, or intended to arrest, the client.

 To my knowledge, there is now no number for a client/police to call for legal advice, in relation to a vulnerable group of people who, more often than not, do not understand their rights as given to them by police.

That’s obviously not as serious as someone losing their life, but is another example of vulnerable peoples’ rights not being protected by the short-sightedness of crucial decisions being made for them. Trish Johnson

Commenting on the story: Libs seek public feedback on restrictions as SA lags behind nation

State and Federal governments are to be commended for listening to experts and introducing Covid-19 controls reasonably promptly.

The National Cabinet has been established to provide some central guidance and this is a commonsense move.

How stupid then, as we move toward relaxing controls, that states should argue about how to do it. Surely they realise the importance of prioritising health over all other issues? One wrong move now and we could see a second coming.

If one positive should come out of this crisis it’s that Australia takes a national approach to such significant events, and not the usual state-territory squabbling and name calling that passes for democracy. – Alan Strickland

If we of the northern district are expected to cram in trains and public transport like sardines to travel to and fro, what is the problem with opening hotels, clubs etc?

Even in the bars of hotels it doesn’t get that crowded. It is impossible to keep a distance from each other when trains are so crowded.

Open up venues but keep our borders closed. We need to get the economy going and keeping these premises closed is going to cripple South Australia.

I also disagree with the pamphlet thing. The Premier has ruled the roost from the start, but it is time to look beyond the virus. – Patricia Smith

There are far too many contradictions.

Why no wine with food? Why isn’t the square metreage taken into account for numbers of diners?

Why can so many enter supermarkets while only ten persons including staff can be in a large library?

If hundreds are streaming across the border with insufficient police resources, why not open them? – Peter Vandepeer

Commenting on the story: Work begins at neglected Parkside public housing block

Those apartments would be a boon to regional and remote young people needing accommodation to attend uni when student accommodation otherwise is unaffordable.

This, as affordable subsidised accommodation could change the course of a young persons future, for the better. – Leah Grace

Commenting on the opinion piece: GM crops decision a hard genie to put back into bottle

This is a nonsensical argument as genetically modified crops are exactly what we have now after 10,000 years of selective breeding.

This is the obviously the case when you consider what the parent grass looks like compared to modern day wheat, barley, rye etc.

Look at chickens, sheep, cattle, pigs even pet dogs and cats to see how humans have genetically modified other inhabitants of this planet to suit their requirements, and certainly not the natural selection techniques to the benefit of the other species. – Graeme Crook

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