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Your views: on MPs, privilege and a planning "shambles"

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Today, readers comment on a corruption investigation into state MPs, and a state planning body’s over-riding heritage and Government Architect objections.

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Commenting on the story: Revealed: State MPs under “criminal investigation”

As I recall, all public servants were force to stand down while investigated by ICAC.

This investigation is as bad if not worse than what they got charged with, so why do our politicians continue to operate under investigation while the public servants they manage were forced to step aside?

Be very interested in the Premier’s take on this clear double standard. Peter Fernee

The State of South Australia is the better for the work and intellect Bruce Lander bought to its citizens in his role as anti-corruption commissioner.

We will be much the poorer if those concerned about either their own behaviour or the behaviour of their colleagues endeavour to “clip the wings” of his successor.

The questions are: What are they wishing to hide? Why would anyone wish to detract from the groundbreaking standard this man has set in taking SA to the forefront in this world of setting anti-corruption standards?

Thank, you Bruce Lander. Congratulations on a difficult job perfectly executed. – Bob Lott

Commenting on the story: SA planning system at risk of becoming “meaningless” over heritage decisions: architects

Reinstating the ability for members of the community to appeal obviously bad developments would be a start to mend a system that dismisses people like the Government Architect who offer unwelcome but proper advice.

We have been told for five years how planning is going to get quicker, simpler, more efficient and be just one simple system for the whole state.

What I have seen is a shambles of a Code, that dumbs down protecting our social, economic and environmental assets. 

The system used to work ok, until political meddling resulted in the removal of notification rights in the city. 

What a farce. The system needs more mending than just reinstating public input and appeal rights. 

What is one to do? Is Mr Marshall serious when he says he supports heritage? The pending planning system for the Phase Three needs a lot of fixing. It should not, after five years of preparation and a five month consultation with everybody. Informed comment relies on accurate and well drafted polices, but the draft released was full of many errors.  

We appear to have a very sloppy planning structure after the introduction of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act and regulatory changes and premature Phase Two activation. Pity the Phase Two council staff trying to work out the Code of many mistakes.  

We can but hope that the new Minister for Planning can untangle the mess. Disgraceful. Iris Iwanick


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