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Your views: on Parliament, Crows, cathedral and heritage

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Today, readers comment on the Upper House, Adelaide Football Club’s birth, churches and taxes and heritage protection.

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Commenting on the opinion piece: Richardson: The House where democracy goes to sleep

An interesting account, but not really surprising.

Why doesn’t SA lead the nation (again) in social and political reform and convert the Upper House to one based on sortition – ie members are selected for short terms via random ballot from the electoral list, just as juries are chosen for our legal system.

We know juries work well, and that the task is taken very seriously by all citizens. People would be paid for their time, and could receive ample expert support in their deliberations.

Such a change would end the need for politicians in the Upper House, make political parties and lobbying redundant. – Peter Martin

Commenting on the story: Max Basheer and the $1m deal that launched the Crows

Michelangelo Rucci is still the best football scribe in South Australia. Great contacts and insightful writing. The Advertiser must be kicking themselves. – David McKay

Commenting on the story: Anglican Church seeks $35m taxpayer funds for Adelaide cathedral revamp

I note that when the Catholic Cathedral was renovated and cleaned, that was achieved by selling land in the city.

Churches do not pay any form of taxation and thus do not give money to the state. This sets a dangerous precedent for other religious orders to ask for the same in future years. As an agnostic person I do not wish to see taxpayers money used to help any religious orders. – Steven Searles.

Commenting on the story: Another city heritage site under demolition threat

It saddens me to think that another piece of SA history may disappear.

Each Saturday night as I watch Escape to the Country in the UK we see main streets all over that have been retained. The buildings can go back as far as the 16th century. They have been remodelled to include electricity , gas and even internet. Why oh why is Australia so short-sighted in this regard. – Gilly Downes

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