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Your views: on stranded Australians, electric vehicles, aquatic centre, ICAC and election material

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Today, readers comment on quarantine caps, alternative energy policy, a new city swim centre, anti-corruption powers and local versus state and federal election advertising.

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Commenting on the story: Quarantine caps, not lack of planes, stranding Australians overseas: PM

The art of the half-truth has been perfected by the Morrison government. 

Yes, there is plenty of capacity to bring all Australians stranded overseas within a few weeks. But this is not the real problem. The problem lies with the quarantine requirement. 

Quarantine is a federal responsibility, yet throughout this pandemic the government has not only handed this over to the states but then had the gall to blame the states when the quarantine was less than perfect.

So Mr Morrison get the credit for bringing them home – but the job is not done if you also do not take responsibility for organising the quarantine. – John Tons

Commenting on the story: SA climate change response to boost post-COVID-19 jobs: Garnaut

Professor Ross Garnaut has once again hit the nail on its head with his accurate assessment of South Australia‘s performance on climate.

As a climate-aware South Australian, I could not be prouder of our state’s achievements in the transition to 100% renewable energy.

However, I, as with many other South Australians, share similar frustrations in the state’s delay to address transport emissions. The long awaited Electric Vehicle strategy has yet to be announced. SA risks getting left behind as other states overtake us in the race to electrify transportation. “

We showed leadership when we surged ahead and switched to renewable energy. How about our transport? – Ching Ang

Thanks for your great article on Professor Ross Garnaut’s assessment of how SA could do more to compatibly address climate change and economic development.

He points out that transport is a sector in which the State’s emissions are still rising (as are national transport emissions).

The world is pivoting towards electric vehicles. Some longer distance hauls in regional Australia are already reasonably well covered by EV charging infrastructure, but not those that lie to the north and west of Adelaide.

SA regions can be better served. The sooner the better. Governments should consider strategic investments to get the ball rolling. This could deliver better employment results per dollar value than quite a lot of other ‘stimulus’ infrastructure spends under consideration, or announced.

In the longer term, decarbonising transport infrastructure means weaning ourselves off imported fossil fuels and better health outcomes, as well as for climate stability. – Jim Allen

Commenting on the story: Taxpayers asked to splash out for new city aquatic centre

By far the best option would have been for the Adelaide Football Club to build a new aquatic centre per the city council’s design (the inside design of the current one is a very good tropical area with the different pools), and the AFC to build their purpose built facility next to it.

The position of the current aquatic centre is perfect for servicing a wide area of Adelaide and should remain where it is. – Colleen Roberts

Commenting on the story: Former bureaucrat’s plea: ‘ICAC needs stronger independent oversight’

Surely an independent enquiry should be held and a damages payment forthcoming for Mr King, after all that he and his family have been put through by the disgraceful behaviour of ICAC and the DPP.

This family have been persecuted and their lives stripped bare. There is certainly no parliamentary privilege for these decent citizens. – Prue Sutton

I do not believe that ICAC needs oversight. It needs power and enough resources to conduct fair and thorough investigations.

It is ironic that in our country there is so much effort put in to detail every step in any process. The thoroughness of which really impressed me, but the regulatory bodies neither have qualified people nor the resources to ensure the implementation of the legislations. That is why the taxpayers money is being used for Royal Commissions in to Aged care/banking sectors.

Same goes with the Ombudsmen in the power sector. They need to be given free hand to pass verdicts without having to chase the government for additional resources. They need legislative and resource power to conduct fair investigations such as the MPs misusing taxpayers money.

Government is spending so much money on mental health but in the public sector it is an open secret how bullying and harassment is going on unabated, which is contributing to adverse mental health of employees.

The ICAC, I believe, needs legislative powers to take action on the guilty without needing to recommend to the government the necessary steps to take.– Jasjit Sandhu

Commenting on the story: Marion mayor to face court over election material

What?! Publishing misleading electoral material is a crime?! You are kidding me.

Oh, it’s only a crime in local government elections. Sigh. – Paul Anderson

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