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Today, readers comment on the ABC axing its flagship radio bulletin, rail privatisation, an anti-GM push, park lands drinking and citizens trying to get home.

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Commenting on the story: Last fanfare for flagship ABC bulletin and veteran newsreader

Another nail in the coffin of local news coverage.

When will the powers to be realise we don’t all live in Sydney or Melbourne, nor do we wish to. A community needs our (own) ABC, and local announcers. Pamela Child

I listen to ABC Adelaide every evening here in Portugal. That way I get the morning program, which has always been a favourite.

One of the highlights was Paul McCarthy reading the news, as well as discussing headlines with Ali. 

I can think of other folk whose going would improve the service but Paul has been an absolute delight to listen to and will be sorely missed. Try not to muck up the ABC any more. – Bev Ewen-Smith

So sad to hear Paul go. I really enjoyed his clear news deliveries; and his repartee with Ali was a delight every morning.

Long live Paul and long live radio!Velma Beaglehole

A great newsreader falls to ridiculous cost cutting. Hands off the ABC, the only media that can be trusted. – Maurice O’Brien

Commenting on the story: Private operator wins $2b deal to run Adelaide trains

Isn’t competition one of the foundations underpinning the farming out of public services to private operators? Yet this firm already operates two bus services in Adelaide. 

So here we have a dilemma. On the one hand, they can quote cheaper because they can achieve economies of scale. On the other, we might have achieved better services across-the-board if a train operator was in competition with bus operators. – Andrew Lucas

Look, the proof will be in the pudding, won’t it? The Libs privatised the buses and, look, it hasn’t for mine (a regular public transport user) turned the system to dust. But it doesn’t mean that I support it as a concept either.

I do love how the Minister says that the contract ‘would “improve services for all passengers, modernise the system and help to increase public transport patronage”, citing more and faster Gawler line services, more than 2200 services a year on the new Flinders line, and improved platform security’. Well, the Gawler electrification was initiated as a Labor project (fair to say its funding was somewhat delayed by the blue tie brigade of Canberra, no?), and Flinders was a state Labor project too.

So, it’s not this contract that will enable these claims – it’s a little rich, isn’t it, for this government to claim those at all?  He says “We’re all about getting people from A to B faster so they can spend more time with their families and doing what they love.” Funny, that wasn’t his stance in 2015 on a number of occasions. 

He says the contact will “deliver better and more frequent train services”. Really? Well, as I said, the proof will be in the pudding. I look forward to having my doubts silenced. 

Keolis Downer say the same, as well as “making public transport the first choice for commuters”. Well, they really know Adelaide, don’t they? Again, the proof will be in the pudding – but I’m not expecting a satisfying dessert.Bernhard Sayer

Commenting on the story: Growing green belt sparks GM-free showdown

So pleased to see our local councils backing their constituents on keeping SA GM free. Margie Steffens 

Commenting on the story: Citywide park lands booze ban knocked back

I would suggest that online polls are not the way to truly gauge the support or not for the  proposed 24/7 ban on alcohol in the parklands.

It is well known that activist groups of either persuasion can flood the online poll results with their view.

A telephone poll of all residents within a three km radius of the parklands would provide a more meaningful result as these people would be most affected by the decision made. – John Kopcheff

Surely people can socialise without alcohol. Just because you have nowhere else to go, or have health issues, that does not mean you have to over-indulge with alcohol, or make a nuisance of yourself.

If a blanket ban cannot be established everywhere, maybe the existing times can be extended slightly. Maybe the residents, business owners can take note of the most troublesome times of the day,also what sort of behaviours they find disturbing from alcoholics and then quietly report this to the relevant authorities. – Joy Twartz

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

My son has been trying to get back from UK since early May. At least 10 flights cancelled. He had sold his furniture, car and given up his flat and how has to rent a furnished place.

Not everyone could drop everything in March. Some had contracts and lives. What is going to happen now they are cutting assistance. He will be on the street, no home, no money and no help from the Australian  government. 

The next flight he has been offered is 18th December. That’s just crazy, and very upsetting. – Karen Gilbert

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