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Your views: on borders, centre-right and climate change, rail, park lands drinking and Rob Chapman

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Today, readers comment on SA-NSW border rules, environmental policy, Adelaide’s $2b train privatisation, booze ban and the outgoing Crows chairman.

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Commenting on the story: SA to open border to NSW on Thursday

So someone arriving six hours early still has to undergo 14 days quarantine, rather than six hours. It’s amazing how the bureaucratic mind thinks.

But when will the Queensland election be held? Only sometime after that will we be allowed to drive through outback NSW and cross the border at Goondiwindi, thousands of kilometres from any outbreak.

Truly we are seeing the end of Western civilisation, not because of some disease but because of incompetence on a massive scale and the thoughtlessness of the masses who willingly accept it.– Matthew Buck

Commenting on the opinion piece: Only the centre-right can tackle climate change in SA

It is remarkable how this expressed state objective is so clearly and confidently expressed. Why can’t the Federal Government say it too? I am sure there is a sizeable number of members wish their leader would.

Why minister Spiers needed to brand climate strikers as misguided lefties is sad. Most students and even non students lack ideology. They simply read adaptation as a lack of will to tackle the climate problem.

I suggest you avoid getting students offside, minister. By next election they will be voting. – Richard Bentley

In the City of Campbelltown we are losing trees, green space and places to grow food at a rapid rate.

We need practical action quickly to redress this. Better planning and tree protection policy. – Julie-Ann Bennett

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

OK. If Keolis et al has won a $2b or so contract to run the rail system and the reasoning was that it was cheaper than doing it ourselves, then the government should be able to tell the public of SA how much it would have cost if the rail system had remained in public hands.

So, how much are we saving? – Geoff Moore

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

As a resident who has lived with the brawling and violence in the south parklands since 2012, I differ with the decision of the State Government to reject the request from the Adelaide City Council to ban the consumption of alcohol at all times in the park lands.

The article states: ‘The council’s online Your Say questionnaire, 74.6 per cent said they “strongly disagreed” with implementing a 24/7-alcohol ban in the park lands.’  

I believe that anybody could comment on the proposed liquor ban, even if they were not an affected resident/business owner in the city area.   

That means they may have no experience with living with the problems caused by this drinking and the violence and other antisocial behaviour that ensues from it. 

They are just giving an unqualified opinion, though they may have good intentions for the well-being of the indigenous and homeless drinkers.  

However, Liberal MP for Adelaide Rachel Sanderson conducted her own poll with residents in the city’s south, which showed 84.5 per cent supported a blanket alcohol ban “with special permits for residents and park users”.  

This is a huge majority, very meaningful and the correct way in my opinion to determine the outcome – by surveying the affected locals, not the people who have opinions that aren’t formed through experience.  

Allowing the consumption of alcohol in the parks doesn’t alleviate any of the deeper social issues that need to be addressed by the council and government. It just adds to the trauma of the residents and business owners in the area.

Conversely, as there is an alcohol ban on our public beaches and foreshores, how then is that not discriminatory? – Diana Jaquillard

Commenting on the story: Chapman ready to hand over Crows’ baton

I would like to thank Rob Chapman for everything that he has done for the Adelaide Football Club.

I will never forget Rob’s strength in adversity when we lost Phil Walsh; we were all heartbroken and it was very obvious that Rob was in pain, but he stood tall for all the supporters.

I wish you nothing but the best, Rob. You leave as Crows president and you definitely leave your footprints. – Terri Malone

What the heck has Chapman doing with his “70 hours a week” for the last 10 years, while the AFC has been going down the gurgler from the top down and he has been all but invisible to fans? – Paul Plokst

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