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Today, readers comment on an arts and culture stoush, councils rejecting GM crops within their borders, and a parliamentary dog ban.

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Commenting on the story: Senior arts figure slams Aboriginal Cultural Centre plan 

It is rather sad such at an outburst by an arts expert is given such prominence. The emotive outburst is an unfortunate attempt to discredit the amount of work which has gone into consultation with Aboriginal people.

I was not consulted by the gentleman about the proposed contemporary gallery, but it didn’t prompt me to dump on the proposal or denigrate the concept.

I am supporting the Premier in advancing the Lot 14 project. The Aboriginal Advisory committee at the Museum has worked hard to assist the consultation process with our community and we have advanced our views to the Premier about the concept of the AACC.

It is incumbent upon all of us to consider how we construct a narrative around the Aboriginal collection at the Museum and incorporate the arts in telling our history and story of country.

The Lot 14  venue will provide for a living experience of our Aboriginal cultures.

I urge the arts expert and his arts supporters to provide constructive support for the centre and allow the Aboriginal community to work with government to build a truly unique Cultural and Art Centre celebrating our oldest living culture. – David Rathman, board member and chair, Aboriginal Advisory committee SA Museum.

I agree with premier Marshall plan for a national Aboriginal or First Nation museum of their history, artefacts  and art.

After all , this is Australia and the world wants to know more about our Indigenous folk and art. – Donald Howell

Whilst both concepts have merit, the Adelaide Contemporary is an massive opportunity lost.

The concept was masterful and it’s been archived because of political nonsense. It would have been an arts and architectural show piece for the State with a message of innovation and energy.

The hybrid option would have been a compromise but still a better outcome than the ACC. – Robert Hill Smith

The negative view of an arts commentator with a past interest in the Adelaide Contemporary concept needs challenging . Those of us who appreciate the world significance of the extraordinary indigenous collections held principally by the SA Museum (and elsewhere in the North Terrace cultural precinct) will inevitably see the prospect of an Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre as a positive move. 

Contemporary art is everywhere. It comes and it goes. Much of it is in this year and out the next. Check the NY art auction records. By contrast, continuous First Nations culture spanning 60,000 years deserves to be properly interpreted with First Nations leadership guiding the vision and realisation.

We have the privilege to be able to offer the world deep insight into, and unique rich evidence of cultural expressions that have survived against the odds. With the benefit of the best in content and design, this Centre will appeal to the vast number of people on the planet who prefer an active journey of discovery and learning over a more passive ‘viewing‘ experience.

Our Premier is to be congratulated for this overdue celebration of the oldest living human culture – right here – in this ancient land. – Elizabeth Ho

The article regarding the proposed gallery at Lot 14 raises some interesting issues.

However, when discussing significant buildings which are needed in Adelaide, I would suggest the State needs a gallery/museum which tracks the history of our state. This would include the pre-white settlement history of the First People, with an emphasis on how well the various peoples interacted with the land.

While the current SA Museum displays some of our history, there is little to show the development of the state both prior to 1836 and after that time. There is the excellent Bay Discovery Centre, Migration Museum, Maritime Museum and others around Adelaide, plus many wonderful museums in regional towns around South Australia, but nowhere in Adelaide is there any one site where one can learn about our state.

Imagine if we could have a section showing how the original planning for white settlement was done in England, then showing how the early arrivals handled their issues, followed by them moving out into the regional areas. There should be many interactive displays using materials currently in storage at the SA Museum, or the State Library, etc that can give us an appreciation of those early times. 

Discovery of copper, early governance, women’s emancipation, nationhood could all be covered in a “1800s” section. Moving through the decades of the 20th Century displays showing political issues, wars, buildings, transport, farming, etc should give locals and visitors an appreciation of the growth of the state.  

Examples of how to plan for this much needed facility can be gained by looking at Melbourne Museum, Bay Discovery Centre, Edithburgh Museum, Port MacDonnell Maritime Museum, Penola Information Centre, plus many more outstanding region museums around the state.

I am sure there is so much material which lies in storage that could be unearthed to form part of a new “South Australian History and Living Culture Museum” and with modern computerisation we could bring to life past achievements and how the state has developed.Paul Turner

Commenting on the story: GM-free push circles city as more councils join cause

The SA Liberal Government’s aggressive bulldozing to change the pre-agreed GM Moratorium for our state was despicable.

There was a total lack of statewide engagement and consultation for a period of time before these non-reversible changes were pushed through the Parliament. In my opinion this debate should have been an election issue.

There were a lot of very good submissions presented to ex-Minister Tim Whetstone against allowing the moratorium to be lifted. The vital and vast evidence against the practices of Monsanto, now Bayer, is eye opening and all those people who have properly researched this company will be left with a very clear view that allowing GM grains to be harvested is a very bad option.

I am delighted to see the councils who have chosen to remain GM-free, with a high voter outcome. Hopefully all other councils in SA will vote to remain GM-free as well. The benefits far outweigh the non-reversible alternative.

Also where are the legal protections of cross-contamination for those land holders who remain GM-free?  I understand there is none. This is totally unacceptable in a civil society. – Colleen Roberts

Commenting on the story: Dogfight: Dusty dust-up as Parliament prohibits pooch

Used to take my kelpie Bessie into school with me; the students, particularly those who were on the “outer” flocked to her.

She was a friend and comfort to many. Blah to officialdom! – Peter Bean

Oh, please! Get with the times. If dogs are allowed everywhere in Europe, why can’t we do the same. Stop being so precious. – Paula Furlani

Really! I read some of the lamest reasons for not enabling a canine companion into the ‘hallowed halls’ of ‘wisdom’. The carpets would create more of an asthma hazard than a well kept four-legged friend.

I am sorry that there are persons in designated power that have such poorly informed knowledge about asthma. Our animals are an important part of life. Parliament is also important and should reflect the values and lives of the community.  he ‘stern warning’ epitomises the arrogance of some of those in  power and how they wield their power-stick.

Dusty seems like a pretty well adjusted canine who has a responsible human who would not place persons at risk. What a lovely photo of children attentive to the person speaking about how we are governed and the importance of democracy.

I, too am unimpressed. Elizabeth A Owen

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