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Your views: on uni fees, infrastructure, child protection, church cover-ups and cash

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Today, readers comment on a Bill that will double some uni course fees, big budget projects, outsourcing child protection, churches protecting pedophile priests, and cash versus digital money.

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Commenting on the story: SA senator defends supporting “far from ideal” uni package

There seems to be no thought given to the plight of all the current year 12 students, about to do their final exams, who have already chosen their future academic path and university courses.

Our daughter, for example, decided last year that her strengths and preferences would lead her to studying something involving law with economics, business or perhaps politics. Her best subjects are English literature, general maths and legal studies.

How can she change at this late stage?

Senator Griff is happily voting for something “far from ideal” and saddling her and many others in the same position with the prospect of a huge debt.

He needs to open his eyes and think of his young SA constituents, and ask for, at least, this year’s year 12 students to be granted exemption. – Colin Gaetjens

Commenting on the story: Questions over SA’s infrastructure priorities following budget

As with all government spending, there is no thought or action given to any aspect of a project apart from the spending of the budgeted amount. There is no platform which can openly and transparently show the value of a project in terms of economic, environmental and social impacts.

There are very, very few organisations that want to show where their money is being spent especially on administration/management rather than deliverables and value to the stakeholders. – Graeme Crook

Is Infrastructure South Australia the organisation whose senior executives commute from Sydney, or is that another State government department?

Either way the Liberal government and its senior bureaucrats seem clueless as to what is really required in this state. For starters there should be a Royal Commission into the Adelaide Metro rail contract.

Then we could have some proper consultation on the remaining part of the North-South Motorway, not some engineer’s dream presented as a fait accompli  like the over-engineered and over-designed Darlington project. – Matthew Buck

Commenting on the story: Concerns over ‘privatisation’ plan for child protection services

There is nothing more important in our society than the protection and welfare of children. They are the future of this country.

The care, nurturing and education of children ( including values) is the most important responsibility. Putting it in the hands of private companies immediately compromises values and operational funding when the nature of business is to generate a profit. – Darryl Pope

Commenting on the story: Church of England protected pedophile priests and officials, covered up child abuse: inquiry

This surely doesn’t come as a surprise. The Church of England and the Catholic Church have been covering up child sex abuse and other atrocities for centuries.

Both churches have known about the offending and the offenders, and yet continue to plead ignorance. It seems patently obvious that they have learnt nothing from the Royal Commission.

Until such time as the leaders of these churches are called to account in a meaningful way there will be no peace for the countless victims in Australia and across the world. – Clive Kitchin

Commenting on the story: Slowing the sprint towards a cashless society

Banks want us to go cashless. Governments want us to go cashless. Think about it: how can it be right for us to go cashless?

The costs to us all will be enormous once the banks and the government have total control of our money. – Cathy Chua

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