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Today, readers comment on the lack of Women’s and Children’s Hospital cardiac services, who gets to be allowed into SA, and an MP allowances inquiry.

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Commenting on the story: Lack of W&CH cardiac services contributed to four baby deaths in four week: doctors

Thank God for the WCH Alliance and especially Assoc Prof John Svigos. Without them, there would be no honesty, no transparency nor public awareness into this national disgrace.

It is completely unacceptable, and quite frankly the Health Minister Stephen Wade needs to take the blame and responsibility for this situation. – Rebecca Anthony

The State Government must make provision of these services an utmost priority . Don’t make families risk losing their precious babies while we all wait for a “review”.

Money must be found for this project right now, please. – Helen Wray

The Minister’s response is far too casual for what would appear to be an urgent situation. Doctors do not normally go public unless they see a very serious situation.

SA Health’s response is totally unacceptable, choosing to roll out a standard script instead of taking the situation seriously. 

Do something about this now. – Norman Weedall

Commenting on the story: SA opens border to NZ, relaxes restrictions on cross-border communities

So now non-Australian residents and internationally based Aussies are being allowed to come to SA, whilst a huge chunk of SA’s youth – you know, the ones who had to go to Melbourne to get a job –  are locked up in Melbourne unable to come home, irrespective of whether they have or don’t have Covid.

If allowed, they could get in a car from their Melbourne homes and arrive in SA without stopping before the border. Its been eight months since I last saw my daughter and other family members.

Keep this inequitable display up and I won’t be voting for the Liberal government come election time, no matter how well they have handled this crisis so far. It’s about time ex-born and bred South Aussies be allowed home, even it means quarantining on arrival. – Peter Macdonald

Has the government considered lifting the restrictions on the Victorian city of Mildura?

There are approximately 60,000 residents in the district and we have had no recorded cases of Covid in 6 months, yet are still subject to the same exclusions as if we were located in metropolitan Melbourne.

As with some of the border towns within the 70km limit, Mildura is approximately 120km from the state border and Adelaide is used by most of the residents as a preferred capital city destination because it is 200km closer than Melbourne. Significantly less driving time if required to travel by road.

There are many residents who have been denied access to medical specialists and treatments because of Mr Marshall’s restrictions, as well as the impact to commercial business and countless instances of sick family members not being able to be in contact with one another since the beginning of the year. Not to mention the thousands of SA residents who frequent Mildura as a weekend getaway or starting point for a longer holiday.

There is a growing number of citizens in this region who are becoming increasingly frustrated and struggling to understand:

We understand the background to restrictions, but from this side of the fence it appears as though no consideration has been given to the region’s clear record, requests from local councillors or the human impact these measures are having. 

Interested to hear the thoughts of SA residents on this matter. – Steve Crawford

Commenting on the story: ICAC clears ex-ministers among nine country MPs

I am gobsmacked and appalled by this decision. They say “Where there is smoke there is fire”, and there is a heck of a lot of smoke here.

No wonder ordinary citizens are so cynical about politicians. – Ronald Rogers

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