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Your views: on ALP candidates, Test tour, W&CH and climate policy

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Today, readers comment on ALP preselection, border decisions, a cardiac surgery unit, and energy and climate change.

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Commenting on the story: Labor’s democratic experiment blows up

How about the best candidate for the role gets selected? The ALP needs to understand that it is letting down the working man who they are there to represent and who should be its grass roots, and by letting them down they are losing the vote from the working man. 

It really is sad when Liberals offer a better deal to us than what our own Labor does. Clear the decks, put in real people who will represent workers, and you might get a look in at the next election. – Kym Smith

Commenting on the story: India locked in for Adelaide Oval day-night Test

I am absolutely flabbergasted that we are allowing anyone to enter Australia from a country that is still reporting over 35,000 new Covid cases every day.

It’s a game of cricket for crying out loud. Get your priorities in order. We have not seen our daughter, who lives in Melbourne, since last Christmas. She has a milestone birthday soon which she won’t be able to celebrate with family but we can risk everything for a few games of cricket.

Utter madness. The almighty dollar rules again. Not happy. – Brian Davey

Commenting on the story: Nurses join doctors in warning of more baby deaths at WCH without cardiac surgery unit

There will undoubtedly be more infant deaths if we don’t establish a combined Heart Surgery/ECMO unit at the WCH. The four recent deaths were all due, directly or indirectly, to problems with interstate transfer.

The Minister is wrong. Stand alone ECMO without surgical support is dangerous. That is why there are no such ECMO units anywhere in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Two of the senior doctors now opposing heart surgery are on record as strongly supporting it in the past. It is hard to understand their motivation. The need to stand apart from the hospital board who seem to have made a decision based on worryingly flawed data.

An Adelaide unit will be the same size as ones in Perth and Sydney and around the world and these smaller units can have better results that bigger ones.

The grieving families and the general public deserve better than this unseemly political bickering. They need a heart surgery unit at the WCH. – Warren Jones

Commenting on the story: What we know today, Wednesday October 28

The Climate of the Nation 2020 report has made is clear that the majority of Australians are highly concerned about the climate, and desire action on climate change. However, it is incredibly frustrating that the federal government appears to be impervious to the expectations of the Australian people.

Little has been done to address climate change. In fact, in this year’s Climate Change Performance Index which evaluates 57 countries on their climate performance, Australia ranked last.

What is even worse is the federal government’s plan for a gas-led recovery from Covid-19, which will lock in future emissions for decades. Fugitive emissions from gas and coal mining remain largely unmonitored, with recent studies suggesting they are under-estimated. Gas is also one of Australia’s least employment-intensive industries. Opting to back more gas, instead of a clean and resilient economic recovery with far better employment outcomes, is extremely reckless when we are poised to succumb to an existential threat in climate change.

May this report be the wake-up call for our political leaders on what is expected from the Australian people, and to reflect this in the nation’s climate policy and post-Covid economic recovery. – Ching Ang

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