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Your views: on lockdown, Crows, robodebt and some uplifting writing

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Today, readers comment on SA’s virus outbreak, Thebarton’s AFL welcome mat, a debt recovery debacle, a story and poem.

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Commenting on the story: SA locked down: authorities call six-day ‘pause’

What a balls-up. We were Covid-free and the government imported it from overseas. Keep flying them in and we will cop it again.

It appears to me that this isn’t being managed as well as we thought. – Graham Bartlett

I’m beyond angry right now how this has happened.

Regular testing should be done on employees working in these hotels, and follow up testing for at least a month after release from quarantine. – Terry Jones

People who work with, for and around Covid-positive people, should be tested every day. Else there is no regulation in place at all. – Mady Nelissen

If private enterprise was responsible for allowing the ground zero case to occur and proliferate due to oversight, procedure and policy failure, inadvertent OH&S or risk inadequacy, there would a line of lawyers queuing up longer than a Covid test queue to litigate for blood and money.

The government need to come clean on what’s happened, and how.

Maybe affected businesses should commence class action legal proceedings. – Gavan Fox

This is a massive failure by the federal government, aided by a subservient Liberal state government.

We only have Covid because we allowed planeloads of infected people into our state. This accidental outbreak was always going to occur.

The only logical process that should be occurring is for all planes to land on Christmas Island and undertake isolation from there. That way the health workers and cleaners etc would also be restricted to Christmas Island and therefore unable to spread the disease.

This outbreak in SA rests squarely on the Morrison government, as does the remedy. – Peter Macdonald

With the greatest respect to our leaders in health and in politics, the six-day shutdown of the State can be seen as being more of an ideal rather than a truly pragmatic solution. And some will see it as a complete over-reaction.

The number of cases are minuscule compared to what has been experienced elsewhere and one has to question if that justifies paralysing SA  for six days. Many people will suffer financially, whereas our decision makers will continue to draw their regular pay.

Would it not be nice to have those decision also accept some financial pain. However, in the end we can only hope that this decision was the right one. – Michael Schilling

Commenting on the story: Council backs Crows move to Thebarton

A move to Thebarton appears to have many positive aspects for the Adelaide Football Club.

As the council is prepared to back this venture, and with the State Government financial support for the upgrading of facilities, this move seems to be a significantly more promising idea than the North Adelaide move!

It would be especially great for the girls to be able to call Thebby their home base! We wish the Crows all the best in their efforts to find their new home. – David Hextell

Commenting on the story: Minister claims credit for ending Centrelink robodebt scheme despite $1.2b class action settlement

You don’t need a royal commission into the robodebt.

It’s obvious enough to see how incompetent and money hungry the Morrison government is. Will Stuart Robert accept the blame for the people that have suicided because of his stupidity. – David Braybrook

Centrelink gave me a debt that I’ve been trying to pay off even though Ii still have my children in my care. Unfortunately, my mental health went downhill because of this.

Single mum trying to make ends meet with jack-all money for three children, but what could I do against the government. Nothing. Gosh, if I ended up with this payout my kids’ Christmas would be amazing. – Rebecca Fisher

Commenting on the story: The witches of Milendella

What a wonderful article, authored by Simon Royal.

His research is impressive, as is his ability to interpret and then describe the spiritual connection that so many of us soak up in this boring world of ego dominance.

The indigenous history is fascinating if one first opens one’s heart then one’s mind.

Keep writing Simon, we need you. – Graham Webster

What a great article, Simon Royal. You’ve done yourself proud.

Your well-chosen words actually conjured up word pictures for me.

Where I live in northern NSW, we don’t (I think) have that type of history where the First Nations people and the white Europeans tell a story steeped in thousands of years of ancient history. – Richard Forbes

Commenting on the poem: Yallaroo.

Beautiful poem! Belinda Meyers.

A very beautiful poem. I can imagine the author being mesmerised by the natural environment that envelops him, hands in pockets soaking up the beauty of his ambience.  The poem brought tears to my eyes and brought, if only fleeting, calm and joy to my heart. – Piera Pickett

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