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Today, readers comment on holding authorities to account over public health decisions, screen history and Centrelink’s illegal debt recovery scheme.

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Commenting on the opinion piece: It’s not journalists’ questions that are unfair to Nicola Spurrier

All this begs the question of the difference between the infection of the Spanish graduate student and that of the school girl. 

The first infection, thought originally to be the result of a pizza purchase, shut down the state. The second is still thought to be the result of a pizza purchase and was followed by the announcement of reduced restrictions. 

Are Spanish graduate students more prone to be infectious than school girls? Has government been asked to explain the difference in response? There, I think, will lie the rub. – Martyn Paxton

There are still some journalists who appear to be trying to be the one who has thought of something no-one else has and to score points by repeating questions that have already been answered.

I’d like to go back to the system where the journalist has to identify themselves before delivering a question. Kerrie Smith

Many of the questions posed to Nicola were not just unfair, they were unbelievably stupid.

Take a look at Facebook, even the public were ridiculing the nonsense questions asked by the journalists. I couldn’t believe the ignorance of some questioners. – Tony Vincent

It is an issue that has been raised in other quarters recently as well – politicians absolutely refusing to take the blame for their mistakes. – John Boland

Extremely clear thinking in this article. Thank you. – David Andrews

This government has done a fantastic job of blaming everyone else but themselves for this most recent outbreak.

I, personally, am absolutely appalled and disgusted at the Premier’s remarks regarding the incident with the international student at Woodville Pizza.

Leaders are suppose to espouse unity and compassion, not sow seeds of discord and cause division in the community.

Not testing people (staff in this case) who come into supervised, direct second hand contact with infected and contagious persons is absolute negligence. There are no ifs, buts or maybes.

This government has been negligent in its care of duty to the citizens and businesses of South Australia.

My company lost a lot of money due to this most recent shut down. Not as much as others, but more than was necessary.

Furthermore, as the other states have now closed their borders to South Australia, it’s significantly unlikely that I will be able to spend this Christmas with my family in Brisbane.

My father is unlikely to make it Christmas 2021. – Jacob Booth

I think the media are like a pack of rats attacking cheese. The only mistake Nicola Spurrier has made is to not continue with the six day lock down.

We had the opportunity to knock Covid-19 on the head, instead we let it get out again. I have no doubt that it was pressure from the weak-kneed government that called for the lockdown to end.

Generally I think that the police, Nicola Spurrier and even the government, (although hiding behind the previous mentioned persons as a means to deflect the blame if things go wrong) have been doing an excellent job, although maybe a little on the lenient side.

I believe they need to come down harder on isolation breakers etc. I have just completed isolation, along with the rest of my family, at home, without the need to break the quarantine. Those who do need to be prosecuted as they are putting people’s lives at risk.

However I digress. The media are always looking for someone to blame, the gotcha moment, instead of pushing for stronger enforcement of wearing of masks, and prosecution of isolation breakers they are looking to take down the people making the decisions. They are quick to lay the blame but slow to retract incorrect accusations and stories they come up with. They never make a mistake, not. – Bill Pumpa

Commenting on the story: An independent review of the last fortnight using (mostly Simpsons) gifs

Brilliant analysis of the past fortnight with so many lol moments.

Really, it couldn’t have been any worse in Adelaide if Homer, Mrs.Krabappel, Moe and Police Chief Wiggum had actually been in charge. – Tony Taggart

Commenting on the story: Art Gallery of SA reveals 2021 exhibition highlights

Very important films from pre-SAFC days.

Hope AGSA will show the films in correct screen shape – no wide-screening please! – David Donaldson

Commenting on the story: PM denies fault over illegal Centrelink robo-debt debacle

Centrelink put so many people through the worst witch hunt, drilling people who supposedly owed them money from robo-debt and treated them with such little respect and added on extra charges for not paying on time, but when Centrelink is told to pay us back there is very little remorse or extra compensation for our trouble.

I was suicidal from the amount of stress and worry. They made my life hell, even when I tried to appeal twice.

The current Liberal government should be ashamed of themselves.

We already live on such little money, something politicians would never be able to relate to or live on. – Name supplied

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