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Today, readers comment on the falling out between the Adelaide Football Club and a champion, and concerns over a return to $40 a day jobless payments.

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Commenting on the story: ‘ Untenable’: Andrew McLeod speaks on the Crows changes he cannot accept

Nothing I have ever read from Bunji has sounded anywhere near temperamental, but it has always sounded balanced, intelligent and heartfelt.

His comments go to the soul of the AFC – which has been missing for a long time now. His is the same concern that has been expressed by members and supporters for the last four or five years, which was only partially addressed by the Dunstall review.

John Olsen is to be congratulated for his apparent extensive consultations of late. Let’s hope he is astute enough to understand the realities and not to rely too closely on those in denial and/or self-preservation mode.

Otherwise, the Crows will ultimately be overtaken by Port Power as the team for all South Australians. – Paul Ploksts

Andrew McLeod has the best interests of the AFC at heart. His passion and work ethic cannot be questioned and he, like many long time supporters, can see and feel the obvious change in the club and its hierarchy.

He above many others should be able to air his views without being labelled as anything other than a club ‘great’!

The club has lost its personal feel and more members now are ceasing their membership. This has been coming for several years and until the boys at the top are jolted back to reality, it will continue!

I believe what Bunji is saying and support his stance 100%. – Dennis Gregory

A true champion of South Australian football! Your comments are so accurate, The Pride of South Australia no longer belongs to the Adelaide Football Club.

Instead, it has become a club for all that who have money to spend. I’ll still love and follow this team, however I am not a fan of its current direction.

Whatever happened to the club that was family-oriented, put its fans first and reputation. The almighty dollar has replaced all of that.

Perhaps the people at the top should realise that a club has a history, and be proud of that history much like our other state team. Not put away our history, hide it away in cyberspace but display it with pride.

Whatever happened to” We fly as one”. Seems a lot have migrated in the opposite direction. Bring back the club I so truly love. – Phillip Lalor

This appears to be a line in the sand moment culturally for the AFC. You only need to look at Essendon to see what happens when to step away from your history and the people that keep it alive to focus on corporate management.

Football clubs exist to bring passionate people together. It’s tribal. Always was, and always will be. – Tim Stewart

Temperamental! That’s a joke. Who was it had the stoush with Scott Cummings? 

Never saw McLeod that temperamental. Rod would do well to dispense with his corporate bluster and focus on making Adelaide Football Club a proud club for those South Australians still supporting it. – Paul McKinnon

We, the members have been saying exactly this for the past few years.

From the time Foley tore our heart out by forcing us to the Adelaide Oval, it has rapidly gone downhill since.

When we were ejected from the traditional Sheds, to a half-arsed poor alternative in the new building which lacked connection, belonging, and feeling, myself and a lot of other members tended to drift away from the pre and post-game activities there which originally was a non negotiable in the Shed.

It is a community club first, then the commercial side follows – not the other way round. I personally have felt a disconnect from the club for quite a while and the enthusiasm is gone, and I know a lot of others have expressed exactly that on social media platforms.

The hierarchy has lost connection with members due to their preoccupation with the almighty dollar, and for the club to get back to what it used to stand for, they need to have a general meeting where no holds are barred and members can air their frustrations and offer suggestions to distanced organisation leaders to try and return the club to what it used to be – a club for the members! – Anton Drew

True Crows fans, we all are, and I know no one who does not admire, respect and treasure the joy Andrew McLeod gave us with his natural, ‘God-gifted’ football skills throughout his amazing footy career.

Always was, aways will be one of our finest. Wishing you well on your lifetime achievements. Expect that your ‘best’ is still to come! – Yvonne Nicolas

Commenting on the story: Christmas limbo for decision on increased Centrelink JobSeeker

I was unemployed before the pandemic and I can tell you that for the first time in years I started to feel good about myself because I could pay my bills. As a result of this I have made major changes in my life that wouldn’t have occurred if the coronavirus supplement hadn’t happened. 

I did not waste this money, I actually used some of it to purchase a home pc, which will allow me to study online. 

I am finally looking forward to the future again and being able to get back to work.

If the government opened its eyes and actually saw that the majority of people who are unemployed would rather be a productive member of society as opposed to the government’s paranoia that we actually like to live like this!

Increase the damn benefits and it gets funnelled straight back into our economy! I could go on, but really what’s the point, it’s not like the government ever listens enough to be very effective. – Jolene Stinson

I think the point is being totally overlooked by our politicians. The JobSeeker rate has not risen in over 20 years.

It’s not just because of Covid that a raise is necessary, it is necessary so jobseekers can rise out of poverty, eat better, pay their rent and bills and have better self esteem.

These are the building blocks to encourage people to better themselves in life not continually being knocked to your knees. Yes, I know there is a small group who don’t wish to work, but it is still our responsibility to care for all Australians. – Elaine Bond

There are people out there who genuinely struggle to hold down a job. Especially people who suffer with social anxiety and depression.

Maybe if the government stopped wasting money on forcing people to look for work (nd let’s face it, some people are just unemployable), then maybe the government could afford to at least raise unemployment benefits.

You try living on $40 a day. Because I can guarantee you at some point your dignity and integrity will be compromised. – Daniel Mayer

Let the politicians live on $40 a day. Their breakfast would cost more. – Michael Williams

If our government stopped paying ex-politicians ridiculous amounts of money for life, they could easily fund a rise for job seekers. On $40 a day-after paying rent, many are left with $10 or even less per day. Ridiculous. – Tanya Parker

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