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Your views: on fishing fine hikes, SA Health spin and the Adelaide Crows

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Today, readers comment on increasing penalties for rogue anglers, the relationship between health authorities and SA’s media and the tough season for the Adelaide Football Club.

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Commenting on the story: Big fine hikes set to catch out rogue fishers

If the government is serious about overfishing then they need to increase the number of inspectors they employ, not just increase the fine. There aren’t enough to cover the whole state. – LeRoy Uren

The perfect excuse for the SA Government to announce the introduction of fishing licences in SA.

A prime example of government stewardship can be found in ESL levies AND NRM levies. – Mike Lesiw

This price hike is typical of all Governments – it penalises the little person.

Yes, have limits for crabs and fish and their sizes but a $600 odd fine is outrageously high. But the Government has to raise $ from somewhere and the little humble person on the street cops it again. – Arthur Mangos

Great to see bigger deterrents for those who abuse our rules. However, will the fisheries have the staff numbers to ensure they can police and enforce the new penalties? I hope they do. – Don Ward

Commenting on the story: Opposition pledges to reinstate axed Motorsport Festival funding

So Peter Malinauskas has promised, “We’re going to bring back the Clipsal 500″.

Does that mean Clipsal is going to become the sponsor again? Or is he just trying to p* off Superloop?

And while I’m in the mood to be pedantic: “… have reaped devastation across the motorsport community…”.

How about “… have devastated the motorsport community…”.

I guess politicians love to hear themselves speak, so maybe the more words, however clumsy, the better. – Russ Talbot

Commenting on the story: Inside the Crows’ downfall: “The system didn’t get us… we made mistakes”

At last!  A quality piece of journalism without the hysterical, opinion laden gas-bagging that dominates the Adelaide media today.

Bravo Michelangelo. – Geoff Kingston

Commenting on the story: What went wrong? Seven days that changed SA

One of the important issues raised in this insightful and detailed analysis of the COVID-19 saga in South Australia is the long-established and practised media manipulation by SA Health.

The powerful media machine in this large public service department is a consummate proponent of protective and sanitised spin at the interface between its political masters and the public.

Bad news and politically damaging revelations are timed to avoid close public attention and scrutiny.

Good news, however trivial, is given maximum exposure, utilising cosy relationships with some sections of the media.

There are many examples of this in the COVID story, but none as telling as the timing of the release of the report into the recent cardiac deaths of four babies at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

This unsatisfactory report, which raised more questions than it answered, was released on Christmas Eve, despite being available for at least some days.

This was a cynical and cruel attempt to whitewash the issues surrounding these tragic events.  It showed little regard for the sensitivities of the families involved or for the serious and legitimate concerns of the medical community and the public at large about the lack of paediatric heart surgery in Adelaide. – Warren Jones

Commenting on the story: Historic Urrbrae gatehouse to be bulldozed – but study finds ‘relocating it is feasible’

I find the whole process of spending $61 million and trashing the Urrbrae gatehouse to be totally unnecessary.

I go through that intersection regularly and whilst it’s not the quickest in Adelaide, it’s far from the worst and nearby problems mean that it’s never going to be without dramas.

Traffic heading from the south on schooldays comes to a grinding halt near Mercedes College in the afternoon when lots of parents’ cars, buses and pedestrians block the entire area.

Not far to the east of the intersection, the traffic lights at the Portrush Rd, Cross Rd, Tollgate intersection are very poorly controlled and there are often quite long delays getting through. It seems crazy to lose the historic gatehouse and waste so much money when these other problem areas are so close. – Kym Oxley

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