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Today, readers comment on data privacy, removing right turns into Glen Osmond Rd, and electoral redistribution.

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Commenting on the story: Law Society warning over COVID QR check-in data privacy

The case made in this article seems not at all unreasonable or far-fetched. I refer to the first three paragraphs in a recent BBC news report: Singapore has admitted data from its Covid contact tracing programme can also be accessed by police, reversing earlier privacy assurances.” 

Officials had previously explicitly ruled out the data would be used for anything other than the virus tracking. 

But parliament was told on Monday it could also be used “for the purpose of criminal investigation”. – Kathleen Tay

I think the COVID-specific amendment to the federal Privacy Act contains heavy penalties including prison terms, for using COVID data for any purpose other than COVID related tracing, etc. – Michael Whitrow

Political and legal correctness has gone to far. These are turbulent times which the present Government is attempting to navigate with the best intentions.

If the legislation of check0in is not as best as it could be, then perhaps a private opinion from the Law Council could have been dispatched to the Premiers Dept.

What the Law Council may have succeeded in doing, by going public, is having that already paranoidal part of society, more so, and not comply with the check-in requirements. What did they  hope to achieve with this petty point of public argument? As oft-quoted, “this is not sheep stations”.

Common sense should have prevailed, rather than oratory from the pulpit to the simply influenced congregation. – John Struik

Commenting on the story: Property acquisitions in major intersection upgrade

If I cannot turn right from Fullarton Road when heading north, I will not be able to access easily the Foodland and other shops on Glen Osmond Road.

I live in Parkside and usually come from Campbell Road and turn left onto Fullarton Road, then at the lights turn right into Glen Osmond Road.

There should be a turn right at the lights. Many cars wait to do this turn and most often have to wait through two or three light cycles. – Sharon Evans

The department is indeed proposing to remove the ability to turn right into Glen Osmond Road from both north and south.

To quote: “Removal of the right turn lanes on Fullarton Road travelling into Glen Osmond Road (right turn movements to be prohibited at all times)”

While I can understand the benefits this will have to traffic flow, there will be a major set of disadvantages to local residents of Parkside, Fullarton and Eastwood if they want to use Glen Osmond Road to access either their properties, schools or shops such as Frewville Foodland or Glenunga High School. 

It cannot be understood how the Department would expect people to physically travel to these locations when they have had this ability up until this point. If for example someone lives in Fullarton and wishes to drive to Frewville Foodland for their shopping, or to take their child to school at Glenunga High School, then there is no path for them to do this – the alternate being to go through the back streets, or to maybe drive up to the Britannia roundabout and then come back south, but that would be very inconvenient. 

If they do take back streets, then does the Department really expect that we should be pushing more cars onto local communities? We already have a lot of rat-running traffic and congestion in the back streets, especially around schools such as Glenunga, Parkside Primary, St Raphaels, Sunshine Christian College and the Grove Kindy and I cannot imagine adding any more to this would be a good idea. 

The removal of the right hand turn lanes would push more traffic down the following back streets:

Additionally, we could expect to see a drop in the number of customers for businesses which rely upon people travelling there from the area, and requiring to turn right from either south or north Fullarton Rd, for example Frewville Foodland or the Parkside Hotel, or any of the businesses or restaurants along Glen Osmond Rd. 

To my understanding this appears to be either a mistake or a very poorly thought out proposal which needs to be re-worked to incorporate a right hand turn lane in both directions from Fullarton Road to Glen Osmond Road. – Ben Moretti

Commenting on the story: State MP lashes ‘undemocratic’ party processes, boundary redraws

The system as it stand is as “democratic” as you will get and I didn’t see Frances complaining over the changes which occurred which kept her labor party in power for so long.

Time to give it away, methinks. – Fred Driver

In relation to boundary redraws, it is unfortunate that as populations in various areas changes, the electoral boundaries need to change so that not only do MPs need to choose which electorate they want to stand for in the next election, but voters themselves can find themselves always moving electorates even though they may have lived in the same house all their life. And possibly being represented by MPs they don’t want.

While this will continue to happen if we are not to end up with lopsided electorates in regard to number of electors in each, in an attempt to minimise the effect of boundary changes we could move to multi-member electorates.

Then if we also had proportional representation we would be well on the way to having a better electoral system, and good MPs (regardless of party status) would have a better chance of being elected. – Deane Crabb

Anyone that got into Parliament 20 years ago should have moved on by now. – Peter Hart

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