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Today, readers comment on an anti-corruption hearing’s evidence, legally protected free speech, a state heritage site, women’s soccer and alternative energy policy.

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Commenting on the story: SA Libs defend ‘straight arrow’ fundraiser after anti-corruption hearing

“However that investigation is a matter in Victoria, for Victoria,” she (Amy Sullivan) said.

Fair enough, possibly. But that’s a deflection. We’re not interested in the investigation per se, but in the bits which reflect on her; while the investigation is a matter for Victoria, Amy Sullivan is a matter for SA.

And what does it, and her unwillingness to defend it, say about her? – Russell Talbot

Commenting on the opinion piece: Censorship versus the right to free speech

Australia doesn’t specifically have “free speech” laws (except for politicians in the Houses of Parliament).

Why do Australians continue to think we have free speech here? Because politicians keep saying that we have, which is wrong.

USA has free speech in its Constitution; for us we would need a referendum, which is highly unlikely. – Philip Green

Commenting on the story: Uni pursues ‘legal right’ to stop Urrbrae gatehouse demolition

Please don’t demolish this beautiful piece of architecture and heritage.

The type of craftsmanship that when into this beautiful building is long lost and not around any more, unfortunately. – Anthony Bansemer

Why don’t they make a road/turn off around it? – Kathy Aiston

In relation to the proposed demolition of the Urrbrae Gatehouse, I find it interesting that a government spokesperson claims “The University has the same legal avenues under the property acquisition legislation as other property owners.”

With the Urrbrae property being bequeathed to Adelaide University by pastoralist Peter Waite, I’d say it’s more than likely that a trust deed or similar instrument is recorded on the Certificate of Title that conveys Peter Waites’ intention for the eastern part of the property to be used for scientific studies related to agriculture and the western half as a public park.

That would certainly give Adelaide Uni a legal advantage in any acquisition challenge. A precedent exists in the university’s ownership of Glenthorne Farm, where an attempt at a partial sell-off was thwarted by a caveat and land use agreement on the title.

Transport Minister Corey Wingard and Premier Steven Marshall should just bow out gracefully from this fight now if they want to have any chance of winning another term in government. – Carol Faulkner

If there is sound evidence (100% feasible) that the historic Urrbrae gatehouse can be moved, then it should be moved to a suitable location.

This is part of our South Australian history, it leads to the beautiful Urrbrae House, all part of a legacy left to the university by agriculturist Peter Waite.

The Waite Campus is a leader in world agricultural research (I was privileged to work there for a period in the 80s) and the house and grounds with the stunning rose garden and arboretum is accessible to the people of South Australia.

Demolition of the Urrbrae Gatehouse will forever destroy this historic precinct and a loss to the people of South Australia. – Dora DiMatteo

Commenting on the story: W-League is a great product, so why aren’t more people going to games?

Great article. So good in fact, I jumped online to try buy tickets to the next game. And it’s not easy!

The Ticketek search brings up the men’s A-league for Adelaide United, but still trying to find the W-League section. Could it be a marketing issue? – Jane Gronow

Having played and coached football for over 50 years, we in Australia suffer from a comparison complex.

By that I mean, too many “fans” of football like to compare our standard of play to that of overseas football, in particular, the Premier League. We are always being compared and put down by these so called fans, who by the way wouldn’t know anything about the game.

I call followers of the A-league and W-league “ True believers” who will watch a game even if they are driving home and see a game on the local park, they will stop and catch some of it, because they truly love football, at any level.

We in Australia will never become a serious contender for leading sports attendances because there is this problem of identifying ourselves with it. Participation is through the roof, but bums on seats get the sponsors etc.

Until we can get onto mainstream TV – SBS, ABC, 7,9 or 10 – we will struggle. This goes for both A-league and W-league. Keep the faith, True Believers! – Kevin Larkin

These ladies may be passionate and train intently, but anyone who has a passion for soccer would estimate the standard as “ordinary”. 

I really believe it is not anywhere near the standard of division one amateur (men’s), so why would you pay money to see it. I don’t understand why because females play what was originally a blokes’ game, we should be expected to pay money and flock to see it. That goes for all sports. Pay to see the best. – Doug Petty

Commenting on the story: Global companies shortlisted to build huge Torrens Island battery

Another big battery to complement SA’s decarbonisation of electricity supply is great news. However, more comprehensive energy security also requires sound national policy.

Our transport fuel reserves are dangerously low. Given our world-class renewable energy resources, we are in a great position to be weaning ourselves off fossil fuels prudently and profitably.

Yet the Federal Government lacks a cogent plan that backs electric vehicles, supports electrification of industry, and significantly reduces our dependence on fossil fuels. – Jim Allen

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