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Today, readers comment on medi-hotel costs, quarantine surveillance, EV policy and a suddenly famous vineyard.

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Commenting on the story: $240k for five days’ food: SA’s eye-watering medi-hotel bill

Over the top, not enough explanation given, not good enough and needs detailed billing and reasoning. – Des Milne

Commenting on the story: Facial recognition, GPS tracking as SA Govt monitors home quarantine

Accurately ascertaining if people are where they should be would only work if they have a device that can load the app, and the tracking function is accurate. 

I have Google Maps on my phone and it can be inaccurate. It sometimes says I am elsewhere when at home, and when it does track me correctly it sometimes omits places where I did spend some time.

I think a clever lawyer could throw out any prosecution brought using information from this app. 

People across the world have had similar problems when instead of the little blue dot (accurate) you see the big blue circle. The app seems to randomly assign a location within that circle if it does not have accurate information.

What’s wrong with random checks by actual people? Those under quarantine perhaps to send a text if they are going to be out the back or in the bathroom? Kathy Byrne 

Virtually every day we receive news of the SA Government spending money with interstate or overseas vendors. No wonder this state is so bereft of job opportunities when our own government doesn’t value the abilities of its own citizens and companies to make things happen.

Too often they get fooled into believing  the I/S companies will set up branch offices in Adelaide and therefore create employment. How are Motorola and EDS doing?, Gone, in case you have forgotten. Understandably these companies loyalty lies with their own employees so there is no incentive to employ here. Certainly the company directors won’t move here.

We have even had interstate workers holding the slow/stop bats on major works here, being brought in from interstate to work on our major road projects. And the revenue raised all  goes straight back to head office, which in this case is WA. And both Labor and Liberal Governments and the SA public sector do this. Shame! – Peter Macdonald

Commenting on the opinion piece: Australia stalling on electric vehicle policy

I suggest that it is the Future Fuels Strategy discussion paper released by Angus Taylor that does not represent good value for money – rather than electric vehicles (as an emissions reductions strategy) as Taylor claims.

If the full emissions of electric vehicles were compared with only some of the emissions of vehicles that use fossil fuels we can discard the finding as flawed. Thanks to independent experts and an independent media who cut through the all-too-predictable spin. – Jim Allen

Commenting on the story: Barossa vineyard named among world’s best

Bravo! Great story. I was at school with Brian Croser and followed his Petaluma success with great interest. Good to know he’s passed the baton on to someone equally as talented. 

I also worked for Hardy’s Wines in Adelaide and Toronto, Canada where I introduced their fine products to grateful Canadians.

I now live in southern France and will look for Hewitson’s products here. Best wishes for another great vintage. – Ashley Walkley, Cassis, France

Good on you for hanging onto those vines. It would have been hard to do that. – Darryl Stephens

So nice to see some of the oldie but goodie stories about the Barossa. There’s so much of the olden ways that still have a real priority with today’s way, and so many lovely people and all so proudly showing off their own ideas.

Remembering that everybody has a story, from wines to vignerons and more and it all goes hand in glove with the bigger picture of the famous Barossa valley. Long may we enjoy the fruits of their labours of love. – Heather Helbig

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