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Today, readers comment on COVID-19 vaccines, digital media deals, Kimba nuclear storage, unemployment payments and a festival show.

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Commenting on the story: COVID-19 vaccination opens legal can of worms for employers

The law states that an employer has a legal obligation to make their workplace safe for their staff. It is however legally acceptable for an aged care resident (or family member of) to put a facility at risk by being able to refuse an influenza vaccination, while also demanding the mandated vaccination of aged care workers.

Until we are willing as a society to address the age-based inequity in workplace safety standards on (smaller) issues such as influenza, the rights of all workers to refuse participation on (larger) issues such as the COVID-19 vaccination program need to be protected. – Steve Netherby

Commenting on the story: InDaily signs global content deal with Facebook

Great news for InDaily to have their valuable contribution to media in SA recognised and rewarded. Shame big tech media companies had to be dragged and kicking to support your content they published to their audience.

Further, accepting free speech is one of the cornerstones of a civil society, social media publishers could make a contributor’s identity mandatory, as you do, then we could recognise them for the content they provide, whether it be good bad or otherwise.

The contributor would have the platform to express their thoughts, ideas, beliefs etc. In turn people would support, challenge or ignore, as it is equally their right. By owning the content, I am sure we could elevate the level of contribution past the anonymous, nonconstructive and even fake news that can be found on social media. – Russell Hanna

Commenting on the opinion piece: They have let it come: now build it

I respect the right of Sean Edwards to express his opinion. However, he makes a number of factual errors which should be corrected.

I will address one: ‘The people of Kimba don’t want judicial review’.

I personally know people from Kimba who do want judicial review.

Furthermore, many outside the Kimba region want judicial review, hence the widespread objection to the proposed amendment. – Andrew Williams

Commenting on the story: Federal MPs ‘frightened of Murdoch media empire’

Fear is most likely true for many politicians and certainly intimidated.

As a federal politician of 15 years 1993 to 2007 I expressed my views without fear – but as a humble civilian and departed Federal MP with my boots on, I observe manipulation and refusal to print factual questions which can never see the light of day because the political usage of organisations refuses to bring the light of clear explanations to issues like nuclear matters, for example.

No explanation on NHMRC / ARPANSA guidelines on no nuclear waste on “agricultural land”

No nuclear waste on government land ( the ultimate NIMBY proponents) and only on agricultural land and  never on mining land is the new Australia. Out of Lucas Heights ASAP, even though as long as there is a nuclear reactor there producing nuclear medicine  there will always be intermediate level waste there.

No emphasis or explanation of cyclotrons and their improving capacities.

The appalling record at Maralinga and particularly Radium Hill and many other locations is enough in itself to show the contempt for working Australians which confirms for me corporate Australia’s arrogance for ordinary people who ultimately carry Australia’s economic burden.

Well done to all those who fight the good fight against the irresponsible amongst us who will not look at the health consequences of their actions and worst of all, deliberately will not seek the truth to enable all of us to have “a fair go”. – Barry Wakelin, Kimba

Commenting on the opinion piece: JobSeeker decision hits both unemployed and economy

The decision to cut JobSeeker is a prime example of ideology over evidence on the part of the Federal Government.

The ideology of “the best social security is a job” is being undercut by removing $5 billion dollars out of the economy over the next year – which will mean 40,000 fewer jobs in an economy that already has fewer jobs post-pandemic. 

People on JobSeeker spend the extra money they received.  They are already struggling to survive significantly below the poverty line so they don’t have capacity to save it. They spend it on groceries, household bills, local services – and this creates increased demand in the economy.

Businesses benefit from this additional demand and then they need to employ more people.  Those employees then earn more money and therefore spend more money creating more demand.  The economy spirals up.

 Removing this demand from the economy creates the opposite effect. Demand slows, businesses make less money, therefore they employ fewer people or cut shifts – which leads to more people unemployed or underemployed. Which means those people no longer have so much money to spend and demand reduces further. The economy spirals down.

We can choose for the economy to spiral up or to spiral down – the controls are entirely within the hands of the Federal Government. This isn’t a blunt lever to control the economy  like interest rates, this is a very direct lever.  And they have chosen – chosen – to spiral the economy down rather than be seen to look after Australians and their families living in poverty. – Louise Miller Frost, CEO, St Vincent de Paul Society (SA)

Commenting on the festival review: The Boy Who Talked To Dogs

A really different and interesting piece of theatre. Brian Burroughs is exceptional in bringing the difficult character to life.

It is wonderful that he travelled all the way from Dublin to be here for this show. I enjoyed the setting, the music and the variety of auditory and visual stimulations. The story is tragic and also hopeful. Very energising. – Alexandrea Cannon

Commenting on the festival review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I thought it was absolutely wonderful! The singing, acting, costumes, stage set and everything else were just fabulous. I would so like to see it again. – Belinda Meyers.

I loved the casting of a counter-tenor as did many I spoke to. It was a magnificent treat and worked brilliantly. – Amanda Ward

But Steve, it was Britten who made Oberon a counter-tenor, not Armfield’s casting! – Stephanie Johnston

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