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Today, readers comment on a damning Equal Opportunity Commission report, Oval capacity and queuing, casualisation, mental health, BASS and hydrogen.

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Commenting on the story: SA judicial officers accused of sexual harassment and assault

Reading this report, although I knew already of the type of conduct described  therein that women lawyers had experienced, brought tears to my eyes.

The first time I was sexually abused by a barrister was when I had just turned 22 and in the first job I had – it was  in my  first week as a lawyer. The last time I was in my 50s, where I was sexually harassed.

I am so pleased that Acting Commissioner Halliday has produced such an excellent report. She found that most women who did complain (and few did) experienced negative outcomes.

We can’t blame victims for reporting the conduct. That  finding that victims suffered negatively is shameful  in a profession purporting to administer and provide justice to the people of South Australia. Enough is enough. – Claire O’Conner SC

The most glaringly obvious solution to a Complaints Authority for the legal fraternity and the CAA is an independent external body staffed by lay persons, not in any way connected to the legal profession.

They should have the power to hand down enforceable hard sanctions against perpetrators and their employer. – Edward Jaeger

Commenting  on the story: No changes but Adelaide Oval capacity increase ‘on the table’

If Adelaide Oval won’t open all of their food outlets (as was the case in the Crows v Fremantle game on the weekend), thereby forcing people to line up in close contact with each other for extended periods of time to get a bucket of chips, then I’m guessing that there is no issue with close contact anymore, and the stadium should be allowed to be back to full capacity.

Either that, or Adelaide Oval put everyone at risk for the sake of not paying a few extra staff on the next food outlet. – David Kayser

Commenting on the story: ‘Disposable’: Casual workers trying to break free of Centrelink

Job agencies are supposed to help people find work, but they only seem to find short-term positions that don’t last.

The staff in the job agencies are often very rude and lack humanity. There does not seem to be any accountability re how they treat people. All they want to do is get someone into a job, even though it may be completely unsuitable.

It is very demoralising to have a range of short-term jobs that go nowhere, when all I want is a permanent job. It is very hard to find housing without a secure long-term job. – Martin Steinberg

Commenting on the opinion piece: Community is key to easing mental health crisis

Thank you for providing more information and helping us to understand this complex issue. I am better informed for reading your opinion. – Graham Wood

Commenting on the story: Job fears under Govt plan to ‘sell-off’ BASS ticket office

I should hate to see Bass disappear. I have been organising group bookings for 15 years and find their personal service second to none.

You cannot get this service with Ticketek or ticket master. Please don’t dismiss Bass. – Helen-Mary Williams

Commenting on the story: Could Labor’s hydrogen proposal turn a profit?

At 33KWh per kg, 3,600 tonnes of it equates to 118.8GWh of stored electricity. 

At $2 per kg that equates to $.07 per kg. Given those figures the storage wholesale revenue equates to $8.316m

That price structure would open up export markets in Japan and other Asian markets, including, possibly, China. That country in particular, is manufacturing and exporting Ebuses. It would be a short hop to H2E buses. 

If Australia can guarantee regular supply of H2 for such and industry and if that supply could also be guaranteed to China’s H2E bus export customers, the H2 export industry in Australia has the potential to ramp up faster than some might imagine. 

It could be a thriving industry by early in the 2030s that would generate some large export revenue for investors in the industry. To have a state government be that investor is a win-win for the people of that state.  

It would not only generate revenue for the state via sales but also in the fact that surplus generation won’t be enough. Many large and dedicated generation/storage capacity would need building, via a ‘Just in Time’ formula as demand grows. That means a steady creation of jobs as the market ramps up. 

SA wouldn’t be alone in that industry. There are state-supported H2 projects in NSW, Vic, Qld and a very large one in WA, albeit, that one is a private concern. The smart move would be a unification of all those projects when going shopping for the equipment necessary to build the infrastructure. Their combined buying power would put Australia in a very strong position during negotiations at the buying counters of the manufacturers of H2 equipment. 

Whatever happens, if Labor wins in 2022 in SA and they go ahead with their plans, it’ll be good news and a step in the right direction. – Rubens Camejo

Whilst in principle hydrogen as a no-polluting fuel is worthwhile pursuing, to make it at a cost that is competitive with hydrocarbon fuels – and to transport and store it without significantly further risks than we already have – is still a technological challenge. Let alone having to again require more government subsidies (ie, our taxes) to make it a possible contender as a “green energy” alternative fuel.

One only needs to open one’s eyes (and mind) to realise that we are still a long way from achieving a hydrogen future. Just read the following article from Europen Scientist to have a reality check on this matter, instead of glib statements and reports extolling the great benefits we gain from utilising hydrogen, in particular how it can provide cheaper energy. 

https://www.europeanscientist.com/en/features/why-is-industrial-hydrogen-produced-from-natural-gas-and-not-by-water-electrolysis/?fbclid=IwAR38wWkpDy-DKBgAElgqRp226mDKaDcpLea2jIWEdWPEYss-72X9IGYRHKo

Picking winners by governments and oppositions is fraught with danger – remember the expensive mothballed desalination plants all around Australia because it was never going to rain again? – Michael Woenig

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