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Your views: on student quarantine, skills, theatre and casual work

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Today, readers comment on moves to restart the state’s international student industry, future employment, a review and insecure employment.

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Commenting on the story: SA Govt finds ‘suitable’ location for student quarantine hub

This seems like a great solution as long as the processes are well organised, documented and there is adequate supervision and oversight of the security arrangements.

Ensure the lessons learned from other failures are applied here. – Dianne van Eck

Why not restore, extend and reactivate the State’s original quarantine station on Torrens Island – a great spot to be marooned for a couple of weeks.

Quarantining is likely to be with us for an extended time so why not invest in purpose built facilities rather than compromise with the flawed but timely city centre medi-hotel system. – George Hobbs

Commenting on the opinion piece: SA must have skill to seize tomorrow’s job opportunities

Our PM constantly promotes the need to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects, yet awards them little status in the real world.

He’s removed Christian Porter from his position as Attorney-General and made him Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science which is reported as a demotion. What message does this send to anyone working in industry or science? Your occupation is less important than the application of the law?

Adding insult to injury Mr Porter, like most politicians, is well versed in legal matters but has absolutely no experience in science, innovation or industry.

Over many years in industry and a few in research I never came across anyone who would tolerate the nonsense that passes for government. – Alan Strickland

Commenting on the threatre review: The Gospel According to Paul

Great review, Murray. Detailed,comprehensive, informed, with perceptive historical, political and theatrical references. Thanks. – Kathy Leech

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

I’m a 60-year-old man,  unemployed due to cut backs in my old job in Karratha in WA. I’ve only been trying to get work now for approximately 10 months, and have had no one even call me. 

Until recently we had to apply for eight jobs per month, but now its 15 jobs. How do we apply for 15 when we have to apply for jobs we are only qualified for. How does someone my age move on and live now. 

This is the first time in my working career that I’ve been on unemployment. Over 40 years of full time work. – Allan Kross

I am in a similar position to others who are caught in this trap of having to rely on welfare payments to survive. I would like to question the usefulness of job provider organisations that pressure job seekers to apply for jobs, but do nothing to assist the same.

Why aren’t these organisations actively networking with prospective employers to match their clients’ work credentials to employer’s work needs?. In short, what are work providers getting paid for? – Bruno Morizzi

I too have been caught up in the disposable worker cycle, only I am ineligible for Centrelink because I have accessed super to enable me to pay my mortgage and keep a roof over my head.

My age is now a factor and I can see the shift in attitude when I walk into an interview. One bloke spent the entire interview reading his emails. Another offered me a short term contract for a job and the day I started, they completely changed the duties. When I brought it up with the labour hire agency, I was blacklisted.

I can totally sympathise with others going through tough times and the mental health issues that result. – Beverley Cosgrove

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