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Today, readers comment on funding decisions, waiting to be vaccinated, Adelaide architecture, Max Harris and Terry Groom.

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Commenting on the opinion piece: Policy, not platitudes needed to address domestic violence

I was horrified to learn in the last few days of the Marshall government’s destabilising of respected institutions for the service of homeless people, so I am glad to read this piece, as well as the many excellent letters from similarly shocked correspondents.

What kind of society are our political leaders and public servants intending us to become. Spending the same or even more amounts of money is not a defence when it is not spent in the most needed and proven directions. People in such stress need services and they need them now. 

Senator Smith rightly focuses on the extraordinary move – when there is at last in the nation a focus on family violence – for our SA government to cut funding from Catherine House. More, not less places are desperately needed for single women here, as well as for women and children in the family shelters.

It is great to have individual success stories as governments want to have, but it is not realistic to abandon actual people with actual difficult histories in the here and now in a plan for their betterment; a plan in all likelihood made up by public servants of entirely different life experiences.

As one correspondent queried, I also wonder: how much of the changes are also aimed at the more perfect gentrification of the Adelaide CBD. – Michele Madigan

Commenting on the story: Vaccine supply a sticking point for GP jabs

My wife and I contacted our Mt Barker-based GP and were informed that since they only receive 50 doses per week that the earliest we could book would be 29th July; we went online and are booked in at Wayville on 20th May.

Vaccination hubs are the way to go as it will remove politics and supply issues from the primary objective. In the main, most people will be within 45 minutes travel of a vaccination hub, and rather than supply suburban GP clinics those doses should be made available to the more rural/country population centres.

There will be those who believe that travelling to a vaccination hub is an unacceptable imposition on their time, I would suggest that depends on whether they really want to be vaccinated or not. – Simon Lovell

Commenting on the story: Ern Malley: How the poet who never lived became the poet who will never die

A lot of us grew  up with Ern Malley. My father, who knew Max quite well, taught us about it when I was in primary school.

Later I heard about it from the likes of Geoffrey Dutton and Colin Thiele and then a host of other writers in the early days of the Adelaide Festival of Arts. Later still I was asked about it one evening in an Oxford college – had it really happened and what did I think of it all? It wasn’t kind but nor was it surprising. – Cat Gunn

I read this article with great interest and a little dose of sadness. I like the written style of its author.

When I was an undergraduate (1965-1968) and for some years post graduation from Adelaide University I would occasionally go the Mary Martin Bookshop, without any particular purchase in mind. The place was chock a block with books of numerous genres, spanning the entire life of literature.

I met Max on my first visit. I remember him as a handsome man who possessed considerable energy. While I was browsing, he politely asked me if I was looking for something in particular. When I said that I had nothing particular in mind  he was helpful, enquiring about my interests and he suggested a few.

His suggestions on that and numerous other occasions were an exercise of sound judgment. I don’t recall ever buying a book from Mary Martin Bookshop which I didn’t finish for want of interest. – David Quick

Nice piece, Sam. Remember with great fondness visits to the MM bookshop and chinwags with the old master who patiently tried his best to help young students like me. – Barry Hailstone

Commenting on the story: The way we were: ‘modern living’ in South Australia

I was joint owner of a house at 2 Bonvue Avenue, Beaumont that the late Harry Seidler designed for Laszlo Ghillanyi. 

When the Ghillanyis put this house on the market, it did not sell for several months. It was not a design popular with people in Adelaide. As the daughter of an architect who practised in Brisbane I was drawn to it immediately. We bought this house and enjoyed a lifestyle for more than thirty years.

The house was built on a sloping site with the equivalent of two and a half levels. On the upper level there was a galley kitchen, laundry and lounge, dining area with floor to ceiling windows and a fireplace. On the lower level, there were three bedrooms with built in wardrobes and a  desk in two of them. The toilet was separate from the bathing area. Under the upper level, there was another bathroom and living area as the garden featured a large swimming pool.

We enjoyed the lifestyle afforded by this Seidler designed house. – Pamela Gardini

Commenting on the story: – ‘He loved the business of politics’: SA Labor veteran dies

Terrence, as I called you, you will be greatly missed.

Our mentor, legal adviser but most of all our loyal friend. I learnt a lot from you, Terry. – Sam and Marieanne Gadaleta

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