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Your views: on quarantine, shopping hours, TAFE cuts and Port Adelaide

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Today, readers comment on medi-hotels, a referendum call, privatising education and a prison-bars guernsey.

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Commenting on the story: SA Health checking possible medi-hotel COVID transmission

It comes as no surprise that there has been a possible hotel transmission in the hotel quarantine scheme. In fact, the surprise is that it hasn’t happened before.

Having done hotel quarantine at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, I was somewhat bemused by some of the practices used.  

Ventilation is incredibly poor, with an angled window only opening about five cm. There have been enough studies done that conclude that adequate ventilation reduces how much virus is in the air. Well ventilated areas help reduce risk from aerosol transmission. The risk is greater in areas that are poorly ventilated. Given the corridors in hotel were also poorly ventilated there is a huge risk when two people across from each other open the door at the same time, which happened a number of times as meals were delivered at the same time.

Meals became a source of entertainment as one had to time opening the door in the hope that no one else does so at the same time. Surely there could have been a system put in place where occupants in a room could warn their neighbours that they were about to open the door, such as a bell etc.

By far the most puzzling practice was the introduction of new arrivals into the same corridors/floors where people have been in quarantine for some time. This meant that a possible infection could be introduced to a group that are close to ending their quarantine who are testing negative on day 12 but could test positive once they leave quarantine. Surely it would be best practice to keep arrival groups together so that if they all testing negative there is little chance of cross-infection.

Aside from the questionable practice of using inappropriate hotels in the middle of the CBD which clearly carry inherent risks, these risks can be minimised with just a few tweaks. – Matoula Ploumidi

Controlled home quarantine would surely be safer? Certainly, fit-for-purpose, properly designed quarantine facilities need to be built.

We were capable of this just over a century ago, why not now? – George Hobbs

Commenting on the story: Doors likely to shut on shopping hours referendum

The Treasurer continues to push shopping trading hours. The Treasurer, together with his government, should discuss with small business owners and independent traders on the effect. 

If the government really believes in extending trading hours, it should also consider opening government departments, post offices, banks, the list continues. 

Why should retailers bear the brunt? I’m sure the only persons driving shopping hours are the large chains and large shopping centres. – Joe Iannace

A shopping hours referendum should be held, the voice of the majority should decide. This is the fundamental principle and an essence of democracy. – Andrew Jasinski

Why is it that politicians do not want citizens to have a say on matters that affect them, in this case shopping hours? Politicians act in their own self-interest and respond to undemocratic pressure groups. – Geoff Sauer

I really don’t care one way or another about shopping hours. It is hardly the most important issue this government is managing.

If the government really cares about our opinion, as Rob Lucas suggests, it would be far more appropriate and a much better use of taxpayer money to ask us about the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act. And follow through in the same way.

I am really sick at heart that we do not have this legal option and I am sick of governments who refuse to address this issue properly. – Dianne Longson

Commenting on the story: Fears dozens more TAFE courses face axe amid ‘strategy of secrecy’ 

Why should the reader be surprised or outraged about this? As a former TAFE lecturer, it has been known for many years that the ultimate goal was to incrementally shut down TAFE, whereby the private providers would take over the State responsibility of education and training.

Importantly, though, we must remember that this issue is about education and training and therefore about being student-centred.

Private providers have no interest in either of these characteristics, but more about the bottom line.

Here yet again, the students and their respective workplaces will be the poorer for this process. – Tom Kelsey

“Among the cuts announced last year were all subsidised childcare, aged care and disability courses from TAFE SA’s metro campuses.”

If this has occurred, then it flies directly in the face of reason as the Federal Government is finally ploughing billions of dollars into aged care etc. We need more training than ever. 

If in fact true, then “allowing private training providers to use TAFE facilities and assets and “freely giving away TAFE teaching resources which have been developed using taxpayers funds to private training businesses to make a profit” ” then our current government has some explaining to do, as it is completely unacceptable. – Jann Tappert

Commenting on the story: Port Adelaide must end black-and-white guernsey blue: Jackson

What a ridiculous argument and stoush! I don’t follow Collingwood nor Port Adelaide, I thought the issue was the black and white stripes.

What is the problem if the teal color is added to the prison bars guernsey- say across the back and on the shoulders at the front? Simple to me.

Surely this will resolve what seems to be a juvenile issue. – Lee Morgan

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