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Today, readers comment on some builders being allowed to work under lockdown, democracy, vaccine rollout, local manufacturing and fossil fuels.

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Commenting on the story: Govt green-lights construction – on its own projects

The Australian Institute of Architects echoes the concerns expressed by Master Builders SA CEO Will Frogley.

The Institute supports a well-managed process for reopening the construction sector, which is a key to economic activity and central to the development of vital infrastructure across South Australia. 

However, selective and inconsistent reopening of construction projects is not equitable. The decision regarding which projects are to be able to recommence construction on Monday has been made with limited and selective consultation and poorly communicated to key stakeholders. 

The Government needs to explain how the current list of projects was identified and why other school and health care projects currently subject to lockdown have been excluded. The communities impacted by these decisions, as well as the businesses involved in the delivery of these projects, are entitled to this information. – Nicolette Di Lernia

I have a remote regional construction company based in Ceduna and currently have three new residential construction sites in our area, all located on large blocks fenced off from general public with outdoor works to be desperately completed.

We have only just received timber for two of these builds and within one week have had to go into lockdown. This has created a detrimental snowball effect to my business and to my employees, subcontractors and clients, as well as the fact that I now have timber onsite. The packs, sitting with rain and then sun without being fixed off in a frame, will be warping and twisting as we speak. – Garth Evans

Once again the country areas are not considered important.

It’s not just the city that is hurting. Building in country areas too has come to a complete standstill.

The Riverland has been hit hard with looming deadlines on Calvary nursing home at Berri, a new medical clinic and schools in the Berri and Renmark area needing completion by the end of this year. This affects a small rural area dramatically with no tradies working. It has a snowball affect on many other industries as well including concreting, electrical, plumbing, tiling and carpentry unable to work.

I sincerely hope the government can see the big picture on this urgent matter and amend the areas and industries considered “Essential”. – Margie Matthews

Commenting on the opinion piece: Democracy must not become a pandemic victim

Totally agree. In addition, not only must we discuss this problem, we need urgent action to rectify it. – Ian Thompson

Sorry, but to leave the processes required for dealing with this virus to parliament is like leaving it up to a committee – a lot of talk, but no action.

Even now we have some politicians saying parliament should not be sitting during a lockdown. Politicians, and what is best for the state during a crisis, just don’t gel. – Fred Driver

Commenting on the story: Marshall not buying in to vaccine rollout blame game

The Prime Minister’s (accurately reported) claim  that the trouble he gets over “It’s not a race” derives from people taking him out of context is just not true.

Yes, he did say it in relation to the TGA’s processes for drug approval. But he said it later, in March, and he said it about the vaccine rollout which even then was behind schedule. The Prime Minister accuses people of playing politics on this matter. If he wants to know who is playing politics, he should look in the mirror. – Michael Jacobs

Commenting on the story: Pandemic lift provides Key moment for component manufacturer

This is excellent news from a local manufacturer. I trust also that they support local businesses so that they also may grow with your success. Good news, thank you. – Darrell Wait

Such a great success story, it has it all. A locally owned business showing how to adapt, move quickly and be focussed on the customer – so good. Congratulations KT&E. – Gerald Martin

Commenting on the story: Santos to press on with Oil Search merger bid

Describing a Santos-Oil Search merger as having strategic logic tends to overlook an elephant in the room.

The International Energy Agency has stated that the world should add no new oil and gas fields and no new coal mines or mine extensions if it is to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 in the energy sector. – Jim Allen

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