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Today, readers comment on SA right-wing Liberals criticising Premier Steven Marshall and SA Health for the lockdown and public health actions.

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Commenting on the story: Liberal conservatives line up to slam ‘draconian’ Marshall

My family are in Sydney. I am so grateful to live in SA where the government is doing a brilliant job to keep us all safe.

Choice is between a short, sharp successful lockdown SA style or the national emergency created by the NSW government because they didn’t lock down soon enough or hard enough.

Thank you Premier and Professor Spurrier for the wonderful job you are doing. – Kylie Higgins

The ultra-right of the Liberal party are completely out of touch with the concerns of the majority of the SA constituents when it comes to the tough decisions the State Government leadership team have had to make with the guidance of experienced, knowledgeable health leaders regarding the safety and wellbeing of us all in the state.

Not sure we need or desire these politicians in the Liberal Party. – Gary Anderson

In the days of Robert Menzies, if you wanted to go overseas you had to to have had a smallpox vaccination, no ifs no buts.

If you were at school you had a Polio vaccination. It was not some libertarian society where the individual could do what they wanted. – Roger Salkeld

I prefer to live with the occasional lockdown (which works) than die of Covid.

What did Trump do to the United States? The facts are unequivocal. Follow the evidence, not an ideology. – Heather Petty

These politicians seem to forget that they are not persons of entitlement but another form of public servant, in another bureaucracy similar to those they deride. This entails representing the views of their constituents while making public statements and not airing contrary statements to get media attention for their factional or personal viewpoint.

They know the media cannot resist a dissident and trade on this for the resultant publicity. The Marshall-Spurrier-Stevens team seems to be one of the best around so, unless a view is proactive, save it for the party room.– Peter Annear

No, Alex and co, people are not “sick of this”, precisely the opposite! We’re not sick, because our state government is handling the Delta variant well and keeping us healthy! Please take your self-seeking politicking somewhere else. – Maureen Howland

Yes, totally agree. Medi hotel imprisonment went way beyond necessity. Home iso would have been fine with monitoring via testing.

The long queues were diabolical and shows a lack of planning for this epidemic and any other which may occur in the future. Get your act together, those in charge. – Wendy Egan

The Liberal party, being a “broad-church” will naturally have some drama queens who go over the top in their criticism of the Premier, unlike the other party where they would be ostracised or sent to Coventry if they were so bold.

Having said that, I am thankful for the team of Marshall, Spurrier and Stevens for guiding us so successfully through what could have been a dreadful time. And as for Alex’s Antics, I hope he is a one term wonder. – Fred Driver

I was somewhat disappointed by the sneaky editorial slant shown in the selection of the photo of Senator Alex Antic, in one of those ‘momentary’ unflattering poses we may all have.

It is of course common enough practice for all political reporting; the content quoted was fair enough – in my opinion what they were saying was fair enough – but your editorial ‘standing’ stands out a mile. – Eddie Ventley

The action by this weak SA Premier in locking down the whole State, from Ceduna to Roxby Downs, from Coober Pedy to Pt Augusta, to the whole of Adelaide metropolitan area because of a dozen or so Covid-infected people is utter madness.

Then the act of forcibly dragging people who happened to have visited the so called “hot spots” into medi-hotels instead of allowing them to quarantine at home is outrageous and reminiscent of fascist regimes, not democratic governments.

The general public are immensely angry at being dictated to by a bunch of public servants who have not lost one day’s pay whilst the rest of the community suffer immeasurably, both financially and mentally.

The outcome would have been entirely different if all public servants’ pay was stopped in the same manner as the income of private businesses and their staff and all the food in their refrigerators had to be binned. – Tim Ferrier

Vacuous comments from irrelevant people who are past their use by date, and don’t live in say, Sydney or Jakarta. – Michael Adams

What are Antic’s, Flint’s and Bernardi’s pandemic credentials to comment and criticise? Quoting Menzies who did not govern in a pandemic is not only laughable, it is ridiculous.

If they had their way, SA would be in NSW’s predicament. Marshall Stevens and Spurrier have done an incredible job so far looking out for one of the world’s most liveable cities, its people and businesses. – Virginia Wilkinson

To the so-called “economic rationalists”, society (people) exist for the economy, not the other way around. People are merely economic units; their value lies only in their contribution to the overall economy.

Concern for human welfare is only justified when impacts on that welfare have a negative effect on the economy. If some people have to suffer (or die) to ensure the ongoing health of the economy, so be it. Concern for individual human rights are limited by the impact of those rights on the economy.

“Freedom “ means economic freedom – freedom for the economy to grow. Responsibility for the results of actions, the consequence of freedom is only viewed in economic terms, not in terms of impact on specific individuals (who are only economic units after all).

In this way, Antic et al are closer to their boogeyman, the authoritarian Chinese Communist Party, than they are to their so-called Wet colleagues in the Liberal Party. – Kenneth Grierson

I write to offer thanks to Premier Marshall, Prof Spurrier and Commissioner Grant Stevens for their vigilance and fast work to contain the highly contagious Delta CV19 variant.

I question the negative views of opportunistic libertarians when the complexities of this situation are so obvious. Credible risk assessment cannot be offered by these casual observers and even if some mistakes are made, that is the price of being in a critical, fast-moving situation.

So far, diminutive SA has been a giant in managing CV 19 in world terms. We have been kept remarkably safe and free. Our health workers are not dead or utterly exhausted. These facts tell us that the quick decisions made have been largely sensible.

For now, social responsibility and tolerance need to be put before individual freedom, hard as that may be for us all. – Elizabeth Ho

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