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Today, readers comment on a proposed modern upgrade to a heritage building, decriminalisation, Kabul evacuation, climate change and planning.

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Commenting on the story: Modern new look for historic Urrbrae gatehouse

I am so disappointed at the plans and photographs of what they want to do after moving the Urrbrae Gatehouse.

Why would they possibly want to spoil the beautiful old building by adding the awful modern extension. Surely they could design an extension that matches the Gatehouse, the same building materials, etc. – Belinda Meyers

The appalling proposed design makes no attempt to fit sympathetically with the existing heritage structure. What is the point? The architect’s brief needs to state: match exactly existing form, scale, built fabric. Please get another proposal. – Michael O’Callaghan

The Government’s decision to relocate the Gatehouse and to make it functional is commendable. And we should remember that this historic building was only saved from demolition by a massive public campaign.

However it is disappointing that the proposed modern extension is antithetic to the original structure. Surely with a modicum of wit, sensitivity and imagination the architects could have created a design with appropriate colour, form and ambience to meld with this state heritage icon. – Warren Jones

Commenting on the story: Police demand licensing system for decriminalised sex work

I’m not sure if the headline is misleading in terms of “demanding” and “refusing”, but it is not SAPOL’s role to decide which bills may it may not pass, nor if it will or will not enforce bills that become legislated.

The Commissioner is not an elected official and, as he would be well aware, should not be attempting to influence Parliament through refusing to support legislation as the headline suggests. If asked for advice, then that is well within his purview, but he should leave law-making to those elected to do so.

Conflating organised crime with sex work is also a stigmatic view that ignores precedent elsewhere. – Jacob Hodgman

There were 523 submissions to the Inquiry. 447 were against the Bill and 76 were for it. That information is available from the Committee website. That is not 2/3rd for the Bill or we are all in big trouble in our understanding of maths. The secretariat has wrongly classed 421 submissions from individuals who have given their names and email addresses as one submission.

The most authoritative were from the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Commercial Sexual Exploitation (Submission 92) and from Associate Professor Joanne Howe (Submission 62) which show that the proposal is harmful for women and must be rejected and a Nordic Model Bill propounded. – Christopher Brohier

Commenting on the story: Light load for Australia’s first Kabul evacuation flight

I’m disgusted that Australians paid for a Hercules to fly to Kabul and leave with more than 100 empty seats when there were thousands trying to get on a plane out.

We saw hundreds of refugees sitting on the floor of the U.S. Globemasters flying them to safety but Australia managed to rescue 25 Australians and a foreign national. Another successful outcome for the Morrison government. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so disgusting. – Lance Feeney

Commenting on the story:Experts demand ‘urgent’ climate action in SA planning code  

These Government “advisers” may want to take their concerns to the Chinese Consulate and ask why the Chinese are increasing emissions ( far outstripping any reductions we achieve in SA and Australia many times over), ask why China is granted ” developing nation status” whilst boasting a massive military presence and build up and happily buying up ( at least were) our luxury items like lobsters.

Direct your fear mongering and selective outrage at the correct source and you may have some credibility. – Grant Petras

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