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Your views: on the politics of opening up

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Today, readers comment on opening SA’s doors before the March election, and an Independent MP.

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Commenting on the opinion piece: Richardson: Marshall could pay political price of freedom

I’m pretty certain that the Premier’s decision to play by the SA Health handbook, as the old Yes Minister series says, gives him denial plausibility.

If things really went wrong, he could stand up and say we took the advice from Health and that was wrong, and proceed to throw Health under the bus. As Government do when they get caught out. Not that there’s a plan B for a pandemic anyway. – Peter Dent

Surely it’s obvious: opening up the state, especially to Victoria and NSW, before 80-90% vaccination rates would be courting disaster. That’s what the informed medical authorities say, and they’re the ones to listen to.

If Marshall is going to follow Morrison’s insistence for states to open up, then he’s committing political suicide. – Noris Ioannou

Fantastic article from Tom Richardson which really summed up the nuances of ‘opening up’ for S.A. Something that the states bearing the weight of COVID cases would not be aware of. – Kati Jenkins

“from being widely described in some sections of the media as a liberation” – and there lies the problem, a problem that this author has not abstained from in his endevour to find some fault with the premier, when no fault is there.

The reference to “Yes Minister” was more apt to the latter years of the Jay era, in particular their prosecution of the “Transforming Health” mantra. – Fred Driver

Commenting on the story: Independent set to make election-shaping call

The best move Frances Bedford could make is to retire. After 25 years, she has little left to offer.

Having worked with her at close quarters, I can testify these days she spends more of her time pursuing her own personal vanity projects.

No matter where she runs, most voters are smart enough to know another term would just be an honour lap. She should just call it quits and exit the stage with what grace she can manage. – Matt Loader

The story of Frances Bedford indicates that the six month election campaign is well and truly on.

I think that all politicians of both houses should be required to do a cv of what they have done in the past nearly four years. This should  also  apply  to Legislative Council members, irrespective of whether they are up for re-election or not. I think  that voters need to know how effective  a politician they have representing them. – Bill Hecker

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