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Today, readers comment on a new Speaker, open borders, vaccination and climate policy.

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Commenting on the story: Speaker ousted in late-night parliamentary coup

The comments by Dan Cregan to justify his egotistical move to Speaker shows the lack of quality in our parliament.

His and Francis Bedford’s claim that we should have an independent speaker seems sound on the surface. However, perhaps they could then explain what would happen if there were no independents elected to parliament. Vacant chair? Pull a passerby off the street? Or would they then somehow be able to justify not having an independent speaker?

This and the ICAC now you see it, now you don’t farce, and politicians ignoring their own electorate’s voting choices by becoming independents. Please bring on the election to sort this riff raff out. – Peter Macdonald

Commenting on the story: SA Health boss casts doubt over Christmas border opening and Your views Tuesday October 12

I don’t think the borders should be open for Christmas to any travellers that haven’t been double vaccinated and COVID tested negative before entering, to safeguard us all. – Cheryl Chambers

Not everyone has had the chance to get vaccinated; for example my son, aged 15 and with disabilities, for whom vaccination only became available in September.

Once the children 12 and up reach 80% vaccinated, then I think opening up should go ahead. Comments about mental health and families being torn apart – people clearly aren’t losing their minds worrying about their intellectually disabled child potentially catching Covid and being alone in a hospital bed, while gravely ill or worse.

The final goodbye to a family member, the impact on mental health of losing a family member, these are currently avoidable. What’s with all the hurry to get SA infected. Not fair to the kids or to the disabled whose vaccination rates are also way below that of the general population (14% lower I believe), despite having been in the 1a cohort of the rollout, and an “equal” responsibility of the federal government to the aged care rollout which is now at 90%.

What happens when these people are dropping like flies? Nothing, to most people. To their loved ones though, the sky will be falling. 60% of all deaths in the UK last year were disabled people.

Anyone have stats on vax rates in the vulnerable sectors of society? These are the numbers that should dictate opening of borders. – Fiona Killick-McKinnon

Commenting on the story: Six-week vaccination blitz for SA secondary schools

“The data shows 3.92 per cent of 12 to 15-year-old South Australians are currently fully vaccinated, compared to 17.65 per cent of New South Wales teenagers.”

As a mother who booked her 15-year-old daughter’s appointment the first day it was possible to get an appointment for 12 to 15-year-olds, we had to wait a month for an appointment. I could only assume that was it, the next available was a month but at least it was getting done. My 15-year-old had her first vaccination last week.

I suspect that this stat is going to rapidly rise because I suspect any parent after me needed to also wait. The job is getting done and not a moment too soon. It would have got done sooner had a diverse vaccine strategy been adopted in the first place. – Sandra Vallance

Commenting on the opinion piece: High stakes politics of Morrison climate policy

We need to have a 2050 reduction policy with strategies to take to Glasgow, and it must be taken by Morrison as the Prime Minister.

Citing ’not wanting’ to have to go through quarantine on return is an embarrassment to us all, as is this procrastination on this crucial issue. – Deb Moulton

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