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Your views: on parliament and pandemic

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Today, readers comment on politics and public health planning.

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Commenting on the story: Richardson: the parliamentary hijack a long time coming

Regarding former Liberal and now independent MP Dan Cregan taking over the position of Speaker and causing the Marshall Government to lose control of state parliament, Tom Richardson asks, “does anyone care?”.

The plain truth is, most people wouldn’t care. I’d say most young people wouldn’t even give much thought to who holds the position of Speaker or even understand that person’s role.

However, tell anyone that a politician claimed an allowance to stay at his mum and dad’s place and you’d be sure to get a reaction.

Similarly, tell them every politician in parliament happily rushed through a law that protected them from being investigated for corruption, and they’d be gobsmacked.

The majority of politicians are all the same, so wrapped up in their factional wars and quest for power that they have little relevance to the people they supposedly serve. – Carol Faulkner

I agree that the parliament can and does work very fast when it affects their career and income.

All members live in such a bubble that they don’t realise how their behaviour over the past few weeks in stripping the ICAC, and now changing the constitution without any reference to anyone, leaves us incensed and wondering who to vote for in the coming election. Id like to throw them all out as a lesson, but that is not possible. – Josephine Cray

Commenting on the story: MPs plot to kill Dorothy Dix after Speaker coup

Ideally the Speaker of the House shouldn’t even be an elected member. It should be someone completely independent from the politics being discussed, such as an ex-Magistrate.

Or, given the nature of behaviour that often takes place in that room, a highly-regarded former primary school teacher or principal. They would have decades of experience maintaining discipline and standards in an environment of unruly taunting and squabbling. I’d vote for that! – Jacob Hodgman

Commenting on the story: Hospital bed boost ahead of expected virus surge (What we know today, Thursday October 14)

Really good to see finally some solid action on this. Cannot help thinking it is too little too late.

We have been in an emergency for 18 months now and have seen what has happened overseas and in NSW and VIC, yet little has apparently been done to prepare us for the presumed inevitable spike in cases requiring hospital treatment.

Ambulances and emergency departments are already overstretched –  how will they cope with a large COVID outbreak here? Maybe the public have not been privy to all SA Health’s plans but it is nevertheless worrying. – George MacKenzie

Commenting on the story: SA Govt event company ‘decimated’ as clients snub Australia

SA Health has done a great job for SA during this pandemic. But it’s time the Premier started running the state and cutting down on restrictions and opening up to entertainment and events.

It’s not going to be a perfect world but we’ve got to get going. – Meredith Kelly

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