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Today, readers comment on COVID entry and border rules, city cycling and the Chapman inquiry.

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Commenting on the story: SA closes border to NT as virus cluster grows

Who is running SA? Is it Premier Marshall, the Police Commissioner, Professor Spurrier or no one? SA seems to be flapping about like a man drowning.

There are currently many hundreds of active Covid cases in NSW and many more in Victoria. That said, we open up borders to those two states next week. Why is the NT/SA border closed?

Mixed messaging is deadly to the credibility of leadership. A good example of this is can be found by having a quick look at the plans somebody drafted for movement between the different local government areas in SA. What a mess. – Gilbert Aitken

Commenting on the story: SA’s new COVID rules after November 23

Mr Marshall congratulated SA citizens for working so hard against Covid. And he is right – it was a great effort to achieve a safe relaxed, lifestyle compared to some of the states. The SA Government itself can take some of the credit.

Opening will be of some benefit for some but Marshall’s gift to many, if not most of us, may well be outbreaks, a Covid economy, a stressed lifestyle and overworked hospitals: the things we fought so hard against. With what is still inadequate vaccination numbers, SA residents may well be asking was the fight worth it when the welcome doors open and Covid says thank you. – Robert Scammell

Commenting on the story: Call to compensate businesses, staff impacted when COVID hits

We are an Adelaide family who moved to Belgium for work temporarily in 2020 and who have not been able to return since to visit family.

We are hoping to return to Adelaide for Christmas so our children can see their grandparents and we can see our family. We were therefore planning to fly to Melbourne and then come into Adelaide after spending some time in Melbourne. However, the rules for entry into South Australia from interstate after previously coming from overseas are not clear. Is seven days spent in Victoria sufficient? Or is 14 days required?

We and many other SA families have been trying to get an answer for weeks via the Covid helpline, but have been informed a decision has not yet been made. – Rowan Steele

Commenting on the story: ‘Drivers’ month’ councillor says car use input key to city bikeway plan

Jessy Khera has a very strange perception on promoting cycling infrastructure.

If he were in the council in the 1970s we would likely be driving down Rundle Street west at 35 miles per hour – there would be no Rundle Mall and metric would be something seen in most developed countries.

Change is not always suitable for every person, but the studies undertaken around the world prove that if more people are on bikes or public transport, then less people are on cars. This is not telling people to get out of their cars and onto bikes, it is creating a healthy and safe environment that encourages active transport. – Roger Coats

Commenting on the story: Chapman has failed the pub test and must resign: Brindal

Mark Brindal’s views on the Attorney-General’s position in relation to the Parliamentary committee’s inquiry over the KI port decision are in my view correct and concerning.

She should resign to protect the standards of our democratic process. If she refuses then we could see others choosing not to declare conflicts in future. As Minister for Local Government, the Attorney-General has also placed herself in a difficult position in contemplating legislation dealing with conflicts by others under the Local Government Act.

Local councillors are very aware of the difference between disclosing actual conflict of interest against perceived conflict of interest. And most are not legally qualified as is the minister. The fragility of democratic governance is that there is a slippery slide downwards in making decisions without abiding by established principles. – Graham Webster

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