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Your views: on RAT rollout and more

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Today, readers comment on the State Government not planning for rapid antigen test distribution, country teachers and a ministerial visa veto.

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Commenting on the story: No budget plan for RAT rollout, parliament told

Is it so much to ask that our governments, both State and Federal, try being pro-active instead of constantly reactive?

The information is out there. Is it too hard for them to think ahead and plan a little, make provision for possibilities? Budgeting is supposed to be about forward planning isn’t it? – Maureen Howland

Commenting on the story: SA teachers offered extra $20k to move to country schools

Why not go back to the early days when teachers were posted to a school. Country schools offer so much experience. People are too spoilt today. – Valerie Poole

Commenting on the opinion piece: Djokovic’s deportation and a concerning precedent

It was surprising to see someone with evidently a broad expertise in the law provide this opinion.

I am not totally unsympathetic to Maria’s comments in this opinion piece, however, we need to think about what the opposite action might have meant. A sports celebrity with a history of scientifically unsupported statements on vaccination would have been permitted to continue supplying misinformation to the Australian people. It would not have been an issue had he supported his position with scientific evidence, much like supporting a legal opinion with prior case histories.

If Djokovic had not lied about his activities whilst Covid positive, if he had been more transparent with his vaccine status, he would still be in the country and playing in the Open. It was his decision, ultimately, don’t blame the government.

We are not talking about government opinions on this matter. The judiciary has supported the minister’s ruling. Unanimous by the by, and yes they are trained in the laws off this land too. – Bob Sibson

Associate Professor Maria O’Sullivan points to issues for freedom of expression and political debate given wide Ministerial discretion to cancel visas as confirmed in the matter of Novak Djokovic’s deportation.

So what are the chances of the Federal Minister, Alex Hawke, denying visas to international climate deniers on the grounds that their views might affect the health, safety or good order of the Australian community?

Denying that global warming is occurring or can be influenced by human actions, plus ‘soft denial’ like wilful ignorance about the efficacy of solutions, puts at risk a rational response to serious threats to public health and safety posed by anthropogenic climate change.

But since these views correspond, in part, with the membership of the major and some minor political parties in Australia, I won’t hold my breath. – Jim Allen

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