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Today, readers comment on SA MLC Sarah Game’s first speech to parliament, Scott Morrison and COVID, financial credibility, Channel 44 and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

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Commenting on the story: One Nation MP defends immigrants’ ‘right to maintain culture’

Here comes another independent. Farewell, One Nation! – Albert Rea

The more I hear our One Nation MP the more I like her. More in the spirit of inclusiveness and tolerance than I have heard about immigrants and dare I say, also our refugees?

All they want when they come to Australia is a chance to live and work in a peaceful and tolerant society. Our leaders could reflect on that. – Iris Iwanicki

I wholeheartedly agree with Sarah Game. Am also an immigrant from Bavaria and have integrated, am as Aussie as the next person but have kept ties with my German origins and language.

Teaching of languages in school should be obligatory but not as its done now, haphazardly with too many choices with no continuum. Japanese, Mandarin or Indonesian should be considered. – Irma Denk

I partially agree with Ms Game. Whereas anyone will agree in terms of keeping the ‘old country’s’ traditions and in making no difference between Australians ‘by birth’ and ‘by choice’, the agreement will cease when we acknowledge the integration problems with some communities where the members live a life of self-segregation which only alienates their youth by keeping the ‘us-versus-them’-mentality alive.

Should our schools teach foreign languages? Yes, for a number a reasons, but should the fact someone speaks another language an excuse for not learning English? No, as English is our common language, our language of instruction, and our language of government.

I personally dream of an Australia that is a ‘melting pot’ rather than being ‘multicultural’ as the later implies a group of different clusters while the former implies a mix of different ethnicities into a single sense of belonging.

Finally, most migrants, like me, move here not because it is similar to their origin country but rather because it isn’t. – Fabio Braga Vasconcelos 

Commenting on the story: PM says his ‘bulldozer’ approach has served Australia well with COVID

With regard to the PM’s “strong” approach to COVID, the work was done by the states.

The feds had four responsibilities: Supply of vaccines and tests, aged care, Aboriginal health, older Australians. By any measure, they failed every one. – Ian Fry

Commenting on the opinion piece: Don’t worry about the sums, trust us

When we deal with facts, not assertions, it is revealed $20 billion went to businesses that should not have received JobKeeper and now $5.5 billion to cancel the French built submarines, $30 million went to proposed airport land in NSW that independent valuation put at $3 million, and sport and regional schemes have been abused by Ministers of the Crown.

The claim that the current Morrison Government is fiscally responsible is a false claim as verified by the facts, supported by a lack of transparency and accountability. – Michael O’Neil

Commenting on the story: Labor pledges to keep Channel 44 on TV screens longer

There are 55 Community TV broadcasting licences in Australia but only two in capital cities, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Since 2016, Channel 44 Adelaide and Channel 31 Melbourne have been existing on a knife edge of last minute reprieves and extension.

Good on Labor for eliminating the current 2024 ‘final’ deadline but why is the caveat “until there is an alternative use for the radiofrequency spectrum they use” added on?

Does this actually mean these channels could lose their licences earlier? And if there is no burning need to use the radiofrequency spectrum, why not support media diversity and grant them a permanent licence! – Grant Brindal

The great feature of broadcast over online models is no one accidentally comes across an online platform, where as with free-to-air TV, people encounter Ch 44 or 31 when channel surfing. That is its great advantage for community TV.  Online is a good supplement but no substitute. – Vincent O’Donnell

Commenting on the Music review: ASO’s Affirmation

The trombone concerto was the highlight of the concert. The earplugs were unnecessary; perhaps a marketing device. – Robert Richardson

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