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Today, readers comment on a choice of Liberal candidate, no longer relying on ambulance arrival, uni mergers, public transport and an ASO performance.

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Commenting on the story: Women contenders poised for Bragg as Libs go for bloke

So, another Liberal staffer. That’s what they put in Sturt for the federal government.

What a pity he scraped in. I hope that makes the voters in the seat of Bragg think twice. It is about time there were no such things as ‘safe’ seats in Australia. – Erica Jolly

So the media is upset because Bragg voted for a bloke and not for woke.

The Liberal Bragg voted for the best person to represent all genders, they know him and what he brings to the table. Other South Australians will see this in the future for Bragg and South Australia.

It is not surprising the Liberal HQ got it wrong in the preselection process and who people should vote for. Jack Batty is right when he said we should listen first to everyone, and he will do that. The other contenders are good people and I hope they are looked after in the Liberal Party.

It was concerning Chelsey Potter did not get a go in the selection process. A competent, intelligent political winner and advocate who did what is right and proper. She is what the Liberal Party needs. – Robert Keage

Commenting on the story: Ambulance ramping, wait times surge ahead of winter
It’s a dreadful situation. However those figures don’t show how many people call for an ambulance and are not able to get one.

My daughter desperately needed one when she had a medical emergency. Despite being given top priority there was no ambulance available. After almost two hours her husband drove her to Flinders, a very traumatic  experience given she was in and out of consciousness. Thankfully she received the care needed and has recovered.

Until this situation markedly improves you should be ready to make your own way to hospital. – Fiona Doyle

Commenting on the story: Uni staff divided over latest merger push

Seems to me that both governments have come about this issue arse-backwards.Yes, South Australia’s universities alone are “too small and too undercapitalised to make it into the list of top international universities”, but that’s not because there are too many of them. It’s because all three are under-funded.

With appropriate backing, we would hope to stand with other cities of similar size, such as Dublin, Ireland, that boast multiple institutions of world class standing. Should we ultimately reduce to one or two universities, even if they each adequately funded, the cry will then be that we do not have enough universities in SA to meet local needs – and then we’d be back where we started. Needing money to do the job properly.

Without changing the way we fund these valuable institutions, no problem will be solved by a merger, a great many lives will be disrupted. – Sean Williams

Commenting on Notes on Adelaide podcast: The cars that ate Adelaide: 

With regard to public transport, we have a Catch-22. How does one achieve even half the urban density of, say, London, to achieve more efficient public transport. without destroying all the green and heating us all up?

I think serious roof gardens (not token planter boxes) have to become the norm, and curtains of irrigated creepers must cover buildings in the summer. This all contributes to habitat for birds and people. But it means blocked stormwater drains etc, and perhaps 5G will be blocked by all the greenery. The suburbs are already felling 100 year old trees to get sun onto solar panels. And then to compound the whole problem, no decent planning can happen in our short election cycle. What is the answer? Continued mediocrity of the public transport system.  Caroline Johnson

Commenting on: Music reviews: ASO’s Joy and Jayson Gillham in Recital

My first comment is how lucky we are to have Graham Strahle to write such intelligent and well informed reviews. Serious criticism in the arts in general seems to be disappearing from the media.

His identification of the disjunction between the orchestra and Jayson Gillham, the soloist in the Mozart concerto, helped me understand why I too felt uneasy about the performance, though at the time couldn’t quite put my finger on the cause, as Jayson’s playing was beautiful.

The concert was completely redeemed by the stunning performance of the Rachmaninov Symphony No 2 which at times was thoroughly exhilarating and at other times extremely moving. The energy of the conductor Dmitry Matvienko seemed to inspire the orchestra to give full expression to the power of the piece, contrasting wonderfully with some sensitive and beautiful solo playing.

The response of the crowd at the end also drew strength from the energy of the conductor and the playing of the ASO, it’s not often you hear such volume of rousing applause from an Adelaide audience. As we left the Town Hall the crowd were buzzing with excitement at what we had just been privileged to witness. – John Hewson

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