Your view: On Labor’s public service cuts and more


Today, readers comment on Labor plans to cut the civil service if elected, a restored train in the heart of Port Adelaide and urban design.

Commenting on the story: Cuts to public services, executive cuts to offset Labor spending spree

I am surprised that we are left with public services given that every government has said over the past 10 years that they are going to cut the number of civil servants and lay them off. Can we say which parts of the public service will be cut? – Rob Haak

What a ridiculous notion that cutting back office jobs does not affect frontline services. According to Mullighan, who will assume the functions when the back office is removed?

Either it’s frontline staff (and therefore service delivery is affected) or things won’t get done. Maybe things like criminal background checks and timely vendor payment processing.

He’s the best and brightest in the Labor Party? I wouldn’t let Mullighan run my piggy bank. –Lachlan Miller

Using 350 more ambos won’t solve the scaling up; it simply ensures that the recurrent cost of health increases year by year. We need to recognize that health spending is just a bottomless pit to throw money into; the more you give, the more it demands.

A more effective approach would be to focus on improving the use of the services we already have, that is, to focus on ways to reduce unnecessary consumption of limited services. For example, invest more effort in educating people not to come to the emergency room with a minor ailment that could/should be managed by a GP.

Maybe even charge a small $20 co-pay for emergency referrals with reasonable exceptions. People don’t appreciate services that are provided for free. –Paul Venables

Commenting on the story: Labour’s $52m pledge to get Port Adelaide rail extension back on track

Good idea. Can we also restore the 333 bus line to a viable schedule. Stephan Knoll, not a master of common sense, decimated this vital road when he had power. – Jeremy Bryce

Commenting on the opinion piece: If we want to develop Adelaide, we need to plan for it

I’m not against the idea of ​​a metro system at all – I’ve lived in Sydney for 25 years and used the trains a lot. But they are so expensive to build!

A cheaper (but still not cheap) expansion of trams would certainly work just as well. It works in Melbourne.

It would be useful to have an electronic tag to access the city to reduce traffic jams. Also, why don’t we have a grid of one way streets in the CBD? The rectangular shape of the street grid would facilitate its implementation and allow for more tram lines or bus lanes while maintaining fluidity.

Finally, Victoria Square, despite the hugely expensive renovation a few years ago, is still a dysfunctional eyesore. At the very least, close Grote St/Waymouth Street where it crosses the park. Italian cities have no traffic problems around their squares. – Robin Chase

Oh nooooo. Here we go again. And this guy dares to insult us with his NIMBY line. My garden is already full!

On the one hand, we have all the evidence we need that there are already too many people here. Expansion into the hills and north and south. Apartments going up everywhere. Add to urban consolidation. Roads to be built. Public transport in difficulty. Schools to expand. Not enough medical personnel or hospitals for the population we already have. River systems polluted or running out of water. An already very successful agricultural sector and very little productive land left to produce more. A fishing sector at its limits and under constraints. How much more evidence do we need?

This guy is an architect and I suspect he’s stuck in the mold of self-interest. I suggest he might be better off focusing on a sustainable and efficient building industry with the resources and the demand we already have, and not perpetuating the obvious folly of his belief in perpetual growth and perpetual resources .

May I suggest we drop all major parties and vote for Sustainable Australia Party. We cannot continue as we are for the good of climate change, for our environment, for our good especially the good of all our children. –Peter Hayward

Guy is a visionary. We need more. And we need imagination in government to recognize a good idea when it comes to fruition.

The idea that public infrastructure should be “profitable” strangles our state, or perhaps the country. Decent public infrastructure should be the government’s core business (not funding luxury lodges on KI) to enable us as citizens to respond aggressively to bring Adelaide out of the 18th century.

I, too, would like to see better design everywhere: from the ugly beige tin sheds all over the suburbs to the insidious creep of poor “developer-driven” corporate design and its effect on public spaces. -Caroline Johnson

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