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On an election corflute ban and more

Today, readers comment on the changing face of electioneering, park lands fencing, Rundle Mall, and power firm profits versus miserly solar feed-in tariffs.

Feb 09, 2024, updated Feb 09, 2024
Election corflutes will be banned from poles and public infrastructure. Photo supplied

Election corflutes will be banned from poles and public infrastructure. Photo supplied

Commenting on the story: ‘Their time has come’: Election corflutes to be banned in SA

I have assisted an independent with an election campaign, and believe this is another cynical, anti-democratic move, designed by the three major parties to cement their positions.

Corflutes are the cheapest way for independents to get a message across. The major parties book up outdoor advertising sites years in advance. They have money for much more expensive tv, radio and press advertising. They get all the free daily media.

Federal sitting members get government funded electorate newsletters which they always use when election is called. All these things stack the cards against independents and the move should be opposed. – Ian Mannix

At least the electors of Dunstan have been spared the saturation levels of corflutes polluting their streets as happened during the last state election.

The overwhelming majority of the corflutes in Dunstan featured the now Premier Peter Malinauskas, yet his Government could’t move fast enough to support the corflute ban in Parliament on Wednesday.

The Labor Party must have a warehouse full of Malinauskas corflutes, yet they have voted not to adorn the streets of the Dunstan electorate with them for the by-election.

The proverb “there’s more than one way to skin a cat” comes to mind. Some more creative electioneering will no doubt manifest itself, despite Mali electing not to permit his countenance to be on show.

Doubless “Ash the Ambo”  and “No ramping Mali” recollections will be front and centre in the minds of the Dunstan electors, closely followed by a solid vote for ridding the electorate of Mali’s signature achievement, the annual street car race. – Philip Groves  

Commenting on the story: Park land pitch fence bid under review

I note the cricket ground next door has a permanent white picket fence. – John Galluccio

Commenting on Notes on Adelaide: For better or worse? Adelaide projects that defied the hate

I’ve returned to Adelaide after 20-plus years in Europe.

Like all places, Adelaide too has positives and negatives. I’ve spent quite a time walking and cycling the streets and while I can still find attractive old buildings and updated, attractive new areas, Rundle Mall is not one of them.

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Look down it and walk it at any time of day, and it’s an ugly experience. North Terrace pavement works because it’s green (as well as having kept its historic, hand-built buildings).

But the cheap appearance and lack of mature trees that the space should support, plus absence of additional green and pretty plantings, indicates a lack of value and taste. Get rid of the plastic grass for a start. Please. -Christine Hunter

Commenting on the story: AGL rejects price-gouging claims after profit spike 

AGL profits are most likely driven by ripping off households via pathetic solar feed-in rebates.

How is it ethical to pay homeowners 6 cents per KW for the electricity they supply to the grid, and charge them 50 cents per KW for the electricity they take from the grid? Particularly when the homeowner has stumped up the capital to purchase the solar equipment.

I understand that these organisations need to make a profit, but the difference between the feed-in rebate and the electricity price should be much narrower.

Consumers are trying to do the right thing for the environment and our community by purchasing panels and batteries, but they have no power in this equation.

When we purchased our solar system in August 2022 the feed-in rebate was 30 cents and the electricity price was about 42 cents.  It was a good decision financially and for the environment, but within a year, the feed-in rebate reduced dramatically while the electricity price went up – caught on both sides of the pricing!

Now we are left feeling like the retailers have tricked us into outlaying for the equipment so they have access to cheap electricity.

Retailers are like a cartel, all pricing moves the same and at roughly the same time. – Adam Hughes

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