On a uni merger’s demands on staff, and more

Today, readers comment on a “horrifically unsustainable” workload for university staff dealing with transition planning, Australian versus French media, and a park lands sports fencing knockback.

Feb 15, 2024, updated Feb 15, 2024
The University of Adelaide and UniSA are planning to merge by January 2026. Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily

The University of Adelaide and UniSA are planning to merge by January 2026. Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily

Commenting on the story: Staff raise alarm over South Australian merger workload

The total disregard for staff in this merger process will add further fuel for the drain of researchers and academics out of South Australia.

It will take many years and many dollars to reverse this brain drain. – Steve Milanese

Commenting on the opinion piece: What the Australian media could learn from the French

Fantastic article – the assessment of Australian media is so spot on! – Simone Fogarty

Thank you for writing such a well-structured and reasoned analysis, and thanks to Solstice Media for publishing it.

Taking the thesis a little further, it seems to me that the NZ media and the UK media are more inclined to the “French” principles of knowledge rather than balance (or is it the love of conflict?), and I would like to hear the author’s thoughts on that. – Hugh Middlemis

Dominic has hit the nail on the head. Reporters are just that, reporters of facts, and expert opinions can be obtained from experts.

The local method of giving reporters free rein to opinionate is mere laziness on the part of media, and spreads uneducated misinformation. Vive France.

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I am well and truly over the use off social media ‘influencers’ commenting on subjects of which they have little if any knowledge, and those comments being used by media who are just too lazy to look for and report on the opinions of experts.

Education is an integral part of the work of all media styles, and should be at the forefront of all they do. – John Taylor

Commenting on the story: Park lands soccer club won’t get a fenced pitch after council rejects bid

The cricket pitch next door has a fence. – John Gallucio

Sitting on the fence with your head in the sand. A dangerous position. – Matthew Doman

State heritage listed Colonel Light Gardens in the marginal seats of Elder and Boothby is also feeling the pressure of Labor election promise money for sports clubs.

Approximately $3.1 million of state and federal government money has been promised for sports on Mortlock Park, including 10m high fences and 18m high floodlights.

Colonel Light Gardens’ heritage, as a Garden Suburb, is to achieve a self-contained, physically and socially distinct place and a visually pleasing and harmonious environment characterised by ‘no jarring note’. A place where “residents’ everyday needs (are)a ccommodated” within walking distance.

Mitcham Council cannot protect sttate heritage if it cannot identify the heritage significance of Mortlock Park or Charles C Reade’s intended design. If this spend goes ahead, residents will have no place for restful relaxing walks in a natural environment, socialising with friends and our park will be covered in ugly fences and lights. – Janet Scott

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