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Today, readers comment on special laws being considered for a motorsport park, question aged pensioner incomes, and applaud the planting of airport crops.

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No race to change laws for motorsport park

Commenting on the story: State laws could go around The Bend

It is surprising, and disappointing, that a special Act of Parliament is being considered to enable one single developer to ignore the laws that every other South Australian business and resident is required to follow. 

It’s particularly galling when this special treatment is being considered for a developer who has the capacity to design their development better to enable them to follow the rules.

Indenture Acts have been rarely used in the past, and rightly so.  They should be consigned to the dustbin of history. They betray last century thinking and a willingness to trash the fundamental and basic concept of a level playing field for all.

Parliament make laws for a reason.  If people can’t follow the law, then they should reconsider the merits of their development. Craig Wilkins

Regarding The Bend Motorsport Complex, presumably there was some sort of environmental study done before the proposal got the go-ahead? There would have had to have been lots of consultation with the neighbouring landholders, environmental assessments, environmental and economic studies, If not, why not?

If this were a mine site and there was any dust blowing off from it onto neighbours’ properties there would be serious consequences and remedial action demanded by DEM. If it were a mine site and noise became a concern, there would be serious consequences and remedial action demanded by the DEM.

OK, it is not a mine site, it is a recreational and industrial complex, but surely these should have all been assessed and controls demanded by the Environmental Protection Agency, or was this given significant project status and approval without stringent process?

Presumably vehicles brought in temporarily from overseas only need to be registered if driven on public roads? How then did SA operate the F1 race for 11 years on public roads closed to the public, or has that little piece of law been brought in since 1996?

As for native vegetation, there is none, it was all cleared land prior to being developed.

I have cycled around it on two wheels and three and thoroughly enjoyed it.

It is a great facility to have in SA, and it would be great to get the F1 back from the Victorians! Richard J. Hill

Don’t forget aged pensioners

Commenting on the story: Budget backflip on support for Newstart recipients

Does this mean that those on Newstart who are still living with their parents will also get this largesse? If so, why?

Once again our politicians have ignored those on the old age pension. Remember it was not until 1985 that superannuation became compulsory, so there will be tens of thousands of people who retired from 1985 until 2000 and some beyond who never had the opportunity to be part of their employer’s superannuation scheme.

Schemes which were by invitation only: men had to wait four years and women ten years before they even became eligible to get that invitation, and if the employer did not like you they could simply not invite you to join!

ACTU Secretary McManus has been loud in her demands that those on the minimum wage should get an increase so as to “lift them above the poverty line”.

What she conveniently overlooks is that most, if not all, old age retirees would have been union members throughout their working lives and when forced to retire at 65 (men), 60 (women), they had to go on the pension.

A single OAP gets around $454.50 per week or $23,634 per year, about $15,000 less than the minimum wage, but we hear no calls from Ms McManus for her former members to be given a rise even so far as the below the poverty line wages” rate she complains of for others. Robert McCormick

Airport crops could take off

Commenting on the story: Why Adelaide Airport has been growing crops next to its runway

It’s good to see something so sensible. Big barren spaces become hot, and heat up the air around them.

Recently I was looking at an urban heat map, and I was amazed at the heat of different surfaces. Even the difference between green lawns and those that have died back a bit is very noticeable.

That the airport can recover costs and even start to make a profit in just seven years is great too. They are just showing that we can do things smarter, and make profit when we put our minds to it.

Just think what we could do about our recycling issues, if we tried. Trude Paladin

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