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Today, readers comment on the wisdom of taking on heavy debt as the economy slows.

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Commenting on the story: Debt and taxes help Lucas protect his modesty

Here we go again. Before the demise of the disastrous ALP state government, the Liberals constantly derided them for living beyond their means, living on the state credit card.

Now we have Lucas doing exactly the same. We are being warned by far more intelligent and knowledgeable people that the world is facing a massive economic downturn which will impact everyone.

So just why does Lucas think that SA is immune and is in fact going to enjoy an economic boom about which the rest of the world can only dream?

Ever since they were elected the Liberals have been telling us that money is tight and, with complete justification, they have been blaming Rann, Weatherilll and their lap-dogs for everything.

Now Marshall and Lucas are setting out on yet another spendathon which will drive SA into even greater debt than that which those philistines of economic management the ALP dumped on the hapless residents of SA.

Steven and Rob, how about just paying off all those debts first and you cut the cloth to fit SA’s wallet?

The forecast economic downturn will be more devastating for SA than any other part of Australia.

The young are still being forced to leave SA because there are no jobs and no prospects of any new ones in the near future and politicians – from all sides – are doing nothing to address that massive problem. Robert McCormick

I fear the only real growth will be budget papers’ contributions to our landfill. – Mike Lesiw

Commenting on the story: “Notorious” level crossings targeted in State Budget

The announcement of proposed works at level crossings and other problem intersections seems to run counter to future aspirations.

We are led by infrastructure, so gravitate to it like bees around a honey pot and congest the spot some more.  

The CSIRO has released a report of a National Outlook 2060, where they envisage a low carbon economy and 45% mode shift away from private cars in our denser cities of 2060.

A higher carbon future has us in tragic decline and CO₂ keeps going up, not down.

E-cars for us all will face insurmountable problems with rare minerals depletion. The energy to make them is twice our global CO₂. Petrol cars will be with us for long into the future.

We need infrastructure to serve this future prosperity. With competing budget demands for carbon sequestration and healthcare we need an affordable plan.

A protected cycle network is the most appropriate tool we can hope for and is a good match for a denser city. Tim Eisemann

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