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Your views: on the bin tax and Brexit

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Today, readers comment on the cost of sending waste to landfill and the chance of Scotland leaving the UK over Brexit.

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The real cost of waste

Commenting on the story: Lucas’s bin tax will hit housing industry, builders warn

Charging more for solid waste dumping is important and I support it, but it is only one of the portfolio of actions required to reduce waste to landfill and help reduce greenhouse gas production.

State and national governments have been very slow to develop a comprehensive response to the growing issue of waste.

They need to do so as a high priority and ensure in so doing they communicate effectively with all stakeholders including businesses and the community.

If we value the planet we need to pay for a new system for waste reduction, and stop thinking that reducing taxes is the key role and priority of our politicians. – Patricia Carter

What is wrong with people paying for the disposal of waste generated in the construction of a building they want to have constructed?

So the Master Builders “want to do what they do best: build houses, schools, factories and office buildings, grow the economy and employ more South Australians”. but they are reluctant to pay for keeping the state clean.

Pursuit of growth and employment alone is symptomatic of limited vision. Howard Harris

I’d like to know just how much – if any – waste was being shipped from SA to China.

I get the impression the LGA and individual councils weren’t paying attention to what was going on around them. The skills of anticipation appear to have vanished.

I’d also like to know if the Budget really was “payback” over the rate-capping imbroglio.

We just seem to lumber-blunder on, blame game, blah blah.

So many questions, I know. Robbie Brechin

Disunited Kingdom

Commenting on the story: Losing Scotland the price to pay for Brexit – Conservatives

The majority of Scots and Northern Irish people voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union (EU).

For years there have been moves in Scotland for it to become an independent, sovereign State.

The people of Northern Ireland do not want a hard border re-introduced between Ulster and the Irish Republic, which would, seemingly, be almost inevitable should  the British Government succeed in pulling the current UK out of the EU.

Scotland will almost immediately move to vote for full independence. That will be the end of what has always been an artificial union which came about as a result of the military subjugation of the people of Scotland, Wales and the illegal invasion and occupation of Ireland by the English.

The Irish, no matter how we pretend to be friends of England now, will never, ever, forget, nor forgive, the British Government, and in particular the English for the deliberate and totally preventable famine which it, in an attempt at genocide, allowed to occur.

We hope that Scotland does leave the UK. We hope it is the end of British arrogance and, hopefully, the English will come to accept that their empire is dead, their kingdom irrelevant and they are about as relevant to the world as, say, the Isle of Man, which lies in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. Robert McCormick

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