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Today, readers comment on finding work after the car industry shutdown, governnment plans for a hotel on the old RAH site, decriminalising sex work and the power of tree planting.

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Commenting on the story: Most ex-Holden workers in worse jobs after factory closure: report

I worked at Holden for 32 years.

After being made redundant, I was lucky to find some casual work for  three months.

I was then unemployed for eight months, before finding four more months work. After that I was unemployed for another three months before finding two months work.

Then unemployed for six more months before finding my current role which will finish at Christmas, with only five weeks of employment.

The government has no clue how many people are unemployed as a result of the Holden closure. 

Full-time employment for most is just a pipe dream. Government departments don’t appear to want to help, as you may still have some money left from your redundancy.

Labour hire companies promise the world and don’t deliver. Wages for many trades is not even close to Holden pay. 

There are no jobs in defence to be had and even though I have a trade, no employment in defence is likely until late 2020 or into 2021 – and that’s only if labour is not brought in from elsewhere or transferred from current defence roles if Collins Class work is moved to WA. Paul Rawlings 

Commenting on the story: “Rule this out now”: Council to oppose Lot Fourteen hotel

No hotel for Lot 14!

The parklands surrounding the Adelaide CBD are unique and belong to the people, for use of the people.  

Any form of accommodation building goes against the purpose of the area.

I can’t believe the government think they can do this once again. Judy Milford

Adelaide Uni should be rated now too.

It is now a commercial enterprise to all appearances. – Peter Hill 

Commenting on the story: NT decriminalises sex work after SA kills own Bill

The recent defeat of the sex worker decriminalisation bill by social arch-conservatives, from both sides of politics, represents a massive win for wowserism in South Australia 

What do these people think? Sex workers and sex work will not just go away.

Those involved in sex work here deserve the same rights and protections as all other South Australians. – Gilbert Aitken

Commenting on the story: Trendy inner-city suburbs get cash splash at expense of outer suburbs: report

The best way to combine climate change resilience with better health and liveability in Adelaide’s urban areas is to plant street trees, lots of them.

Do it urgently because trees take time to grow.

A recent university study of neighbouring streets in Western Sydney found that during the heatwave conditions that Australia is now experiencing with greater frequency, the streets with a shade-giving canopy of established trees were up to 10 degrees cooler than nearby streets with no tree cover.

The reason is obvious. The bitumen and concrete on roadways and footpaths make them highly efficient heat sinks, absorbing, retaining and radiating enough heat to fry the proverbial egg.

The areas of Adelaide conspicuously lacking an established cover of large street trees are all the postwar, outer suburban, lower socioeconomic suburbs and new subdivisions.

They are where the planning priorities must be if everyone in Adelaide is to be given an equal chance of surviving the extremes of the climate crisis. – Bruce Adams

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