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Your views: on Supercars and Centrelink

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Today, readers comment on the demise of Adelaide’s street race, and living with dignity on welfare benefits.

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Commenting on the story: COVID blamed but health authorities not consulted on Supercars axing

The cancellation of the car race is cause for celebration.

When the Grand Prix came to Adelaide 35 years ago, it was run through our streets so that millions of viewers worldwide would see our lovely city. Supercars gave us virtually no international exposure. It was a disruptive and embarrassing comedown, much more suited to the superb track at Tailem Bend.

Long may it thrive in a new location. – Norman Etherington

The numbers at Supercars has been dwindling for years. More tickets are sold to people who solely want to attend the concerts than the actual racing. 

The Supercars formula itself is facing its own fight for relevance. It hung its hat on the Holden vs Ford rivalry, but now Holden no longer exists, it’s lost half its base and replacing them with Camaros (which won’t be available in Australia when they race) is doomed to fail. 

They need to go back to their heritage and start with showroom cars, not cars that are identical except for body panels. 

Bring back the LeMans cars or make a bid for F1 or Formula E. It’s the right time to end the Adelaide 500. – Julian Thompson

Commenting on the story: Family Tax Benefit recipients to wait months for Centrelink payments

Unfortunately nothing will ever change while the mainstream media continually vilify people who are on Centrelink, constantly stereotyping every person on the ‘dole’ as bludgers.

Anyone who has ever dealt with Centrelink knows that they would rather not have to deal with them. What was it the Morrison Government said in reference to the robo-debt debacle? Centrelink do not have a ‘duty of care’ to dole recipients? Tell that to the mother of the young man who killed himself over a robo-debt. I believe the government should have a duty of care to all of its citizens, even the ones that have become a burden on the purse strings.

My personal experience with Centrelink I would describe as emotional torture and extremely stressful. I believe Centrelink causes its own problem by how they treat those people who dare to ask for help. You can’t help but feel demoralised and belittled. 

I am a single mother who decided to raise my young children at home rather than in a daycare centre. I am extremely grateful that I can, and I plan to return to work as soon as my youngest starts school. Because I believe my children will become better citizens knowing that their mother prioritised their welfare above everything.

It is not easy. I have a very tight budget, but we get by.

Modern government and the Reserve Bank considers three per cent unemployment as full employment. Too bad if you are one of those 3%. Begs the question: are there enough jobs for everyone? Added to this, location does play a part. It doesn’t help someone in the bush if there are jobs in the city.

People just need to have a heart and realise that life is not always smooth sailing for everyone, that statistics and dollar amounts do not tell each person’s story. – Kristina Nayda 

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