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Today, readers comment on the national energy crisis and a minimum wage rise.

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Commenting on the story: New SA blackout worry as national electricity market suspended and SA blackouts warning as Premier slams national energy ‘embarrassment’

Ah, naked capitalist greed. Gotta love it … not! – Luke Faulkner

The Premier lamented yesterday on radio the failings of the former former Liberal Government and its privatisation agenda from the mid 90s. Seriously, it’s been nearly 30 years and included 16 years of Labor government – spare us that carry on.

Meanwhile, the energy crisis continues to be the result of a lack of clear policy direction from any government across the country. A hopeless, lost ideological ‘too hard basket’, which invariably has caused private energy companies to avoid investing for fear of getting it wrong.  Energy is quite comfortable in the hands of the private sector, with proper regulatory oversight (which we have) where competition thrives and consumers win.

You can see clearly what happens when government is involved – it gets dark pretty quickly. – Luke Harrington

Commenting on the story: Wage boost to cost SA business ‘$518 million’ 

Fair go, big business. You got a helping hand from government through the worst of COVID, now it’s the turn of the lowest paid workers.

Has it occurred to you that these people will now be able to go out and spend some money on the things you produce and sell? – Maureen Howland

The saying (which is usually applied to managerial positions): if you pay peanuts you get monkeys.

Perhaps, if workers were paid an amount that will enable them to both eat and keep a roof over their heads, their productivity will improve and profit margins will be able to be maintained. – Mark Eckermann

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