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Today, readers comment on a push to cap SA rents, abortion rights and affordable but stylish social housing.

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Commenting on the story: Greens push for rent controls in SA

Pretty simple. Make it even harder for landlords to make money on rental property, they sell up. Less rentals, higher rents, more demand for taxpayers to pay for “social” housing therefore higher taxes. Yes Mr Simms, that will work. – Peter Jackson

What a great idea. Let’s look at the potential reactions to such a well thought through policy of limiting the yearly increase to an average 4% over 2 years:

1. All new rental builds will be initially priced significantly higher to deal with such a ludicrous imposition, meaning more people cannot afford to rent or will be burdened by further financial pressure.

2. Existing contracts will phase out and then change so investment property owners can make ends meet during times of inflation and rising interest rates or other solutions sought to allow them to avoid their investment underperforming or making a loss.

3. Financiers will spook when one applies for a property investment loan and build in further rate increases for risk. The rate increase will mean higher rents to accommodate.

4. Investors will look for opportunities in other states causing further under supply of rental properties.

In summary, the rental market will shrink, rent prices will increase dramatically and more people will be on the street. It will be free market adjusting for stupidity. – Rob Naudi

Robert Simms continues to live in fairyland. While he may be comfortably ensconced with his parliamentary salary and God forbid hangs around long enough to get a parliamentary pension, some of us in the real world rely on our property investments for our future income streams. – Lachlan Miller

Commenting on Your views Tuesday June 28 and the opinion piece: What overturning Wade v Roe means for women in America

As a specialist of similar age and training to Warren Jones, I can only echo the distress we suffered seeing so many young women’s reproductive lives ruined by the results of “backyard” abortions undertaken as a result of unwanted pregnancies, not just in NSW, but in Victoria and SA where I trained.

Recent WHO research reveals that nearly 1 in 4 pregnancies are either unplanned or unwanted. The second highest cause of maternal death worldwide results from abortion, usually as a result of infection or bleeding after amateur attempts to terminate pregnancy.

And yet, we persist in making women seek such measures to enable themselves to accomplish what is the most difficult decision they face in their lives. Preventing access to safe medical care for pregnant women includes providing safe methods of termination.

Denial of that access is inhumane in so many ways, and entirely contrary to the current AHPRA regulations. – John Taylor

Yes, Warren Jones. I hear you. I was just old enough, being born in 1956, to understand what the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy were prior to the early 1970s when most democracies made abortion legal and safe.

I emigrated here from North London in 1981, but my father came from the East End of London so what was happening in “Call the Midwife” was something he told me about. Women desperate and pregnant, living in poverty, resorted to illegal abortions which could end in death or inability to have more children.

This is the fact that most ‘forced birthers’ forget. The movement to make abortion legal and safe had nothing to do with life beginning at conception, but everything to do with the nurses and doctors who saw everyday the butchered bodies of woman in unimaginable circumstances. And the police on the beat in their communities who were forced to charge women who had an illegal abortion.

It was a health issue, spearheaded by the caring people who worked in hospitals who desperately wanted to end the carnage these poor women were forced into. – Helen Chadwick

Commenting on the story: Affordable, sustainable and stylish: Showcasing the best social housing in SA

A good article that brings the subject up to date. Readers interested in the SA Housing Trust history can read my 2 volume, Business, charity and sentiment, and can now borrow the first book (1936-86) as an eBook via SA public libraries through BorrowBox. – Susan Marsden

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