Spending

Your View: On Budget Spending and More

Today, readers comment on the state budget, renewable energy subsidies and the best time to have children.

Commenting on the story: Budget 2022: The main measures

Unfortunately, rural health care appears to be a victim of the 2022/23 state budget. I’m sure many communities are confused and saddened by why the Malinauskas government has appeared to not support many of South Australia’s small rural hospitals in this budget.

Why are the beds empty in the ‘temporarily’ closed accident and emergency departments in Gumeracha, Strathalbyn, Eudunda and Mt Pleasant? Why do rural citizens presenting to emergency departments at small rural public hospitals in places like Clare, Naracoorte and Loxton have to pay a spread to access services. The government does not charge a spread to those who present themselves to the Adelaide metropolis emergency services.

Minister Picton must immediately review this unfair situation. Funding to address these rural health issues would be a drop in the bucket compared to all recently announced health initiatives. – Joel Taggart

Commenting on the story: ‘I’m glad we killed it’: workers abandon renewable energy subsidy programs

It’s good to see some common sense coming back into the budget. The programs designed by the Liberals were not bringing benefits, especially after subsidies were cut by two-thirds.

Home batteries are expensive and have a long payback period.

As for the Liberal government trying to dispossess the poor of their measurable concessions in return for some immeasurable or unknown future benefit, well, it has always had puppies as a meaningful social policy. Better to install the panels on the roof first, then charge a fixed amount each month for a specified period, payable on the low-income concession. Then at least people will know what it will cost. –James Jacobsen

Commenting on the op-ed: Ali Clarke: When having kids becomes a matter of judgment

My mother was 37 when I was born; my father was 41 years old.

It never occurred to me that it would have been good if they were younger. I don’t see any advantage that would have been offered to me if they had been younger.

Were they perfect parents? Probably not, but they were damn good. I admired them and I miss them. –David Inkster

There is no perfect, single, generic age to start a family.

The ideal time to have a child is when it’s the right time for you and your partner.

We started our family when I was 33 and had our fifth child at 42. – Cheryl Crabtree

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