Your View: On New Licensing Laws and More
Commenting on the story: Prime Minister rejects populist political demands on sports car regulation
Although I don’t disagree with the introduction of a new license class, it will have little impact for most South Australians. Ultimately, if the driver wants to be irresponsible, it doesn’t matter if they’re in a Lamborghini, V8 Commodore, or Camry, any car is deadly in the wrong hands.
It is also pointless to require that traction control and other things cannot be turned off, as there are situations where activating safety aids makes driving dangerous. For example, some stability control systems cause cars to sway uncontrollably while towing.
Additionally, interlocking features are an issue that needs to be addressed at the federal level through Australian design rules to ensure consistency across all states and territories. The cars would be sold in other states that will not have these requirements.
The greatest risk for road users concerns caravans and 4x4s: the introduction of new classes of license for these would have a much greater impact on road safety than that proposed. I would suggest a new class to tow anything over 1.5 tons.
Ultimately, I propose that they go further and introduce stricter driving license examination standards for all drivers, with the requirement to re-exam every 5 or 10 years.
As people increasingly rely on safety aids in modern cars, they are actually losing essential driving skills, becoming lazy and overconfident in their abilities. Therefore, when something goes wrong, they lack the skills to deal with it. – Julian Thompson
One of the advantages of electric cars is that they have instantaneous torque, which allows them to accelerate very quickly. So much so that the performance version of the most popular electric car sold in Australia today, the Tesla Model 3, is as fast as the Lamborghini Hurracan and there are other Teslas that are even faster.
Although not all electric cars are fast, it would be ironic if the government’s proposal to impose additional licensing requirements for drivers of high-powered vehicles would lead people to buy fewer electric cars.. –Jason Kuchel
Commenting on the story: Resilience is a catchphrase for Adelaide’s emergency event
While acknowledging Professor Crouch as an expert in this area, there are a few observations.
The first concerns wines with little or no alcohol content. There is little doubt that there is a market for these products. The difference between beer and wine seems to be that the alcohol in the natural fermentation of wine is the main determinant of taste. Beer was able to replicate the taste so that those who prefer not to drink alcohol could feel socially comfortable or fulfill their social responsibilities of not drinking while driving. There is strong skepticism among winemakers that the taste can be replicated without alcohol.
Thus, the wine market is perhaps currently somewhat limited to consumers for whom taste is not a major determinant in the purchase of wine. It kind of defeats the purpose of drinking a “non-alcoholic” wine, in addition to being something that can be used as a tool for acceptability and social responsibility.
The real challenge for winemakers is to replicate the taste without the alcohol, which is clearly Professor Crouch’s point. One could, however, suggest that this is something that has not been successful so far.
The second point is to bring the winemaker to the market, rather than waiting at the cellar door. This is already happening, but if winemakers spent too much time doing this, they would undermine the wine industry by damaging the wine tourism that underpins the industry in many ways outside of just selling wine.
People go to the cellar door to experience the romance of winemaking and wine tasting, and can stay to visit a wide range of experiences in a region. Wine tourism is an essential component of the wine industry that cannot, and should not be, undermined by promoting the concept of bringing wine to larger communities through pop-ups etc.
These are tough times for the wine industry, but they won’t be solved by a temporary fix that will create a distinct and unforeseen set of problems. – Eric Granger
Commenting on the story: Does Adelaide’s arts infrastructure live up to our ambitions?
What a pity that this event coincides with the ASO’s Beethoven concert series at the Elder Hall. Many music lovers won’t be able to participate, although I’m glad to see it will be a podcast.
The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is highly regarded here and across Australia, but remains the only capital city without a dedicated concert hall. Such a place would be a huge asset for all musical genres, not just what is perceived by some as classical or fine “elitist” music.
As Adelaide is a UNESCO City of Music, this is an embarrassment for Adelaide art lovers. –Linda Sampson
Commenting on the story:Quiet Voices: The Slow Contraction of Playwriting in South Australia
Excellent article that seriously sheds light on the situation. Very complete artistic report. -Ron Hoenig
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