After strolling through the pristine beauty of the Lincoln National Park on Clean Up Australia Day (March 4), people were dismayed by the amount of toilet paper littering the edges of camping areas.
On the whole the camping areas were exceptionally visitor-friendly with very little rubbish left lying around with the exception of toilet tissues.
One participant estimated that toilet tissue/wipes made up to 80 per cent of the rubbish collected from McLaren Point.
Most vehicles carry waste plastic bags or containers. People who are caught short only need to think a little ahead to ensure that all rubbish (including toilet tissues) gets taken back home for hygienic disposal.
The littering of a camping area with toilet paper doesn’t demonstrate respect for the otherwise scenic beauty of the park nor does it send an appropriate message to other campers or visitors.
Clean Up Australia Day coordinator (Lincoln National Park)
Patients with severe mental disorders are stripped of their civil rights. They have no voice. They cannot take Jay Weatherill government to account but we can.
Navigating an ever changing system can be very frustrating but for a mentally ill person it is a confusing, impossible task. Without proper advocacy they wouldn't know how to survive in this world where everyone has to abide by rules, meet some criteria and satisfy the bureaucracy to obtain the dole, sickness benefit et cetera.
After investigating the Oakden nursing home, Bruce Lander, the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) found there were incidences of physical, sexual abuse and malnutrition.
The environment was substandard and despite warnings, former Mental Health Minister, Ms Vlahos dismissed the problems.
Mr Lander deplores the lack of cooperation, the refusal to provide cabinet documents and the attempt to cover up the shocking events at Oakden.
Jay Weatherill said sorry and wants to move on quickly. He admitted “a shameful chapter in SA history”. Another sorry story, as with Families SA and the child protection saga.
After 16 years, Labor left us with:
- The highest unemployment in the nation.
- A monotonous litany of ‘sorry’ for letting down our most vulnerable.
- The sale of the Repat Hospital (after promising never to sell it). Too old they said – La Salpetriere hospital in Paris dated from the 17th century, it has 90 buildings and it is still a working, teaching hospital.
- The chaotic results of Transforming Health.
- The highest power price in the nation.
- The selling Mt Gambier forest, the land department and anything they can get their hands to.
- With the help of Geoff Brock they are kicking our fishermen out from their jobs.
I need a government which cares for everyone. A government that doesn't treat certain people with contempt. A government which doesn't do secret deals and which is transparent, honest, take responsibility and does not shift the blame.
Therefore, I will vote on March 17 and make that government accountable. Because I can.
Letters to the editor
- Letters commenting on election issues must bear the name and full address of the writer(s). Responsibility for election comment in this issue is accepted by Fairfax South Australia group managing editor Brooke DuBois, 200 Greenhill Road, Eastwood. Writers should disclose any alliance with political or community organisations and include their telephone number for verification. Election candidates should declare themselves as such when submitting letters.