South Australia - the wasteland state

South Australia's Nuclear Citizens' Jury had many researched reasons to say 'no' to another's (nuclear) waste.

Several established reasons are economically related, where one of those is supported by 82 per cent, stating clearly:

"Under no circumstances do we pursue the disposal of nuclear waste because the potential brand damage is too great a risk to the state." (South Australia's Citizens' Jury on Nuclear Waste Final Report, p37).

Any process, limiting voice only to a few locals on the future responsibility of storing another's (nuclear active) waste is contrary to the premier's promise prior, to respect South Australia's Nuclear Citizens' Jury's (2016) verdict.

His promise proved false immediately after.

The intentional nuclear misrepresentations, hidden political frameworks and processes that neglect state-wide concerns remain vile, still.

The 'self-responsibility' moral makes NSW accept ownership of their produced (nuclear active) waste.

Please ensure that any state's waste remains with its owners, for that would be ethical.

For only "less privileged ... would be willing to host repositories. From an ethical and environmental justice perspective, ..., this option can hardly be taken into consideration ..." (Mez, Nuclear Waste Governance, 2015).

SEBASTIAN TOPS

Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln Times, October 10

Port Lincoln Times, October 10

Fuel rip off

Minister Whetstone and RAA's Mark Delaine are very coy about the facts of country fuel pricing (Port Lincoln Times, October 10).

In Ceduna on Saturday, October 5, Premium 98 was $1.76.9 at one retailer, $1.54.9 at another and $1.59.9 at a third.

The haulage cost to these three sites is the same, the only variable is the greed of Ceduna's fuel retailers.

No wonder we justifiably feel ripped off.

A 22-cent per litre variation in one town is blatant gouging but I bet no one takes any action to stop it.

STEVE WOOLLEY

Cummins

Reach out, seek help

I write on behalf of the not-for-profit Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia to urge readers to reach out for help if they or someone they know is facing mental health issues. It is now estimated 3.8 million Australians live with a mental illness.

The last thing we want to see happen is people ending up in acute mental health care facilities. That is why we urge readers to reach out if they feel they need support.

About 690,000 people across the nation live with a severe mental illness.

We are most concerned that there are at least 225,000 people across Australia, with a severe mental illness, who are are at risk of getting no support because of the changes brought about by the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

We passionately believe all governments need to be held to account for the clear current inadequacies of our current mental health system. If governments do not tackle the big issues, taxpayers end up funding bigger costs of mental health services, prisons and lost productivity.

You can get free help by ringing Mi Networks on 1800 985 944 or visit www.minetworks.org.au.

TONY STEVENSON

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia chief executive officer