Save your breath

Mercury (Hobart) - - FOOTY FEVER - Ray­mond Har­vey Clare­mont Har­vey Bullen Glenorchy

WE are told many vol­un­teers will be door­knock­ing seek­ing sup­port one way or the other for this wretched plebiscite. Wretched be­cause it is be­ing funded with money sup­posed to be put aside for un­ex­pected and ur­gent needs. Both Shorten and Turn­bull, the princes of Par­lia­ment, deep down have no con­nec­tion with the needs of so many de­prived Aus­tralians. If this vote is about equal­ity and fair­ness and lack of dis­crim­i­na­tion, what hap­pened to fam­i­lies hav­ing at least ba­sic ac­com­mo­da­tion and proper health care? We can only dream how $122 mil­lion could change the lives of so many — fam­i­lies struck down with in­dus­try clo­sures, can­cer pa­tients un­able to work with bills con­tin­u­ing to mount, and those try­ing to cope with power costs. Sorry door­knock­ers, save your breath.

De­tails, please

THE ar­ti­cle by the Pre­mier makes claims about the health sys­tem which need some clar­i­fi­ca­tion (Talk­ing Point, Septem­ber 26). “Hos­pi­tal elec­tive surgery wait­ing lists are now at record lows”: This seems at odds with com­ments from the AMA and wait­ing pa­tients and pro­vides no de­tails. “We’ve em­ployed more than 250 new nurses” is an­other asser­tion with no de­tail on where or when. The “open­ing of over 120 ad­di­tional beds” does not spec­ify tim­ing and seems to mir­ror some of the claims by the Health Min­is­ter, which never seem to match re­al­ity on the ground. We should hope the claims re­late to the present, rather than some long-term as­pi­ra­tion, and if they do, then the Pre­mier should share the de­tails, so we can be re­as­sured our health sys­tem is mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

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