THE LET­TER OF THE WEEK

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - YOUR SAY -

I WATCHED the re­cent Four Cor­ners about the treat­ment of young of­fend­ers in a North­ern Ter­ri­tory de­ten­tion cen­tre and was made sick to my stom­ach. But why was I not sur­prised?

We treat our asy­lum seek­ers atro­ciously, vi­o­lat­ing hu­man rights. About 80 per cent of our pris­on­ers have some form of men­tal ill­ness. We shut down the big psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tals and promised pa­tients so­cial hous­ing but now 70 per cent of our home­less are men­tally ill.

In many nurs­ing homes the el­derly and dis­abled are mal­treated. The sex­ual abuse of the young is the sub­ject of the Royal Com­mis­sion. And closer to home in Mt Druitt, lo­cal politi­cians im­ply methadone users are hu­man garbage and that the clinic at Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal is a” dump­ing ground”. When the psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age these politi­cians had caused was pointed out, no apol­ogy was given. It’s how we treat the most vul­ner­a­ble in so­ci­ety – kick them when they are down. Un­til change for the good hap­pens call­ing Aus­tralia “the land of the fair go” is just sick­en­ing.

Brent Robert­son, Shalvey

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