THE LETTER OF THE WEEK
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