COM­MU­NITY AT RISK

IN BRIEF

The Courier-Mail - - LETTERS - El­iz­a­beth Har­ring­ton, Mil­ton

THE man who killed a Bris­bane bus driver will not stand trial be­cause he is men­tally ill. When it is sug­gested that peo­ple with a men­tal ill­ness be sep­a­rated from so­ci­ety while they are ill, we are told that this is dis­crim­i­na­tory and that they are more likely to suf­fer from than to in­flict vi­o­lence. But surely it is im­por­tant to keep them safe as well as the com­mu­nity. Some­one with an in­fec­tious dis­ease is iso­lated for the sake of oth­ers, why not those with men­tal ill­ness?

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