I wish the PM Scott Morrison could explain to the public how spending $6 million over three years to keep a family in detention is the way of Christianity, for when reading the new testament, I have concluded that Jesus would never condone this in his name.
No wonder people like me have given Christianity the flick with the bending of ethics portrayed by leaders that wear Christianity on their sleeve for all to see, only to be seen as hypocrites. Imagine if $6 million had been spent on social housing or safe residential places for women suffering domestic abuse. Now that would be seen as a Christian act, and if God does exist, she would be happy with those outcomes.
Our health system never used to be so poor.
On Tuesday evening, June 8, when I got home from work, my 95-year-old mother told me my 50-year-old Down syndrome brother has a sore throat. She tried calling the home doctor, but she could not navigate the system and gave up. I told her it would be easier to catch a taxi to the President Medical centre.
When I arrived at 6:15pm, I stood in line. Two ladies were chatting behind the counter, not acknowledging me at all. This lasted 5 mins. When one walked away, it was then the receptionist who spoke to me. Before I got a word out, she promptly informed me I could not see a doctor as there were only two doctors on and 26 people waiting. I tried pleading, but she was insistent I go to the Miranda medical centre. This is where my heart sank. The receptionist was regimented in her response, with no bedside manner at all. She offered no further help or suggestion. She stood her ground and said I was not going to see a doctor here.
So I left the Medical centre and stood on the footpath holding my sick brother's hand just as it started to pour with rain.
I felt that the President Medical Centre had deteriorated, but on reflection, the medical centres I had visited in the last two months all showed similar signs of decay.
I got my second Covid jab today. I got my quad flu shot at the end of March. I turn fifty this year, so I didn't hesitate. I am also a carer and work in aged care, so I care about the people in my life and others in the community.
I booked through the online booking system through the government eligibility website. I went to the NSW Vaccination centre at Homebush and got the Pfizer. I was the first in the queue at 8am.
I found the booking system and processes to be excellent. Messages and instructions are clear and concise. You receive multiple text messages which provide information and reminders. Whoever has designed this has done a great job at delivering an effective system.
And the staff and system at the Vaccination centre were extremely well run and organised.
Thank you, NSW Health, and the federal government, for the vaccine!
Jason Dullow, Jannali
Thank you to Hoyts Cronulla for screening 'My Name Is Gulpilil', especially during National Reconciliation Week. I urge everyone to see this marvellous film.
I see that Council has supported the Dog Offleash area to be located at Heathcote Ovals. I also understand that the Ovals were not the preferred location based on Resident feedback. So why was it selected?
Maybe because Council will only be removing netball courts and not football fields, perhaps it is because of the superior road network with one road in and out of Heathcote East? Or maybe it is the allure of the magnificent McTurn that never fails to cause traffic chaos every day, with more traffic chaos to come with the massive development at Heathcote Hall. How good is Heathcote East for off-leash?
I absolutely support a dog off-leash area, but let's put it somewhere accessible and not at the expense of a sporting facility. I know these decisions are not easy, but if Council is going to ignore community feedback, it begs the question, was the consultation process genuine or was the decision already made? Woof!
Further to the letter by Cath Thompson in the May 5, 2021, edition, there is another proposed 13 room Boarding House at Kirrawee.
This monstrous building is next door to my home in a quiet residential area of Kirrawee, which has been zoned R2.
Sutherland Shire Council refused the original DA and the amended DA. The Sutherland Shire Local Planning Panel refused the amended DA. The conciliation before The Land & Environment Court on 8/9/2020 failed. A site inspection followed this at 9.30 am by a Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court on Tuesday, 20/4/2021. The court hearing resumed the same day in the city. The decision is pending.
Amazingly an "expert" was produced by the applicant, which reversed the decision of Sutherland Shire Council town planners and the Local Planning Panel to support this development. The council solicitor was instructed to finalise the matter favouring the applicant who does not live in the Sutherland Shire. The information requested by myself and my neighbours was refused because it was classed as "confidential".
Despite 45 objections, over two years of worry and anxiety, plus substantial legal fees, it seems there is no regard for the objectors.
The legislation introduced by the NSW government giving incentives and subsidies for "affordable housing" are so flawed they are now making changes that should be retrospective.
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