No, Ann Sudmalis, politics is all about perceptions and credibility and your acceptance of the party`s offer of a three-month stint at the United Nations, after announcing you will not be standing at the next election, smacks of much self-interest.
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Toss in your latest efforts on the floor of parliament in the outing of alleged bullies without clear evidence, would appear to attack the credibility of you assertions.
Your previous comments to your farmer constituents of feeling their pain during the current drought would appear to lack authenticity.
Your eagerness to accept a three month $50,000 junket to the USA is great if you can get it, though for your constituents please spare a thought for those doing it a bit tough at the present time.
Your business class travel and generous accommodation entitlements maybe the final straw and the reason why the seat of Gilmore may still fall at the next election.
This would then be the price you and your party will pay for your collective displays of self-indulgence and political expedience.
I write to you from the not-for-profit Penington Institute to highlight that it is critical new solutions are found to Australia’s huge crisis with opioid drugs.
The latest Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2018 reveals a massive 87% increase in pharmaceutical opioid deaths from 2008 to 2014 in Australia. We are talking about drugs like oxycodone, codeine and fentanyl – which is around 100 times more powerful than pure morphine. Heroin overdose deaths are increasing too.
If we carry on down this path, Australia will experience a United States style drug overdose crisis. 2,177 lives were lost to overdose in 2016.
One answer lies in a very important drug that we are not hearing enough about.
Naloxone. It needs to be put into the hands of the people who need it most. Put simply, naloxone saves lives and temporarily reverses an opioid overdose.
Naloxone also reverses a heroin overdose. We say naloxone should be provided free of charge through mental health services, pharmacies, hospital emergency rooms and needle and syringe programs.
The drug has few side effects and – in an emergency – will literally save a life. Naloxone is – in essence – an emergency medicine.
We have to turn the tide on opioid overdose deaths. We need action on this now.
I urge readers to ask your local MP what role they are playing in getting naloxone into the hands of people who need it most – and ask their local MP what actions are they really taking to help reduce accidental drug overdoses in the local area?
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Once again, we the voters see a political attack on the freedom of the press for reporting on community matters. This includes the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
There is lack of government infrastructure and high numbers of people doing it tough in the Shoalhaven.
The South Coast Register and the Milton Ulladulla Times give all a fair go.
You just have to look at the Letters to the Editor to see this.
As I've said before, with five politicians living in the Shoalhaven and none being Labor we should be the North Shore of the South Coast.
However with sad representation it is easy to blame others. It won't be the South Coast Register's editor moving to Tasmania after the next election.
Wagga LGA has spoken and very soon we will be next to speak at state and federal elections.
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