Advocates not all addicts
I am sick of being lied about by our mayor, Mr Alan Suter. Once again he is at it!
In Friday’s Adelaide Advertiser (page 19), he says, and I quote: “The only people who spoke out against the card were addicts, whose ability to indulge in their vices had been taken away.”
I am not an addict.
Neither are the other people who have put in their time to fight this card.
We have lodged three petitions, have had a protest march and been a part of a senate enquiry.
He has refused to speak with us or anyone who is against this card.
I wonder what Senator Rachel Siewert thinks of publicly being called an addict?
Business people in our town are also anti Indue card.
I have dared to stand up for basic human rights and disagreed with him and now have been publicly defamed for it.
At least an apology is in order, although I doubt we will get it.
Forgive not forget
Every generation adopts and practices ethical, moral and behavioural standards which are legal and appropriate for society at that time in history.
As each generation nurtures and develops, these ethical, moral and behavioural standards become more refined and are revised to accommodate the evolving expectations of the next generation.
Behaviours and events from generations past, which today, with the benefit of hindsight, are recognised as being inappropriate, were the accepted norm of that time and should not be deemed as being illegal or something for which today's generation needs to apologise for.
People often say "forgive and forget".
Forgiveness does not change what happened in the past but it does enlarge the future and allow a new generation an opportunity to learn from the past and to acknowledge the influence it has had on today's society.
To forget, is to deny where we have come from, which is important in determining what we can learn from previous conduct.
Changing the date of Australia Day is just cosmetic, changing the focus of what we celebrate on this day is far more important.
Help beat blood cancer
In March, the iconic Australian fundraising campaign World’s Greatest Shave will be celebrating its 20th birthday and to commemorate this milestone, the Leukaemia Foundation is calling on record numbers of Australians to register.
Over the past two decades, more than 1.9 million Australians have supported the campaign to help the Leukaemia Foundation continue its vision to cure and mission to care.
Thanks to those extraordinary Aussies, blood cancer patients and their families continue to receive free emotional and practical support, educational resources and transport to and from vital medical appointments from the Leukaemia Foundation.
Your support also means regional families continue to be provided with free home-away- from-home accommodation near their treating centres.
Our commitment to fund research projects continues to help more Australians with blood cancer survive and live a better quality of life.
I’d like to take this opportunity to invite the Eyre Peninsula community to join us and register for World’s Greatest Shave in 2018 to help beat blood cancer.
Register at www.worldsgreatestshave.com.
Leukaemia Foundation chief executive officer