LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, March 6: Home care changes

Home Care changes

I AM writing in response to a letter written by Judith Melville on March 4, titled 'Home scare'.

I want to reassure Judith and your readers that the NSW Government is transferring the Home Care Service of NSW to the non-government sector to ensure its ongoing sustainability under Commonwealth reforms to the disability and aged care sectors - this is absolutely not a money making exercise.

The Minister for Disability Services and Ageing, John Ajaka assures me that the government's highest priority is to ensure that the new operator of Home Care will continue providing the same high quality services to existing clients without disruption.

The expression of interest process closed last week and following consideration of the responses received, a number of proponents will be invited to participate in the next phase of the transfer process, which government expects to be completed later in the year.

Through the tender process, the NSW Government will be taking many issues under consideration before a final decision is made, particularly around Aboriginal and cultural sensitivities to ensure that Home Care remains responsive to all communities.

Chris Gulaptis, Member for Clarence


Confusing country

I'M really befuddled, as someone who has been to Jakarta I've seen the debilitating poverty and horrific environments that so many Indonesian s live with day to day.

In the middle of the city of Jakarta, which is built around a river delta with lots of rivulets, there's massive multi-million dollar high rise buildings, and highways that run either side of these rivulets.

Expensive cars with chauffeurs/drivers whiz along these roads, with every available space between them taken up my small motorbikes, more often than not being ridden by entire families, three or four people perched on a 250cc motorcycle, and they're the lucky ones.

In the middle of all this on the banks of the rivulets are whole communities living in squalor, drinking water from these rivulets, the very same water that they use to wash their clothes, bathe themselves, urinate and defecate in.

Their homes are ramshackle constructions, of the most heartbreaking nature.

Yet, we've an Indonesian president who is spending millions of dollars on sanctioned murders while his own people starve and live in the most horrific circumstances.

Where's the compassion there?

Isn't that level of horrific poverty one of the major reasons that so many Indonesians need to engage in crime in order to survive, often narcotic-related crime?

Wouldn't the Indonesian president be more successful in eradicating the narcotic crime in his own back yard if he took the money he seems happy to throw at the sanctioned murders and used it to raise the standard of living for his own people?

Ursula Tunks, South Grafton


Worrying proposal

IF Australia agrees to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement within the next month, which the Abbott Government is hell bent on doing, the Aged Pensioners of this country will be screwed as far as the costs of their medical prescriptions are concerned, as all prescriptions will be increased to be sold at the American rates.

This must never get off the ground as it is another case of those with money being able to survive while our aged pensioners go without, and in many cases die from being unable to afford to pay for the correct medications.

This is not the Australian way.

Bruce Apps, Townsend

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