MARK ALDRIDGE - Community Advocate "Independent candidate" for MAKIN a differnce
This article is from early 2010, the out come is at the bottom of the article, with an attached video

Disabilities in despair or disrepair?   

A recent Story in the Advertiser brought to my attention the plight of our children with disabilities, a quick investigation has brought to light the true and sad picture of what could be only described as abuse of our most needy by an uncompassionate government.   

Most States of Australia ensure a very transparent funding program is available to all that seek the information, yet South Australia seems to find reason to make the quest some what difficult, understandably so, when one uncovers the sad truth.   

Novita’s annual reports clearly indicate not only a drop in allotted funding but as expected a rise in costs of services provided, add to this a sharp rise in the assistance required on top of an average 9.5% yearly increase in demand for services in general, and the picture paints a sorry tail.  

 With inflation at some 3.5% and demand rising 9.5% per annum, wouldn’t we expect a similar raise in State Government funding of say 13%, the sad fact is not only are our most needy being left to fend for themselves, which in most case’s they can not, but even if we were to have a 50% rise in funding tomorrow, South Australia’s disabled Children would still be receiving less than the National average.  

 With over 3000 languishing on waiting lists and over 1000 of them at a critical rating, what the hell is our Government waiting for?   This situation can no longer be tolerated and urgent action is past its cut of date, Novita have asked for a measly couple of million, to try and address their more urgent cases, I feel they are selling themselves well short, if I were Novita I would be demanding an immediate injection of at least 4 million, and then annual increases over the next 5 years of at least 12% pa starting in 2010 at 10.5 million (8.8 mill recurrent grant at present)   

Kevin Rudd in May 2008 announced an increase in federal funding of 100 million for disability services, which is nowhere near enough, and just where was our percentage spent?   

Mike Rann and his minister Rankine have a lot to answer for, I bet the scenario would be different if either had to care for a disabled child. South Australia is the highest taxed state in Australia at the same time receiving the least in regards to infrastructure, services and income.   

It just so happens we spend the most on spin doctors and government self promotion and this story show’s at just what expensive to the community in general, we have many genuine needs in our beloved state, but first and foremost we should provide adequate services for those most in need, and that is not your self promotion Mr. Rann or increased jobs for your mates.   

A Fundraiser and protest rally will be held in the new year, to demand a fair go for our children with disability, in fact all those with similar needs in our community, with the hope of also raising some quick funds to provide urgent equipment for those in critical need, and as usual the overtaxed people and business’s of this fine state will have to again step up to the mark and do the job that our government just don’t seem to care enough to get right.  

 Our 2 party political regimes need an urgent injection of genuine compassion, and I sincerely hope they find it sooner than later, and with an election looming, I hope the electorate force it down their throats   

 Mark M Aldridge Independent Candidate    P O Box 1073 Virginia S.A. 5120 08 82847482 / 0403379500 aldridgemark@bigpond.com www.markmaldridge.com www.howtovoteinsa.net 

The out come of the rally had a mixed result hundreds attended, but the media were asked by the Rann government not to cover the event, and none did, the main video was taken down in 2012, so a second video of the day is attached, the issue has not been addressed, waiting lists have increased and services closed........ how very very sad


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Care For Kids! Rally in Adelaide South Australia for the kids and the community by MARK ALDRIDGE Independent candidate
Please comment just as good as being there ! The Idea Man, Independent Mark Aldridge. FAP Ki Meekins, Sconey,Freda Briggs, Independent Ann Bressington, David Winderlich, Ryan Hidden, Patty, Matila B...


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The Awareness Rally for Children in need, organised by Mark M Aldridge Independent Candidate for the Legislative Council, 28/2/10 , Mike Rann has such control of the media this rally to address the in...


























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