Lets see the Regional areas promises please.
With what seems like many billions of dollars in promises to
buy our precious votes, why does it seem the regional communities are of the
The broken record regarding the great hospital debate seems
to lack any way forward in regards to a genuine increase in beds and services
for either the city or country regions.
Mike Rann’s ideal of building state of the art empty wards,
and the liberals newly renovated ones, both come no where near hitting the
mark, any proposed increase in beds and services is reliant on staff, services
Might I suggest to both the majors, that we first ensure
that all our hospitals are adequately funded and staffed before we move
forward, could we not finish what we have nearly completed with the revamp of
the RAH, then consider increasing the capacity of all of our city and country
hospitals so as to share equally infrastructure spending.
Some of our country regions generate more income to our
state than their city counter parts, yet our political parties seem to be
ignorant of providing their fair share of the funding pie.
The proposed southern freeway duplication is a prime
example, while lives are lost as a direct result of the declining condition of
our country roads, the vote buying hundreds of millions on offer, to safe city
commuters a few minutes takes precedence, which I consider nothing more than a
While issues like the proposed 650 million dollar new stadium,
out shine the few dollars it would take to improve local country footy clubs
and local services, it is easy to see why the hard working country people feel
totally left out of the equation.
As an upper house candidate whose job it will be to scrutinize
legislative change, I feel somewhat helpless to address the concerns of those
left waiting in regional areas, and while much needed reforms to that of
WorkCover, Families SA, mental health funding and the like, will see me fight
for equity in funding, I will do my very best if elected to continually remind
those in charge of our destiny, to go for a drive in our regional areas before
they spend our hard earned tax dollars.
Mark M Aldridge
Independent Candidate for the legislative Council
“Change is Necessary”
08 82847482 / 0403379500