6 September 2005

Simon Corbell plays down seriousness of mental breakout

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RiotACT regular Simon Corbell is reported By ABC Online to be unconcerned at a breakout from the Psychiatric Services Unit.

Certainly my own experience, when a friend of the family was a regular in that facility, was that escape was fairly trivial.

So while it’s gross hypocirisy for the Liberals to beat it up now I would say that the story is indicative of ongoing neglect in this area over successive governments.

Brendan’s media release is here.

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There are indeed valued jobs going as military target holders for these people as well.

It behoves the supporters of user pays to stand up and take the credit where credit is due here. I’m assuming it’s the same tightwads who don’t want to look after their certifiable relatives, but then again, would they give a rats ass anyway no matter what we did ?

Sadly this goes way back to the lunacy of softheads believing these really sick individuals need to be ‘integrated’ back into society, and that institutions are a ‘bad idea’.

govts love this thinking, as it means they can empty the asylums, stop spending money on health and spend it on umm SIEV X memorials, sell the land the institutions are on for urban housing (more rates), shift the problem to another jurisdiction, shift teh support burden to charity, make you as a relative or friend feel guilty because you cant cope when your ill relative/friend is in crisis.

thank you softheads. big government isnt always a bad thing. the state has a duty of care to those who cant look after themselves.

Maybe we need a few Victorian Police to come to Canberra: they know how to ‘deal’ with people with mental illness.

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