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Rotten in Victoria: The Carl Williams Case : Comments

By Binoy Kampmark, published 28/4/2010

The murder of Carl Williams in a Victorian maximum security prison is troubling on many levels.

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For ten years John Brumby has run Victoria as he wants it to be. And Victorians have taken ten years to decide this is NOT how we want our state to be.

We don't want a health system offering corruption in hospitals and despair in people waiting for urgent admission.
We don't a few corupt police in a force which Brumby refuses to investigate externally.
We don't want a premier who can't comprehend the inhumane end of a man he ignorantly describes as a "serial killer"; Carl Williams was a multiple murderer.
We don't want a development which offers 200 social housing units, later 100, today 84 with, I quote a DHS letter, " unit [which] will be made available for persons with a range of disabilities.".
We don't want a transport system and lack of infrastructure which make commuting a nightmare.
We don't want our parks and gardens to be seen as development fodder.
We don't want $5 million spent on an excellent report from the Boston Consulting Group on how to help the mentally ill totally ignored by then decreasing the housing budget.
We don't want some 2000 parents in their 70s and 80s afraid to die because they don't know what will happen to their physically disabled children in their 50s and 60s.
We don't want 25,000 homeless, some 14,000 of them seriously mentally ill, few of whom receive any medical care.
We resent that Brumby considers it appropriate to spend our taxes not on these necessities but on unnecessary luxuries: $140 million on renovating a relatively new concert hall; $10 million for government TV ads.; $100 million on TV, radio and mail-outs; $270 million for a rugby centre; $500,000 million for ten years of a Grand Prix which only a minority want; $80 million for other sporting events; $350 million for roofing two tennis courts: so much more could be added.
If this nearly $1.5 billion had been spent on what is crucial, how many lives could have been saved in this ten year term?
Posted by Caroline93, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 2:10:55 PM
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