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May 14, 2021

Hospital blame game

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In your article headed ‘Protesters march to save region’s hospitals’, it says, ‘Ms Saffin went on to clarify that even though Mullumbimby is not in her area, she was standing in solidarity with those affected’.

She continued, ‘although this is a state issue, I have been a health advocate much longer than I have been in politics, and I am a member of the community. So I stand in support of that.’

In case Ms Saffin is not aware, this is not solely a state issue. She should be informed that in the 1946 referendum, the federal parliament was given jurisdiction over mental, medical and dental services. It was carried and inserted  s51(xxiiiA)  into section 51 of the Australian constitution. Since 1946 these services have been a federal jurisdiction, which it shares with the states.

Ms Saffin should familiarise herself with our Australian Constitution before she continues with the Blame Game.

Peggy Balfour
Mullumbimby


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