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Your views: on who looked out for Ann Marie Smith, and uni taxes

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Today, readers comment on disability bureaucracy and a neglected woman, and unis seeking more tax exemptions.

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Commenting on the story: Ann-Marie Smith’s death exposes systemic disability care failures

Even more shameful than this poor woman’s appalling and heartbreaking neglect is the current blame game of the politicians and the bureaucrats.

Their response is breathtakingly abhorrent. Rather than shoot arrows, they should concentrate their efforts on ensuring that no person under care is ever subjected to such painful, degrading and inhumane treatment.

It appears that no matter what scheme we run, it will never protect the people we profess to care for if nobody is held responsible or accountable.

Was there adequate oversight of the carer by the agency? Was there adequate oversight of the agency by the bureaucracy? Was there adequate oversight of the bureaucracy by the Minister? And where was the Shadow Minister to highlight failings? Sadly, there was no one in the community to look in on her or fight for her.

Over many years I have highlighted failings of our home care systems for those most in need with politicians and agencies, all to deaf ears. Many of the same failings are seen in our nursing homes.

This shameful episode provides the perfect opportunity for us all to stop turning a blind eye and passing the buck. Ann Marie’s death and her sad, sad suffering should never be repeated.

It is now time for our politicians and bureaucrats to step up to the plate, and not just wring their hands in front of the TV cameras. – Anna Greco

There is a need to review NDIA’s oversight of NDIS client’s care.

I am aware of a situation where a community group was concerned about the care being provided to a NDIS client but there was a reluctance by NDIA to follow through with the concern.

Where do you go if you have concerns and will the concern be investigated?

At another level, I have sought to have NDIA talk to community groups about their services and I found that NDIA does not want to do this, rather preferring to have their Local Area Coordinators liaise with Community Groups.

The NDIA is far from transparent. I can only assume it does not want scrutiny. – Gerry Kandelaars

Commenting on the story: Ann-Marie Smith’s death given official clearance – after her client’s death

This story is absolutely horrendous and highlights failings of a number of organisations/departments.

I wonder who is going to stand up for Ann-Marie? – James Kirkup

Commenting on the story: Govt refuses to throw unis $60m lifeline

Universities which used to be respected as seats of learning have now become hubs of commercial development, so it is not surprising that Treasurer Lucas has declined exemptions from payment of various state taxes.

This reminds me of the 100% exemption from the payment of Local Government rates and charges enjoyed by all educational institutions – an archaic practice long-overdue for review.

This has particular impact on the City of Adelaide where every year many millions of rate dollars are foregone due to this non-payment of rates on prime properties that could otherwise be occupied by valuable rate-paying commercial and residential properties.

Take for example the large part of the West End, formerly occupied by the West End Brewery and now occupied for free by one of our largest tertiary institutions.

Also the many properties along both sides of North Terrace which are now occupied by the universities, resulting in substantial loss of rates to the City Council.

And then of course the Council suffers from rates not paid by the Adelaide Oval and its commercialised hangers-on.

Never forget that the main source of Local Government revenue has traditionally been rates based on the value of its property. To the extent that Councils are denied this source of revenue, they are stressed to provide essential city- building services and events expected of them.

It is high time the State Government talked about giving councils fair and equitable access to their revenue base rather than rate-capping and other populist and undemocratic moves. – D.A. Plumridge

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