Your Opinion: Mental Health Center Closures, Voice, and College Governance

Today, readers are commenting on the permanent closure of Adelaide’s mental health center, the native title agency’s concerns over the proposed South Australian Indigenous Peoples’ Voice to Parliament, and the proposal to reform the university’s governance.

Comments on the story: South Adelaide mental health center permanently closed

This facility was staffed with the best workers. They were loving, caring, loved their jobs, and wanted the best for each person who came through their door. When I was a patient there, I used to go to groups and spend time building resources before I went home again. will have an effect. I worked in Glenside many years ago and they opened up all the back wards and discharged all the people into the community. The government said it was going to add more beds here and there. nothing of that happened. There was no salvation for those who left Glenside. All the land is now for sale and covered with luxury homes. Is there money returned to fund mental health beds? I don’t think so. – carol james

Why do people in South Australia continue to vote for political parties that are perhaps newer and obscure but that are constantly closing the health facilities that serve some of our communities? Why would you vote for these people to hold power? – Leon Witwer

With so many people currently suffering from mental illness thanks to COVID and the constant pressures of life, this decision seems ridiculous. – Ian Brooks

Comments on the story: ‘Retreat’: SA Native Title Body Raises Vocal Concerns

As such, the South Australian Native Titles organization has “deep concerns” about submitting the proposed Indigenous Voices to the South Australian Parliament. Given the importance of land connection in Aboriginal culture, these concerns seem to require a respectful response. The concerns expressed about who is eligible to vote and who is eligible to run for election also appear to require detailed attention before Congress considers the issue. Then who knows what can be done beyond Labor and the Green Alliance on this issue?

We know that a referendum is legally unnecessary as far as the federal proposal is concerned. The Constitution already has powers for legislation to establish a voice. I support calling for the federal government to issue legislation that establishes a voice. Let’s check the details. This is an important step for this country, and we all know that the devil is in the details, not the concepts.

What’s the rush as far as the timing of the SA government’s proposal is concerned? Australia’s Indigenous Peoples have been in control of this land for over 50,000 years. All we can do is give it enough respect and take the time it takes to get the local voices right. – Stephen Trenowden

Ironically, despite promises to listen to indigenous leaders, the government doesn’t seem to be listening. – John Gibson

Comments on the story: Greens pitch South Africa University governance reform as ‘alternative’ to merger

Elected 2013-2015 Staff Representative to the Flinders University Council, I strongly support MLC Robert Sims’ proposals to reform the university’s governance. Over the last 30 years, it is clear that Australian universities have moved from universities to a corporate governance model. Its key stakeholders—students, staff, alumni, and the general public—are effectively excluded from governance over the token spot on the Council, which has virtually no effective information or voice. acts as a rubber stamp for a small decision-making committee (Finance, Appointments) that excludes the CEO, Vice Chancellor, and students/staff. A majority of the council, which includes a small number of representatives and externally appointed members, has little time or ability to question or effectively debate the decisions of these small CEO-led committees.

In my three years on the Flinders Council, there was only one meeting in which an issue was openly and freely discussed and put to a Council-wide vote. Most other items passed with a “head nod”. This full “top-down” governance allows managers to effectively restructure at all levels of management, including the “restructuring” of academic units to enable effective dismissal of staff without accountability. I was able to dictate all decisions. This has led to a toxic work environment, de facto abolition of school attendance, and an atmosphere of staff uncertainty and despondency. It does not encourage the creative, critical, or entrepreneurial activity that we hope will spring out of the university. . – Leon Rack

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Your Opinion: Mental Health Center Closures, Voice, and College Governance

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