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MAIN PICTURE: The Intermodal at Moorebank. INSETS: Anne Stanley MP and RAID's Erik Rakowski.
MAIN PICTURE: The Intermodal at Moorebank. INSETS: Anne Stanley MP and RAID's Erik Rakowski.

Second Intermodal audit

I refer to your article "A second audit on the way" (January 31). The inference by both AnneStanleyMP and ErikRakowski of RAID that somehow a routine audit into government business, which aims to look for ways to improve processes and streamline procedures, is an examination of the "collective culture" at the Moorebank Intermodal Company and an investigation to ensure "proper transparent processes" is laughable.

This is nothing short of political opportunism, from an MP who’s not once spoken up for her community in relation to the Intermodal – neither to lobby for conditions to reduce potential inconvenience, nor to advocate for opportunities for locals via employment that the facility will generate – and a platform for a wouldbe politician to create doubt in current government process for his own gain. Shame on you both.

  • Lisa Thomas (via email)

Codeine discrimination

Codeine up-scheduling will lead to some of Australia's most vulnerable people facing even more barriers.

Most people in chronic pain don’t support it and feel the majority are being penalised for the minority who did the wrong thing with codeine, said Dr Coralie Wales, president of Chronic Pain Australia.

With increased pressure on GPs to restrict prescribing opiates including codeine it’s crucial to have alternatives. Expecting GPs to provide complex care for people with chronic pain in a 15-minute consult is unrealistic and not fair on anyone. 

Chronic Pain Australia calls for the government to fund a partnership with consumers to develop consumer-centred, affordable, effective, accessible community-based multi-disciplinary healthcare to help patients in pain get the treatment they need.

There’s a developing stigma suggesting people who used over-the-counter codeine were drug addicts. Our research shows many people living with chronic pain become impoverished as disability due to pain increases. Surveys found people used medications, including codeine, for pain because they were the most affordable. 

  • Benjamin Graham, Executive Director, Chronic Pain Australia

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