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The battle to stop a housing
development on St Clair Reserve
in Woodville is now before the
The revocation is part of a land
swap which will see a development
on popular St Clair reserve, while a
contaminated industrial site will be
given over as public space.
Spokesperson Kirsten Alexander
said Charles Sturt Council had not
listened to resident concerns, and
they had no choice but legal action.
"It s disgraceful that our group of
residents, mums and dads have to take
this action to be listened to."
The State Government and Labor-
dominated Charles Sturt Council have
been pushing the land swap.
Government ministers including
Attorney-General Michael Atkinson,
Infrastructure Minister Patrick
Conlon and Local Government
Minister Gail Gago support the
"I think it s a very good deal for
people living in the western suburbs,"
Mr Atkinson said.
Councillor Robert Grant, who is a
member of the ALP, said the council
had been used to push through the
He said the approval of the revoca-
tion was a foregone conclusion by the
"This has been an absolute farce,"
Mr Grant said. "It was a Mickey
Mouse consultation process after
which nothing was taken into
account. No one in the council has the
guts to stand up to the Government."
Twelve of the 17 Charles Sturt
councillors are members of the ALP.
Councillor Paul Sykes is a
ministerial liaison officer working
with Mr Atkinson, while councillors
Edgar Agius and Raffaele Angelino
are employed in Member for Enfield
John Rau s electoral office. Mr Sykes
is employed by the Attorney-General s
department, but works out of Mr
Atkinson s ministerial office.
When the St Clair development
began, Mr Sykes said he asked the
council and the Attorney-General s
department to look into the potential
conflict of interest, but was advised it
was not an issue.
"I do not feel I have a conflict of
interest," Mr Sykes said. "When
considering the proposal I take into
account what is in the best interest for
the City of Charles Sturt."
In Victoria it is illegal for electorate
officers, ministerial advisers and
parliamentary advisers or those
employed by MPs to be a councillor
or to nominate as a candidate. An
investigation there found councillors
working in MPs offices created a clear
conflict of "duty".
Despite the Supreme Court
action, council voted at its meeting
on Monday to continue land swap
proceedings. More than 300 protesters
rallied at the council chambers.
The St Clair Residents Association
will hold a fundraiser for its court
case, and a protest will be held outside
Parliament House on Thursday.
Labor MPs link in St Clair land
SA s emergency
have just won a battle
for better conditions,
but aged care nurses
are struggling still.
The SA Nursing
Federation has been
wrestling Health SA
over conditions for
nurses at Lyell McEwin
and Royal Adelaide
Elizabeth Dabars said
nurses were "under
extreme pressure and
patient safety was
Nurses have been
allocated up to 10
patients at a time,
despite a limit of one
nurse to three patients
agreed between SA
Health and the union.
Nurses are also
worried about unrea-
sonable patient waiting
times, the long-term
use of emergency
beds for mental health
and other non-crisis
patients and lack of
After getting little
response from SA
Health, the union
threatened to take the
department to court for
breaking the staff ratio
SA Health then
quickly agreed to look
at union concerns.
Chief executive Dr
Tony Sherbon told
Ms Dabars he would
be responsible for
ensuring patient ratios
were followed and
would work on other
But the Nursing
Federation is still
desperate for help in
the aged care sector.
"We have called for
levels in aged care.
People would be
surprised to learn there
aren t any, nor are
there minimum ratios
of carers to residents,"
said federal secretary
Ms Kearney said
aged care nurses were
on average paid $300
less a week than other
nurses. This, and the
problems with staff
ratios, made it difficult
to retain workers in the
aged care sector.
"While we endorse a
call for more beds the
idea of increasing the
number of residents
without tackling staff
shortages is frighten-
ing," she said.
Tina Dowling has
worked in aged care for
20 years and has just
started studying for a
She said the conditions
are very stressful.
"There s a massive
problem with staffing.
There s no structure. It
does impact on the kind
of care you can give,"
for Ageing Justine
Elliot said the Rudd
Government is paying
for more than 6300 new
beds and training to
more than 2300 aged
But, says Ms
Kearney, the average
age of nurses in aged
care is getting close to
50, so in 10 years about
half of them will be
Hospital and aged safety fear
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