Letters to the editor

Expensive joke?

As our Premier Jay Weatherill flicked the switch on the world’s biggest battery at Jamestown the locals were without power unable to gain access to this power.

It seems almost incomprehensible that our premier who normally micromanages his publicity to ensure that only positive stories get out would allow this to happen.

But it also shows that this battery which is supposedly making our power supply more reliable is a joke, a sick expensive joke.

Peter Schiller, Eudunda.

Milo Yiannopoulos public forum

I decided to attend the public forum on Friday with Milo Yiannopoulos, who describes himself as the most famous gay provocateur on the planet. There were at least 700 people there, and about a dozen protestors. One brave MP turned up too. Why there have been no reports in the media about this show, is completely beyond me. The main message was that freedom of speech is sacred, is being stifled in Australia, and ridiculous political correctness is undermining the very way of life we hold so dear. This guy is really “out there”, very flamboyant and says what he thinks without fear or favour. He was brutal in his criticism of some politicians and media personalities, not to mention some aspects of multiculturalism which in his view, is destroying the U.K. and many countries in Europe. Some of his slide show even made the MC, the usually hard-line Andrew Bolt, squirm!

I have decided that political incorrectness on a scale such as Milo’s has to be begrudgingly admired, but in my view, he certainly ignored many clauses in the anti-discrimination laws?! So it begs the question, if an “enfant terrible” like Milo can get a visa to speak in Australia, then why not highly qualified doctors, health professionals and authors, who want to come here on speaking tours about subjects like vaccine damage and side effects?  The hypocrisy being shown by the federal government is, in my opinion, breathtaking and completely unconscionable .

Alex Hodges, Birdwood.

Snakes slither in

SA Ambulance Service is reminding people to be vigilant in the warm weather, after responding to a series of snakebites as summer approaches. So far this year, paramedics have responded to 48 snake bites across SA.

Chief executive officer Jason Killens said it was important to call 000 immediately if someone was thought to have been bitten.

“Our clinicians are experts at responding to these cases but there are also steps you can take,” Mr Killens said. “In many cases our emergency call takers will explain how to perform life-saving first aid over the phone, all while an ambulance is on the way.”

Intensive care paramedic Chris Cotton said medical understanding of snake bite first aid was evolving, and whilst traditional pressure bandaging was still important, research has highlighted other areas for effective snake bite first aid.

“Keeping a snake bite victim at complete rest, and monitoring them for deterioration are just as important as pressure bandaging,” Mr Cotton said.

“Whilst death from snakebite in Australia is rare, it is important to be ready to perform CPR immediately if a snakebite victim becomes unresponsive and stops breathing regularly. Cardiac arrest is the most serious potential consequences of snakebite. 

“Bandaging any bitten limb is still important. Ideally a firm, elasticised crepe bandage should quickly be applied along the whole length of the bitten limb, including over the bite site. If people don’t have a bandage available, strips of clothing could be used instead of a bandage.

“It’s important not to wash venom off a bitten area as it can be used to determine which type of snake has bitten the person and what treatment may be needed at hospital.”