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WHY must those of us living outside the metropolitan limits constantly fight for the same rights that city dwellars take for granted?

We had to force Telstra to upgrade its services to an acceptable level, we’ve had an ongoing struggle to obtain medical and educational facilities and we still lack adequate services for the print-handicapped.

The disabled, the illiterate, the elderly and the indisposed – who through no fault of their own are unable to hold or read a book or newspaper surely deserve to have their needs met, no matter where they live.

Radio stations for those with reading difficulties exist in major cities, but don’t extend to rural areas, where the need is just as strong.

What we need is a single, national radio service providing special programs that can eaqsily be accessed by any person, anytime, anywhere in this country, not just within city limits.

Once again John Howard and Richard Alston have turned their backs on rural Australia by refusing to help.

We are tired of being treated as second-rate.

Our government must recognise this inequality and grant us the same rights to the essential services available in cities.

- K. W. Hall, president, Radio For All Australians AssociationPrison woes WHILE the Bassendean Town Council gloats at having apparently stymied the “evil” designs of the State Government (Business News, August 10-16), women prisoners sleep on mattresses in the gymnasium of Bandyup Prison.

When did NIMBY-ism and NoMP-ism (Not My Problem) become something to boast about?

WA has a population of 1.9 million and more than 3000 people in prison.

Bassendean has a population of more than 13,000.

Therefore, about 20 prisoners are likely to come from Bassendean.

Would the council accept a prison of that size?

Concerned Citizen

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