As various political parties increase their electioneering efforts in today's Super Saturday by-elections in Brisbane, north-west Tasmania, Perth, Fremantle and the Adelaide Hills, DEA doctors in South Australia list the vital issues for Mayo in a poignant letter to the Adelaide Advertiser. Read more HERE.
SA Chair of DEA Dr Doug Shaw writes candidates must focus on drilling in the Bight, environmental flows in the Murray, sustainable agriculture, and the related issue of climate change, which medical journal, The Lancet, has described as the biggest threat to human health this century.
South Australia and other parts of the country have had increased hospital admissions for heat-related illness from severe heatwaves, as well as bushfires and severe drought, with the latter a major concern in NSW currently.
Severe heat has led to catastrophic fires and the tragic loss of lives in Europe, while in Japan, heatstroke has killed a record 65 people in one week and seen 22,647 hospitalised.
Candidates for the Mayo by-election must make a commitment to take urgent action to curb carbon emissions with measures including energy, transport and agriculture.
Read the letter published in the Advertiser on 27 July 2018 HERE
Today's Super Saturday by-elections are:
- Mayo in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia
- Longman in Brisbane, Queensland
- Braddon, north-west Tasmania
- Perth, Western Australia
- Fremantle, also in Western Australia
Dr Doug Shaw, Chair of the SA branch of Doctors for the Environment Australia