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Sandra Kanck asks MPs questions regarding MCS

Friday 29 February 2008

Sandra Kanck Sandra Kanck (pictured), Member of the Legislative Council and member of the South Australian Democrats, has written to two MPs on behalf of multiple chemical sufferers in South Australia.

Minister for Housing, Hon Jay Weatherill MP, received the following letter:

 

Sandra Kanck
Australian Democrats
Member of the Legislative Council

Hon Jay Weatherill MP
Minister for Housing
DX 56301
ADELAIDE

Dear Minister

I would like some information about housing accessibility for people living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. As you are aware a number of people in the community live with extreme housing stress due to physical reactions caused by chemicals.

Private rental is problematic and moving house in particular is extremely difficult. Just visiting possible rental properties can trigger weeks of sickness.

Are there any plans to assist such people with subsidised home ownership of purpose built low-toxic style housing? Because of reactions to common products such as floor coverings, glues, chipboard and paints people who are affected by MCS have specific disability access issues.

Developing accessible housing for these people is as important as providing houses with no steps for others who use wheelchairs.

Yours sincerely

Sandra Kanck MLC

Telephone: (08) 8237 9278
Freecall: 1800 182097
Fax: (08) 84104171
sandra.kanck@democrats.org.au
www.sa.democrats.org.au

 

And Minister for Health, Hon John Hill MP, received the following letter:

 

Sandra Kanck
Australian Democrats
Member of the Legislative Council

Hon John Hill MP
Minister for Health
DX 243
ADELAIDE

Dear Minister,

Can you inform me what, if any, progress is being made across government departments to implement a strategy to ensure accessibility of meeting areas for people with multiple chemical sensitivity or breathing related allergies or illness?

Are there any plans to develop a list of specific products which may cause problems?

I also recall that a protocol for people living with MCS who require access to public hospitals has been discussed in the past. Please update me on the current status of such a protocol in SA.

Yours sincerely

Sandra Kanck MLC

Telephone: (08) 8237 9278
Freecall: 1800 182097
Fax: (08) 84104171
sandra.kanck@democrats.org.au
www.sa.democrats.org.au

 


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