John’s Campaign

Dignity Party campaign

John’s Dignity Party campaign was based on the needs of the marginalised in the community.  A definition of marginalised from the Cambridge dictionary is …

“to treat someone or something as if they are not important”

This includes a wide range of people including those with a disability, or those treated differently because of their race, age, gender or other reasons.

john duthie in a wheelchair looking quite fat and handing out how to vote cards - dignity party campaign

John’s Dignity Party campaign included the following:

  • Electricity Costs and Reliability – The cost of electricity is impacting the budgets of most families, as well as the elderly. Just over a year ago South Australia experienced a major blackout. The State and Federal governments need to do more to make power more affordable and to ensure supply is reliable.
  • Transforming Health – Does SA Health really want the best outcome for the health of the people of South Australia, or is there too much focus on minimising the budget?
  • Ticket Scalping – The State Government needs to do more to prevent ticket scalping.
  • Cannabis Oil Law Changes – Jenny Hallam has been producing medication to help sick and dying people and doing it free of charge. The Cannabis Oil has helped many people and now Jenny needs help. On the 4th of January, her house was raided and later charged with “possession and intent to supply a classified drug”. Jenny is a hero, not a criminal. The law needs to change.
  • Dog Parks – Statistics show that 40% of Australian houses have a pet dog, but with backyards decreasing in size dogs are unable to do what they love — run. More dog parks are required.
  • Equality with Online Booking – If you need accessible seating at an event or an accessible hotel room or other requests because you use a wheelchair, you cannot use a website to book. This is a violation of the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act). One of the biggest offenders is Ticketek. John spoke to Peter Greco on Vision Radio and Ali Clarke and David Bevan on ABC Radio about this issue.
  • NRAH Accessibility Issues – The sparkling new Royal Adelaide Hospital has no Changing Places toilet facilities in their plan. Vital to around 14,000 South Australians who need to use this. And the number of accessible carparks has been reduced overall.
  • Funding for Students with a Disability – There are close to 500,000 students with a disability in schools in Australia, and the funding provided by the Federal Government is only enough to cover the education of half this amount.
  • Accessible Parking – Every day the State Government approves 26 parking permits, but are councils keeping up with the demand? And is the State Government preventing the passes from being given to people who rort the government with false claims about their health? And do councils provide sufficient accessible parks?

Read about John’s campaign experience.


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