Ross Fitzgerald, Letter to the editor The Weekend Australian.
23 August 2021
As the NSW Premier will soon announce all citizens of the state who have both shots of a vaccine will be given more freedom, surely now is the time for the lifesaving meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous to be regarded as essential services, at least for those who have had both jabs. It strikes me as extremely wrongheaded for liquor outlets and for psychologists running group therapy sessions to be regarded as essential services, yet actual meetings of AA and NA are not. Meeting on Zoom is no substitute for the face-to-face fellowship of recovering alcoholics and other addicts, some of whom have tragically died during recent lockdowns. The NSW Premier and the Lord Mayor of Sydney should bite the bullet and instruct their bureaucrats to regard actual meetings of AA and NA as essential services. The same should apply throughout Australia.
Ross Fitzgerald, Redfern, NSW
Letter to the editor. The Weekend Australian, August 21-22, 2021