AMSANT noted in its submission that it: "...note[d] that the many threats to environmental and public health that have been largely eliminated in the rest of the nation over the past century still blight many of our communities: urban, regional and remote. To this extent, the capacity of comprehensive primary health care to meet the needs of Aboriginal Territorians—to Close the Gap—will continue to be frustrated in environments in which fundamental public health protections are not available or unmet." AMSANT was concerned at the parlous state of environmental health of many of the communities that its members serve, where: "Poor environmental health conditions in remote communities and town camps include inadequate sanitation, water supply, rubbish disposal and grossly overcrowded housing. Basic infrastructure in many remote communities is either absent, inadequate and/or poorly maintained."
“As long as you have female dogs breeding at one end of town while you are desexing at the other end - it is like painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge - you cannot finish it until you desex 85 per cent of the local population,” she said. “That is the tipping point that you need to reach before you can effectively control population growth.”
“There was not one part of [Hardy’s] body that was not bitten” and “...not an ounce of flesh from his knee to his hip on one leg...the deceased had lost part of his scrotum."