MAKE YOUR POOL SAFE
DROWNING is the leading cause of accidental deaths of children under the age of five. Tragically the majority of these deaths occur in home pools.
I wish to highlight that faulty pool fencing and gates are a major contributing factor in the rate of drowning among children under 5.
You can make your home safer by regularly checking your pool fence and gate to make sure they’re in working order.
Royal Life Saving has a free home pool safety checklist that you can download from www.royallifesaving.com.au and conduct a self-assessment of your pool area. This should not be a substitute for a pool inspection. Contact your local council or pool service provider for advice.
Children in Australia often grow up around the water.
Safety starts at home. If you have a pool please download Royal Life Saving’s pool safety checklist and always keep watch of children around water.
JUSTIN SCARR, CEO, Royal Life Saving Society – Australia.
I also want to take the opportunity to say it is not too late to make some simple changes which would make a positive difference to your health.
Stroke is a devastating disease which can change lives in an instant, but 80 per cent of strokes are preventable.
During National Stroke Week, with the help of thousands of incredible volunteers right around the country, we shared our five tips for a healthy life and a reduced stroke risk – stay active, eat a healthy, balanced diet, drink alcohol only in moderation, quit smoking and make time to see your doctor for a health check.
There will be around 56,000 strokes in Australia in 2018.
It can strike anyone at any age, but can largely be prevented if we act now.
I urge you to stop reaching for the salt or sugary drinks, walk an extra block to work or take the stairs instead of the lift. These small steps can go a long way to reducing your stroke risk.
SHARON McGOWAN, CEO, Stroke Foundation.
hear of more and more insidious practices these banks perpetrated on the Australian people.
We demand major reform and protection from these banks.
An essential piece of legislation for the protection of people’s hard-earned money, savings and retirement funds from the insidious outcomes of banks has already been introduced by Bob Katter to the Parliament in June 2018.
People’s savings must be separated and protected from other bank activities.
People’s savings must not be able to be “bailed in” to prop up banks and their shareholders from banks’ immoral, unethical, greedy, risky and in some cases fraudulent practices.
I will be lobbying the Liberal/National Government strongly and energetically to support ‘The Banking System Reform (Separation of Banks) Bill 2018’ and introduce Glass-Steagall or equivalent separation and protection of our savings.
This issue is so high on my level of concerns that I will campaign for and vote for whatever party/candidate supports this Bill.
It’s time for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to step up and ensure the security and safety of the Australian people’s savings and future or else he will remain tarnished as the treasurer who tried to deny the Australian people an open and honest banking inquiry.
I also noted that many politicians walked out of the Parliament when Bob Katter introduced the Bill.
RON SANDILANDS, Nambour.