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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.roy­al­life­sav­ 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.


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