The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - INSIDE -

Aus­tralians are fat and get­ting fat­ter, so we don’t need any ex­cuses not to ex­er­cise but when you read Elissa Lawrence’s feature on con­cus­sion in sport (page 14), it’s ev­i­dent we do need bet­ter reg­u­la­tions around head in­juries and more re­search into the long-term repercussions.

As with most things, there is an el­e­ment of per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity re­quired when deal­ing with head knocks (at least for adults) and this also is an is­sue in David Mur­ray’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into “boiler room” scams (page 10). The al­leged vic­tims of these in­vest­ment schemes come from an ex­tra­or­di­nary range of back­grounds, but as my fa­ther of­ten tells me: “if it sounds too good to be true … ”

In des­per­ate times, how­ever, some peo­ple take des­per­ate steps to se­cure a bet­ter fu­ture, which is some­thing our fed­eral Im­mi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Peter Dut­ton knows all too well. Re­nee Viel­laris dis­cov­ers he’s com­fort­able with his role – even if he finds it hard to ex­plain it to his own kids (page 22).

Dut­ton is lucky he does not have to ex­plain him­self to Joyce Mil­li­gan (Or­di­nary Peo­ple, page 20). If you ever need some­one to cham­pion your cause, then this 94-yearold re­tired school­teacher would be the per­son to call. Joyce spent years fight­ing for recog­ni­tion of her school friend’s wartime brav­ery and is one de­ter­mined lady.

Read­ing about or­di­nary peo­ple do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary things is the high­light of my week and it’s great to be able to share these sto­ries.

Af­ter a gentle nudge from some of our read­ers, we have tracked down “Miss Betty” from vin­tage chil­dren’s TV show Romper Room and we’ll be fea­tur­ing her in Or­di­nary Peo­ple in com­ing weeks.

Good read­ing! Sue

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