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