Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 3 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 1136..
your mobile phone. It was audible from here. Could I please encourage you to do that outside the chamber in future times. That practice is frowned upon.
MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.24): Thank you, Mr Assistant Speaker. I rise tonight to put on the record my support for and my congratulations to an organisation called KidSafe, which is part of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia. They are one of the leading non-profit, non-government organisations which are dedicated to reducing the number of injuries and the number of deaths which are caused on our roads, especially those relating to people under the age of 15 years. Their mission is to make a safer world for kids by leading in the promotion of action to highlight and to minimise the unacceptable level of risk and consequence of injury to children in our adult-focused world.
In the ACT we have got a particularly active branch of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia, KidSafe ACT. They really are punching well above their weight and making a great contribution to our community. They run a shopfront, a mobile restraint fitting service. They have a community talks program, a capsule and car booster hire service, a restraint fitting service, a free checking service and a free telephone information service. In addition to all that, they do a lot of research and just general advocacy to support improvements in this area of road safety.
They also run a number of programs as part of their active outreach work. They include the pre and primary school road safety program and the primary school water safety pilot program, which is run in conjunction with the Royal Life Saving Society. They have got a fantastic website, which I encourage everyone to visit at www.kidsafeact.com.au. They have got the mobile restraint service in Dickson, Queanbeyan, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong.
They have got a shopfront and they have a got a great suite of television commercials on Prime TV. They have got a family day care and childcare guideline redevelopment program and they have published a considerable amount of material such as this brochure titled "Carrying Children Safely in Cars". It is good, practical, tangible information which I do encourage everybody to look up and to publicise as widely as possible. I seek leave to table that document.
MR COE: I table the following paper:
Carrying Children Safely in Cars—Copy of KidSafe brochure.
Of course all these organisations do run on a skeleton budget. I would like to put on the record my thanks to Eric Chalmers, the executive officer, and all the volunteers and staff that make the organisation actually get off the ground on a daily basis. It is also worth noting that Eric Chalmers was a Churchill Fellow in 2009 and did considerable research in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and New Zealand with regard to road safety initiatives. We really are