Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 8 Hansard (24 October) . . Page.. 1972 ..
Motion (by Mr Humphries) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
MR HIRD (4.59): Mr Speaker, I wish to bring to the attention of the house the launch tomorrow of the Royal Lifesaving Society's National Drowning Prevention Day 1995. This launch will take place from 12.45 to 1.45 pm at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Deakin. The fact is that three out of four who drown in Australia are under the age of five. Half of all drownings occur in backyard swimming pools or spas. Many drownings occur in the swimming pools of neighbours or relatives. Drownings also occur in fenced swimming pools where the gate has been left open or the fence is in disrepair. Just as many nought to five-year-old children drown in rivers, dams and bathtubs as in home swimming pools. Mr Speaker, I know that you will be launching this program tomorrow, and I know that all members of this place share my concerns in respect of this issue.
MR BERRY (5.00): Mr Speaker, I rise to congratulate the citizens of West Belconnen for their efforts in defence of the Kippax Health Centre. Members of the community out there who work within the Kippax task force, and others in the community who have been concerned about it, have already raised about 1,200 petitioners against the closure of that health centre, and they have only just begun. I understand that they are, as we speak, collecting more signatures. Just the other day I was in a shop in that area and I was asked to sign a petition. So shopkeepers are working actively in pursuit of the aim of the citizens as well. Congratulations to those people out there who are working in defence of their health facilities.
Question resolved in the affirmative.