THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER SAFETY
The number of people who have drowned in Victorian waters so far this summer is nothing short of tragic.
Hundreds of others have also had to be rescued and needed first aid assistance while enjoying time out with family and friends in our coastal areas and river towns.
As a personal injury lawyer, I have seen a number of people who have been injured or permanently disabled as a result of water-related accidents – many of these incidents could have been prevented.
I have also represented the grieving families of drowning victims.
Sadly, Victoria recorded the highest number of drowning deaths in 10 years during 2013/14.
Many of us are spending time at beaches and rivers this summer so it is important that we are vigilant.
Serious injuries can occur when diving into murky water where it is difficult to judge the depth of the water or see submerged objects. We should remember that a calm surface can hide strong current. Also, alcohol can impede our judgement and our ability to get out of a dangerous situation.
We should continue to enjoy our beautiful beaches and rivers, but the tragic start to the year is a good reminder to be safe near water.
Personal Injury Lawyer
Slater and Gordon
CONCERNED ANIMAL LOVER
Last week I received a letter that had been cowardly hand delivered into my mailbox stating to ‘be warned as of the 21st of this month.’ The particular person continued their letter to say that they would be setting rabbit traps to catch cats and dogs in their yard and that those animals, once caught, will never be seen again. They went on to say this was their first and only warning and was signed, ‘an unhappy gardener.’
The use of rabbit traps is illegal and inhumane. I write this to warn all people in the Callister Street area to be vigilant with your animals, my concern is also if a child happens to go into the said yard to retrieve a ball, what will happen to them? What’s next? Animal baiting in their own yards. There are channels that people can use to keep away stray animals if they ring the local council. A copy of the letter I received has been given to the local council, local police and emailed to The Adviser.
“Australians all, let us rejoice, for we are young and free.” We should be very thankful for our way of life and freedom in this land, “girt by sea,” as our godless anthem says.
However, it is time for us to think about the ceremony and its meaning. It is essentially about things British and European. It does not reflect the many cultures that comprise today’s Australia.
The Indigenous Australians hate it, and call it “Invasion Day.” Islam and other foreign religions see little significance in it; a more appropriate name would be Multicultural Day.
It is a fine act of love and compassion to offer a home to persecuted refugees.
Never did we expect to hear Muslim extremists threatening our way of life and declaring that Australia will be a Muslim nation. Did anyone think cold-blooded Muslim killers would murder people in Allah’s name?
Despite the many peace loving Muslims, racial strife often results from the actions of some extremely violent converts. Jesus preached love and forgiveness, but the Christian Church of the Middle Ages murdered millions in His name.
Let us learn from history and enjoy Australia Day!
MESSAGE TO MR BIG SHOT
When did common courtesy die? The other day, I was at a local restaurant waiting in line to order and pay for my morning coffee. This should not have taken so long as there was only one person in front of me. What I failed to see was that this particular person (Mr. Big Shot in his suit and tie) was on his phone. So what should have taken him two minutes max, turned out to be me waiting for what felt like five minutes just to order a coffee.
Unfortunately, what didn’t help the situation, was the girl at the register was young and new and didn’t know what to do in this situation.
If you have no intention of ordering when you are at the counter, don’t stand in the line. Have some consideration for others who know what they want, and don’t want their time wasted while you stand there and talk to your buddy.