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     3   Drowning deaths

Dr McVeigh, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        recognises that the number of drownings in Australia increased from 267 deaths in 2014-15 to 280 in 2015-16 as stated in the Royal Life Saving’s National Drowning Report (September 2016), which shows:

(a)        a quarter of all drownings occurred in inland waterways such as rivers, creeks and dams;

(b)        almost one fifth of all deaths occurred in people aged 25 to 35 years;

(c)        86 per cent of all drowning deaths were males; and

(d)        there was a 30 per cent decrease in deaths of people aged 0 to 4 years;

(2)        acknowledges that every incidence of drowning has a wider impact including family, rescuers and communities;

(3)        recognises that the Government released the Australian Water Safety Strategy in April 2016, which aims to reduce drowning deaths by 50 per cent by 2020;

(4)        acknowledges that the Government is partnering with the peak water safety bodies such as Royal Life Saving (RLS), Surf Life Saving (SLS) and AUSTSWIM as well as Australian Water Safety Council Members and federal, state, territory and local governments, to work to prevent drowning;

(5)        recognises that the Government is providing funding of $3.6 million in 2016-17 through the National Recreation Safety Program work towards the target of reducing drowning deaths; and

(6)        congratulates RLS, SLS and other community groups for their work in educating people on the potential dangers of all our beaches and waterways.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.