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HOME RANGE: Annette Ruzicka took this gorgeous photo of sunset at Pullen Pullen, home reserve of the endangered night parrot.
HOME RANGE: Annette Ruzicka took this gorgeous photo of sunset at Pullen Pullen, home reserve of the endangered night parrot.

We need to teach our kids how to swim

In a state like Queensland, teaching our kids to swim is an extremely important life skill.

As a mother, I think it is crucial that all Queensland children learn to swim and be water safe.

Like me, many country kids learn to swim in dams, creeks and waterways and we need to make sure they learn to swim as well as Queenslanders living on the coast.

Unfortunately, lazy Labor has been dragged kicking and screaming over teaching our kids to swim.

Our kids deserve better than that.

That is why the LNP will ensure every child in a Queensland state school can access swimming lessons.

We will fund this by delivering information technology projects on budget.

This funding could be used to save lives by teaching our kids to swim.

Annastacia Palaszczuk should prioritise swimming lessons for our kids.

What will it take for Labor to get on board and ensure our kids have the life skills they need and prevent drownings? 

Deb Frecklington

LNP Leader

Seventy years of answering the Red Cross call

Every March for 70 years, thousands of volunteers have made a wonderful contribution to our community during Red Cross Calling.

They’ve knocked on their neighbour’s doors, said g’day and their combined efforts have raised millions.

All of that effort has gone a long way, allowing Red Cross to help where we’re needed most; from cyclones to floods, reducing suffering, while keeping people safe, secure and connected.

So many extraordinary volunteers here in Queensland have also gone the extra mile.

It is not just raising money but also about reaching out to their neighbours, asking how they’re going and checking on their wellbeing.

Red Cross Calling is more than a fundraiser.

Iit gives us a reason to connect and volunteer for the sake of our community.

Research shows that volunteering and helping in our neighbourhoods helps us live happier, longer lives.

I’d like to send a massive thanks to all those thousands of schools, businesses, community organisations and individuals who’ve answered the call over the years. 

These volunteers make Australia a special place to live.

This year we aim to double the number of volunteers in Queensland.

Will you be one of them?

Join the fun today: www.redcrosscalling.org.au or call 1800 RED CROSS.

Leisa Bourne

Director, Queensland

Australian Red Cross

Blue Moon, you left me standing alone

On Wednesday January 31 we had the big triple lunar event.

Close approach, second full moon in a month and an eclipse.

I will bet London to a brick that there was no verifiable increase in hospital admissions, police call outs or any other 'lunatic' activities during that event.

I will not accept anecdotal 'facts'.

Show me the documents.

George Harley 

Mount Isa

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