Are our beaches safe?

The drowning of a 56 year old Kirawee man at Austinmer Beach last week has sparked debate about whether lifeguard patrol hours during the Summer season are sufficient. The man died of a heart attack whilst bodyboarding at 6:30pm only half an hour after lifeguards left the beach. The equipment which would have been used to save the man was locked in Austinmer Surf Club only metres from where the man drowned. Ambulance arrived at the scene a short time after but were unable to save revive the victim. This incident comes only a month after the drowning of a man at Bombo Beach.

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Will Australia have a Bill of Rights?

In December last year the Federal Government used the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to discuss the possibility of legislating a human rights charter. The document would not be based on the America charter which allows courts to override laws but on those legislated in the ACT, Victoria and Britain. I spoke to the Dean of Law at the University of Wollongong, Professor Luke McNamara about the likelihood of Australian gaining a Bill of Rights and the consequences of legislating such a charter.

Interview with the Dean of Law at the University of Wollongong, Professor Luke McNamara