In 2017-18, 249 people drowned in Australian waterways, including 56 young Australians aged under 25. Drownings cost Australia $1.47 billion a year, not to mention the tragedy of lost life and injury. A major cause of these tragic drownings is that 1 in 5 children cannot swim 50 metres when they finish primary school.
For many years I have been a strong advocate for water safety and for doing more to address the national tragedy of drowning. This is why I am proud to a member of the Australian Labor Party, which has announced Swim Smart – a $46 million commitment to ensuring that, from 2020, ALL Australian primary school children learn the water safety skills that could save their lives.
This program will be based on the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia‘s National Water Safety Standards and will supplement existing state government programs.