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Three little words that could save a life

R U OK? Sometimes it’s the simplest words that are the hardest to say, but today we are being encouraged to start a conversation with someone if we notice they are struggling to cope.

Today is R U OK? Day, a day to take the first step, check in and reconnect with those around us – after all, we are stronger together.

Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the Coalition Government is committed to reducing the prevalence and impact of suicide, with its commitment of $192 million over the next four years to strengthen mental health care and suicide prevention in Australia.

“We are implementing a new National Suicide Prevention Strategy which will provide a platform for national action on suicide prevention,” Mr Pitt said.

“The strategy will work alongside the Living is for Everyone Framework, which provides support for national action to prevent suicide and promote mental health and resilience across the Australian population. As part of the strategy, the Government recently announced funding for 12 suicide prevention trial sites and an additional eight regional trial sides identified in priority areas.

“R U OK? Day is about reaching out and reconnecting with our family, friends and colleagues to make sure they’re okay.

“Starting a conversation could make a real difference to someone’s life. Sadly, every year, about 2800 Australians take their own life, but the added tragedy is that many of these deaths may be preventable.

“It’s important to not be afraid to start the conversation and make sure our loved ones always know that help is available.”

The work done by R U OK? will be further complemented by the efforts made to raise awareness on World Suicide Prevention Day, coming up on 10 September.

For more information on R U OK? Day and tips for how to start a conversation, visit the R U OK? website: ruok.org.au

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The LNP’s strong plan for jobs and growth

The Liberal National’s have a carefully structured plan for jobs and growth and a strong new economy.

Australia is transitioning from the mining construction boom to a new and more diverse economy – fuelled by innovation, the opening of new markets and more investment in Australian enterprise.

The Coalition’s Plan for a Strong New Economy is supporting this transition.

Our Plan will provide growth, jobs and a secure future for Australian families through:

  • An innovation and science programme bringing more great Australian ideas to market, providing tax incentives to invest in start-up businesses and helping prepare our children for the jobs of the future by boosting participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
  • A defence industry plan that will secure the nation and supports innovative Australian companies, local advanced manufacturing and hi-tech jobs, particularly in regional Australia.
  • Export trade deals to generate new business opportunities, give our farmers a competitive edge and open doors into expanding markets for our service industries.
  • Tax cuts and incentives for small businesses and hard working families.
  • A sustainable budget with crackdowns on tax avoidance and loopholes.
  • Guaranteed funding for health, education and roads.
  • The restoration of the rule of law in the construction industry by re-establishing the Australian Building and Construction Commission. We are restoring honesty and fairness to the workplace relations system.

For more information on the LNP’s plan head to: https://lnp.org.au/our-plan/

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Get active with National Walk Safely to School Day

Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt took part today in the 17th National Walk Safely to School Day, encouraging families to walk and commute safely to school – promoting road safety, health, public transport and the environment.

“This is a wonderful initiative by the Pedestrian Council of Australia, and a really fun way for families to spend time together, walking to school and having practical conversations about road safety”, Mr Pitt said.

“We are encouraging families across Hinkler to keep healthy by walking with your children to school.”

Research from the Coalition Government’s Play.Sport.Australia strategy shows that it does not need to be intense exercise.

Even moderate gentle exercise reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, obesity and even just minor injuries.

On this Walk Safely to School Day, we are urging all Australians to “put their health first” and get active to ensure they – and their families – live more healthy, happy and productive lives.

“Activities like walking to and from school, or even parking your car around the block and walking your children the remaining distance to school, can be a great way to get some exercise and to spend quality time with family,” Mr Pitt said.

“Physical activity in early years lays down the muscle and bone you need for the rest of your life. Particularly in the teenage years, it’s a unique time to build up strength as your body develops.”

“Regular forms of activity also help manage stress, alleviate depression and anxiety, strengthen self-esteem, enhance mood and boost mental alertness.”

Background

Walk Safety to School day is an annual event promoted by the Pedestrian Council of Australia and supported by the Australian Government, all State, Territory Governments and Local Governments.

More information about the event can be found at www.walk.com.au

 

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