Fury? Really?

A newspaper has the headline “Fury at changes to pool laws”.

Really?

They then have the sob story about some family who remembers when their kid wandered off and drowned in someone else’s pool…and it is all their fault because the property wasn’t fenced properly…maybe…the story is unclear on that.

No personal responsibility for supervising their own kid…no it’s the pool owner’s fault.

Here’s the thing though, the kid was a twin…so they knew where one of them was…so why not the other.

Anyway the newspaper starts with the cry-baby blame game in order to try to blame the government for making changes to the stupid pool fencing laws.

Now, the Government wants to repeal the Swimming Pool Fencing Act of 1987, a comprehensive act that has saved the lives of at least 21 children since its introduction.

At the first reading of the amendment in Parliament in September, Minister for Small Business Craig Foss said the act had successfully reduced deaths from 10 each year to three but it was “cumbersome for pool owners and councils”.  

The amendment – put forward by Minister for Building and Housing Nick Smith – is aimed at “reducing the compliance burden imposed on pool owners and territorial authorities in relation to residential pools while maintaining child safety”.

It wants to save $17 million over 10 years by moving towards voluntary compliance, fewer inspections and removing the requirement to fence spas or hot tubs.

The law has always been an ass, and licensed councils to become clipboard carrying fascists. It cost home owners millions in compliance costs, and councils millions more in monitoring and the water safety people claim it saves 10 people per year…with absolutely no proof of this.

And they are “furious”.

What a load of crap. The same councils who watch what home owners do with pools and fencing and levy fines and take people to court are the same councils putting in stormwater holding ponds, making them attractive for cute fluffy ducks to live in, just the sorts of things curious kids want to go feed or pet…and there are no fences around those. The open stormwater drains in most new subdivisions, made to look like streams, aren’t fenced either…and we are supposed to believe that fences save lives…if that is case then why are these wombles lobbying for beaches and rivers to be fenced too.

Perhaps if the government mandated that parents actually keep an eye on their kids and supervise them properly then we wouldn’t need all this nanny state nonsense where other people are to blame for your own carelessness.

At my house if I had a pool it would need to be fenced, but 15m from my lounge is a fricken unfenced beach.

 

– A newpaper


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