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Probus Club of Darwin Inc bulletin



Probus Club of Darwin Inc bulletin


Probus Club of Darwin Inc


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Probus Club of Darwin Inc

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August 2015 Bulletin Volume 10 Issue 5

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Ken Cohalan SENIORS MONTH there are some interesting events plannedcheck carefully and book early SENIORS EXPO over forty (40) exhibitors Wednesday 19 August 9.30am to 12.30pm. Probus will have a stand. Remember to invite your friends! COTA-NT Seniors month list of events available www.cotant.org.au OST (Office Senior Territorians) calendar of events advised available in July. Minister for Seniors new senior advisor Mr Rod McGrath spent a number of hours at COTA-NT to discuss various matters relating to NT Seniors. Workers Compensation some improvements for working seniors. Period of compensation for workers aged 67 yrs or older increased from 26 weeks to 104 weeks. Increase in death and funeral benefits from 260 times to 364 times average weekly earnings National action - comments. Pension passed Parliament with limited retirement review. Aged Care Health has a new Minister and new Chief of Staff and lots of progress made. Quality indicators are worth pursuing. National Reform Summit Discussion regarding Retirement Income and Taxation Lots of different problems with health affecting all people now a significant challenge Nothing been done with Mature Employment. Need to talk re super/retirement and pensions in line with cost of aged care. Cost of aged care to government has risen more than the cost of aged pensions. More help needed reskilling and getting older people reemployed. Tax review of super and retirement income. Aussies dont save enough need to put in voluntary funds as well as compulsory funds. Housing a large problem for seniors. Seniors Snippets Litchfield Tour A great day was had by those 33 folk who undertook the bus trip to Batchelor, Florence Falls, and Wangi on 22 July. Heard that 3 ladies walked down all the steps to the bottom of Florence Falls! Many thanks to Janet for organising the day. Birthdays and Anniversaries Happy Birthday Yvonne Ellison Maureen Burr Elaine Prosser Bob Schulze Denis Power Ian Hancock Jenny Wright Rita Cluley Keith Wenman Earl McNaughton Lyn Barlow Happy Anniversary David & Nancy Hussin Earl & Wendy James Dennis & Gwenda Smallacombe Elaine & Trevor Hoskins Page 4 "And we never had a whole Mars bar until 1993"!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930s,40's, 50's, and 60's First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank Sherry while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos... We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nandos. Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on a Sunday, somehow we didn't starve to death! We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter, milk from the cow, and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because.......WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!! We would spend hours building our gocarts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars. We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no video/dvd films, or colour TV no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet. We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no Lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time.... We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL WE WAS BRUNG UP PROPER !! Contributed by John Scott http://www.cotant.org.au