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STATEMENT ON RE-ELECTION TO THE SENATE

I am honoured to have been re-elected to the Senate as a Labor Senator for Tasmania.

The strong vote for Labor in Tasmania demonstrates that Tasmanians embraced Labor’s positive plans for the future—our plans to invest in our schools and hospitals, and to deliver the real optic‑fibre NBN—over Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals tax cuts for big business and their plans to destroy Medicare.

I congratulate Ross Hart, Justine Keay and Brian Mitchell on their election as the Members for Bass, Braddon and Lyons respectively and Julie Collins on her re-election as the Member for Franklin.

Jane Austin ran a strong campaign, and it was disappointing not to see her elected as she would have made an excellent Member for Denison. Jane has been an outstanding contributor to her local community, and a strong advocate for mental health.

As Labor’s Duty Senator for Franklin, it has been a privilege to work with Julie. The more than five percent swing towards her shows that she is recognised as a hard-working Member and a strong voice for her electorate.

Furthermore, I congratulate Julie Collins, Senator Carol Brown and Senator Helen Polley—three very talented members of the Federal Labor caucus—on their appointment to the Shadow Ministry.

I also congratulate Senator Anne Urquhart on her re-election by the Labor caucus as Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate. I look forward to continuing to work with her in the Labor Senate Whip team.

Returning five Labor senators was a strong result for the Labor team.

I thank John Short for all the work he has done supporting the Labor team. I know John has been a passionate advocate for workers’ rights and campaigner against family violence. Although he was unsuccessful on this occasion, when he has the chance to he will make a strong contribution to the Senate.

As a re-elected Senator for Tasmania, I will continue to advocate for the issues that I am passionate about—more research funding for rare cancers including brain cancer, a fair deal for Australia’s arts sector especially independent artists, a real optic-fibre National Broadband Network for Australian homes and businesses and better protection for Australia’s children from abuse and neglect.

I also look forward to working together with an expanded Tasmanian Federal Labor team to deliver results for Tasmania, as Tasmania’s Federal Labor caucus has done so many times in the past.

I believe that when you wear the team colours you play for the team. That is why I worked as part of the Labor team during the election to maximise our vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.



27 July 2016


150 years of Margate



Senator Bilyk shares memories of her childhood in Margate


Be Cruelty Free pledge signing



I was happy to sign the Be Cruelty Free pledge to further the development and production of cruelty free cosmetics.
29 June 2016



Senator Bilyk Defends Arts Funding in the Senate Chamber



Last year I headed up the inquiry into funding for the arts. Here is my passionate speech defending arts funding which I gave to the Senate last December.

29 June 2016



Senator Bilyk attends the Arts Debate in Hobart




 

Senator Bilyk, who was the lead Senator for Labor on last year’s Senate Inquiry into the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts, was disappointed that no one from Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberals turned up to discuss the arts at the The Tasmanian Creative Industries Council’s Arts and Cultural Policy Forum on Tuesday June 28 2016
29 June 2016


 

Senator Bilyk and Senator Polley visit St Anne's Aged Care


On Friday 10 June, Senator Helen Polley and I had the pleasure of visiting St Anne's Home in Hobart. If Aged Care is something you care about then be sure to vote Labor on July 2. 

14 June 2016



RESULTS Pledge



On Thursday June 9 I was honoured to make the pledge with RESULTS to endeavour to end the worlds worst epidemics by 2030
9 June 2016


Dash Your Enthusiasm - Get Bills Bus to Tassie

Dash your enthusiasm from Catryna Bilyk on Vimeo.


31 May 2016


ANZAC Day 2016

It was an honour to lay a wreath and speak at the Snug ANZAC Day service. We are forever indebted to the brave souls of the ADF

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26 April 2016

Youth Forum's Learning and Education Report

It was a pleasure to meet the inspirational Dakoda, who spoke at the launch of the Tasmanian Youth Forum’s Learning and Education Report about his life experience and the value of education.

11 April 2016


Opinion Piece

ON REFLECTION, I HAVE CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT MARRIAGE EQUALITY 

It’s time to embrace the future and legalise marriage equality. The laws of our society should reflect the views of members of that society, and it is clear that our society now wants the legalisation of marriage equality. The legalisation of marriage equality in other jurisdictions has not caused society to collapse, it has not undermined the love felt for each other by heterosexual couples or the significance of their union.



CSIRO Rally at Parliament House

I and Senator Helen Polley attended a rally at Parliament House to save CSIRO jobs. The Turnbull Government’s massive cuts to the CSIRO have led to the sacking of 350 scientists putting at risk Australia’s capacity to predict and adapt to climate change. Given the CSIRO’s Antarctic, marine and atmospheric research is concentrated in our home state of Tasmania, we are concerned that these cuts will have a devastating impact on the Tasmanian economy.


 

Teal RIbbon Morning Tea

I was pleased to join Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, and Senator Helen Polley at a Teal Ribbon Day breakfast at Parliament House. Teal Ribbon Day helps raise awareness of ovarian cancer, which has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer in Australia. Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at an advanced stage, so it is important that women recognise the signs and symptoms so they can get treated early.


Surf Life Savers Awards

Congratulations to the brave surf life savers who received the Oct-Dec 2015 National Rescue of the Month Awards.
3 Martch 2016


 

Kingston Medicare and Centrelink Public Forum



On Sunday, 21 February 2016, I co-hosted a public forum with the Federal Member for Franklin Julie Collins MP to allow the community’s voices to be heard about the Turnbull Government’s proposed closure of the Kingston Centrelink and Medicare Service Centre, which Julie Collins and I had lobbied to establish. 3,000 people signed our petition opposing the closure—a decision which would leave 35,000 people without a local face-to-face Centrelink service and 50,000 people without a face-to-face Medicare service south of Hobart.

300 people attended the forum despite the Government announcing the day before that they had backflipped on their original decision. People who attended the forum spoke passionately about why they need a service centre in Kingston, their anxiety about the level of service when the new service centre is co-located with Service Tasmania, and their concerns about the inaccessibility of phone and online Centrelink services.

Julie Collins has written to the Minister for Human Services to seek further assurances about the new service centre, and we will continue to fight not just to retain the same level of service in Kingston but to make it better.




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St Aloysius Catholic College Fair

I was privileged to open this year's fair at St Aloysius Catholic College.
Nearly every school has a fair as a major fixture in their calendar - and not just for fundraising but for bringing the community together. It was lovely to see so many people brave the weather. 
Thank you for inviting me to open and congratulations on another successful fair.



13 November 2016


Parkinsons Australia

Last week I met with Parkinson's Australia CEO Steve Sant to discuss the issues that people living with Parkinson's face and how to improve their quality of life.

9 November 2016


Palliative Care Lunchbox Briefing

Pleased to chair a Lunchbox Briefing with Palliative Care Australia at Parliament House yesterday. Dr Peter Allcroft, Dr Linda Sheehan, Professor Ben White and Mr Simon Murphy engaged in a wide ranging conversation about the legal, ethical, and medical issues surrounding euthanasia and palliative care.


9 November 2016



Walk for Brain Cancer 2016

On Sunaday November 6, I was pleased to hold the third annual Walk for Brain Cancer Tasmania. We had over 300 walkers take part this year and raised over a staggering $40,000 to help end this insidious disease, which kills more Australian children than any other disease.  


6 November 2016




Barassi Debate 2016 Breakfast

The Lord’s Taverners Australia is a Federated autonomous organisation with branches in all States and Territories and approximately 3000 members. Since its inception in 1982, the organisation has raised and disbursed more than $10 million in cash and kind, with disbursements in 2012-13 in the order of $417,000 across a wide range of sports and recreational activities for disadvantaged or disabled young people.

  

20 August 2016


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