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Born in Tasmania, and having lived there for most of her life, Catryna Bilyk was elected as a Labor Senator for Tasmania in November 2007, taking her seat in the Senate on 1 July 2008. She was re-elected in September 2013 for a second six-year term. She is married to Robert and has two adult children.

Prior to being elected to the Senate, Catryna worked in a variety of positions and roles including administration, research and child care. She joined the Australian Services Union Tasmanian Branch as an Industrial Officer, later becoming the Branch Training Officer, and was responsible for setting up the first Union Jobskills Program, as well as representing the Union on many Industry Training Advisory Boards. She has also represented the ASU Tasmanian Branch as a delegate to Unions Tasmania and held the position of Senior Vice President of Unions Tasmania.

Catryna was employed by the Tasmanian Government as an Advisor/Electorate Officer with Tasmanian Government Ministers David Crean MLC, David Llewellyn MHA and Ken Bacon MHA.

She has been active in a variety of Australian Labor Party (ALP) roles at Branch, State and Federal levels, including local branch Secretary and President, State Administrative Committee member, Policy Committee member (State and Federal), Labor Women's Network Convenor for Tasmania, National Secretary of the Labor Women's Network, ALP National Executive Member and ALP National Vice President.

In her capacity as a Senator, Catryna has served on many Senate committees, including as Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety and later the Senate Select Committee on Cyber-Safety. She is currently a member of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee, Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation and References Committees, Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network and the Senate Selection of Bills Committee, as well as Deputy Chair of the Senate Publications Committee and the Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, and Chair of the Senators’ Interests Committee.

Catryna is currently the Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate, and the co-convenor of Parliamentarians Against Child Abuse and Neglect (PACAN), the Brain Tumour Awareness Group (BTAG), Parliamentary Friends of End of Life and the Australia-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group.

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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

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