Cure Brain Cancer Second Annual Black and White Ball

The second annual Black and White Ball was a huge success raising thousands for Cure Brain Cancer (final total yet to be announced).

We heard stories – some tragic and some heartwarming – from speakers who had lost loved ones to brain cancer, but who had also been motivated by their experiences to do everything they can to support the cause to find new treatments and one day a cure.

I was proud to join the organising committee for this event with the fabulous Teresa Briggs and Sandy Turner, and to MC the event.

A big thanks to all the people who purchased tickets, helped organise the event and donated prizes for the raffle and silent auction.

I look forward to the next Black and White Ball.

A reminder that the next Walk4BrainCancer Tasmania will be held on Sunday, 3 November.

Snug Oval ANZAC Day Service

It was windy at Snug Oval but the weather did not spoil an excellent ANZAC Day service organised by the Lions Club of Kingborough.

It was great to see so many children from various schools, scout groups and little athletics involved in both the march and ceremony – a positive sign that the tradition of honouring our service men and women on ANZAC Day is being passed to the next generation and will continue for many years to come.

Thanks to Kingston Rotary for supporting the BBQ.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service Kingston Beach

As the sun rose this morning thousands turned up to Kingston Beach to pay their respects to Australia’s service men and women – those who served, those currently serving and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Attendees were then invited to breakfast at the RSL.

Thanks to the Kingston Beach RSL Sub Branch for putting together another great ANZAC Day commemoration.

Lest we forget.

Analysis shows School and Hospital funding cuts

Analysis by the Grattan Institute shows that the Morrison Government would have to cut spending to schools and hospitals by $40 billion to afford their big tax handouts to the top end of town.

This proves that this election is a choice between Labor’s plan for restoring funding for hospitals and schools versus bigger tax loopholes under the Liberals.

Derwent Valley Autumn Festival 2019

A beautiful day in the Derwent Valley for the 2019 Autumn Festival. The event was well attended, and there was great entertainment, food, lots of activities for kids – something for everyone!

The local Lions Club did a great job managing the parking.

A sterling effort by Brian Mitchell Federal MP for Lyons on the two-person crosscut saw in the celebrity woodchopping.

It was great to catch up with friends and family.

Sing Australia Day

Sing Australia held a regional concert today as part of their National celebration. Their celebration day saw 105 Sing Australia groups gather in 32 regions to showcase the organisation and promote the benefits of making singing an inclusive and non-judgmental activity.

Due to a case of the lurgy, I didn’t sing but I thoroughly enjoyed the event. It was particularly lovely to catch up with Jane Hudson from Launceston who I haven’t seen in decades!

A big thank you to Sing Australia for the invitation (and the afternoon tea).

Say NO to Stigma

All too often in politics we hear phrases like ‘crazy decision’ or ‘political suicide’.

I am standing with SANE AustraliaEverymind and Mindframe and pledging to avoid using language which stigmatises mental illness.

Labor Budget Reply

Last night, Bill Shorten MP delivered Labor’s Budget Reply.

While Scott Morrison and the Liberals are focused on the election, Labor is focused on the future. We have chosen hope over fear, the future over the past, to prioritise schools and hospitals over the big banks.

As a longstanding advocate for cancer patients, a cancer survivor, Cure Brain Cancer Ambassador, co-convenor of Parliament’s Brain Cancer and Tumour Action Group, and former chair of the Senate Select Committee into Funding for Research into Cancers with Low Survival Rates, I am especially pleased with Labor’s commitment to deliver the biggest cancer care package in Australia’s history.

Australians battling cancer should be able to focus on getting well without going broke.

A Shorten Labor Government will:
– eliminate out-of-pocket costs for up to six million scans for cancer services;
– provide three million free consultations with oncologists and surgeons for cancer patients; and
– list any drug recommended for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Other highlights from last night’s budget reply include:
– The most important investment in Medicare since Bob Hawke created it.
– The same or better tax cuts for 10 million working Australians.
– A massive new investment in TAFE, to rebuild campuses and restore the 150,000 apprenticeships that have been lost under the Liberals.

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