Tasmanian Volunteer Awards

A huge congratulations to Edna Pennicott, President of Kingborough Helping Hands, for being awarded the Aurora Energy Lifetime Achievement Award in the Tasmanian Volunteering Awards held at Government House today.

This award is a well-deserved recognition of Edna’s tireless dedication to the cause of helping people less fortunate – something she has spent hours doing day-in-day-out for decades without seeking, or expecting, anything in return except for the satisfaction of helping her community.

Thank you to Volunteering Tasmania for organising the awards and for this fitting recognition of Edna’s outstanding contribution.

National Walk Safely to School Day

National Walk Safely to School Day is an annual event which encourages primary school children to walk or commute to school. Walking to school promotes physical activity, social interaction, learning about road safety and helps the environment.

Thank you to Taylen, Cameron, Baileigh and Danielle for helping me get safely to Snug Primary School this morning.

Election Pre-Polling

Gorgeous sunny weather at the Kingston early voting centre and the Bureau predicts it’ll keep up for Election Day.

Let’s hope we see the sun shining on a victory for Bill Shorten and Labor, and a government that puts schools and hospitals before tax breaks for the top end of town.

Thanks to Audun, the hardworking volunteer who’s joined me here today.

One Community Together

Exciting things are happening in Clarence Plains with the opening today of One Community Together‘s new offices. One Community Together has been bringing together local services providers to address community need under the Collective Impact model for the past 5 years.

Great to catch up with Labor colleagues Julie Collins MP, who cut the ribbon, Alison Standen MP and Sarah Lovell MLC. Also pleased to see Cate Clark from the Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre and John Stubley from Hobart City Mission.

Broken Promises

Remember when the Liberals promised “No cuts to health” in 2013? They then cut $57 billion in the 2014 budget.

Re-electing a Morrison Liberal Government will lock in a further $2.8 billion in cuts to hospitals.

To rebuild our hospitals and health care system, vote Labor in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The Road to Election

Throughout this election, I have worked with and supported Labor’s strong Tasmanian team for the House of Representatives.

Justine Keay – Labor MP for Braddon, Ross Hart MPBrian Mitchell Federal MP for Lyons and Julie Collins MP are all hardworking members who care about and have delivered for Tasmania and Tasmanians. If successful, Ben McGregor – Labor for Clark will make a great Member for Clark.

I am also proud to again be part of the Labor Senate team. The Labor preference is for people to vote 1 Labor above the line (please ensure you number at least 6 boxes above the line to make your vote count).

If you want a government that puts people first you need to vote Labor in both the House of Reps and the Senate.

Early Education Opportunities

As a former early childhood educator, I appreciate the important contribution Playgroup Australia and many local playgroups make to strengthening families and the community – just like this one I visited in Lindisfarne during National Playgroup Week.

A Shorten Labor government will provide grants of:
– $15,000 to establish new, or expand existing, Toy Libraries or Playgroups or undertake minor capital works; and
– $5,000 for existing organisations to purchase new toys, books, paints, craft materials or other consumables.

This $6.1 million grants program is an important investment in providing children with the early education opportunities they need for the best start in life.

Pensioners Association of Tasmania

This morning I joined Julie Collins MP outside my office in Kingston Plaza to celebrate the Pensioner Association of Tasmania’s wheelchair accessible bus.

This delightful group joined me in my office later for an impromptu morning tea.

Thanks to Julie, the Association received a Stronger Communities Programme grant of $18,000 to convert the minibus to allow wheelchair access. The grant will help members of the Association requiring wheelchair access to attend events and outings.

Jack’s Story

It was a bittersweet honour to officially launch Jack’s Story by Ken Fleming at Fullers Bookshop last night.

This book tells the sad story of a young man who fell victim to glioblastoma, one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer and died last year aged 21. I am inspired by Ken’s love for his son, and his determination to save the lives of other young people like Jack by raising funds to fight brain cancer.

Thank you to Fullers and Forty South Publishing for helping this loving father to tell his son’s story.

The book can be purchased at Fullers or online

Speaking for Brain Tumour Alliance Australia

I was honourned to be invited to speak to a patient forum organised by Brain Tumour Alliance Australia (BTAA) about my brain cancer journey and the low survival rate cancers Senate inquiry.

The BTAA do excellent work raising awareness of brain tumours and providing support, information and resources to patients.