Federal Labor Election Campaign Launch

At yesterday’s Federal Labor campaign launch Bill Shorten announced that one of four new trial headspace Plus centres will be located in Tasmania.

Many young people with mental health issues are falling through the gaps – requiring more help than a GP can provide, but not at the stage where they require hospitalisation. Labor has been listening to mental health experts about fixing the fragmented mental health system that has let too many young people down.

A Shorten Labor government will invest $36 million over four years to trial a regional headspace Plus site in Tasmania.

This is of vital importance to the state that has the highest rate of youth suicide in Australia.

Ben McGregor – Labor for Clark 

It was exciting to join Shadow Minister for Sport Senator Don Farrell and Ben McGregor – Labor for Clark to announce that a Shorten Labor government will provide $90,000 to upgrade basketball facilities at Claremont College.

The new backboards, rings and supports, retractable seating and foam padding will not only benefit students but also the Glenorchy Basketball Association, the largest community sporting club in Tasmania.

It will also benefit volleyball, badminton and football players who use the gymnasium for games and training.

Congratulations to Ben McGregor on securing this commitment. Ben is a hardworking candidate who will always stand up for Clark.

Julie Collins MP – Federal Campaign Launch

I am proud to serve as duty Senator for the intelligent, hard-working and highly respected Federal Labor Member for Franklin, Julie Collins MP.

Great to see so many Labor Party members and volunteers at her campaign launch last night. As a Franklin resident I am looking forward to putting a number 1 next to Julie’s name – again!

NTEU’s Defender of Higher Education pledge

Pleased to sign the NTEU’s Defender of Higher Education pledge.

A Shorten Labor government will:
– Uncap university places ensuring 200,000 more Australians will get access to a university education over the next decade,
– invest $174 million in specialised programs to boost opportunities for university study in communities where graduation rates are low, and
– establish 22 regional study hubs to help more students in country areas to go to university or TAFE.

Glenorchy City Council Citizenship Ceremony

Last night I attended a Glenorchy City Council citizenship ceremony and addressed the candidates for citizenship. I congratulate our new citizens on becoming Australians and thank them for choosing to call Australia – and Tasmania in particular – home.

I am so proud to live in a country that embraces ethnic and cultural diversity. With a quarter of Australians being born overseas and almost half having a parent born overseas, we are possibly the most culturally diverse nation in the world. This is one of Australia’s many strengths and something we should continue to celebrate.