Today is International Childhood Cancer Day.As a brain cancer patient, advocate and Cure Brain Cancer Ambassador, today serves as an opportunity for me to remind people that brain cancer kills more Australian children than any other disease.This tragic fact motivates me to fight for a greater investment and effort in improving brain cancer survival.
The Senate has just passed my motion calling on the Morrison Government to stop dragging their feet and to get on with the job of fixing charity fundraising law.
Each year that goes by without the harmonisation of Australian fundraising laws it costs charities and not-for-profits $15 million to comply with a myriad of state and territory laws and registration schemes. That’s $15 million, generously given by Australians to feed and shelter the homeless, to help people recover from natural disasters, to protect the environment and to promote animal welfare going down the drain.
I was impressed by the extraordinary achievements and contributions of all award nominees and winners, including those of Maureen McDonald, who I nominated, and who has given forty years of service to Li-VeTasmania through the Acorn Branch.
I enjoyed visiting Howrah Beach Child Care Centre (Phoenix Children’s Services) with Julie Collins MP to discuss the importance of early childhood education and care – not just to workforce participation but because of the vital contribution it makes to the learning and development of children. We were excited to see progress on the centre’s new premises.
Some fantastic volunteers were recognised today at the Kingborough Council Awards. I was particularly pleased to see Else Phillips receive Citizen of the Year for her work with various local organisations and 13-year-old Kingborough Helping Hands volunteer Bella Oakley awarded Young Citizen of the Year.