Kingborough citizenship ceremony

I’m always excited to see the smiles on the faces of migrants as they become Australian citizens. They understand what an extraordinary privilege it is to be a citizen of such a free, prosperous country as ours.

Thank you to the Kingborough Council for inviting me, and my colleague Julie Collins MP, to today’s citizenship ceremony to witness people taking one of the most important and profound steps in their lives.

End of an era for Ogilvie High School

As the only Senator (as far as I know) to attend Ogilvie High School, it was a pleasure last night to join Tasmania’s Governor, Her Excellency Barbara Baker AC, Emeritus Prof Don Chalmers AO, and school alumni at a reception to celebrate 84 years of the school’s achievements.

Catching up with old scholars, we commemorated the end of an era, as Tasmania’s only remaining all-girls government school, Ogilvie High, will soon merge with the only all-boys government school, New Town High, to form the co-ed Hobart City High School.

Over the years, Ogilvie High School has had two school songs – now its students will have to learn another one! Great to see my fellow 1974 student leaver, Margie Nolan, who is now the coordinator of the wayraparattee Child and Family Centre.

The Liberals’ war on charities

For the past eight years the Liberals have been waging a war on charities.

Today the Senate will be debating a new regulation which will silence charities and bury them in millions of dollars of legal red tape. If the Senate does not vote to disallow the regulation today it will become law.

I addressed this issue in my Talking Point article in today’s The Mercury.

Kingborough Carers’ Expo

A few snapshots of today’s Carers’ Expo at the Kingborough Community Hub.

I chatted to a variety of service organisations which support family carers in various ways. I also attended the premiere of a great short film “More than Carers” which I will share in a separate post.

The success of the expo is a huge credit to Kingborough Council, Dementia Friendly Tasmania Inc., Mast Films and all the service providers who exhibited.

Palliative Care Tasmania AGM and Awards

Whenever I attend Palliative Care Tasmania events it gives me immense pride to reflect on the role I played in fighting to save this wonderful organisation from closure (twice). They have an important role to play in educating Tasmanians about death, dying, grief and bereavement and promoting excellence in the delivery of palliative care, all of which contributes to a significant improvement in the care experience of Tasmanians with life-limiting illness.

Some highlights of tonight’s Annual General Meeting and Palliative Care Awards included:

  • Jane Jupe’s award and acceptance of life membership of the organisation,
  • Her Excellency the Hon. Barbara Baker AC’s acceptance of an invitation to serve as Patron of PCT, and
  • catching up again with the amazing Colleen Johnstone, under whose leadership PCT continues to go from strength to strength.

Thank you to Government House for hosting the Awards. A huge congratulations to all the finalists, runners-up and winners and thank you for your ongoing commitment to quality palliative care.