Anti-Poverty Week

We think of Australia as the lucky country, but did you know that over three million Australians are living in poverty, including 731,000 children?

This week is Anti-Poverty Week and I have once again launched a gift drive to help our wonderful local charity, Kingborough Helping Hands to help people less fortunate in our local community enjoy the kind of Christmas that the rest of us take for granted.

Donated gifts can be dropped off to my office in Kingston Plaza. Cash donations to Kingborough Helping Hands can be made at Bendigo Bank in Channel Court Shopping Centre, and donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards 2017

I’ve been unfortunate to have to miss the 2017 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards, hosted by Palliative Care Tasmania. In lieu of my attendance, this video message was be played at the awards.

Thank you to Palliative Care Tasmania for inviting me to attend. It really is a wonderful organisation and I am proud to have played a key role in the campaign to save it from closure due to the Turnbull Government’s funding cut.

A big congratulations to all the winners and runners-up in last night’s 2017 Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards.

1) Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Award for Excellence in Palliative Care Nursing

Winner – JW Whittle Palliative Care Unit Nursing Team (THS Hobart)

2) Department of Health and Human Services Award for Outstanding Palliative Care Clinician

Winner – Dr Elizabeth Monks (Bupa Care South Hobart)

3) COTA Award for Excellence in Palliative Care in an Aged Care Setting

Winner – Dr Elizabeth Monks (Bupa Care South Hobart)

4) Palliative Care Tasmania Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer

Runner Up – Emily Sanzaro (Palliative Care Volunteer Service Launceston)

Winner – Gail and Frank Howard ((Palliative Care Volunteer Service Launceston)

5) Palliative Care Tasmania Award for Excellence in Palliative Care in a Rural and Remote Setting

Runner Up – Kathryn Russell (Bolton Clarke NW Coast)

Winner – Anne Gillespie (THS Community Nurse Scottsdale)

6) Calvary Award for Emerging Leader

Runner Up – Sarah Gaffney (Bupa Care South Hobart)

Winner – Anna Holliday (Li-VeTasmania​)

7) HESTA Award for Outstanding Team Work

Runner Up – CanTeen Tasmania

Winner – aWake Before Death Project Team

8) Palliative Care Tasmania Award for Innovation in Palliative Care

Runner Up – Li-VeTasmania

Winner – Bupa Care South Hobart

Thanks to Palliative Care Tasmania​ for organising these awards and recognising the excellent contribution of these organisations to palliative care in Tasmania.

Labor’s national gender equality consultation

Great to be with Julie Collins MP and Sharon Claydon MP yesterday in consultation with women from the community sector regarding the policies needed to achieve gender equality.

Sadly, since 2013 Australia has dropped from 19th to 46th place in the global gender equality ratings. Labor has a proud legacy of reforms to advance the status of women, but we aware that there is much more to be done.


Say YES to Marriage Equality

Millions of heterosexual couples in Australia have been able to marry without having their rights questioned by a taxpayer-funded public opinion poll. So why can’t same-sex couples expect the same?

Unfortunately, the survey is happening whether we like it or not. So let’s send a message to LBGTI Australians that we are standing up for their rights and #SayYES to #MarriageEquality.