Whether its record low wages growth, the aged care crisis, the housing crisis, the skills crisis or the lack of a credible plan to create secure jobs, the Morrison Government is using their eighth budget to pretend they care about the issues they have ignored over the past seven.Continue reading
The Senate has just passed my motion condemning the Morrison Government for their attempts to water down laws which protect Australian borrowers from harmful lending practices.Continue reading
If you are celebrating with your mother today I would like to wish you a Happy Mothers’ Day!
I am lucky to still have my mum with me. At age 90 she is living independently, continues to drive herself around and still manages to volunteer regularly. I thank mum for raising me to have a similar outlook on life—to be resourceful, independent, resilient and to have a strong desire to volunteer, help others and do my part to make the world a better place.Continue reading
Today is World Ovarian Cancer Day. Around 1,500 Australian women a year will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
A key message that Ovarian Cancer Australia is trying to convey is that it’s time to ‘ovary act’. There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer, so all women need to learn to recognise the signs and symptoms.
Visit the site below for a list of World Ovarian Cancer Day events in Australia.
May is Brain Cancer & Tumour Awareness Month, also known as Brain Cancer & Tumour Action Month. Several brain cancer and tumour charities and advocacy groups are urging people to ‘Go Grey in May’ for brain cancer and tumour awareness. This means wearing grey clothes or a grey awareness ribbon.
I survived two brain tumours in 2008 and am currently living with another (3rd) brain tumour. Going grey in May is a way to help raise awareness of the shocking outcomes for patients of brain cancer, which has a five-year survival rate of just over 20%, kills more young Australians aged 18-40 than any other cancer and kills more Australian children then any other disease. It’s a little known fact that ‘benign’ brain tumours can also be life-threatening.
We have still have a long way to go towards understanding, treating and one day curing brain cancers and tumours. That’s why raising funds for community education, research and advocacy is vital.
For more information about brain cancers and tumours you can visit the websites of the following organisations:
Vaccination is one of the best defenses we have against COVID-19.Our world-leading Therapeutic Goods Administration would not have approved the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccines for use in Australia if they did not meet rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness.
If you have any doubts or questions about the safety or effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, consult with your GP or another healthcare professional.You can find answers to many other vaccination questions at: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives…/covid-19-vaccines
International Women’s Day has prompted me to reflect not just on how far women have come but how certain attitudes are still holding us back from achieving equality.
About nine months ago I responded in Parliament to this contribution by Liberal Senator Gerrard Rennick, who said that parents with pre-school-aged children should just stay home and described subsidised early childhood education and care as “the hand of government teaching in and taking away our children’s youth.”
No senior Liberal has condemned the comments, and when I wrote to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, inviting him to deny that the comments do not reflect his government’s view, he declined to do so.
Women’s equality cannot advance unless we continue to challenge outdated views like these.
Happy International Women’s Day!
I am proud to be a member of a party in which 48% of Federal parliamentarians and 64% of Tasmanian state parliamentarians are women.Continue reading
Prior to Christmas I was diagnosed with a slow-growing meningioma (brain tumour). My treating medical professionals are monitoring its progress but at this stage it does not pose a serious threat to my health.
I do however need to undertake some other treatment which means I am taking a short leave of absence from Parliament. I look forward to returning in the near future.
I am still available to serve my Tasmanian constituents so if you have any issues or queries I can help with please feel free to contact my office.
I’d like to remind anyone who wishes to support brain cancer or brain tumour patients to please donate to Cure Brain Cancer.
Thanks to everyone who has shown care and support.
Today is International Asperger’s Awareness Day – a day to recognise the remarkable achievements of people living with Asperger’s syndrome (also known as level 1 autism or high-functioning autism).
The Day aims to raise awareness of the condition and highlight the challenges people with Asperger’s face.