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
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:
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
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.
My Talking Point article in yesterday’s Mercury argued that the Morrison Government could, and should, be doing more to help the thousands of Australians stranded overseas.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Today is the launch of the Still Six Lives campaign.
This campaign is aimed at raising awareness of stillbirth, reducing the stigma associated with it, and arming parents with the knowledge they need to take measures to reduce the risk.
Sadly, Australia’s rate of stillbirth has remained at around six per day for the past 20 years. Still, Six Lives is part of a 10-year national action plan aimed at turning this around.
Please support this campaign by sharing this video and other Still Six Lives materials available at http://preventstillbirth.org.au.
50 countries have now ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which comes into force today.Continue reading
The Morrison Government’s latest announcement on charity fundraising reform is welcome news but still cold comfort to Australian charities and not-for-profits doing it tough through the pandemic.While PM Scott Morrison, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Assistant Minister for Charities Zed Seselja are popping the champagne corks, Australian charities face yet another year with the red-tape nightmare of having to comply with seven different sets of state and territory regulations if they want to raise funds online or across the country.Another year of delay is estimated to cost Australian charities $15 million in unnecessary compliance costs—that’s money generously donated by Australians going down the drain.As my colleague Shadow Assistant Minister for Charities, Andrew Leigh MP, has said:”The shame of watching the charity sector tangled up in unnecessary red tape while trying to support Australians through natural disasters and a national health crisis has finally forced the Coalition to acknowledge it has a responsibility to lead on this issue.”The Morrison Government has the power to fix this problem, and Australia’s charities should not be forced to wait any longer.”