The marriage bill has passed the House of Representatives unamended and will now become law.
This is a great day for all Australians. I am proud to be in Parliament for this historic moment and to have voted for marriage equality in the Senate!
This morning I met with James Dickinson, acting Chief Executive and head of regulatory affairs at Screenrights, and Virginia Gordon, public affairs advisor. Screenrights is a non-profit organisation that administers the provisions allowing schools to copy television and radio for educational purposes. The photo shows Virginia and James introducing me to EnhanceTV, a wonderfully innovative service …that enables schools to capture, edit and share any free-to-air or subscription television or radio broadcasts. A very user-friendly way to help our kids engage in their learning, another fine example of Australian ingenuity, and a great way to bring educator and film-makers together and support the growth and diversity of screen production.
As Co-Convenor of the Australia-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group it is always a pleasure to catch up with Ambassador of Ukraine, His Excellency Mykola Kulinich to discuss Australia-Ukraine relations.
Thank you Mr Kulinich for the wonderful gift of a picture submitted for the Where I Am-There is My Flag art competition. The artists, Stephania and Sophia Mandziy, are members of the Ukraine diaspora in Australia and the picture features native Australia flora and fauna. A larger version of this picture is on display in the Mariyinsky Palace – the President of Ukraine’s ceremonial residence.
It was a pleasure to catch up with Tammy Gardner, CEO of Huntington’s Victoria to update me on the work they are doing to support people living with this debilitating disease, their carers and families.
Tammy is very happy that I’m wearing her football team colours too!
Yesterday I met with Tresillian Early Parenting who have been providing support to Australian Families for almost 100 years. It is really important that families that need extra support get it early.
As Co Chair of the Australia-Japan Federal Parliamentary Friendship Group it was an honour to attend a reception at the Japanese Embassy to honour the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. I am with the Ambassador of Japan to Australia, His Excellency Mr Sumio Kusaka and Ben Wholagan, Vice President of the Australia-Japan Society of Western Australia (Inc)
Today my motion to mark the beginning of the 85th anniversary commemorations of the Holodomor famine in Ukraine in 1932-33 passed the Senate. #ukraineremembers Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organisations
Met today with representatives of ICAN Australia to discuss the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty #nuclearban