New Frontiers Conference

It is wonderful to attend New Frontiers: The Biennial Conference of the National Federation of Australia Japan Societies in Adelaide today as Chair of the Australia-Japan Parliamentary Friendship group representing the Government and Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong – Senator for SA.

Australia and Japan share deep and longstanding trade and investment, defence, scientific research, and cultural ties.

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Morrison’s Failure

Millions of Australians are in lockdown because Scott Morrison has failed at his job.

Lockdowns are painful. They cost businesses, they disrupt families and they hurt the economy.

Yet we will continue to have lockdowns until Scott Morrison fixes the vaccine rollout and fixes quarantine.

Fresh attacks on Medicare

Attacking Medicare is in the Liberals’ DNA.

They have done it for decades.

They tried to introduce a GP Tax to make you pay more to see a doctor and they cut billions from Medicare by extending the funding freeze.

Now, in the midst of a pandemic, the Morrison Government is trying to sneak through almost 1,000 changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

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This Budget

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.

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Brain Cancer & Tumour Awareness Month

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:

Cure Brain Cancer

Brain Tumour Alliance Australia (BTAA) Foundation-

Robert Connor Dawes

Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer Foundation