Today I joined members of the Ukrainian community – including husband Robert Bilyk – and their Tasmanian friends at a rally in Hobart calling for peace in Ukraine.

The Labor Opposition stands shoulder to shoulder with the Australian Government, the Australian community and Australia’s allies across the world in supporting Ukraine and opposing this unprovoked aggression.

Thank you to the Association of Ukrainians in Tasmania for organising this rally and for supporting their community.

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Ukrainian Rally

Words below from my husband – who is of Ukrainian descent – and has family living in Ukraine 🇺🇦

Tears flowed at this morning’s rally of solidarity with the Ukrainian people held at Parliament House gardens in Hobart.

A number of people spoke of their shock and disbelief at Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on the peaceful and peace loving people of Ukraine.

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Kingborough citizenship ceremony

I’m always excited to see the smiles on the faces of migrants as they become Australian citizens. They understand what an extraordinary privilege it is to be a citizen of such a free, prosperous country as ours.

Thank you to the Kingborough Council for inviting me, and my colleague Julie Collins MP, to today’s citizenship ceremony to witness people taking one of the most important and profound steps in their lives.

End of an era for Ogilvie High School

As the only Senator (as far as I know) to attend Ogilvie High School, it was a pleasure last night to join Tasmania’s Governor, Her Excellency Barbara Baker AC, Emeritus Prof Don Chalmers AO, and school alumni at a reception to celebrate 84 years of the school’s achievements.

Catching up with old scholars, we commemorated the end of an era, as Tasmania’s only remaining all-girls government school, Ogilvie High, will soon merge with the only all-boys government school, New Town High, to form the co-ed Hobart City High School.

Over the years, Ogilvie High School has had two school songs – now its students will have to learn another one! Great to see my fellow 1974 student leaver, Margie Nolan, who is now the coordinator of the wayraparattee Child and Family Centre.