During National Safe Work Month the Cancer Council Australia is promoting awareness of workplace cancer.
Around 40% of Australians are exposed to at least one carcinogen in their workplace and around 5,000 (6.5%) cancer cases are attributable to occupational cancers each year.
Click the logo below to find out how you can reduce cancer risk in your workplace.
Labor stands shoulder to shoulder with Tasmanians who oppose the Morrison Government’s plans to move Tasmanian Bureau of Meteorology weather forecasting services to the mainland.
Emergency services, farmers, fishers, bushwalkers, boaters, surfers and the tourism industry rely on accurate, local forecasts.
To join the 2,500 Tasmanians who have called on the Government to keep Tassie weather forecasting local sign the petition at https://savetassieweather-juliecollins.nationbuilder.com/
Thank you to everyone who joined yesterday’s rally.
Thanks to Brighton Council Mayor Tony Foster for showing us your exciting plans for their sports precinct in Pontville. Great to catch up and discuss the proposal with Brian Mitchell Federal MP for Lyons and Shadow Minister for Sport Senator Don Farrell.
Just visited the fantastic Old Kempton Distillery – one of 40 distilleries in Tasmania. Tasmanian whisky is gaining a global reputation for its quality and is attracting new visitors to our state. This is great for our regional economy. Old Kempton Distillery on its own employs 16 locals.
Thanks to James and the crew for their hospitality. If you’re a fan of whisky (or other spirits) and you’re traveling down the Midland Highway why not drop in and pay them a visit? And if you’re not a fan of whisky the scones and coffee are pretty good too.
Committee work is a big part of the job of a Senator. These are the three public hearings I have participated in this week – all for different inquiries.
This work is not highly visible to the public, but the process of inviting submissions, speaking to witnesses and using that evidence to draw conclusions and make recommendations can have a huge impact on public policy.
Public hearings are an example of Parliament at its best, even if they don’t receive the media coverage of the combative exchanges and theatre of question time.
I would strongly encourage any member of the public who is interested in the topic of a particular inquiry to follow the public hearings. Sound recordings are taken of all proceedings and some are also video-recorded. These can be watched/listened to live online at http://parlview.aph.gov.au or if you miss a live broadcast you can watch the recording later.
The Brisbane public hearing of the Stillbirth Research and Education inquiry is live now.
Early childhood educators walked off the job today and rallied for equal pay. Workers in early childhood education, a female-dominated industry, receive around 30% less pay than male dominated industries with similar skills.
As a former early childhood educator, former union official and now a Senator I have campaigned for better pay and conditions for early childhood educators for about thirty years.
I congratulate United Voice for continuing the fight for equal pay with this campaign. A Labor Government will make sure our industrial relations system has the power to fix the pay gap and ensure women are able to participate in the workforce on equal terms with men.
While Tuberculosis (TB) infections are at low levels in Australia, around 10.4 million people are still diagnosed with the disease worldwide each year.
Tragically, 200 people die every hour from TB around the world. That’s one every 18 seconds.
These deaths are avoidable and unacceptable.
We need to invest in preventing and treating TB, and this is the time to do so.
Better research and treatment options need to become available, particularly for those with drug resistant TB which need to take up to 14,600 toxic pills over 18 months to successfully treat the disease. If you laid these pills end to end they will stretch to almost twice the height of the Sydney Harbour bridge.
It was great to meet with members of @RESULTSAU who are working to eradicate TB and poverty more generally.
I was delighted to attend a ceremony at the Clarence City Council chambers today to induct new Australian citizens.
Congratulations on your citizenship. Thank you for choosing to call Australia home and for your contribution to the rich fabric of our multicultural society.
Congratulations Justine Keay – Labor Candidate for Braddon on your victory!
Braddon voters sent the Turnbull Government a clear message that they want more funding for schools and hospitals not a tax cut for the big banks. It was also an endorsement of Justine’s hard work in standing up for, supporting and representing her constituents.
I look forward to seeing Justine back in Parliament again as the Member for Braddon.