Stillbirth Research Opinion Piece

My opinion piece in today’s The Mercury, The Examiner and The Advocate welcomes the Government’s response to the Senate Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education and reiterates Labor’s offer of bipartisanship on delivering the policy.

To this day, my family continues to be deeply affected by our own experience of stillbirth 36 years ago. In some areas, Australia’s approach to supporting affected families in their grief has improved somewhat since then, but it is disappointing that so little progress has been made on reducing the rate of stillbirth.

Volunteer BBQ and Kingborough Helping Hands Luncheon

I had another busy weekend. On Saturday I attended Ben McGregor – Labor for Clark‘s volunteer thank you BBQ and then helped to set up for Edna’s Soup and Sandwich Luncheon – a Kingborough Helping Hands fundraiser. Then home Saturday night to make soup for the luncheon.
On Sunday I had a busy time emceeing that event.
I would like to thank the many volunteers who helped make the Soup and Sandwich Luncheon a success. The funds raised from this event will help provide practical assistance to people in Kingborough who have fallen on hard times.
Thank you also to all the attendees who came out on a cold winters day and gave so generously. Without the donations from you, KHH could not do the amazing work that it does.

Walk 4 Brain Cancer Tasmania 2019

On Sunday 3 November 2019, I am again walking to raise funds for Cure Brain Cancer and would appreciate your support.

Walk4BrainCancer Tasmania 2019 is the next of several fundraising events I have organised, which so far have raised more than $160,000 for brain cancer research and advocacy. This amount, I am told, is enough to fund a small clinical trial!

Of course, there is more to be done while the five-year survival rate for brain cancer remains shockingly low (around 20%) and while brain cancer remains the biggest disease killer of Australians aged under 18.

Please Click Here to donate and give generously. Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible.

Every dollar counts so thank you in advance for your support.

Meeting with The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a Registered Nurse who has completed additional study at Master’s degree level.

They are the most senior clinical nurses in our health care system and have the experience and expertise to diagnose and treat people of all ages with a variety of acute or chronic health conditions.

It was lovely to meet with Hazel Bucher, Secretary of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners to talk about issues facing Nurse Practitioners.

Visiting Community Group – Stitch and Share

Pleased to visit and view the crafts being made by members of the Stitch and Share group, which meets regularly at the Channel Mens Shed. I also handed over a cheque to assist the group to purchase more materials.

These wonderful volunteers produce crochet blankets, knitted baby clothes, scarves, beanies, jackets, intricate Christmas decorations and more. Craft items are then donated to various organisations including Kingborough Helping HandsMargate Primary SchoolRoyal Hobart Hospital‘s Paediatric Ward and Legacy Children’s Christmas Party. They have also donated clothes to children in need in Timor Leste, Kwazulu-Natal, Liberia, Cambodia, the Cook Islands and Nepal.

NAIDOC Week Flag Raising Ceremony

It was very moving to attend the official flag raising at piyura kitina (Risdon Cove) today as part of National NAIDOC Week.

The Indigenous voice of this country is over 65,000 years old. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for us to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, as well as reflect on the challenges that we face together as a nation.

This year’s theme is “Voice. Treaty. Truth.” – three principles espoused in the Uluru Statement which outlined the vision of First Nations people for the way forward for reconciliation.

Senate Swearing In

This morning I was sworn in as a Senator for Tasmania for another six-year term.

I am honoured to have again been chosen by Tasmanian voters to represent them in the Senate. I am looking forward to continuing to work as part of the Federal Labor team on delivering for Tasmania, holding the Morrison Government to account and developing a positive Labor agenda for the next Federal election.

I will continue to provide practical assistance to my local constituents and community groups.

I also intend to keep pursuing the national causes that I have been active in promoting, and which I believe are important to many Australians:
● More investment in research into brain cancer and other cancers with low-survival rates,
● Better co-ordinated care for cancer patients,
More investment in palliative and end-of-life care, including community education about the importance of advance care planning,
● Better public awareness of how women can reduce the risks of stillbirth during pregnancy,
● Providing children with greater safety from abuse and harm, particularly in the online environment,
● Bringing our charity fundraising laws into the 21st Century, and
● More investment in early childhood education.

Tasmanian Volunteer Awards

A huge congratulations to Edna Pennicott, President of Kingborough Helping Hands, for being awarded the Aurora Energy Lifetime Achievement Award in the Tasmanian Volunteering Awards held at Government House today.

This award is a well-deserved recognition of Edna’s tireless dedication to the cause of helping people less fortunate – something she has spent hours doing day-in-day-out for decades without seeking, or expecting, anything in return except for the satisfaction of helping her community.

Thank you to Volunteering Tasmania for organising the awards and for this fitting recognition of Edna’s outstanding contribution.

National Walk Safely to School Day

National Walk Safely to School Day is an annual event which encourages primary school children to walk or commute to school. Walking to school promotes physical activity, social interaction, learning about road safety and helps the environment.

Thank you to Taylen, Cameron, Baileigh and Danielle for helping me get safely to Snug Primary School this morning.

Election Pre-Polling

Gorgeous sunny weather at the Kingston early voting centre and the Bureau predicts it’ll keep up for Election Day.

Let’s hope we see the sun shining on a victory for Bill Shorten and Labor, and a government that puts schools and hospitals before tax breaks for the top end of town.

Thanks to Audun, the hardworking volunteer who’s joined me here today.