Today is International Childhood Cancer Day.As a brain cancer patient, advocate and Cure Brain Cancer Ambassador, today serves as an opportunity for me to remind people that brain cancer kills more Australian children than any other disease.This tragic fact motivates me to fight for a greater investment and effort in improving brain cancer survival.
My Talking Point article in yesterday’s Mercury argued that the Morrison Government could, and should, be doing more to help the thousands of Australians stranded overseas.Continue reading
The Senate has just passed my motion calling on the Morrison Government to stop dragging their feet and to get on with the job of fixing charity fundraising law.
Each year that goes by without the harmonisation of Australian fundraising laws it costs charities and not-for-profits $15 million to comply with a myriad of state and territory laws and registration schemes. That’s $15 million, generously given by Australians to feed and shelter the homeless, to help people recover from natural disasters, to protect the environment and to promote animal welfare going down the drain.Continue reading
Today is the launch of the Still Six Lives campaign.
This campaign is aimed at raising awareness of stillbirth, reducing the stigma associated with it, and arming parents with the knowledge they need to take measures to reduce the risk.
Sadly, Australia’s rate of stillbirth has remained at around six per day for the past 20 years. Still, Six Lives is part of a 10-year national action plan aimed at turning this around.
Please support this campaign by sharing this video and other Still Six Lives materials available at http://preventstillbirth.org.au.
An enjoyable morning at Clarence City Council’s Australia Day Awards.
I was impressed by the extraordinary achievements and contributions of all award nominees and winners, including those of Maureen McDonald, who I nominated, and who has given forty years of service to Li-VeTasmania through the Acorn Branch.Continue reading
50 countries have now ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which comes into force today.Continue reading
I enjoyed visiting Howrah Beach Child Care Centre (Phoenix Children’s Services) with Julie Collins MP to discuss the importance of early childhood education and care – not just to workforce participation but because of the vital contribution it makes to the learning and development of children. We were excited to see progress on the centre’s new premises.Continue reading
Some fantastic volunteers were recognised today at the Kingborough Council Awards. I was particularly pleased to see Else Phillips receive Citizen of the Year for her work with various local organisations and 13-year-old Kingborough Helping Hands volunteer Bella Oakley awarded Young Citizen of the Year.Continue reading
Getting more active is good for you, and our community as a whole.
The Department of Health recommends 150 to 300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week for adults between 18 and 64 a week.
There is a petition before the Kingborough Council to continue the existing Whitewater Creek walking track through the Spring Farm and Whitewater Park Estates and across to Huntingfield.
It would complete the ‘missing link’ and allow safe pedestrian and bike access from Kingston Shopping Precinct/Kingston Park, along the existing Whitewater Creek track, all the way down to Snug.
While the project is yet to be discussed by Council I believe it could provide a significant benefit to the Kingborough community.
I encourage everyone to take a look at the petition and consider signing it.