Federal Labor Election Campaign Launch

At yesterday’s Federal Labor campaign launch Bill Shorten announced that one of four new trial headspace Plus centres will be located in Tasmania.

Many young people with mental health issues are falling through the gaps – requiring more help than a GP can provide, but not at the stage where they require hospitalisation. Labor has been listening to mental health experts about fixing the fragmented mental health system that has let too many young people down.

A Shorten Labor government will invest $36 million over four years to trial a regional headspace Plus site in Tasmania.

This is of vital importance to the state that has the highest rate of youth suicide in Australia.

Ben McGregor – Labor for Clark 

It was exciting to join Shadow Minister for Sport Senator Don Farrell and Ben McGregor – Labor for Clark to announce that a Shorten Labor government will provide $90,000 to upgrade basketball facilities at Claremont College.

The new backboards, rings and supports, retractable seating and foam padding will not only benefit students but also the Glenorchy Basketball Association, the largest community sporting club in Tasmania.

It will also benefit volleyball, badminton and football players who use the gymnasium for games and training.

Congratulations to Ben McGregor on securing this commitment. Ben is a hardworking candidate who will always stand up for Clark.

Julie Collins MP – Federal Campaign Launch

I am proud to serve as duty Senator for the intelligent, hard-working and highly respected Federal Labor Member for Franklin, Julie Collins MP.

Great to see so many Labor Party members and volunteers at her campaign launch last night. As a Franklin resident I am looking forward to putting a number 1 next to Julie’s name – again!

NTEU’s Defender of Higher Education pledge

Pleased to sign the NTEU’s Defender of Higher Education pledge.

A Shorten Labor government will:
– Uncap university places ensuring 200,000 more Australians will get access to a university education over the next decade,
– invest $174 million in specialised programs to boost opportunities for university study in communities where graduation rates are low, and
– establish 22 regional study hubs to help more students in country areas to go to university or TAFE.

Glenorchy City Council Citizenship Ceremony

Last night I attended a Glenorchy City Council citizenship ceremony and addressed the candidates for citizenship. I congratulate our new citizens on becoming Australians and thank them for choosing to call Australia – and Tasmania in particular – home.

I am so proud to live in a country that embraces ethnic and cultural diversity. With a quarter of Australians being born overseas and almost half having a parent born overseas, we are possibly the most culturally diverse nation in the world. This is one of Australia’s many strengths and something we should continue to celebrate.

Cure Brain Cancer Second Annual Black and White Ball

The second annual Black and White Ball was a huge success raising thousands for Cure Brain Cancer (final total yet to be announced).

We heard stories – some tragic and some heartwarming – from speakers who had lost loved ones to brain cancer, but who had also been motivated by their experiences to do everything they can to support the cause to find new treatments and one day a cure.

I was proud to join the organising committee for this event with the fabulous Teresa Briggs and Sandy Turner, and to MC the event.

A big thanks to all the people who purchased tickets, helped organise the event and donated prizes for the raffle and silent auction.

I look forward to the next Black and White Ball.

A reminder that the next Walk4BrainCancer Tasmania will be held on Sunday, 3 November.

Snug Oval ANZAC Day Service

It was windy at Snug Oval but the weather did not spoil an excellent ANZAC Day service organised by the Lions Club of Kingborough.

It was great to see so many children from various schools, scout groups and little athletics involved in both the march and ceremony – a positive sign that the tradition of honouring our service men and women on ANZAC Day is being passed to the next generation and will continue for many years to come.

Thanks to Kingston Rotary for supporting the BBQ.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service Kingston Beach

As the sun rose this morning thousands turned up to Kingston Beach to pay their respects to Australia’s service men and women – those who served, those currently serving and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Attendees were then invited to breakfast at the RSL.

Thanks to the Kingston Beach RSL Sub Branch for putting together another great ANZAC Day commemoration.

Lest we forget.

Analysis shows School and Hospital funding cuts

Analysis by the Grattan Institute shows that the Morrison Government would have to cut spending to schools and hospitals by $40 billion to afford their big tax handouts to the top end of town.

This proves that this election is a choice between Labor’s plan for restoring funding for hospitals and schools versus bigger tax loopholes under the Liberals.