Delivery Drivers – Workers Union

Five food delivery riders have been killed on Australian roads recently in the course of their work. Because they are regarded as ‘independent contractors’ they are working in unsafe conditions for low pay, and when they die at work their families have no access to workers’ compensation.

Delivery riders should be engaged as employees’ with full rights to award rates of pay, safe working conditions and compensation if they get killed or seriously injured in the course of their employment.

This is an absolute outrage and the Morrison Government needs to fix it

Transport Workers Union – TWU
Transport Workers Union, Victorian/Tasmanian Branch – TWUVicTas

10 Days Domestic Leave Policy

I was pleased to co-sponsor Jenny McAllister‘s motion, which passed the Senate today, calling on the Morrison Government to adopt Labor’s policy of 10 days’ paid domestic violence leave.

Domestic violence leave helps workers escaping family and domestic violence – the majority of whom are women – to find accommodation, access support services, attend court and make any other arrangements to rebuild their lives. It would greatly increase the success of family and domestic violence victims in escaping from violent and abusive relationships.

Walk4BrainCancer Virtual

Congratulations to Walk4BrainCancer Virtual on raising $1.65 million across Australia for Cure Brain Cancer.These are vital funds to support the Foundation’s advocacy, awareness-raising and research funding to help combat a cancer which has a five-year survival rate of just 22% and kills more Australian children than any other disease.Thank you to everyone who supported my walk including my fellow team members and our sponsors.

If anyone else wants to sponsor me please visit https://my.walk4braincancer.com.au/walk4bra…/catryna-bilyk

Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Today – 15 October 2020 – marks Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Every year Australian families suffer over 2,000 stillbirths and over 100,000 miscarriages.

I am proud to have participated in the Senate inquiry into Stillbirth Research and Education along with my Labor colleagues Kristina Keneally and Senator Malarndirri McCarthy – Northern Territory, both of whom have continued to be strong advocates for parents of stillborn babies.

As a parent of a stillborn baby my participation in the inquiry was a painful reminder of my own tragedy yet a necessary contribution to public policy.The inquiry made important recommendations for reducing the rate of stillbirth in Australia and improving support for parents. Many of the inquiry’s recommendations remain unimplemented and this national crisis requires more attention and action from the Government.

If you know someone who is grieving the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death please encourage them to contact one of the following organisations: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Australiahttps://www.pregnancylossaustralia.org.au/Stillbirth Foundation Australiahttps://stillbirthfoundation.org.au/Sands Australiahttps://www.sands.org.au/The Compassionate Friends Victoria Inc. (also covering Tasmania) – https://www.compassionatefriendsvictoria.org.au/

Anti Poverty Week

This week (11-17 October 2020) is Anti-Poverty Week.It is a great reminder of Labor’s commitment to repair 100,000 social housing properties.

Fixing problems like mould, leaking pipes, exposed wires and damaged floors, walls and ceilings will:- improve the health of tenants;- make houses more energy efficient, saving tenants money and helping the environment; and- create work for tradies across Australia.

Work could start almost immediately, employing plumbers, carpenters and electricians. This is what Labor would do if we were in government. This is what the Morrison Government should do right now.

Kingston Croquet Club Visit

Yesterday I visited the Kingston Croquet Club for the launch of their 2021 Croquet Calendar, the production of which has been assisted by my office.

Included in the photos below are committee members Patricia O’Neill, who came up with the idea of the calendar and Robbie Lee, who did the camera work.

A very welcoming, warm and friendly club! When you have to work on a weekend this is the most enjoyable kind of work you can do.

Lions Club of Kingborough Visit

This morning I dropped in on the Lions Club of Kingborough to see their popular toy sale at Brookfield Shed Margate.

I enjoyed having a chat with the Club members. I often assist the club with printing, prize donations, supporting their Anzac commemoration and sports day and promoting their events.

I’m happy to support a Club that does such great work in the Kingborough community and beyond.The toy sale will be running from 10am-2pm today and over the coming weekend.All proceeds will go towards supporting people recovering from the 2020 Australian bushfire crisis.

Huonville Bike Collective Pilot Program

Great to hear about the Risdon Vale Bike Collective’s plans to run a 12-month pilot of their program in Huonville with the generous support of the Obed Centre.
For many years the bike collective has been working with young Tasmanians to develop work and social skills, improve mental and physical health and build self-confidence.
They are also in discussions with potential partners to roll out the program to several other Tasmanian communities.
It was wonderful to hear their co-ordinator Ant Edler tell the stories of some of the young people whose lives have been transformed by this program.