DEMENTIA MATES, ARE YOU READY?

Australia, like most nations has an ageing population and while longevity is a great achievement, it is also one of the greatest risk factors for dementia. Continue reading

SCIENCE SHOULD INFORM POLLUTION POLICY

If we are serious about climate change we must be ambitious for the future. Being pessimistic and ignoring the science will only lead to more inaction. Continue reading

AGEING IS NOT ALWAYS ABOUT AGED CARE

Malcolm Turnbull may have added aged care to Health Minister, Sussan Ley’s busy schedule, but he still has no one taking any leadership on the broader issues of ageing. Continue reading

STOP GASPING AT THE HORROR: VIOLENCE NEEDS ACTION

As domestic violence becomes more visible, Senator Helen Polley calls on new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to act. Continue reading

RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY KEY TO GROWTH

Tasmania has led the way in Australia on renewable energy for some time now. We have set ourselves apart from the rest of the nation through the integration of wind and hydro technology, and by tapping into Bass Strait fibre cable opportunities. Continue reading

LABOR TACKLING THE NATION’S HOTTEST ISSUES

The Australian Labor Party’s 47th National Conference was held in Melbourne last weekend. Roughly occurring every three years, delegates and party members from across Australia come together over three days to debate and decide Labor's National Platform for the years ahead. This year’s conference was built upon Labor’s vision for opportunity, and was all about planning for the future- something that the Abbott Government struggles with. The Australian Labor Party is at its best when we work collaboratively with one another and last weekend was a testament to this, and to the vision of our leader Bill Shorten. Continue reading

ELDER ABUSE MUST EMERGE FROM THE SHADOWS

This year on average two people have died every week as a result of domestic violence. This is unacceptable. Domestic violence affects people of every faith, every age, every tradition, and every culture. Last Monday I was warmed to see purple splashed around the nation for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, highlighting a form of domestic violence that until recently has barely been recognised in public discussions. It’s time we stand up for the most vulnerable people in our community to bring elder abuse out from behind closed doors to say “NO”. Continue reading

WE NEED SKILLS AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

The world is changing faster than most of us realise. We may not see it in our day-to-day lives but the digital revolution in Australia is here and the opportunities it presents are boundless. The economy, along with the type of jobs Australians have now and in the future, are rapidly changing. The countries that have the strongest digital infrastructure will stand to reap the greatest benefits of the digital economy. Continue reading