Radio Interview - ABC - Hyrdo Tasmania, Energy Crisis, Tasmanian Economy

JOURNALIST: We’ve got Senator Helen Polley on the line who is a Labor Senator for Tasmania. Senator Polley thanks very much for calling in. We’ve already had a release from the Greens welcoming this announcement today. What’s the line from the Labor Party? Continue reading

Families Child Care Package Bill 2016

I rise to speak on the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016. Before the 2013 election, the Liberals promised more affordable and accessible child care, but this government has been an absolute failure. Continue reading

Ovarian Cancer Speech 2017

I rise to speak about ovarian cancer, something that I am extremely passionate about. Unfortunately, this year 1,550 Australian women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and, of these, 1,200 will be tragically taken from us. In daily numbers, four women will be diagnosed and three women will die from ovarian cancer. Continue reading

Labor’s $25 million dementia announcement

E&OE TRANSCRIPTDOORSTOP LAUNCESTONFRIDAY, 17 JUNE 2016SUBJECT/S: Labor’s $25 million dementia announcement, Labor’s positive plans to improve the lives of those living with dementia, irrigation investment Continue reading


I want to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land upon which we meet and pay my respects to their elders past and present.Thank you very much for the invitation to speak with you today. Continue reading

Adjournment Speech - Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2016

I rise today in support of Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. This February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and we are all encouraged recognise the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, to know their family history and to know how to get help. Continue reading

Adjournment Speech- Turnbull-Liberal Government’s shameful approach to ageing and aged care

I rise to speak on the Liberal Government's continued lack of vision when it comes to aged care and issues of ageing in this country. It would seem that the Government is out of ideas. It does not know what it wants or which way to go. Continue reading

Radio Interview - Senate Inquiry into the future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce


Adjournment - education funding - youngtown primary school

Tonight I attended the Australian Primary Principals Association launch of the Charter on Primary Schooling, which is a great lead-in to what I to relay here in the Senate about my visit to Youngtown Primary School last week with Amanda Rishworth, the Shadow Assistant Minister for Education, and our fabulous Bass candidate for the Labor Party, Ross Hart. Continue reading