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


PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA *** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY *** I rise to speak on the Social Servics Legislation Amendment (No.2) Bill 2015. I want to focus my comments on the bill's two amendments to aged care. They appear to be innocuous enough—but only if taken in isolation. Continue reading

Senators Statement - no real plan for dementia

I rise today to speak once again about the Abbott Government’s blatant disregard for older Australians and the fact that there is no apparent plan to deal with Dementia, which is now the second leading cause of death in Australia. Continue reading

Higher Education

I would like to speak on this matter of public importance. I think it is so interesting to hear those on the opposite side trying to deflect the debate away from the real issue, and that is the attack on education, and higher education particularly, in this country by this government. We have seen this government's relentless and constant moves to deregulate Australian universities, to increase student fees and in turn to create an endless cycle of debt and inequity for the children of this country. The Prime Minister's election commitment was that there would be no cuts to education, but we now know that this statement could not be further from the truth. This government has been built on lies and untruths. Continue reading

Geelong Supertrawler Statement

Labor acknowledges the concerns of the community and the fishing industry regarding the Geelong Star.   I can assure you that Federal Labor will continue to pressure the Abbott Government to ensure that Australia’s precious marine resources are conserved.   Continue reading

Nikolic Chaos

What a week it has been! The Australian people were not shocked at all when they heard from the Prime Minister's lips on Monday that 'good government starts today'—520 days after taking office, and we are still waiting. I can assure the Prime Minister today that the Australian people are in agreement that every day of your prime ministership has been bad government. The Prime Minister's days may be numbered, but I have been saying all week that the Liberal Party may take Tony Abbott out of the Lodge but you cannot take unfair policies out of the Liberal Party.  Continue reading