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GAVI Alliance Visit to Myanmar (Burma)

19 million children in developing countries do not receive life-saving vaccines that parents in wealthy nations take for granted. Each year 1.7 million children die from a vaccine-preventable disease.

Vaccines are one of the best ways to ensure a child has the opportunity of a healthy life as they prevent disease and by preventing disease, are far more cost-effective than hospitalisation.

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI Alliance) was launched in 2000 to fund vaccines for children in the world’s 70...

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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Marriage Equality


The recent votes in the Australian Parliament showed that there is still much work in the campaign for marriage equality. Both Sid Sidebottom, Member for Braddon, and I voted in favour of ending discrimination in the House of Reps and the Senate.

I am proud of my Labor colleagues in the Tasmanian Parliament who have come so close to passing state-based marriage equality. Both Labor Members for Braddon, Bryan Green and Brenton Best gave passionate speeches in support of...

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012
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Labor Moves to Stop the Super Trawler

I am happy to advise that the Federal Labor Government has had its legislation pass the Parliament, which will toughen up environmental controls on vessels like the super trawler.

This legislation will prevent very large vessels, like the FV Abel Tasman, from fishing until further expert assessments are undertaken.

Along with my Tasmanian Labor colleagues, I have taken the community’s concerns to the responsible Ministers.

Minister Burke has said that this vessel is unlike any that has previously been considered...

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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ACCC Carbon Price Hotline – 1300 303 609

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launched a dedicated hotline and online complaints form for consumers who think they are being ripped off by false carbon price claims.

The ACCC hotline will make it easier for consumers and small business to alert the ACCC if what they’re seeing doesn’t look quite right. Consumers or businesses can contact the ACCC if they think a carbon price claim is false.

To report a claim or for further information on the ACCC’s role in relation to carbon price claims and a range...

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012
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Organ Donors Save Lives


Have you ever seriously considered becoming an organ or tissue donor? Despite the fact that organ/tissue donation saves many lives the world over, Australia’s rates of organ donation are among the lowest in the Western world. One of the biggest hurdles we face in our quest for more donors is a lack of communication.

To become a donor it is necessary to fill out the required registration forms but what most people don’t realise is that even once the paperwork has been completed, the family of the deceased still have the...

Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012
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Post Polio Awareness Network of Tasmania

National Polio Awareness Month

The total elimination of Polio is within our grasp. There are now very few countries where this disease still runs rampant but you can help to wipe it out forever by signing the attached petition which calls on governments around the world to help fund the vaccination program. The petition can be found at

Many thousands of Tasmanians including members of my own family have fallen victim to the epidemics of the twentieth century....

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania

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In medical terms, Cystic Fibrosis is called a recessive genetic disorder. It is considered to be the most common recessive genetic condition affecting Australian children and young adults. Sadly, there is no cure.

I recently attended a luncheon to raise awareness of the condition, where I learned that as many as 1 million Australians are thought to carry the CF gene without actually showing any symptoms.  Tasmania holds the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of carriers in the country and one of the highest in...

Posted on Friday, May 18, 2012
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2012 – Australian Year of the Farmer

Australian Year of the Farmer

I’m a supporter of the Australian Year of the Farmer because our farmers and farm-related industries are among the best and most efficient in the world , injecting more than $405 billion into our economy each year – that is almost thirty percent of our gross domestic product. Agriculture has always played a key role in Australia’s economy and prosperity, and thanks to the innovation and dedication of today’s farmers, Australia contributes...

Posted on Sunday, April 1, 2012
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Fairer Private Health Insurance Rebate

Means testing the private health insurance rebate is about readjusting this subsidy to make it fairer and more sustainable into the future. The vast majority of taxpayers with private health insurance will not be affected by the means testing this legislation introduces.

Making it fairer

Under the Liberals, the top income earners received far more of their fair share of this subsidy. Labor is readjusting the subsidy so that the top 13% of income earners (singles earning over $80,000pa and couples earning over...

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2012
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Minerals Resource Rent Tax

Australia is experiencing an unprecedented boom in our resources sector which has delivered record profits to mining companies year after year. Mining profits have jumped 262% in the last decade. Along with the resource, a large share of profits is shipped off overseas. All Australians should benefit from the resource rents arising from extraction of these resources.

Add to this, Tasmanians are all too aware that the mining industry is crowding out investment and pushing up labour costs across the economy. While this is great news...

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012
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