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Tassie Senators Continue “#Destroyingthejoint” in Braddon

Monday, September 3, 2012

The two-day North West Senate Tour moved to Burnie this afternoon, highlighting some of the best parts of our region to Tasmania’s female Labor who’ve turned up to work despite the bests efforts of broadcaster Alan Jones, whose derogatory comments that women in leadership were “destroying the joint” have, in fact, sparked a national twitter conversation about the great role played by women leaders.
At UTAS Cradle Coast, the Senators participated in a Mummy Blogging Master Class with members of the North West community.
The first session was run by Kellie O’Brien of and Angela Carey of
“It’s an opportunity for those not so “tech-savvy” to experience firsthand the benefits of blogging and social media,” said Sid Sidebottom
“We want to assist those mums who find themselves staying at home most days to better communicate with outside world,”
“Social media gives new mums the chance to chat with other mums and share experiences and concerns,”
“Blogging can be an outlet to overcome the sense of isolation and loneliness. No longer is it just baby and mum, but a world of adult bloggers and tweeps.”
Importantly, social media can help direct mums to professional advice on issues of concern. The second session, chaired by Senator Urquhart, was about getting people the right advice from professionals – and not just ‘googling’ what to do when you stub your toe.
“We have a special session with a number of service providers from the health, education and government services sectors to make sure that mums have the information at their finger tips,” said Senator Urquhart.
“Knowing where to turn to for professional help also means that when mums are giving advice to others they can be confident they can point their friends in the right direction,”
“Some could feel more comfortable discussing issues of concern with others on line rather than face to face for the fear of being judged.”

Can’t be there? Follow along online! Both sessions broadcast on and the UTAS Cradle Coast twitter account @UTASCradleCoast.

Senate Tour Itinerary

Monday 3 September

9.00 am Petuna Seafoods, 134 Tarleton Street, East Devonport
10.00 am Julie Burgess cruise down the Mersey River with Devonport Alderman, Lynn Laycock and General Manager, Ian McCallum
11.10 am Bass Strait Maritime Centre, Gloucester Avenue, Devonport
11.50 am Home Hill, 77 Middle Road, Devonport
12.30 pm Lunch at La Mar Cafe Providore, Turners Beach
2.00 pm UTAS Cradle Coast Campus, 16 Mooreville Road, Burnie: Mummy Blogging Master Class with Kellie O’Brien, MumPR / and Angela Carey, Connect Pink
7.30 pm Makers’ Workshop, Burnie: Connect Pink / McGrath Foundation “Working Mums Have a Night Off” function (sponsored by iKon Hotel)

Tuesday 4 September

9.30 am Fonterra, 92 Inglis Street, Wynyard
11.00 am Nichols Chickens, Redbanks Farm, 152 Broomhall’s Road, Sisters Creek
12.30 pm Lunch at Krackatinni Tavern, 1610 Murchison Highway, Yolla with board members of Myrtle Park Retirement Units
1.30 pm Tour of Myrtle Park Retirement Units, 1579 Murchison Highway, Yolla
2.00 pm Yolla District High School, School Lane, Yolla: school visit and inspection of site for Federally-funded solar panels

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