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I was pleased to speak on the motion which affirms Australia’s commitment to the abolition of the death penalty on a global level and also acknowledges the bipartisan position of Australian governments over many years in our continued opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances for all people.

The death penalty has no place in modern society and my own personal opposition to it is absolute. It comes from my profound believe that no human being has the right to take the life of another human being under any circumstances. It is also central to the tenant of our belief – and my belief – in human dignity and the power of forgiveness and mercy.

I spoke in Parliament in support of the more than 2,700 Australians – most of them boys and men – living with haemophilia. I want to also acknowledge the members of the Haemophilia Foundation of Australia and I want to thank them for raising awareness of this insidious disease not only between 7 to 13 October - Bleeding Disorders Awareness Week, but all the work they do in delivering vital support to Australians with bleeding disorders through advocacy, education and promotion of research.

 

I spoke in Parliament about Trudi and Steven Hay's annual fundraising efforts to raise money for the Northern Hospital.

10 years ago Trudi's friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, this experience motivated Trudi to contact the fundraising team at Northern Health and find a way to give back meaningfully to the community.

 

When I spoke on the original TPP in Parliament in February 2016, I raised the concerns that were also being raised by members of the Australian community - suggesting that the TPP would have negative impacts on our national interests in the area of labour market testing and also in undermining our sovereignty. I said then that, the Australian people expect our Free Trade Agreements to create job opportunities for them, so that they too can share in the prosperity promised.

But they do not want a free trade deal that denies them job opportunities as does TPP-II because it abolishes labour market testing and carries no enforceable protection for labour rights and workers and they certainly do not want a free trade deal that undermines our sovereignty and our democratic process – by allowing corporations to by-pass national courts and sue governments and restrict government regulation of essential services

My speech in Parliament on the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the first assisted passage migrants from Turkey to Sydney and Melbourne, and the official launch of the Margaret Egan Young Writers Award at the Hume Global Learning Centre.

Now in its 10th year, R U OK Day ? aims to nurture social responsibly and belonging encourages people to meaningfully connect with others, by simply asking RUOK. It’s such a simple message, a simple gesture that costs us nothing, yet when we ask someone if they are OK the difference it can make to a person who is feeling overwhelmed can be life changing.

I spoke in Parliament about recent achievements and services that are important in my electorate of Calwell.

 

My tribute to my good friend Mary Day who passed away suddenly from liver cancer. In the rough and tumble of politics, Mary Day was a formidable opponent, very few people crossed Mary and escaped unscathed. But she was a loyal friend and comrade.