On Tuesday, 18 December I will be joining Senator Keneally, the Committee’s Chair Senator Malarndirri McCarthy, and representatives of the Stillbirth Foundation for a public discussion about the inquiry’s findings and recommendations at an Australian Labor Party National Conference Fringe Program event.
Further information about this event is available here.
More action needed on road safety
I am disappointed by recent news that Tasmania’s road toll for the 12 months ending September 2018 had increased 20% on the previous 12 month period.
I delivered a Senators’ Statements speech last week about the need for action on road safety. The Government’s own inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy
found that there has been a lack of co-ordinated action between the three levels of Government on implementing the strategy, leading to a failure to reduce Australia’s road toll.
As I mentioned in my speech
, a co-ordinated approach requires Federal leadership and this starts with a dedicated road safety portfolio in the Federal Ministry. Labor has led the way by appointing Senator Glenn Sterle as Shadow Assistant Minister for Road Safety. I also pointed out in the speech that the Liberal Government has undermined road safety through their abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
Labor will reverse the Liberals’ cuts to schools
Last week I spoke on the Matter of Public Importance debate
about the Liberals’ $17 billion cuts to schools. Public schools educate the majority of disadvantaged children—including socioeconomically disadvantaged children, Indigenous children, and children with disability—yet 80% of the Government’s school funding cuts are to public schools.
Labor will restore every dollar of the $17 billion in Federal funding the Liberals have cut from Australian schools. This funding will overwhelmingly benefit the schools—and the students—who need it the most.
IMAS research on rock lobsters
On Monday I visited the Taroona facility of the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) with Senator Carol Brown and Federal Labor candidate for Clark, Ben McGregor.
While it has historically been difficult to raise lobsters from eggs in commercial hatcheries, the ARC Research Hub for Commercial Development of Rock Lobster Culture Systems have brought scientists and industry together for cutting edge research that may one day make the sustainable farming of lobsters a reality.
Visiting IMAS’s Taroona facility with Senator Carol Brown, and Federal Labor candidate for Clark, Ben McGregor where we met Associate Professor Greg Smith.
Labor’s plan for cheaper, cleaner energy
Last month Labor released its energy policy which presents a plan for more energy sector jobs, more renewables, cheaper power and less pollution.
While our preference has been to achieve bipartisanship on energy policy the Morrison Government are too divided and out of touch to deliver an energy policy that will achieve lower prices, deliver more renewables and tackle dangerous climate change.
Labor’s policy will: