Senator Catryna Bilyk eBulletin #45
Thursday, 21 December 2017
Christmas Greetings from Senator BIlyk
With Christmas fast approaching, like many people I reflect on the year that has just been.
This year has been a particularly exciting year for me, having facilitated and chaired the Senate inquiry into low survival rate cancers.
I ran a successful campaign to save Palliative Care Tasmania, and my years of advocacy for brain cancer research funding has finally prompted the Government to work with philanthropic organisations to establish a $100 million fund aimed at doubling brain cancer survival by 2027.
As well as these major achievements, I have continued my regular Parliamentary and community work, visiting various community organisations, clubs and schools, and helping out my local constituents.
I was also proud to see history in the making, as I campaigned for marriage equality during the postal survey and voted in the Australian Parliament to make it law.
Due to staff training and leave arrangements, my office will closed for the day on Friday 22, December 2017 and will reopen on Monday, 15 January 2018.
I and my staff would like to wish you a very happy, healthy and safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Thank you for your ongoing support. I look forward to working with you and serving the Tasmanian community in 2018.
I and my staff wish you all the best for the Festive Season.
Future of Public Interest Journalism inquiry
While 2017 has been an exciting year I am looking forward to what’s in store for 2018.
I was recently appointed Chair of a Senate Select Committee which is inquiring into The Future of Public Interest Journalism. The inquiry is due to report early 2018.
This Committee is exploring an issue that goes to the heart of Australian democracy—the future of a viable, independent and diverse media. The terms of reference cover such issues as the contribution of public and community broadcasting, the impact of online and social media, and the proliferation of ‘fake news’.
For more information about this inquiry visit the inquiry home page.
Official total for Walk4BrainCancer Tasmania
Fundraising has now closed for Walk4BrainCancer Tasmania and the official total is (drum roll)… $36,450.
Once again I would like to thank everyone who made this possible—the volunteers, sponsors, fundraisers and walkers.
Over four years, Walk4BrainCancer Tasmania has raised more than $120,000, and this year’s Walk4BrainCancer nationally has raised more than $2 million.
This fundraising supports the important work of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in their advocacy for brain cancer patients, their families and carers, and in funding research for new and innovative brain cancer treatments.
Walk4BrainCancer Tasmania 2017 raised a total of $36,450.
Kingborough Helping Hands Sharing Tree
While Christmas is a time for celebration it is also a time to consider, and give to, those less fortunate.
The wonderful local charity Kingborough Helping Hands has this year launched their ‘Sharing Tree’, encouraging members of the community to donate Christmas gifts which will go to people who are struggling financially or are isolated from friends and family during Christmas.
For the eighth year in a row I have launched another Christmas gift drive and have had literally hundreds of gifts dropped off at my office in Kingston Plaza. I would like to thank all the members of the community who have donated for their extraordinary generosity. Your donated gifts will be added to the Sharing Tree collection.
The Kingborough Helping Hands Sharing Tree is on display outside Woolworths at Kingston Town and Channel Court Shopping Centres. I helped KHH President Edna Pennicott to sell raffle tickets and collect donations for the Sharing Tree last week.