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Welcome to my website.

Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honour to represent the people of Tasmania in Canberra and I consider myself extremely privileged to do so.
I believe it is important to never lose sight of the fundamental values that inspired me to accept the role of Senator. Values such as honesty, diversity, tolerance and a fair go for all Tasmanians make up the core of Labor Party policy and it is these values that I hold close to my heart.
Anyone who knows me would know that I am no stranger to hard work and that I will always do my best for the people I represent. I want to see this beautiful island state that we all call home prosper and grow. Not just for us, but for the future generations of Tasmanians as well.
With the aid of this website I hope to remain accessible to my constituents at all times. It will also serve to keep you informed about Labor Party policy and my roles within the Senate and on Senate committees.
It will also provide you with a means of asking questions and communicating your ideas to me. I sincerely hope that you take advantage of this because knowing how you think and feel about certain topics can assist me in reaching better outcomes for us all.

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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