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I've been passionate about gender equality since I was old enough to realise I was a woman, a girl. And I'm also the mother of a daughter, and I've spent most of my life trying to encourage and mentor young women.

As a woman, growing up with a migrant background, I've had to learn that overcoming gender stereotypes were very important to my ability to progress and develop to the fullest of my potential. 

My interview with SBS Greek in response to Senator Fraser Anning's maiden speech in Parliament on 14 August, 2018:

Parliament has united in fury and determination to condemn unrepentant Queensland senator Fraser Anning for his speech praising the White Australia policy and attacking Muslim immigration.

 

What a bunch of incredibly talented primary school students I have in my electorate! And I know this because of the entries my office received as part of my 2018 Christmas Card cover competition. The entries were so colourful, and impressive, I couldn’t decide on one winner – so I picked two.

I’d like to congratulate Aaron Alescio from Jacana School for Autism and Sarah El Hassan from Greenvale Primary school whose creative pieces both made it on the cover my 2018 Christmas cards that are currently being sent throughout the electorate.

Above: Aaron Alescio with his classmates at Jacana School For Autism

My interview with SBS Greek in response to Senator Fraser Anning's maiden speech in Parliament on 14 August, 2018:

Parliament has united in fury and determination to condemn unrepentant Queensland senator Fraser Anning for his speech praising the White Australia policy and attacking Muslim immigration.

 

Helen Patsikatheodorou was the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Robert Kumar Community Award for her outstanding contribution to the Hume Community.

Helen Patsikatheodorou is still referred to as the City of Hume’s ‘Pink Mayor’. Now retired from Council after eight years of service, Helen earned her nickname during her second term as Mayor in 2016. After being diagnosed with breast cancer herself, Helen made a point of wearing something pink every day to help remind all women to have regular breast screening.

Above: Nik Patsikatheodorou with his mum Helen Patsikatheodorou. 

Labor has a vision for a better and fairer Australia - that vision is Labor's Fair Go Action Plan. 

It's a five step plan to improve the lives of Australians and hand over a better future to the next generation.

My interview with SBS Greek in response to Senator Fraser Anning's maiden speech in Parliament on 14 August, 2018:

Parliament has united in fury and determination to condemn unrepentant Queensland senator Fraser Anning for his speech praising the White Australia policy and attacking Muslim immigration.

 

The latest round of the Mobile Black Spot Program has opened, with the Calwell community being given the opportunity to identify parts of our region that struggle with coverage.

In round 4, locals are being encouraged to identify black spots by contacting my office. I will then make submissions to the Department of Communications.

I know locals have had concerns about mobile coverage. Now is the opportunity to get the ball rolling on fixing the coverage issues that have plagued these areas for so long.

Getting a black spot on the database of nominations is the first step to getting funding for a new base station. The national database of black spot locations is only open for new nominations for four weeks, closing on 11th October so the time to act is now.  

Locals who have concerns about mobile black spots that relate to medical, emergency and educational service facilities as well as black spots on major transport routes are particularly encouraged to nominate.

Improving mobile coverage across the country is vital and Labor remains committed to making the issue a priority whether in opposition or in government.

Locations currently in the database can be viewed online at nationalmap.gov.au