I rise today to talk about the wonderful work Second Chance Animal Rescue does in helping animals find a forever home, and looking after my community by making sure that those who find themselves in tough times can still keep their pets.

And I want to congratulate this organisation on receiving $200,000 from the Victorian Labor Government in the Pick My Project initiative that will help them to set up Hume’s first ever community animal hospital. Marisa and her team of staff and volunteers understand the importance of owning and caring for animals; they understand the value pets add to families and the joy they bring to a home.

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.


I spoke in parliament in recognition of the women of Calwell, and of the wider Australian community, who work in undervalued traditional female dominated industries such as early learning, aged care, health and disability care. 


Coolaroo South Primary School will hold its Annual Writers’ Festival this week. And this year’s Writers’ Festival makes a significant milestone for the school as celebrate ten wonderful years of this creative literary festival and at the same time – and it saddens me to say DS – it will also be their last one. 


I spoke in Parliament on the waiting times for our elderly Australians to access the Home Care Packages Program.  This waitlist hurts elderly Australians, but it is especially hurts the 16,312 Australians in my electorate aged 65 an over.