I want to congratulate Roxburgh Park Football Club on being named Victorian Good Sports Club of the Year. And I want to commend the club for the important work they have done, and continue to do, in creating social cohesion and harmony in my diverse Calwell community.

I spoke in Parliament on the magnificent milestone that saw Greek Australian newspaper Neos Kosmos celebrate its 60th anniversary. Neos Kosmos is more than a newspaper - it's an institutions and one of the most influential of all ethnic media. 

I congratulated the recipients of the 2017 Multicultural Awards for Excellence from the Federal Seat of Calwell in a speech in parliament. 

Their hard-work and commitment in creating social cohesion in Calwell was recognised by the Victorian Multicultural Commission at an awards ceremony held at Government House.

I gave a speech in parliament about an event I attended hosted by the Lefkadian Cultural Association that highlighted the important contribution Australians of Greek heritage have made in our war efforts. One in particular, gunner James Zampelis whose ancestors came from my home  island of Lefkada.

I spoke in parliament about the hidden women’s health problem - endometriosis. One in ten Australian women suffer from this debilitating condition in silence, and some are misdiagnosed or don't seek the medical advice they need for what they believe is just 'period pain' - their lot as a woman.

Added to this are the many cultural and religious attitudes towards a woman’s menstrual cycle with women of CALD backgrounds finding it hard to talk about this condition, let alone seek the medical advice they desperately need.

In 2004, I first spoke in the parliament about an incredibly brave young boy named Sammy-Joe Liistro and the life he endures with the rare genetic disorder, trichothiodystrophy, or TTD. I met Sammy-Joeand his mum, Maria, when she came to me for help all those years ago.


Atrial Fibrillation is a major public health issue, one that not only requires immediate attention but demands it.

I call on the Turnbull Government to take immediate action on the health crisis that is Atrial Fibrillation. I call on the government to give us definite timelines in asking for the recommendations for changes to the Prostheses List and I call on the government to consider this particular lifesaving procedure and add Catheter Ablation to the Prostheses List.

In the last two weeks we have seen a catastrophe unfold in Myanmar, in the northern Rakhine state, where the Myanmar military have waged an assault on the Rohingya Muslims. An estimated 3,000 Rohingyas have already been killed. Over 350,000 Rohingyas have been forced to flee to Bangladesh with reports of starvation as the distribution of aid has been blocked by Myanmar security forces.