Labor has a strong and proud record in delivering long-term mental health reform – a record I look forward to seeing continue under a Shorten Labor Government.

I spoke in Parliament on the wonderful John Patsikatheodorou.  John was a close friend of 40 years, and a dedicated activist.



It was with tragic irony that I chose to speak about a local, youth-led community group in my electorate known as GPAN on the same day and time as tens of thousands of Australians were holding vigils for Eurydice Dixon.

GPAN - Good People Act Now work to tackle gender related and domestic violence issues.

I was pleased to speak with my other Labor colleagues - Sharon Claydon MP, Matt Keogh MP and Joanne Ryan MP - on the Government's decision to give big business an $80 billion handout while cutting schools and hospitals.



I moved a motion in Parliament acknowledging the progress made toward peace and reunification in Cyprus. I also congratulated Yalcin Adal and Stavros Protz (Tzortzis) with their grass-work action.


I raised the concerns my constituents have with the Government's budget, and budgets of the past in Parliament.

This Budget fails my community; it fails the fairness test; it fails middle Australia and if fails the most vulnerable in my community. Most importantly, it fails Calwell.

I was happy to congratulate my constituent Jessica Camilleri on being nominated for the Saward Dawson Community Service and Social Impact Award from the Victorian Government’s Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

My constituent Wendy Dyckhoff was the victim of awful childhood abuse while growing up in a number of different institutions in Victoria. Now, she's a hard working advocate for the local forgotten Australians - a wonderful woman who always gives to us and our community despite her own personal grief and experiences.