Standing up for Canberra



Endometriosis Finally in National Spotlight

I want to thank the member for Forrest for this motion and for her years and years of fighting to have endometriosis recognised by the leaders of our nation. And I want to thank her daughter, Kylie, for her courage. I want to thank the member for Boothby for reaching across the aisle to join with the member for Forrest and me in establishing the Parliamentary Friends of Endometriosis Awareness, which we launched last December.

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Emelia's NDIS experience

Emelia is seven years old. Emelia suffers from brittle bone syndrome. Emelia has been waiting for the NDIA to approve modifications to her family's home so that she can have some independence and be a regular kid.

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NDIS failures hurting Canberrans

The Social Services portfolio has had four ministers in four years, a revolving door of ministers, with each new minister failing to address the ongoing issues with the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Together we are ending the silence on endo

Last night, I was reminded about why I'm in politics. 

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NDIS isn't without its challenges

When the member for Maribyrnong was elected to the Australian parliament, he was also appointed to the position of Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services. 

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Why I became an endo warrior

I seek leave to amend the motion relating to endometriosis in the terms in which it appears in the Notice Paper.

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Endometriosis Motion

Business to be debated in the Federation Chamber, 23 October (from 11am – 1.30pm) 

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Plan International girls inspirational fight against endo

When I became an Endometriosis Australia ambassador, I pledged to end the silence on this debilitating disease that affects one in 10 women throughout the world and one in 10 women here in Australia.

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Why I am ending the silence on endo

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to the elders past and present.

Thank you to Syl Freedman and EndoActive for inviting me today and Endometriosis Australia for making me an Ambassador.

My connection with endometriosis began when I was in my early 20s, about 30 years ago, when one of my best friends from high school was diagnosed with this insidious disease. 

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More support required for our most vulnerable

I join my colleagues in expressing grave concern about elements of this bill, and I commend the member for Moreton on that very powerful speech. There are a number of elements of this bill that Labor is very, very concerned about, and we have heard at length from colleagues today and throughout the course of this week about their concerns about the drug testing.

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