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Welcome to my website.

Thank you for visiting my website. It is an honour to represent the people of Tasmania in Canberra and I consider myself extremely privileged to do so.
I believe it is important to never lose sight of the fundamental values that inspired me to accept the role of Senator. Values such as honesty, diversity, tolerance and a fair go for all Tasmanians make up the core of Labor Party policy and it is these values that I hold close to my heart.
Anyone who knows me would know that I am no stranger to hard work and that I will always do my best for the people I represent. I want to see this beautiful island state that we all call home prosper and grow. Not just for us, but for the future generations of Tasmanians as well.
With the aid of this website I hope to remain accessible to my constituents at all times. It will also serve to keep you informed about Labor Party policy and my roles within the Senate and on Senate committees.
It will also provide you with a means of asking questions and communicating your ideas to me. I sincerely hope that you take advantage of this because knowing how you think and feel about certain topics can assist me in reaching better outcomes for us all.

Abbott Government’s regional NBN betrayal

Rural and regional Australians will pay more than those in big cities for NBN under a government plan to axe wholesale pricing.

The new plan would allow NBN Co to lower wholesale prices in metropolitan areas.

This is a complete betrayal of regional and rural Australia that is likely to see North-West Tasmanians paying a premium compared to people in metropolitan areas.

The government has already broken its promise to provide fibre to the premises to the North-West. Not only are we going to get a substandard product, but...

Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Government deal on higher education no win for Tasmanian students

Today we saw reports of the Abbott Government planning a dirty deal to give money to UTAS in return for crossbench support for its radical higher education legislation.

Of course, I welcome greater investment in the University of Tasmania, but I absolutely reject the idea that it should come at the expense of affordable education.

The government’s extreme legislation will see the cost of degrees skyrocket to $100,000 or more and will shackle...

Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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