Special Interest Speech - Gill James AM
8 March 2022
For International Women's Day 2022, I speak about a true female political trailblazer, and great friend of mine, Gill James AM. Gill was a Labor member for Bass from 1976 to 1989 in the House of Assembly. After a sabbatical from politics, Gill went on to be re-elected as a Labor Member for Bass and served from 1992 to 2002, dedicating an impressive 23 years of her life to the people of Bass and their interests.
Special Interest Speech - Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards
22 March 2022
Congratulations to the Launceston Chamber of Commerce for yet another fantastic Business Excellence Awards event for 2022. I extend my warm wishes to the Chamber's new Executive Officer Will Cassidy and the Board and finally acknowledge the mark that David Peach made on the Chamber during his tenure.
Special Interest Speech - Tribute to Joan Green OAM
3 May 2022
I pay tribute to Joan Margaret Green OAM, who recently passed away at the age of 98 years. Joan was a foundation member of the National Trust of Australia branch in Tasmania in 1960 and contributed so deeply to the Launceston community as a mother, Mayoress and dedicated citizen.
Special Interest Speech - Punchbowl & Blackstone Heights Community Gardens
24 May 2022
Community Gardens are terrific assets in our communities. The physical, mental and emotion benefits of gardening are well known and getting involved in a community garden is a great way to meet others and grow amazing things. I was delighted to visit the community gardens at Punchbowl and Blackstone Heights recently and decided to speak about them in Parliament.
Special Interest Speech - Tribute to Peter MacFie
31 May 2022
A brief tribute to Peter H. MacFie - social historian, researcher, person of letters, composer and musician. Peter was born in Launceston 6 November 1943. An extraordinary life.
Special Interest Speech - John Kirwan, CEO of Royal Flying Doctor Service Tas
21 June 2022
John Kirwan is a stalwart in the Tasmanian health sector and, under his stewardship over the past seven years, has seen RFDS Tas grow from a three-person enterprise to a contingent of 40 employees delivering primary health services to people in all parts of regional and remote Tasmania. I speak to the Legislative Council about John's time at the RFDS and in the Tasmanian Health Organisation before that and wish him well on the next part of his career journey. Thank you John!