I updated the Parliament on a recent victory in our local community. Thanks to consistent community pressure, we have saved the Waite Gatehouse!
The safety of women in Parliament should be above politics. Recently I listened to the Leader of the Opposition express outrage at the treatment of women in politics and suggest that we all need to listen to what women are saying. I ask the Leader of the Opposition: where was he and where was his predecessor and where were the senior Labor women when GetUp, Labor and the union supporters chased, harassed and screamed at me everywhere I went in the lead-up to the 2019 election? This can't be about politics anymore. We all bear the responsibility for change.
I rose in Parliament to speak on the deeply distressing accounts from women across the political divide about appalling criminal behaviour and the failure of Parliament to respond appropriately. Ultimately, my message is: we all deserve to be safe in our place of work.
Recently in Parliament I updated the House on the first Parliamentary Friends of Endometriosis Awareness event for 2021.
We should and we will officially and eternally recognise 15 October as International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It is our task, as elected representatives of the people of Australia, to address issues that are sensitive and difficult, and pregnancy and infant loss are certainly two of those issues. For generations, miscarriage and still birth have been considered a taboo topic. The incredible tragedy of losing a baby was compounded by society-wide silence that saw mothers and fathers and extended families forced to quietly cope with their grief. Not only were parents suffering the unimaginable pain of having a baby born still not supported after the loss; research into the reasons why and policy action to prevent others suffering this terrible tragedy was not forthcoming. Today, I again extend my deep sympathy and condolences to anyone who has experienced such loss.