*Passport ban on paedophiles.
*Working with government to introduce mandatory minimum sentences for sexual offenders.
*Senate Inquiry into Transvaginal Mesh led to TGA ban on mesh for pelvic organ prolapse.
This year he has been proactive in many areas of concern to me. If you don't know about the transvaginal mesh, it is kind of explained in the list. The Senator has this year done some terrific work on an often inappropriate procedure.
He is currently campaigning about aged care, pressing that there needs to be nurse resident ratios. I believe Our ABC's 4 Corners programme will cover the matter next Monday night.
I was rather disappointed that he agreed to the government's tax cut for big business, with his proviso that it did not include banks. The appalling behaviour of our banks and financial institutions has nothing to do with the tax they should pay, and nor do I support the cuts for big business. It is a moot point though as the tax cuts were withdrawn for political reasons.
The Senator has also pushed very hard on stopping live animal exports.
I have found The Senator's very passionate campaign about saving dugongs and sea turtles quite compelling. It seems that under the Native Title Act, Aborigines have a right to hunt in their traditional ways, including hunting dugongs and sea turtles for their own personal consumption, whereas both species cannot be hunted by anyone else. The problem is the the Aborigines have been abusing this allowance by going out hunting using non traditional methods in motor boats and commercially trading their catches of dugongs and turtles. Dugongs are an endangered species and this is just so terribly wrong, never mind the threat to sea turtles all over the world.
Dugongs have faces only a mother could love, but they are gentle vegetarian creatures, which I think are not averse to an Iceberg lettuce leaf, should one appear on the seafloor before them. I read that somewhere. They are also known as Manatees. Final photo by The Jungle Store.
Interesting that the Senator's party is going to run candidates in the upper house in the forthcoming state elections and a candidate in the federal lower house by election in the seat of Wentworth in Sydney, New South Wales, former PM Malcolm Turnbull's electorate.