Senate debates

Monday, 13 February 2017


Bowel Cancer Australia

3:39 pm

Photo of Helen PolleyHelen Polley (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Aged Care) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 189 standing in my name for today, relating to Bowel Cancer Awareness Month.

Leave granted.

I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

  (i) that Bowel Cancer Australia's Don't Wait Until It's Too Late campaign runs through the month of February 2017,

  (ii) the campaign for 2017 urges Australians not to wait until it is too late, because 90 per cent of cases can be treated successfully if detected early, and

  (iii) over 15 000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year – Australia's second biggest cancer killer; and

(b) urges Federal, state, territory and local governments to help change the way bowel cancer is perceived by encouraging Australians to recognise and talk about the signs of bowel cancer, and to get checked before it is too late.

Question agreed to.