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Speeches

Matter of Public Importance - CFA

10 May, 2017

I rise to join the debate on this matter of public importance (MPI) and support the member for Gembrook's matter of public importance, which highlights the disrespect that the Andrews government has shown to volunteers and its caving in to the United Firefighters Union (UFU). It also seeks to highlight the dangers that the government's policy will inflict on particularly those who live in our rura...  Read More

Food Amendment (Kilojoule Labelling Scheme and Other Matters) Bill 2016

12 October, 2016

I rise to join the debate on the Food Amendment (Kilojoule Labelling Scheme and Other Matters) Bill 2016. I have been in the chamber for most of the debate, and it is difficult to disagree with much that has been said. Most of the debate centred around the rising levels of obesity, particularly amongst our kids. As I said, there is not much you can say to disagree about the current situation, and ...  Read More

The You Yangs

17 August, 2016

I am very pleased to join the adjournment debate this evening with a request to the Minister for Tourism and Major Events. My request to the minister is that he meet with his own local residents — those in Lara and those who live in the community around Victoria's iconic You Yangs. In meeting with those residents the minister should gain a clear understanding of the impact that the prop...  Read More

Police in Warrandyte

23 June, 2016

My request is to the Minister for Police, and that request is for her to allocate additional police to the Warrandyte police station. I have raised this matter on a number of occasions on behalf of my community in the Parliament, by correspondence and through the petitioning of over 1000 local residents, yet this soft-on-crime Labor government will not listen. The latest crime statistics rele...  Read More
Road Management Amendment (Bus Stop Delivery Powers) Bill 2016

The State Budget

25 May, 2016

It is a pleasure to rise to speak on the Appropriation (2016-2017) Bill 2016. It is a typical Labor budget. It is big spending, big taxing. Tax revenues in this budget have gone up by 20.7 per cent. The tax take is huge with an increase of $3.7 billion, and while the Treasurer was happy to come in and talk about the fat budget surplus, he forgot to mention that it was exactly the same bu...  Read More

Doncaster Gardens Primary School

24 May, 2016

My contribution is directed to the Minister for Education. My request of him is to address the growing student numbers at Doncaster Gardens Primary School. Specifically the minister needs to meet with the school's leadership group, listen to their plans to accommodate their growth and implement those plans. Doncaster Gardens Primary School is an exceptional school in the Warrandyte electorate. Led...  Read More

The Former Minister for Industry

24 May, 2016

The Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) hearings really did show those on this side of the house, and indeed all who listened, exactly how little Labor ministers are across their portfolio responsibilities. Special mention should go to the member for Mill Park, formerly the Minister for Industry. It is an extraordinary situation that the member for Williamstown, who took over the portfo...  Read More

The Former Minister for Industry

24 May, 2016

The Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) hearings really did show those on this side of the house, and indeed all who listened, exactly how little Labor ministers are across their portfolio responsibilities. Special mention should go to the member for Mill Park, formerly the Minister for Industry. It is an extraordinary situation that the member for Williamstown, who took over the portfo...  Read More

Abbotts Road, Dandenong South, level crossing

24 March, 2016

Today I rise to talk about a ridiculous proposal being put forward by the Andrews Labor government, a proposal which is being spun to cover a lack of funding and the lack of a plan for the removal of the Abbotts Road level crossing in Dandenong South. The Andrews government has no intention of removing this level crossing; rather, the proposal being put forward is to simply close the road. This de...  Read More

Warrandyte School Bus

24 March, 2016

My contribution tonight is directed to the Minister for Education, and my request of the minister is to allow the public funded bus that currently takes Warrandyte Primary School students from north of the Yarra to also carry students that go to Anderson's Creek Primary School. Currently the bus, which is government funded, has a number of empty seats. The Warrandyte Primary School students certai...  Read More

Victoria Police Amendment (Merit-based Transfer) Bill 2016

8 March, 2016

I rise to speak on the Victoria Police Amendment (Merit-based Transfer) Bill 2016, and in doing so I acknowledge that it is largely a bill that enshrines into legislation parts of the recent enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) negotiations. However, it is another example of the Labor government filling the business program of the house with administrative bills, which is certainly a function of ...  Read More

Warrandyte Bridge

8 March, 2016

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety and relates to the recent announcement about the widening of the Warrandyte Bridge. My request is that the minister organise a public meeting to explain to residents how this final decision on the traffic treatment was made. If I can just give a bit of background, in 2014 the emergency management commissioner, Craig Lapsley, came...  Read More

Road Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

25 November, 2015

I rise to speak on the Road Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 as lead speaker for the opposition. I have to say that the roads portfolio is a huge responsibility for government. Whatever the government of the day, it is a very important portfolio. It requires vision; it requires foresight. It requires significant investment, and it requires the minister of the day to work very closely with the Treas...  Read More

Police Numbers in Warrandyte

25 November, 2015

The Andrews Labor government is the first Victorian government in decades not to commit to additional police numbers. While the coalition government delivered over 1900 more police in its four years in office, this year has seen police numbers decline. As a result, more and more communities, including the Warrandyte community, are starting to voice their concerns that local community safety i...  Read More
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