Constituency Question – North East Rail

My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport. After years of problems with rail services to the Northern Victorian region, we have now learnt again that only 69% of V Line train services on the North East Line arrived on time in January; and only 88% of train services were even delivered at all, with 22 trains cancelled completely. I wish to ask the Minister for the latest update on progress on the North East Line Upgrade?

Wangaratta Chronicle-Nurse to patient ratio changes

Government Business – Safe Patient Care Bill

From my various consultations on the Bill with constituents and other stakeholders, I think it would be fair to say there is also very broad agreement in the community – including the health industry – with the key parts of the legislation.

Any Bill that ultimately has the capacity to help deliver greater certainty and better, safer conditions for nurses, midwives and patients is, obviously, an eminently good thing.

And, on that note, I’d like to recognise the outstanding work that is performed by so many nurses, midwives, health administrators and other health professionals across our State. Not least in Northern Victoria.

Member Statement – Borinya

I had the pleasure last week of attending the Wangaratta Women in Leadership Breakfast, attended by a diverse and engaging group of women leaders from a range of industries and backgrounds. The guest speaker was Genevieve O’Reilly, Principal of Borinya and a leader who I admire and have had the pleasure of working with closely in my time as a youth worker.

Adjournment – Harm Reduction Funding

My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for Mental Health. The action I seek is for the Minister to make publicly available the amounts of funding provided to each of the initiatives listed on the health.vic website’s AOD ‘Prevention and harm reduction programs’ page. Ideally, this should include all past expenditure, as well as information for the current financial year and the forward estimates. I would also be interested to know if there is information that can be provided that points to specific outcomes or KPIs that have been achieved from the funding.

Inaugural Speech 2019

Thank you Mr President: I would like to congratulate you on your newly appointed position within the Legislative Council. I would also like to congratulate all those in this chamber on your elected positions and I look forward to building relationships and working with you all over the next four years.