Today the Legislative Council has debated fire services legislation. In speaking on the Bill tonight, I have outlined the reasons why I have opposed this legislation.
My question is to the Minister for Road Safety and the TAC, Minister Pulford. It follows another spate of accidents on the Black Spur Road in Murrindindi and the decision last week that VicRoads meet to ‘investigate potential safety improvements’ there.
Rod Barton from the Transport Matters Party moved a motion that the Legal and Social Committee inquire into the state of homelessness in Victoria. Here are details of the motion and my comments of support.
My constituency question is to the Minister for Corrections. It follows queries to me from a number of constituents in Northern Victoria about the Catalyst Consortium.
An estimated 134,174 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year. 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
Why is a city and surrounding region whose residents are around nine times more likely to die of cancer than the national average, who are geographically isolated and further away from Melbourne than the people of any other major population centre in Victoria and who therefore spend well over $1 million annually travelling for cancer treatment not a quintessential example of an area that should be included in these teletrials?
The Auditor-General’s March 2019 report, Access to Mental Health Services, found a longstanding lack of sufficient system-wide investment, planning and monitoring has seen Victoria fall well behind other jurisdictions in terms of mental health funding and infrastructure and the proportion of our population that is adequately supported.
When legislation is considered by the Legislative Council, part of the process is often scrutiny of the Bill in what is termed the Committee stage. At this point, members have the opportunity to ask detailed questions on specific clauses.
Sadly, I refer the minister to the example of the Chilcott family in Wangaratta. Two people died in their house and four children became orphaned in early 2017 while they were trying to help stop a horrific act of neighbourhood family violence. They face ongoing trauma as they continue to wait for years for any information from the coronial inquest.
The Centre Against Violence, or CAV as it is commonly known, provides services to women and children who have experienced family and domestic violence, and this new funding will help them and those they support in two specific areas.