Sunraysia Daily- Inequality obvious in CFA approach

Forcing volunteer brigades to fundraise for their own firetrucks and equipment compromises the safety of our regions. This shows inequality between metro and regional areas, and it needs to be scrapped.

Seymour Telegraph- Better response times the aim

I have ongoing concerns about the resources available to Ambulance Victoria to meet the needs of our regional communities and I will continue to advocate for improvements to those resources.

Bushfire Relief and Recovery Assistance

Information regarding relief and recovery support for the Victorian Bushfires.

Action to fix Basin Plan

The Murray Basin Plan must take an urgent approach to making the changes required to deliver fair and equitable water flows. I hope this is a step to ensure our farmers receive the water they so desperately need. It is one thing to be paying astronomical amounts for water, it is another to actually ensure they receive it.

Border Mail-Transparency call for child porn

I called on the Victorian Government to publicly release crime data specific to child pornography offences and asked if any changes are being implemented to ensure adequate sentences for offenders.

Child Protection

The 'Lost, not forgotten' report of Victoria's Commissioner for Children and Young People is a chilling read, and reveals continued failures across child protection and family services. The findings of this report are unacceptable, and we need to prioritise sustained funding to address the root cause that leaves vulnerable children exposed. We need to stop failing these children.

MOTION SPEECH – MURRAY BASIN RAIL PROJECT

The Murray Basin Rail Project was meant to standardise the rail network, efficiently allowing producers to transport greater volumes to port and boost jobs and the regional economy. What's happening?

Daniel Morcomb Foundation - Day for Daniel

I am inspired by the strength shown each and every day by Denise and Bruce Morcombe. It was a privilege to be a part of "Day for Daniel'. The Daniel Morcombe Foundation does wonderful work, and on a day like today it reinforces our commitment to a public register for child sex offenders and continuing to do everything we can to keep children safe.

Homelessness in Victoria- Call for a hearing in Wangaratta

I have called for a public hearing in Wangaratta as part of the Victorian Parliament’s Inquiry into Homelessness. The Inquiry is being conducted by the Legislative Council’s Legal and Social Issues Committee, of which I am a member, and is considering the state of homelessness in Victoria.

Motion for Mandatory sentences on assaults on Emergency Services workers

I moved a Motion in Parliament for Minimum Jail sentences for assaults on Emergency Services workers. Current Victorian laws on Mandatoy sentencing in this instance are inadequate and contain loopholes for offenders to avoid Jail. I will continue to work for victims and ensure their voices are heard.

Motion to strengthen parole conditions

I've moved a motion to strengthen parole conditions on violent and sexual recidivist offenders with restrictions on where they can live.

Non Government Business - Motion for LSIC to inquire into homelessness in Victoria

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.

The need for a public register of sex offenders

The Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence estimates 40,000 Australian children will be sexually assaulted each year. In 2017, there were over 4000 active persons on the Sex Offenders Register in Victoria.