Member's Statement- Student disengagement during Covid-19 pandemic

During the current pandemic, there has been an overwhelming focus on whether schools should physically remain open or not. I am therefore concerned that a number of important, underlying problems in education policy are potentially being overlooked. One of those is the need to mitigate the substantially elevated risk of student disengagement in these changed circumstances for teaching and learning.

Constituency question- Recently released sex offender

My constituency question is for the Attorney-General. It follows numerous concerns raised with me by constituents in Beechworth about the whereabouts of a recently-released sex offender. I ask the Attorney-General to clarify under what circumstances or conditions someone previously convicted of sexually assaulting 16 young boys would be free to live within close proximity of a school, to change their name and to work where children are present?

Constituency Question- Illegal tobacco

My matter, for the Police Minister, is about the worsening problems in the illegal supply and sale of tobacco in Northern Victoria.

Members Statement- Corryong Sensory Play

Play is fundamental to the development of children and there is widespread evidence that play is an effective change agent. Sensory play equipment is known to be very successful in supporting children with special needs, including development of problem-solving skills and self-confidence for children who are on the spectrum, ODD, ASD and with other needs.

Adjournment- K9TEACH Pet therapy funding

My Adjournment matter for the Minister of Education, requesting further funding for K9TEACH Pet Therapy.

Constituency Question- Delivery of bushfire community grants

My question is to the Minister for Emergency Services. Whilst obviously pleased the Government is providing various forms of assistance for those most affected by the State’s terrible recent bushfires (including in my electorate), I am also disturbed that some of the grants following previous bushfires have still not been correctly delivered.

Adjournment- Drug rehabilitation upon prison release

My adjournment matter for the Minister for Corrections relates to the impact of drug use and the disconnects between our justice and health systems in terms or resourcing for drug rehabilitation programs.

Child abuse tendency evidence

I moved a motion in Parliament to expand evidence and make sex offenders' histories known to Juries. We should follow the lead of other states and expand the range of evidence admissible to juries.

Constituency Question- Bushfire infrastructure for Councils

I ask the Treasurer if he could supply, for each year from 2014-15 inclusive, the total dollar amounts collected from the Fire Services Levy from all of the councils in my electorate – and, for those same years, how much (in total dollar amounts) they have received from the State Government specifically to upgrade bushfire-related infrastructure.

Question without Notice- Myrtleford Ambulance response time

My question is to the Minister for Ambulance Services and relates to an case in Myrtleford of yet another slow ambulance response time. I ask the Minister what actions are being undertaken to improve ambulance resourcing and response times in regional areas.

Speech- Road Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

I rise this evening to speak on the Road Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019. On an ongoing basis Mr Grimley and I, and of course Derryn Hinch before us, have worked with many stakeholders and other interested parties on the possibility of these kinds of changes to existing laws.

Members Statement- International Women's Day 2020

This Sunday 8th March marks a day to pay homage to women as we acknowledge International Women’s day. A dedicated day when women have the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of other women whom they respect; are influenced by; have friendships with; or to simply reflect on their own achievements throughout the year.

Constituency question- Avenel Road and Hume Fwy intersection

My question to the Minister for Roads, regarding the increasingly dangerous Avenel Road and Hume Fwy intersection.

Adjournment- Sex Offender

My matter is for the Attorney- General, and it is about a serious sex offender, Christopher William Empey. Empey is on the sex offenders register, having spent 12 years in prison for a rape in 2002 so extreme and violent that it included him stomping on the victim’s head and left her so grievously injured that she even had to learn how to walk and write again.

Constituency Question- Shepparton Court holding cells

My question is to the Attorney-General. It is about a serious sex offender’s failure (because of a lack of any available holding cells) to appear in the Shepparton County Court on 31 January for sentencing over his sexual assaults of three girls under the age of 10.

Adjournment- Tendency Evidence: child abuse

My matter is for the Attorney General. It follows a 26th February article in The Australian newspaper, which reported that an agreement has recently been struck between all Federal, State and Territory Attorneys General to allow juries in child abuse trials to hear evidence of an accused’s prior convictions and interest in children. This evidence has previously only been disclosed in exceptional circumstances – which has meant that the histories of most child abuse perpetrators have remained hidden.

Adjournment- Aroub Arop sentencing

My matter, for the Attorney General, yet again relates to the non-custodial sentencing of those who assault emergency services workers. Among all the instances of non-custodial sentences for these attacks, it’s doubtful there are many clearer examples of the problem than the Aroub Arop case from only two weeks ago.

Constituency Question- Murray Basin Rail

I ask the Minister if she can clarify whether the Government is now only contemplating delivering a significantly modified and abbreviated model rather than the full, original version of the project – given there are now widespread and growing concerns to this effect?

QWON- North East Rail Line

 On 18 February, I addressed a constituency question to Minister Horne specifically about the urgent need for action to fix the atrocious rail line and services between Wodonga and Melbourne. That was just two days before the tragic Wallan derailment.