Rural housing shortage demands policy reset

Victoria needs a policy reset to resolve critical housing shortages in rural communities and enhance recovery in housing and rental markets. Fast-tracking approvals of 'Big Build' funding for projects like Yarriambiack Shire's housing plan is one option.

Victims' experience must inform charter compliance

I asked the Victim Support Minister if the apparent exclusion of victims from consultations to make sure the Victims' Charter works will be rectified.

Time to extend rural patient travel help

I've asked Health Minister Martin Foley MP to extend help for rural patients by cutting the one-way distance cap for the Patient Transport Assistance Scheme to 'more than 50 kilometres', rather than 100km-plus.

Delivering Northern Victoria's mental health priorities

Improved mental health service opportunities, workforce capacity and support facilities in Northern Victoria are an urgent priority for our communities.
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Towong Shire needs road clearing help

Towong Shire has taken responsibility for road debris clean-ups where 2020 bushfire damage led to ground-slips and run-off, but it can't recoup these costs as a bushfire expense.

Enable victims to appeal sentence leniency

I've asked if the government would allow victims of crime the opportunity to approach the DPP to appeal lenient sentences handed to offenders.

Change could speed bushfire rebuild

Bushfire Recovery Victoria data shows 458 homes were destroyed or damaged in Victoria and almost 18 months later it’s estimated that fewer than three per cent of the people displaced have moved back into permanent housing.

State must do more to close black spots

Making sure emergency management factors shape the government's digital black spot roll-out must be a priority in rural areas.

Corryong FoodShare needs confidence and certainty

I've invited Minister Luke Donellan MP to meet Corryong FoodShare Services to help the emergency relief group find a permanent home.

Justice inquiry gives voice to crime victims

An inquiry into Victoria’s justice system provides a powerful opportunity for crime victims to voice the case for change after submissions opened on April 13.

Adolescent violence study targets home setting

Australian National Research Organisation for Women's Safety seeks to identify and track family needs in marginalised populations who may be experiencing adolescent violence in the home.

Emergency alerts and digital blackspots

Towns such as Bright and Beechworth are heavily reliant on tourism. But poor mobile reception means if there were an emergency you’d be lucky to receive the warning text, let alone open the URL for specific advice.

Girgarre brings botanic garden vision to life

The Girgarre community really lives up to its motto of ‘small town, big spirit' - one fully evident in the way this community developed its vision, planning and fundraising to bring Gargarro Botanic Garden to life.

Adjournment - Dookie Rail Line

I seek is clarification of the Government’s current position on the Dookie rail line’s restoration, with potential benefits that it could deliver to many people and organisations, not only in the agricultural sector but across Victoria more widely.

Constituency Question - COVID-19 vaccine rollout

A GP from Bright contacted me with concerns about the quantity of COVID-19 vaccinations allocated to their surgery. They were advised by the federal government that their allocation of the vaccine will be 50 doses, so it could potentially be 2024 before all priority residents in the area are vaccinated. They would like the state government to provide the infrastructure in a planned and cooperative rollout to allow GPs who have been administering vaccinations for many years to simply get on with it.

Spent Convictions Bill 2020

I am surprised by some of the content of this bill. That is because in my view one aspect of it in particular moves some distance beyond what the committee concluded and recommended. There are also other facets of this that are problematic for a party like mine, which prides itself on prioritising community safety and representing the best interests of victims of crime.

Justice Legislation Amendment Bill

I spoke on the Government's Justice Bill. It had some good parts to help make our justice system more efficient. There is another Bill coming up that will specifically deal with mental impairment as part of the court and I introduced amendments that would have prevented the indefinite shift of decision-making from juries to judges on an offender’s ‘mental fitness’ to stand trial.

Adjournment - Men's Referral Services

I raised a recent case where an accused perpetrator of family violence not only denied all such claims against him but was immediately removed from his home and then taken to a police station at which multiple phone calls were made to the Men’s Referral Service in an attempt to try to find housing for him. However, there was simply no answer to any of these calls.

Constituency Question - right@home program

The right@home early intervention trial, in which sustained home visits build parenting capacity to improve child safety and school readiness has some positive early results.

QWON - Thomas Embling

Triple murderer, Peko Lakovski, has again recently been granted leave from Thomas Embling Hospital, even after having killed two people while also previously on a program of leave.