Constituency Question - Nestle Tongala closure

My constituency question is to the Minister for Regional Development – and is about the wellbeing of the people of the town of Tongala, in my electorate.

Adjournment - Mental Health Services

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Mental Health. It relates to the release in March 2019 of the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) report Access to Mental Health Services.

Adjournment - Prison Contraband

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Corrections. It follows the recent release of the latest Drugs in Victorian Prisons report.I therefore seek from the Minister is that he clarify how the government has established the benchmark for the levels of drugs and contraband use that are stipulated in the drugs in prisons report and why it should apparently be regarded as acceptable that there should be any drugs or contraband items allowed in the state’s prisons at all.

Question without Notice - Millewa Drought

My question is to the Minister for Agriculture, Ms Symes. As one of her fellow members for Northern Victoria Region, I commend her for her decision to expedite a visit to the Millewa region last week to inspect the effects of the crippling, successive droughts there. I ask the minister if she could provide me with a clarification on how much money is still available to assist those farmers in the Millewa region?

Constituency Question - Benalla Police Station

My constituency question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and I ask if she could indicate whether and when the government will fund a rebuild of the Benalla Police Station. I ask because the station, built in 1956, is now in near complete disrepair.

Member Statement - Maria Hutchison

It was my sincere pleasure to recently launch the book Facing Maria on behalf of author Maria Hutchison, who is in the gallery with us here today. Maria’s life has been marked by periods of trauma, abuse, oppression and addiction. From this dark place Maria has emerged as a woman of courage, conviction and inspiration.

Question without Notice - Swan Hill Hospital

My question is to the Minister for Health, Minister Mikakos. Will the minister advise this house of the criteria on which the government prioritises hospital upgrades? As part of the answer, could she clarify what level of due diligence the government typically performs in making its funding decisions on hospital upgrades and whether it is compulsory each time for a specific documentation to be prepared, such as a master plan, business case or any other kind of cost-benefit analysis?

Speech - Engineers Registration Reform Bill

I rise to speak to this bill today. At the outset of my contribution let me say there is no problem, as far as Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party is concerned, with the stated aim of this bill. Broadly we agree with the government that finding a means of providing the general public with confidence and peace of mind about the capacities and qualifications of professional engineers is perfectly sensible in itself, especially in the midst of a period of significant infrastructure spending and activity in Victoria.

Adjournment - Tomorrow Today Foundation Benalla

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education. It is about the practice of philanthropy and ways in which we as politicians might build on the selfless giving of others to create wider ranging and more enduring benefits for Victorians. In this respect I would like to focus my contribution tonight on the amazing work of the Tomorrow Today Foundation in Benalla.

Constituency Question - Energy supply and prices

My constituency question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. I ask the minister what assurances she can provide that many concerned constituents of mine in Northern Victoria will not experience further power outages under the Andrews government, including during next summer.

Member Statement - Yackandandah Health

In July I had the pleasure of visiting the Yackandandah Health facility, a community-owned, not-for-profit organisation nestled in the beautiful Yackandandah Valley in north-east Victoria. Based on the bush nursing model, the site is home to 77 residents within the residential aged-care facility.

Constituency Question-Winton Raceway Funding

My constituency question is to the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events. I would also like to ask the minister to clarify how much funding the government has allocated to future editions of this event.

Question without Notice - Black Spur

Tania Maxwell has again questioned the Victorian Government on a review of safety conditions on the Black Spur, calling for “serious practical improvements to the useability and safety and/or the development of a viable, alternative route”.

Adjournment - Guardianship and VCAT

My adjournment matter is for the Attorney-General and is on specific problems in the administration of guardianship arrangements. My constituents in Northern Victoria Region are alerting me to those particular situations where a patient is ready for discharge from hospital but where it has also been decided they will need a guardian to help oversee their lifestyle, their personal decision making and/or their recovery and subsequent care. There is often a protracted wait for a guardianship application to be processed through VCAT.

Constituency Question - Murrindindi Health

My constituency question is to the Minister for Mental Health. The residents of Murrindindi Shire, in my electorate, had received two exemptions from the Minister up to 30 June 2019 in relation to the provision of publicly-funded mental health services.

Members Statement - The Cottage

Last week I visited The Cottage, a private not-for-profit facility in Shepparton that is dedicated to providing safe, drug free accommodation to people trying to free themselves of addiction.

Constituency Question - Mandatory Sentencing

My constituency question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and follows weekend coverage in the Herald Sun of yet another attack on emergency workers in Northern Victoria, this time in Shepparton. I ask the Minister from what date did or will the government’s legislation from last year to mandate minimum sentences for assaults on emergency workers start being reflected in court decisions in Northern Victoria?

Adjournment - Review of the Retirement Villages Act 1986

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Consumer Affairs. It is about the ongoing delay in the Government’s response to the report of the Legal and Social Issues Committee’s Inquiry into the retirement housing sector that was tabled in March 2017.