Constituency Question- Relocation Incentives

My question (on behalf of a constituent) is to the Treasurer. Recently, the Education Minister announced that teachers will be offered incentives of up to $50,000 to re-locate to regional schools – including, I assume, to any school in the Northern Victoria electorate.

Member's Statement-Caroline Chisholm Society

I am pleased to speak today on the Caroline Chisholm Society as they celebrate 50 years. My advocacy for primary prevention and early intervention programs is very well known in this place. As stated by the Caroline Chisholm Society, if we can get perinatal mental health right, we will improve the wellbeing of every Victorian child during the critical first 1000 days of their life.

Adjournment- Child pornography and exploitation

My matter for the Minister for Child Protection is about the topics of child pornography and exploitation. I raise it not only because of a recent spate of horrifying news stories in these areas, like the conduct of Westpac, the starved four-year-old in Gippsland and a series of child neglect cases in Queensland; I also raise it because of my longstanding concerns about Victorian sentencing practices and data for child pornography crimes.

Question without Notice- Council resourcing for bush fire prevention and management

My question is to the Minister for Local Government, Mr Somyurek. It is about the status of the ‘Councils and emergencies project’ overseen by Local Government Victoria, especially as it relates to bush fire management and prevention activity in regional areas of the State.

Constituency Question- Police resourcing in North East Victoria

My question is to the Police Minister. It is my understanding that 10 new police officers have been recruited to North East Victoria, and have been recruited to work on family violence matters.

Adjournment-'Lost, not forgotten' report on child protection

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Child Protection. It follows the recent tabling of the ‘Lost, not forgotten’ report of Victoria’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Liana Buchanan. By any measure, the revelations in the report are chilling. Specifically, it scrutinised the actions (or, more to the point, the lack of actions) of Child Protection and child and family services in relation to the repeated and severe neglect of each of 35 children, in particular. 

Constituency Question- North East Rail Line

My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport, and it is about the ongoing Third World performance of trains on the north-east rail line.

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.

Constituency question- Yarrawonga/Mulwala Bridge

My constituency question is for the Minister for Roads. It is about the longstanding desire of my constituents in Yarrawonga and surrounding areas for a new Yarrawonga-Mulwala bridge crossing to be constructed.

Amendment- Serious Offenders and Other Matters Bill 2019

My amendment to the Serious Offenders and Other Matters Bill 2019 was seeking to ensure that the government takes the step of proactively advising the relevant victims of crime of their right, a right already enshrined in law, to receive a share of a compensation payout. That is, I am asking that a relevant victim or victims are notified by the government as soon as a compensation payment of $10 000 or more is awarded to a particular, current or former prisoner or person on remand.

Members Statement- Yarrunga Primary School

Yarrunga Primary School is a place of Big Ideas, Dreams and Wonderings.  It’s a school where the curriculum is delivered a bit differently, and with solid results so far.  Students have a say in what they want to learn about – things that make them curious, that make them question and wonder.  This style of engagement and integrating their wonderings into the curriculum has improved student attendance, behaviour and results. 

Adjournment- Working with children checks

In the last sitting week, through an adjournment matter for the Attorney-General, I raised a number of concerns associated with the application of working with children checks in the sporting arena. I am afraid I am returning to pose a similar matter to her again tonight. A fortnight ago my adjournment speech related to martial arts; this evening it relates to Australian Rules Football.

Constituency Question- Kinglake fuel load

My question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. It relates to the mounting concerns about the now extreme rating of fuel loads in Victoria’s east central fire zone, covering many towns in my electorate.

Adjournment- PANDA Week

I raised the awareness of the annual PANDA Week across Australia as it is so near and dear to my heart. PANDA is an acronym for Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness and, in 2019, the theme for the week (which runs from 10th to 16th November) is “let’s get real”.  It’s a theme which aims to focus the minds of all Australians on the reality that perinatal anxiety and depression are common and serious. Indeed, as a measure of exactly how common they are, it’s worth noting that around 1 in 5 new or expecting mothers and up to 1 in 10 new fathers are likely to suffer from anxiety and/or depression within the period from a child’s conception to 12 months after their birth.

Question without Notice- TAFE access

My question is to the Minister for Training and Skills, Minister Tierney. There are more than 82,000 students across Victoria currently sitting VCE exams. We know that, even amid the elation of finishing secondary school, many young people will face an anxious time as they seek entry into further education or fields of employment that require successful completion of specific subjects.

Adjournment- Cross Border Issues

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional Development. It is about cross-border issues and problems and the impact on many of my constituents of the myriad differences in laws, regulations and conventions across state borders, especially for those living close to New South Wales and South Australia.

Constituency Question- Dairy Industry

My Constituency question to the State Government asked which new measures and improvements were being put in place to urgently address the devastating situation in the dairy industry across Northern Victoria.

Member Statement- Day for Daniel 2019

My colleague Stuart Grimley and I were privileged to join the sea of red on the Sunshine Coast last Friday for the annual Day for Daniel, a national day of action to raise funds and awareness for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.  Denise and Bruce Morcombe attended our #ENOUGHISENOUGH rally in Wangaratta in 2016 and it was wonderful to see them again and support Day for Daniel.

Motion- Murray Basin Rail Project

I will resume my speech from 16 October by re-stating the basic purpose of this motion, from the perspective of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party. Primarily, it is intended to be an information-seeking exercise … one that gives Victorians more detail about the future of the Murray Basin Rail Project. This is through requesting that the lead Minister, Jacinta Allan, attend a public meeting to provide information and answer questions in relation to the project.

Motion- Youth Justice

This motion requests that the Government provide new information about issues of very significant concern to many Victorians. In essence the motion asks for that information in two forms. The first is that members of the government provide us with their latest thinking on how they intend to strengthen the security of the state’s youth justice centres between now and the planned opening in 2021 of the Cherry Creek facility. The second is that they release a full version of the 2018 interim evaluation of their youth crime prevention grants (YCPG) program rather than the very abbreviated one that remains the only publicly available version of that report.