Adjournment- Jackson Williams case

My matter is for the Attorney-General. It follows the recent County Court decision, in a judge-only trial, that found Jackson Williams not guilty of the charge of assault with intent to commit a sexual offence. Williams was charged after attacking a nurse in the Melbourne CBD in October 2018.

Speech- Education and Training Reform Amendment (Regulation of Student Accommodation) Bill 2020

Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party is – of course – supportive of this Bill. The legislation takes, as its central inspiration, a clear recommendation from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.  That recommendation (recommendation 13.3) was aimed at reducing the sexual abuse of children in boarding schools.  Accordingly, both that recommendation and the Bill most certainly have our endorsement.

Members Statement- One Giant Leap Australia

I had the pleasure to meet online with Jackie and Bob Carpenter, founders of the award-winning team at One Giant Leap Australia who deliver numerous engaging STEM programs across Australia.

Constituency question- Murray Basin Rail Project

My question is to the Minister for Transport Infrastructure. It follows the Government’s release last week of part of the revised business case for the completion of the Murray Basin Rail Project that is so important to so many people in my electorate of Northern Victoria.

Constituency Question- Fairness for landlords during eviction bans

My question, to the Consumer Affairs Minister, relates to a Benalla landlord who is losing tens of thousands of dollars because of the changed renting laws during the COVID period.

Question without Notice- Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre issues

My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Corrections. On 16 September, in this Parliament, I aired a series of revelations about the (scandalous) situation at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre that high-speed internet access had become frequently and widely available to detainees. Among many other consequences, this had, disgracefully, allowed dozens of detainees to regularly download and view pornographic material, including on their expensive, personal, taxpayer-funded laptops.

Adjournment-Resumption of regional Victorian sport and recreation

My matter is for the Minister for Sport. It’s about the interaction of the Government’s COVID-19 reopening roadmap with the activities of sporting clubs in regional Victoria.

Constituency question- Mental health services in Mitchell Shire

I ask the Minsiter for Mental Health what actions is the Government taking to address each of the six key mental health priorities listed on page 10 of Mitchell Shire Council’s official advocacy document for 2020?

Adjournment- Need for drug rehabilitation facilities

The action I seek from the Minister for Health is an outline of the Government’s current plans for establishing (and/or providing additional funding for) more drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities and services, including in a number of parts of my electorate of Northern Victoria.

Members statement- Shepparton COVID response

Today I highlighted the response of Shepparton residents to COVID testing stations in light of a recent outbreak, while urging the Government for greater testing capabilities including providing in home testing for the elderly and pre registering to shorten testing waiting times.

Members statement- Kilmore COVID response

I want to give a massive shout out to the residents of Kilmore and how they have responded to the recent coronavirus cases in their community.

Adjournment- Child protection early intervention reports

My matter is for the Treasurer and concerns reports commissioned by welfare agencies on the the economic case for far greater early intervention in the child protection and out‑of‑home care systems in Victoria.

Members statement- Galen VEX

The Galen Catholic College VEX team had a very exciting experience on the 8th of October, representing Australia in the inaugural Kibo Robotic Programming Challenge at the Japanese Space Agency.

Speech- Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2020

Today Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party will be voting NO to the Omnibus Bill. Many of the provisions in this Bill only serve to prolong the severe pain and hardship of individuals, businesses and communities across the state. The amendments made by the Government to the Bill were unreasonable, however there are simply too many remaining problems with the legislation.

Constituency question- Hospitality industry support

I ask the Minister for the Coordination of Jobs, Precincts and Regions what future support, if any, will the Government be providing specifically to the devastated hospitality sector in Northern Victoria?

Question without notice- GoodSAM app

My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Ambulance Services and relates to Ambulance Victoria deactivating the GoodSAM app.

Adjournment- Adolescent violence

My matter is for the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence. It is about the worryingly high incidence across Victoria, over many years, of adolescent violence, especially within the home.

Speech- Victorian Law Reform Commission Amendment Bill 2020

It’s my pleasure to speak on the Victorian Law Reform Commission Amendment Bill 2020. First of all, I’d like to commend and congratulate Mr Grimley on introducing the Bill – a Bill that goes to the heart of something that’s been a feature of a number of recent debates in this place. And that’s the value that we should all place on ensuring that the views of the community at large are adequately and appropriately reflected when laws are made and enforced in this State. The core principle to which this piece of legislation gives expression is the goal of more broadly liberating law reform in Victoria.

Constituency question- Malmsbury detainees' internet access

My question is to the Corrections Minister and it relates to serious concerns at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre and that high-speed internet is available to detainees.

Members Statement- Local Government and COVID-19 response

The response of local government across my electorate to respond to the myriad of stresses and needs of their residents has been dynamic and with a huge heart.  They have pivoted to the needs of their residents, ramped up services, created new service where there were gaps, providing financial and emotional support.  This will need to continue through the response and recovery phases and I thank them for their diligence and commitment.