Constituency question- Social Housing Energy Efficiency Program

My question is to the Housing Minister. I have previously raised in this Parliament my concern for residents in social housing properties without air conditioning, in particular the risk to general health.

Adjournment- Defensive driving 2014 election commitment

My matter is for the Minister for Roads. It is about a 2014 Labor Party pre-election commitment in relation to road user education. In the lead-up to that election, the ALP announced that it would introduce a compulsory driver education program for Year 10 students if it won government.

Constituency Question- Long vehicle safety on Black Spur

My Question is for the Minister for Road Safety and it follows a serious incident on the Black Spur on 18 January, whereby a long tanker unable to stay in its lane because of the vehicle’s length, pushed an oncoming car into the embankment.

Speech to motion- Multi Purpose Taxi Program release of documents

I rise to say that Mr Grimley and I support Mr Barton’s motion. I will speak to his call for more transparency through this documents production motion in relation to two areas, in particular. Those are passenger wellbeing and safety – and the future of taxi services in regional and rural areas, including in many towns in my electorate of Northern Victoria.

QWON- Early prisoner release

My question is to the new Attorney-General, Ms Symes. It follows my 10th December Question Without Notice to former Attorney-General Hennessy about the remarkable decrease during 2020 in the number of people held in Victorian jails. It also follows revelations from journalist Aneeka Simonis in last Sunday’s Herald Sun.  These show that around 5,000 convicted criminals have been released early because of the special COVID-19 emergency management day rules.

Members Statement- Mansfield Autism Statewide Services

Mansfield Austism Statewide Services (MASS) provide assistance for 300 families from across Victoria. Since 1968 this service has provide a ‘wrap around’ model of care to support children with autism and their families by building skills of independence through a strengths based approach.

Adjournment- Fast Track Remand Court

My matter is for the Attorney-General. It is about the Fast Track Remand Court (or FTRC, for short) that operates as part of the Children’s Court of Victoria.

Constituency Question- Safe triage for family violence victims

My question is for the Prevention of Family Violence Minister regarding the need for safe and confidential entry areas for family violence victims.

Adjournment – Trauma informed practice in teaching

My matter is for the Minister for Education. Through it, I seek information about what is currently being done to improve trauma-informed practice in teaching in Victoria.

Constituency Question – Mernda Health and Wellbeing Hub

My question is to the Health Minister. The northern Melbourne suburb of Mernda, in my electorate, has experienced very rapid recent population growth as part of a projected 114% increase in its resident numbers between 2013 and 2038.

QWON- Prison numbers plunge

My question, to the Minister representing the Attorney-General, follows last week’s release of the latest ABS ‘Prisoners in Australia’ data. Those figures show that – during 2020 – there has been an almost 12% plunge in the number of people in Victorian jails.

Members Statement- Northern Victoria Award Winners

There are great people achieving great things in my electorate of Northern Victoria and today I want to acknowledge some of them.

Adjournment-Youth justice spending and evaluations

My matter is for the Minister for Youth Justice. It relates to her media release of 16 September in which she announced the commencement of a pilot program through which youth justice detainees would be (quote) “taught how to manage conflict and interpersonal relationships in custody”.

Speech- Statement on Petition

Thank you, I rise to speak on the petition I tabled yesterday following the stalking-related murder, three weeks ago, of 23 year old Celeste Manno at her Mernda home.  Celeste’s death is another devastating case, among far too many recently in Victoria, of a woman taken absolutely senselessly from our society.

Constituency Question- Kinglake West CFA

My question is to the Emergency Services Minister. Several years ago, Kinglake West was among a selected group of stations to have installed by EMV what they believed would be a dual fire and community alerting siren.

Adjournment- Cherry Creek Youth Justice Project

My matter is for the Minister for Industry Support and Recovery. I raise the matter following some recent emails that I have received from a tenderer for the supply of building products on a significant current project stating that the new youth justice facility being built at Cherry Creek, certain opportunities for participation have not been afforded to Victorian manufacturing and/or construction companies.

Members Statement – Luke Chilchott

I congratulate Luke Chilcott from Wangaratta on receiving a gold medal of bravery by The Royal Humane Society of Australasia, presented by the Victorian Governor.

Constituency Question- Deterioration of ambulance services

My question is to the Ambulance Services Minister, and follows an 18 November Herald Sun article. That article contained commentary from Ambulance Victoria insiders and the ambulance union about dangerous, life-threatening increases in ambulance response times and worsening shortages in the availability of suitable responders, with very specific reference to the Loddon Mallee region in my electorate.

Adjournment – Stalking orders

My matter is for the Attorney-General. It follows the horrifying news of the death of Celeste Manno on 16 November. It has been widely reported that Ms Manno was killed in what was the evil culmination of a former co-worker’s long and sustained campaign of stalking of her.

Adjournment – Taxing victims of crime

My matter is for the Minister for Victim Support. It concerns an issue to which my attention has been drawn recently by a close contact of mine whose son is a victim of crime. This friend has told me that victims of crime must officially declare any amount of money that is received by them through interest on funds held for them in court.  In other words, this money is taxable under current law.