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.

Statement - Fire Services Reform

Today the Legislative Council has debated fire services legislation. In speaking on the Bill tonight, I have outlined the reasons why I have opposed this legislation.

Question Without Notice - Black Spur

My question is to the Minister for Road Safety and the TAC, Minister Pulford. It follows another spate of accidents on the Black Spur Road in Murrindindi and the decision last week that VicRoads meet to ‘investigate potential safety improvements’ there.

Non Government Business - Motion for LSIC to inquire into homelessness in Victoria

Rod Barton from the Transport Matters Party moved a motion that the Legal and Social Committee inquire into the state of homelessness in Victoria. Here are details of the motion and my comments of support.

Constituency Question - Catalyst Consortium

My constituency question is to the Minister for Corrections.  It follows queries to me from a number of constituents in Northern Victoria about the Catalyst Consortium.

Members Statement - Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

An estimated 134,174 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year.  1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.

Question Without Notice - Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre Teletrials

Why is a city and surrounding region whose residents are around nine times more likely to die of cancer than the national average, who are geographically isolated and further away from Melbourne than the people of any other major population centre in Victoria and who therefore spend well over $1 million annually travelling for cancer treatment not a quintessential example of an area that should be included in these teletrials?

Adjournment - Mental Health Cross-Border Issues

The Auditor-General’s March 2019 report, Access to Mental Health Services, found a longstanding lack of sufficient system-wide investment, planning and monitoring has seen Victoria fall well behind other jurisdictions in terms of mental health funding and infrastructure and the proportion of our population that is adequately supported.

Budget Papers 2019-2020

When legislation is considered by the Legislative Council, part of the process is often scrutiny of the Bill in what is termed the Committee stage. At this point, members have the opportunity to ask detailed questions on specific clauses.

Constituency Question - Victim Support

Sadly, I refer the minister to the example of the Chilcott family in Wangaratta. Two people died in their house and four children became orphaned in early 2017 while they were trying to help stop a horrific act of neighbourhood family violence. They face ongoing trauma as they continue to wait for years for any information from the coronial inquest.

Government Business - 2019 Budget

The Centre Against Violence, or CAV as it is commonly known, provides services to women and children who have experienced family and domestic violence, and this new funding will help them and those they support in two specific areas.

Members Statement - Young Achievers & Kyle Michel

The Young Achiever Awards acknowledges the positive achievements of young people throughout Australia. The awards gala Presentation for Victoria was held on 10th May and I am very pleased to congratulate the finalists from the Northern Victoria Region who were recognised for their achievements across a variety of fields but all of which demonstrate vision, commitment, pride and positive role modelling.

Adjournment - REBOOT program

My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Corrections, and is about the Government’s administration of the Reboot youth crime prevention program. I should start by acknowledging the ongoing commitment of the Minister and Government to funding a range of initiatives aimed at minimising the proclivity for criminal behaviour among young Victorians. In Reboot’s case, it is a program targeted specifically at 10 to 14 year-old children who have already engaged in low-level offending and/or who pose a potential for further criminal behaviour. It is collaboratively delivered by a number of different agencies. Anglicare leads the work, and is supported by organisations such as Berry Street, Quantum Support Services and local police officers, as well as coaches who work individually with the young participants.

Member Statement - Good Friday Appeal 2019

Each year the Good Friday Appeal provides an opportunity for all Victorians to dig deep in aid of the Royal Children’s Hospital. Last year more than 338,000 children were treated at the hospital’s specialist clinics, they had more than 50,000 admissions and treated more than 86,000 children in emergency. Many regional families rely on The Royal Children’s Hospital, thousands making the often long and repeated journey for treatment. These regional communities always respond strongly to the call to shake the tin on Good Friday.

Constituency Question - Council Vegetation

My constituency question is to the Minister for Local Government, and is about what seem to be an unusual set of Planning Act and planning scheme requirements applying to some Northern Victorian Councils. In short, planning schemes in my electorate often state that exemptions for buildings and works carried out by landowners (including Councils) do not extend to the removal of vegetation.