I give notice that, on the next day of meeting, I will move that this House recognises that people who become a victim of crime due to the murder of a loved family member or friend and that this house endorses the improved support to victim support services such that they may provide ongoing support to victims.
On 12 August I wrote a joint letter with my colleague Stuart Grimley MP to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack MP. We asked the Federal Government to advise when the response to the revised business case on the Murray Basin Rail Project will be announced and to confirm their continued support for the full completion of this project.
The Murray Basin Rail Project is extremely important to Northern and Western Victoria and has the capacity to deliver economic growth and boost productivity. We continue to be concerned with a lack of transparency around the revision of the business case, and share stakeholders’ fears that the project will be watered down or continue to be put on the back burner.
I have called for increased drug testing on roads and driver education for young people as part of my submission to the Victorian Inquiry into the Increase in Victoria’s Road Toll.
The Transport Accident Commission reports that in the last 5 years approximately 41% of all drivers and motorcyclists killed who were tested, had drugs in their system and 25% of Victorians who use recreational drugs admit to driving under the influence.
Towns in Northern Victoria will face extraordinary inconveniences as the state announced border closures between New South Wales and Victoria.
I have called for the Government to consider regional trading bubbles. Businesses face further hardship under the border closures and I have asked the Premier to immediately ease trading restrictions in regional areas.
I am disheartened but not surprised, as complaints roll in from across volunteer brigades following the reassignment of 171 support staff from the CFA to Fire Rescue Victoria. I offer my ongoing support to CFA volunteer brigades, which are critical to our safety and to that of regional communities.
I am calling on the Victorian Government to deny funding and grants to organisations that fail to sign up to the National Redress Scheme for institutional sexual abuse survivors.
My motion to refer an inquiry into the justice system has passed the Parliament, and the Legal and Social issues Committee will now undertake the broadest inquiry into the justice system for nearly 30 years.
I moved a motion in Parliament to expand evidence and make sex offenders’ histories known to Juries. We should follow the lead of other states and expand the range of evidence admissible to juries.
After months of lobbying I am very pleased that the government has now established a Prisoner Compensation Quarantine Fund Register, making it easier for victims to access information about about payments made to prisoners.