Time to butt out Victoria’s illegal tobacco trade

Tania Maxwell MP wants the state government to crack down hard on Victoria’s widespread illegal retail tobacco trade

Justice Party MPs oppose Parliament shutdown

Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party parliamentarians today opposed the Victorian government’s shutdown of the Legislative Council

Derryn Hinch's Justice Party fights for stalking reforms

Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party has proposed 43 reforms to Victoria’s stalking laws, policing framework and victim support.

Help improve our criminal justice system

The criminal justice system inquiry now underway in Victoria is the broadest in 30 years. The inquiry provides an clear opportunity for people in rural and regional communities to influence change.

Speech- Justice Legislation Amendment (Supporting Victims and Other Matters) Bill 2020

As I said in my inaugural speech nearly two years ago, the one thing above all that drove me into politics was the need for better parliamentary representation of victims of crime.  This was on the basis, especially, of my experience with the #ENOUGHISENOUGH campaign, which I co-founded in 2015 after two particularly horrifying cases in Wangaratta of sexual assault and murder.

Notice of Motion- Early Intervention for family welfare

Tania Maxwell MP, Member for Northern Victoria, hopes the upcoming State Budget will include substantial funding for early intervention in child and family welfare.

Statement- Regional Victoria's coronavirus road map

Our regional economy is further decimated each day that these lockdowns continue. Jobs are lost, businesses will collapse, mental health problems escalate, schoolchildren face setbacks, family violence incidents increase, and people lose more hope. I call on the Government to urgently reconsider the alternatives that can manage the health risks and provide some economic flexibility and an immediate reopening for businesses in areas where there are no active cases.  Otherwise, we risk this road map being a road to ruin.

Members Statement- Cross border restrictions

Restrictions across the borders into New South Wales and South Australia continue to impact the lives of tens of thousands of people across Northern Victoria. Over the last eight weeks, we’ve seen instances where changes to permits were imposed without 24 hours notice, valid permits were cancelled overnight and health clinicians, students, teachers, farmers, businesses and the general public were left flummoxed and uncertain about their eligibility.

Speech- Extension to State of Emergency

There are many things to say about this Bill. I’ll start simply by pointing out that it will undoubtedly be one of the most important pieces of legislation on which we will be required to vote during this term of Parliament.  Both practically and symbolically. I make that observation because this is a debate that relates not just to a serious public health problem – but also to the very essence of how government should be allowed to function and operate in a democracy. More to the point, it’s a debate that requires us to address questions about the extent to which it is appropriate for governments and public officials to seek to impose their own will over the rights, freedoms and liberties of citizens.

Notice of motion- Failure to attend court

I give notice that, on the next day of meeting, I will move that this House recognises that many Victorians fail to appear when due to attend court; and I note that despite the fact that some of these people who fail to attend are already in custody in prison or on remand, they are still not successfully transported to court. I call on the Government to strengthen its policies and procedures so it is difficult for offenders to refuse to attend court.

Notice of motion- Victims of crime

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.

Murray Basin Rail Project- Letter to Deputy Prime Minister

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.

Increased drug driver testing on roads and driver education

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.

'Trading Bubbles' for regional Victoria

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.

Supporting our CFA Volunteers

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.

National Redress Scheme

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.

We secured an Inquiry into Victoria's Justice System

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.

Child abuse tendency evidence

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.

Victims of Crime- Establishment of Prisoner Compensation Quarantine Fund Register

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.