Justice and victim advocacy

Member statement

December 2, 2021

As the Parliamentary sitting year draws to a close, I would like to thank the thousands of people who have engaged with me over the year on issues that are important to them.  I appreciate the co-operative relationship I have with councils, services, organisations and community groups on the needs of Northern Victoria and I am committed to listening to you, working with you and advocating for you.

I acknowledge everyone in my electorate of Northern Victoria who faced all manner of challenges over another difficult year.

I am proud to put justice, community and advocacy for victims of crime at the heart of my work. This year the (Victorian Parliament’s Legislative Council legal and social issues committee) criminal justice inquiry took submissions and held hearings. (With my colleague Mr Grimley MP) we secured reviews into responses to stalking, coercive control and combatting illicit tobacco. We are working to further extend presumptive rights for firefighters, for improved ambulance response times and for equity in regional areas.

As we head into what I hope will be a beautiful summer, I also hope it will be safe for our regions and free of bushfires or other natural disasters.

Finally, I thank my team for their support and hard work over the year. I look forward to working for Northern Victoria and for victims of crime in the year ahead.