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.

Delay limits Echuca housing development

I've asked the Planning Minister to expedite to Campaspe Shire's planning scheme changes and free up land for housing

Prison staff safety should be a priority

I've asked the Workplace Safety Minister what's being done to ensure staff safety in Victoria's prisons

Kiewa CFA seeks 'first-responder' pilot

Kiewa CFA wants to pilot first-aid responses to serious incidents, and I've asked the government to consider this proposal.

Sex offenders near schools must be monitored

I'm outraged that convicted sex offenders can work on school grounds. How can this be allowed and how are offenders monitored?

Hit-and-run laws need hard fix

Police should have the power to suspend driver licences immediately someone's charged for hit-and-run and dangerous traffic offences

Protecting sentencing and bail reforms

I've sought the Attorney-General's guarantee that bail reform will not relax community safety laws

Event sector suffers devastating losses

Many people working in COVID-cancelled events are ineligible for government support and future planning is at risk from insurance costs

Budget initiatives welcome, but lockdown re-think vital

Budget funding in Northern Victorian communities is welcome, but we must change statewide lockdowns so we can rebuild our economy

Crime victims deserve compassionate, rapid support

The very least we can do for crime victims is to make supports that are compassionate, sensitively delivered and genuinely responsive

Ambulances response needs rapid fix

I've asked the government to tell mu Northern Victorian communities what it's doing to fix lengthy ambulance delays.

Sexual assault in universities

I asked the Higher Education Minister about processes in place to protect people in Victorian universities from stalking and sexual assault.

Supporting Shepparton's detox service

I've asked the Health Minister what's being done to support detox and addiction services at The Cottage in Shepparton

Rural housing shortage demands policy reset

Victoria needs a policy reset to resolve critical housing shortages in rural communities like Yarriambiack Shire.

Making Panton Hill school rural again

Panton Hill Primary School near Hurstbridge should be reclassified again as a rural school.

Vale, Barraport's John Piccoli - sculptor

Barraport's John Piccoli was a farmer and sculptor whose work in Boort has been enjoyed by many people.

Victims' experience must inform charter compliance

I asked the Victim Support Minister if the apparent exclusion of victims from consultations to make sure the Victims' Charter works will be rectified.

Time to extend rural patient travel help

I've asked the Health Minister to cut the one-way distance cap for the Patient Transport Assistance Scheme to 'more than 50 kilometres', rather than 100km-plus.

Delivering Northern Victoria's mental health priorities

Improved mental health service, workforce capacity and support facilities are an urgent priority for our communities.
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Towong Shire needs road clearing help

Towong Shire has taken on road debris clean-ups where 2020 bushfire damage led to ground-slips and run-off, but it can't recoup these costs as a bushfire expense.