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.

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.

Adjournment 24 hour police stations

My adjournment matter is directed to the Police Minister, in the other place. The action I seek is an update on progress on the Premier’s commitment last year that a re-elected Labor Government would institute minimum service standards for Victoria Police. Including clarification of statistics on how many (and which) of the State’s police stations are manned for the full 24 hours each day. As well as what changes, if any, will occur to the number of 24-hour stations as a result of the deployment of new officers through the Government’s commitments in their Community Safety Statement.

Constituency Question - Yarrawonga

My question is to the Minister for Regional Development. There is presently a divide in Yarrawonga between the Moira Shire (who want to demolish the historic local Community Hall for a library) and many community members (who instead simply want the Community Hall refurbished).

Adjournment - Mens Behaviour Programs

My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Corrections. It follows a stakeholder meeting I attended on the 13th March in Northern Victoria which relates to the operation and funding of behaviour management programs aimed principally at men to reduce domestic and family violence. These programs are extremely important in terms of prevention and intervention, and community safety more broadly.

Constituency Question - North East Rail

My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport. After years of problems with rail services to the Northern Victorian region, we have now learnt again that only 69% of V Line train services on the North East Line arrived on time in January; and only 88% of train services were even delivered at all, with 22 trains cancelled completely. I wish to ask the Minister for the latest update on progress on the North East Line Upgrade?

Government Business - Safe Patient Care Bill

From my various consultations on the Bill with constituents and other stakeholders, I think it would be fair to say there is also very broad agreement in the community - including the health industry - with the key parts of the legislation. Any Bill that ultimately has the capacity to help deliver greater certainty and better, safer conditions for nurses, midwives and patients is, obviously, an eminently good thing. And, on that note, I’d like to recognise the outstanding work that is performed by so many nurses, midwives, health administrators and other health professionals across our State. Not least in Northern Victoria.

Member Statement - Borinya

I had the pleasure last week of attending the Wangaratta Women in Leadership Breakfast, attended by a diverse and engaging group of women leaders from a range of industries and backgrounds. The guest speaker was Genevieve O’Reilly, Principal of Borinya and a leader who I admire and have had the pleasure of working with closely in my time as a youth worker.