Santo Spinello

I rise with great sadness to speak of my first electorate officer, Santo Spinello, who very sadly passed away on Saturday, 17 March. He is survived by his wife, Sophie; his daughters, Justine and Mel; his son-in-law, Michael; and his grandson, Brandon. He was only 73…

Yan Yean Road duplication

To the Legislative Assembly of Victoria: The petition of residents of Plenty and surrounding localities draws the attention of the house to our concerns that the planned VicRoads upgrade of Yan Yean Road will be not be safe and accessible for the Plenty community, that..

Beveridge Primary School

To the Legislative Assembly of Victoria: This petition of certain citizens of the state of Victoria draws to the attention of the house the rapid increase in families moving to Beveridge and district, and the need for a new primary school. In particular we note:..

Hurstbridge railway station car parking

I wish to raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Public Transport — again. I am always up talking to the Minister for Public Transport. This is an issue I have previously raised in this place and a matter that I understand she..

Emergency Management Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

I am delighted to join the debate on the Emergency Management Legislation Amendment Bill 2018. Contrary to what the opposition lead speaker would have you believe, this bill is not about an enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA). It is not about shafting volunteers. It has come..

International Women’s Day

It was great to begin celebrations for International Women’s Day on Monday, when I attended my colleague the member for Eltham’s International Women’s Day awards and breakfast and Pauline Toner Award. Pauline Toner was the first female cabinet minister in the Victorian Parliament and she..

Fire services

I have never shied away from speaking of my support for our fabulous fire services, unlike those opposite. This matter of public importance (MPI) has been proposed by the member for Gembrook. An earlier speaker said, ‘It was a consolation prize’. Those opposite must have..

Regional and rural transport infrastructure

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is that the minister advise my community and indeed all regional communities on the detail of what is required to operate a modern regional train network, not only the infrastructure..

North-east rail line

  The matter I wish to raise is for the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is for her to inform my community about the hard-fought improvements to the north-east rail line. The minister is no stranger to the north, having represented..

School capital works

It is with great pleasure that I join the debate on this matter of public importance proposed by the Minister for Education about the importance of capital investment in Victorian schools. We have had quite a perverse response and contribution from those across the chamber…

Matters of public importance

On a point of order, Speaker, the member for Kew has now been on his feet for more than 5 minutes and is reading us a dissertation. He has not yet mentioned anything to do with the four points of this matter of public importance, which..

Yan Yean electorate

My question is to the Minister for Public Transport, and I ask: what will the time lines be on the timetable changes for the Plenty Valley bus network? Consultation was done by Public Transport Victoria late last year, because there is a great bus network..

Yan Yean electorate

This year’s Valentine’s Day saw the Andrews government well and truly sharing the love with Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Valentine’s Day morning saw three ministers at three projects across the north. The members for Eltham and Ivanhoe and I welcomed the Minister for Industry and Employment..

Yan Yean electorate

My constituency question is to the Minister for Sport. I ask: what support is the Andrews government providing to women’s sport in the Shire of Nillumbik, and what opportunities exist for the Hurstbridge Football Netball Club to attract planning and construction funding for female-friendly change..

Firearms Amendment Bill 2017

On the point of order, Acting Speaker, I fail to see how the member for Box Hill could claim that I am making imputations against him when he in fact asked a question in this place that questioned the number of arrests that have been..

Firearms Amendment Bill 2017

I take great pleasure in joining the debate on the Firearms Amendment Bill 2017 and the amendments in the message that has come back from the other place. I am pleased to add my contribution to this bill, because I was scheduled to speak on..

Yan Yean electorate schools

I wish to raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Education. The action I seek is that he provide funding for the construction of a new school at Beveridge West. I was really pleased that in last year’s budget there was an..