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Month: October 2020

Better Boating Fund Bill Fails to Deliver Andrew’s Promise

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (11:59): It is a pleasure to rise this afternoon to open the debate on behalf of the opposition on the Marine Safety Amendment (Better Boating Fund) Bill 2020. The long title suggests that this is a bill to provide for the establishment of the Better Boating Fund—and yes, it certainly is—to facilitate urgent boat ramp upgrades and continual maintenance of Victoria’s boating infrastructure, and to provide funding for related matters. Well, frankly I

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Covid-19 Light at the end of the tunnel?

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (10:16): On Monday afternoon Victorians breathed a collective sigh of relief—finally, light at the end of the tunnel. But are the long weeks and months finally at an end? I certainly hope so. Let us hope those promises of getting people back to their jobs, of reuniting families, of restoring opportunities to meet our mates and socialise and of removing the barriers between regional and metropolitan Victoria, restoring freedom of movement around

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The Peninsula Community Needs Relief Now!

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (10:20): I rise today to again demand the government declare the Mornington Peninsula to be a regional municipality. This is not an issue that has appeared from thin air; in fact it has been a concern for a considerable period. But the imposition of the COVID-19 lockdown without regard for caseload has now made this situation untenable. I wrote to the Premier requesting action on this issue on 20 July and again on

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Minister Must Call in Mount Eliza Retirement Village

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (19:30): (4590) I raise a matter for the Minister for Planning, and with your indulgence, Speaker, I will come to the action in a minute or two, for reasons that will be evident. Twice this year I have raised a matter in the adjournment debate relating to a parcel of land outside the urban growth boundary in Mount Eliza. On the first occasion, on 19 February, I asked the minister to promptly act

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No Confidence in the Andrews Government

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (20:07): The question before the Chair is whether the Premier and the other ministers of state possess the confidence of this house. A motion such as this is an extreme step, but these are extreme circumstances. If this motion succeeds, it has the potential to send all of us back to the voters, and frankly that is an outcome that I would welcome. So it is not a step we have taken

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