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Month: June 2021

$83 Billion in spending, Zero accountability

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (15:29):It is interesting to hear the member for St Albans’ enthusiasm for the Main Street level crossing removal, given that it was initiated by the Napthine Liberal government and it was funded by the— A member: You did nothing on it. Mr MORRIS: It was funded by the Liberal Napthine government. I was there and I was involved and I know exactly what happened. It was a Liberal project so do not

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If there is a Victorian Trump look at the Labor benches

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (09:54): Last sitting week, before the Parliament sat, the Shadow Treasurer publicly asked a series of legitimate questions about the background of the Premier’s recent medical absence. In any other workplace accident of this nature WorkSafe Victoria would be called upon to investigate, but in this case, for reasons we all accept and understand, that did not occur. But in the absence of an investigation and in a vacuum caused entirely by

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Andrews attitude to sole traders – Unreasonable and Unfair

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (14:42): (5925) My question is to the Minister for Industry Support and Recovery on behalf of a constituent who writes: We are an established, non essential retail business of over 10 years, with no online trading and only a ‘bricks & mortar’ presence which was mandated to be closed for some 173 days … over the past four Victorian lockdowns. Even though no income was generated during this period, we were still required to pay commercial rental,

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Carbon capture and storage – A real opportunity in the quest for Zero Emissions

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (18:51): It is a pleasure to rise and actually support a bill, which does not happen very often, as we know. But I think this is one of those rare examples where parties of different colours and even across different jurisdictions have come to a common point. I know there will be no opposition to this bill from either of the major parties. I am not sure whether there is going to

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Make the Peninsula Regional Now

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (19:20): (5909) I am pleased to raise a matter for the Acting Premier this evening, and the action I seek from the Acting Premier is that he take all actions necessary to reclassify the Mornington Peninsula as a regional area and to do so as a matter of urgency. As many will know, I have been talking about this issue for a very long time, initially from a planning perspective. I have

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Local Government Minister must act on flawed contracts process

Revelations from today’s report from the Victorian Ombudsman that a senior member of Melton City Council IT staff was able to direct over $1 million worth of work to one of his own companies are deeply disturbing and must be immediately acted upon by Labor’s Minister for Local Government, Shaun Leane. The individual concerned reportedly used other companies controlled by him to submit separate and more expensive quotations to give the impression that council requirements

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Happy Mid-winter Lockup Mornington!

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (13:35): The way this government has handled the latest COVID outbreak is nothing short of a disgrace. The impact on our communities has been immense. The measures used to fight the virus have been totally out of proportion with the risk. When there is uncertainty, when there is a legitimate risk, a strong response is absolutely justified, but that is not the case in this lockdown. You only need to look over

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