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Author: Andrew Lennie

Pandemic Management a Total Failure

Legislative Assembly 17 November 2021 Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (17:53): It is a pleasure to rise and make a contribution to this matter of public importance advanced by the member for Ripon. It is interesting to reflect, to the extent that you need to, on the contribution of the previous speaker. I guess the take-out I would have is that it does not matter whether you are telling the truth or not; if you say it

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Travel vouchers available, when?

Legislative Assembly 17 November 2021 Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (14:47): (6134) My constituency question is for the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events. In the depths of COVID the Liberal and National parties came up with the idea of a regional travel voucher scheme, and we were pleased to see the government adopt that idea subsequently. I am referring to a screenshot from a website taken just before question time started, the vic.gov.au/regional-travel-voucher-scheme website: The

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Labor Playing Politics with Religious Freedom

Legislative Assembly 17 November 2021 Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (11:27): It is a pleasure to join this debate on the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021. I will have been in this place for 15 years at the end of the month, and we have dealt with many, many controversial issues during that time. Some of them have been of great significance to individuals; some of them have been more about social reforms, the evolution

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The Peninsula has suffered under Labor, Time for Balance

Legislative Assembly 17 November 2021 Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (09:51): I have raised the issue of the metropolitan status of the Mornington Peninsula in this place on numerous occasions. I have tabled petitions with more than 3000 signatures on them in the last 12 months. The pandemic has heightened the visibility of the metropolitan status, and it has certainly brought it to the attention of many more residents. Many residents are asking, ‘Why is that the

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Circular Economy Bill A Complete Hoax

Legislative Assembly 16 November 2021 Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (17:01): The bill before us today is symptomatic of everything that is wrong with this government. It is 169 pages—plus of course the explanatory memorandum—of very little. When it comes to the environment with this government there is lots of talk—lots of talk, lots of claims—but in fact there is very, very, very little action. Now, the background to this bill, and the minister identified it in

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Volunteer Emergency Services Grants in Mornington

Member for Mornington David Morris MP has welcomed support for two local lifesaving clubs.  Mornington Life Saving Club will receive $2,270 and Mount Martha Life Saving Club will receive $24,156 in funding, as part of the latest round of Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) Grants.  The grants will assist the clubs in buying lifesaving equipment.  “Our lifesaving clubs provide vital safety and educational services to the local community,” Mr Morris said.  “The $26,426 in

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Time to Back up Green Wedge Rhetoric with Action

Legislative Assembly 28 October 2021 Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (18:19): (6124) I raise a matter this evening for the Minister for Planning. It relates to a property at 60–70 Kunyung Road, Mount Eliza, and the action I am seeking from the minister is that he immediately agree to the exhibition of amendment C270 to the Mornington Peninsula planning scheme. Speaker, you may be aware, and certainly I am sure many others are, that this is not

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Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

Legislative Assembly 26 October 2021 Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (14:44): (6094) My question is for the Minister for Industry Support and Recovery. Minister, the government has repeatedly trumpeted the financial support it is offering to businesses and particularly to small business. Despite those claims, rarely a day passes when I do not receive communication from multiple businesses that their applications have been rejected for no obvious reason, or that they have been accepted and then apparently

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UFU Tactics Patently Dishonest

Legislative Assembly 12 October 2021 Mr MORRIS (Mornington): (6060) My question is for the Minister for Emergency Services. Minister, the UFU is currently engaged in a campaign apparently intended to drive CFA volunteers out of Victoria’s fire services. It is patently and dishonestly intended to convince the community that they are not safe unless they are located within a Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) coverage area. On-the-ground tactics include bypassing CFA stations for incidents, including some

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Business support – not fair for all

Legislative Assembly 7 October 2021 Mr MORRIS (Mornington): (6049) My question is to the Minister for Industry Support and Recovery. Minister, I recently received an email from a constituent, who wrote: As a business owner in Mornington of Remedial Massage and Myotherapy we have been forced to fully close during lockdowns. I have received the round two and extension grants however we are not part of a category that receives the extra $5000 continuity fund

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