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Author: Jack Cook

Mornington North Bus Improvements Long Overdue

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (17:23): (5634) I raise a matter for the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is that he investigate and allocate funding in the 2021–22 state budget to allow the extension of the existing bus services from Mornington—probably the 781 route, but I will leave that to the experts—so that a bus service is provided to serve the Mornington North community. I have spoken often about the standard of bus services

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Fracking ban supported, but the mechanism remains questionable

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (15:04): I am pleased to have this rather unexpected opportunity to actually speak on this bill after narrowly missing out on Wednesday afternoon. I am delighted to have the opportunity, and as the member for Warrandyte indicated during that earlier debate, the opposition has indicated that it is supporting the bill. We are supporting the bill because of the policy, our opposition to fracking, our opposition to the exploitation of unconventional gas.

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State of Emergency – No Extension Required

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (10:55): I rise to oppose the effectively open-ended extension of the state of emergency that is proposed by this bill. A dictionary definition of an emergency is, ‘serious, unexpected and often dangerous; a situation requiring immediate action’. A state of emergency is an extreme measure. It is intended for extreme circumstances. That is why the maximum period is, under normal circumstances, six months. It is a state of emergency, a dangerous situation

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The Mental Health Challenge

MR MORRIS (Mornington) (12:31): I must admit just listening to the member for Thomastown’s assessment of the opposition’s response, it sounded more like it was an assessment that was predetermined rather than of what I actually heard from the member for Ferntree Gully. In fact, as the member for Ferntree Gully made it clear, the Opposition is not opposing this bill at all. The bill before the house is about facilitating provisional payments for mental

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Why Has the Andrews Govt Abandoned Mount Martha North Beach?

MR MORRIS (Mornington) (11:43): (5473) My question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. I have frequently raised the issue of sand loss and erosion at Mount Martha North beach, most recently via an adjournment matter on 12 November last year. In her response the minister claimed that despite strong community support the construction of a groyne to protect the beach would not be effective in keeping sand on it. The Department of

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Time for Brayne to stand up for his community

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (13:43): Eleven months ago I alerted the house to a proposal to develop a huge new quarry on the slopes of Arthurs Seat. The proposal is to extract 70 million tonnes of granite from this highly visible site, and if the quarry proceeds it will simply create an enormous scar—an enormous pit that will scar the landscape forever. This is not the first major industrial project we have seen in this green wedge

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A reform that must succeed

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (12:11): This certainly is an extremely important piece of legislation because these so-called suppression practices and these so-called conversion practices are completely abhorrent, and the obvious outcome of this bill is a ban on those practices. The notion that anyone is broken because of their sexuality, the notion that anyone is broken because of the way they identify in terms of gender, is complete nonsense. But it is dangerous nonsense. It is

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Ombudsman and IBAC Funding Cuts – A Blatant Attempt to Hobble the Watchdogs

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (15:52): I rise to support the matter of public importance submitted by the member for Ripon. Before I move to my comments I make the observation that it is a great pity that government members, and particularly the member that has just sat down, think it is necessary, in order to win the debate, to put words into the mouths of the opposition. The charge that we are advocating a position of

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Nepean Hwy/Wooralla Drive Intersection – Action is long overdue!

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (19:21): (5092) I raise a matter this evening for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, who I am delighted to see in the chamber. The action I am seeking is the installation of cameras at the intersection of Nepean Highway, Wooralla Drive and Mount Eliza Way in Mount Eliza. Now, I do not want to be too hard on the minister, but I did write to him on this matter three

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No joy for Mornington in this Budget!

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (13:45): During the last sitting week the Andrews government belatedly delivered its 2020 budget, and unfortunately there was not much, if anything, to say about the Mornington electorate. Apart from a small amount of money for planning and redevelopment of Mornington Special Developmental School, which is very welcome although long overdue, there is not a single cent in the budget for my electorate. But in many ways that budget was no surprise,

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