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Author: Steve Holland

Labor Politics over Planning

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (09:50:29) — Yesterday the Minister for Planning proposed, in his words, ‘Landmark legislation to protect the Macedon Ranges’. While we do not yet know what is in the bill, its very existence highlights the partisan nature of this government’s planning approach. The government will act to provide planning protection for Labor seats, yet at the same time it has introduced policies that are leading directly to the destruction of the unique character of the

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Victorian Breast Screen Participation Numbers at 54%, can Mornington Beat the Average?

Mornington MP David Morris is encouraging local women to get regular breast screens. Regular breast screens are an essential component of a woman’s well-being over the age of 50, and Mr Morris is taking up the challenge to encourage more women in the community to take up Breast Screen Victoria’s free program. The latest Breast Screen Victoria participation statistics for women in Mornington reveal that 54% aged 50-74 had a mammogram between July 2014 and

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Mornington Peninsula Planning

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (15:40:13) — For almost 40 years the green break between Mount Eliza and Mornington has endured, but not without challenge. Only two weeks ago the trustees of the RM Ansett Trust advertised for expressions of interest for the remaining 22.3 hectares of land from Sir Reginald’s estate. The land is zoned green wedge in its entirety, yet amazingly it is described in the material as: … one of the last available green wedge land bank sites on the

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Mount Eliza Green Wedge

The Mount Eliza Green Wedge is once again under threat. Proposals have been recently invited for 22.3 Ha of land on the corner of Kunyung Road and Albatross Ave, Mount Eliza. Material prepared by Ernst and Young Real Estate describes the property as ”…one of the last available green-wedge land bank sites on the Mornington Peninsula…” and as having “Potential for redevelopment and incorporation of a range of uses, including commercial, leisure, hospitality, healthcare, education

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Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Mr MORRIS (Mornington)  — I am pleased to rise to make what I anticipate will be some relatively brief comments about the Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. While there are two substantive matters that are affected by the bill, it is pretty straightforward. I think there are only eight clauses in the entire bill. Essentially the first impact it has is to amend the Transport Accident Act 1986, and the second effect is to amend

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Public Accounts and Estimates Committee: budget estimates 2017-18

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (10:36:55) — I too, like many other members this morning, wish to make some remarks on the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee report tabled yesterday. Indeed, this was my seventh estimates process. I must say I think it is still a useful process despite a degree of dumbing down of some of the operations of the committee and despite, it has to be said, the refusal of the government to keep the

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Portarlington Ferry – At what cost?

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) – My question is for the Treasurer. On 16 November last the Minister for Water announced the continuation of the ferry service from Portarlington to Docklands. Despite making the announcement the minister has indicated in response to a question that this is not a matter for her but a matter for the Treasurer.  This year’s budget revealed that the government was evaluating a market-led proposal which may result in the government providing

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Voluntary Assisted Dying

Mr MORRIS — The debate on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 is not unprecedented; it is certainly unusual. It is a significant event in the life of this Parliament, and if the bill passes, it will be a significant event in the history of the state.  For some members this is an opportunity to see how a Westminster Parliament is actually supposed to work. It is the first opportunity to see legislation genuinely debated. Perhaps for

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Letter to the Editor – Worksafe Legislation

Dear Editor, I read with interest the comments from Mark Gepp in Wednesday’s ‘Sunraysia Daily’ regarding recent changes to Worksafe legislation. Mr Gepp apparently feels so strongly about these changes that he was compelled to put pen to paper. If he is really so committed to workplace safety why didn’t he speak in the Parliamentary debate when the changes were discussed? Perhaps he remained silent because he knows that if he had made his claims

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Mornington Tyabb Road

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) – I raise a question for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, in particular with regard to Mornington-Tyabb Road running between the Nepean Highway and Peninsula Link, although there are two distinct sections, essentially from Nepean Highway to Moorooduc Highway and then from Moorooduc Highway to Peninsula Link. The former section has a particular issue with significant traffic problems. It is a commercial precinct, a civic precinct that contains Mornington Racecourse

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