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Author: Steve Holland

Pallas – Genius at Spin, Failure as Treasurer

Just six days ago the Victorian Treasurer issued yet another of his self-serving and selective media releases that we have come to know only too well. The release was issued following extremely disappointing labour force figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Treasurer’s hyperbole created the totally false impression that Victoria was in the midst of an economic boom. The fact is nothing could be further from the truth, and that is borne out

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Pilot Boats and Jet Skis

I must say I thought the representative of the boating capital of Victoria, the member for Essendon, might have got his pilots confused when he was doing his research, but he got to the right sort eventually. As the explanatory memorandum notes, this bill makes a range of changes to the ports and marine legislation and to a number of other acts. The government claims in the explanatory memorandum that the bill will result in

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Labor – Hollow Hypocrites

From Hansard, the member for Bendigo East, now Leader of the House, on 24 October 2012: Doing the right thing would be paying back the money … Doing the right thing would be the Premier standing aside the member for Frankston while these investigations are under way … Doing the right thing would be making sure that the member … is held absolutely accountable for his actions. From the member for Mulgrave, now the Premier,

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When will Mornington Pier be fixed?

My question is for the Minister for Ports. As the minister is aware, in 2016 the Mornington pier suffered extensive damage from an extreme storm event. I have previously raised this matter in the house. I sought immediate action to restore the safety of the harbour, but unfortunately, apart from some temporary works, very little action has been taken. We have broken concrete panels sitting on the seabed or lying haphazardly near the pier. The

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Fair Work Changes – Bad Public Policy and Bad Legislation

This is a bill with only one purpose, and that purpose is to lock successive governments into the Premier’s profligate public sector wages policy, to lock them in for government after government after government. The sad thing is if only members opposite could realise that if they actually stick up for the public interest and for ordinary Victorians, instead of their mates, those people who they owe a debt to for getting them onto the

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Question: Shire Hall Beach

My question is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. This morning I raised the issue of the Andrews government’s neglect of the Mount Martha foreshore reserve. I now raise the issue of the government’s neglect of the Mornington foreshore reserve. Shire Hall Beach is a small and lovely beach at the fringe of the Mornington Harbour precinct. Sadly the usually pleasant sandy aspect is currently nothing more than a collection of exposed

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The Pillars – Time to Fix the Problem

This morning I presented a petition from residents of the Mornington electorate seeking action from the Andrews government to resolve a problem I have raised in this house before — management of the out-of-control level of visitation to The Pillars on the Mount Martha coast. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, as the land managers, have long sought support and assistance from the government to resolve the issue. In January, after two years of fruitless discussions,

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, We’re two weeks away from summer’s end with storages near 70 per cent full, yet Daniel Andrews still hopes to pump in 50GL from his faulty desal plant. Melbourne’s storages are at a health 68.1 per cent, but Daniel Andrews is determined to dump his 50GL desal water in just before the winter filling season starts. At Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearings on Tuesday, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and

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Dr Peter Frost

I rise this morning to acknowledge the retirement of the chief executive officer of the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office, Dr Peter Frost. Dr Frost of course not only was the CEO but also served as the acting Auditor-General for two extended periods, first following the retirement of Des Pearson and second following the resignation of John Doyle. The role is never straightforward, and Peter did an excellent job filling the gap left by Des Pearson. His

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Osborne Primary School – Funding Needed in 2017 Budget

I raise a matter this evening for the Minister for Education. The action I seek is that the minister refer sufficient funds to the 2017 budget to permit the commencement of urgently needed works at Osborne Primary School. This is a matter that I have raised on a number of occasions in this Parliament. As I have previously advised the house, in 2014 then minister Dixon announced funding of $960 000 for the school. Unfortunately,

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