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Category: Environment

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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Bureacracy building won’t help the Environment

Legislative Assembly 5 October 2021 Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (11:16): I must say that there has generally been a tradition in this house that at least the first speaker for the government talks a little bit about the bill— about what is in the bill and how the government, beyond the detail required in the second-reading speech, actually came to the position it did and why it is implementing the changes—and generally makes an effort to

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Immediate Action Needed on Kangaroos

Legislative Assembly 5 October 2021 Mr MORRIS (Mornington): (6041) I raise a matter today for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. The action that I seek from the minister is that she immediately take action to ensure the safety of a mob of eastern grey kangaroos at Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula. Last week there were distressing reports of a large mob of kangaroos, by some estimates up to 280, that had

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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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Low emissions Vehicles Tax – Labor’s Hypocrisy laid bare

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (16:39): I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak on this bill, and I must say while I have only been in the chamber for a couple of minutes I have heard most of it via the internal system and it has gone in exactly the way I expected it to. The bill indicates that the purpose of the act is: … to require registered operators of zero and low emission vehicles

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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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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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Tackling Climate Change – Committee Report

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (10:39): I am pleased to have the opportunity to rise to make a few comments on the Inquiry into Tackling Climate Change in Victorian Communities report, a report of the Environment and Planning Committee that was tabled this morning. In many ways for me I guess this was a return to what I thought was committee normalcy. When I came into the Parliament I was on the Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee,

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Shire Hall Beach – Time for action!

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (19:17): (4814) I raise a matter this evening for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Last sitting week I raised the issue of the Mount Martha north beach renourishment program that is going on there, funded by the federal government and implemented by the state government, and expressed some concerns about logistical and consultative issues and the arrangements that have been put in place for that. This week I raise

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