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Category: Environment

Protecting our Forests

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (12:47): I am pleased to rise to open the second-reading debate on the Forests Legislation Amendment (Compliance and Enforcement) Bill 2019. This is not a terribly complicated piece of legislation. As I think the explanatory memorandum says, this is about making a number of changes to the regulation of timber harvesting and firewood collection, and that is a fair summary of the contents of the bill. Before I start to move into the

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Speedy Planning Action Needed to Protect Green Wedge

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (19:10): (1892) I raise a matter this evening for the Minister for Planning, and I am delighted to see the minister at the table. The matter I raise is amendment C270 to the Mornington Peninsula planning scheme, which the minister probably is not aware of yet because the council only resolved on this on 17 February.

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Great Ocean Road Reforms Need More Work

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (14:13): I am pleased to rise to open the debate this afternoon on the Great Ocean Road and Environs Protection Bill 2019. The Great Ocean Road has of course been the subject of some extended discussion out in the community and probably amongst members for an extended period.

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Victorian Bushfires – This is no time for ‘business as usual’

MR MORRIS (Mornington) (14:05): I rise to support the motion of the Premier expressing the condolences of the house to those individuals and communities that have been affected by the recent fires, rightly recognising the courage and the commitment of all those who have served during this fire campaign and expressing our thanks to all who have contributed, whether from Victoria, interstate or overseas. When the house last met these fires had been burning for

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Labor must come clean on koala crisis

Reports of dozens of dead, injured and dying koalas at a harvested blue gum plantation at Cape Bridgewater are extremely distressing. Animal cruelty is never acceptable, and whoever is responsible for this atrocity must be held to account. This is a tragedy that should not have happened in the first place. The Environment Minister says the Andrews Government has now seized the land and taken control of the former plantation, but the damage is done.

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Chemical Waste Dumps – Labor’s Epic Incompetence

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (09:37): This morning we awoke to revelations that yet again we have a toxic waste crisis in this state. Of course that is nothing new given the incompetence of this government, but the scale is epic even by Labor’s standards. Twenty-seven million dollars of taxpayers money has already been spent on 13 sites, with potentially another $76 million required for full mitigation. A site in the west of the state, containing an estimated 50 million

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Land (Revocation of Reservations) Bill 2019

MORRIS (Mornington) (17:10:55): I should indicate at the outset that I only intend to speak for a very brief period on this bill. It is a fairly straightforward bill. In fact it is pretty much a stock standard revocation bill.  We seem to have one or more of these at least every year. In this case it is to revoke permanent reservations on land in the Frankston area, in the Camberwell area, at Rippleside in

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SKM Assistance – How much is going to the Landfill Levy?

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (11:35:08): My question is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Last sitting week the minister confirmed that a $10 million loan had been made to the SKM receivers. Last week scores of trucks were taking recyclables from SKM to the Ravenhall landfill. Minister, how much of this $10 million is being spent dumping recyclables into landfill?  Ms D’AMBROSIO (Mill Park—Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Solar Homes) (11:35:43):

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Marine and Fisheries Bill

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (12:29:00): I am pleased to join this debate on the Marine and Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill 2019, and I want to come back to the point that was taken up in the point of order a couple of minutes ago. Despite the government’s speaking notes, the fact is that the Fisheries Act 1995 provides that expert advice should be made available. The information backing up the valuer-general’s valuation of the gear in particular has

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