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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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Budget does little to solve the Jobs Crisis

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (14:59): I think it is fair to say that I do not share the excitement of the member for Bayswater in this budget—or apparent excitement anyway. The debate this afternoon is about the Appropriation (2020–2021) Bill 2020, but it is also unusually about the Appropriation (Parliament 2020–2021) Bill 2020. It is interesting that for many years now the Parliament has been pursuing a course of seeking further financial independence from the government, but here

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State Taxation 2020 – but no reform!

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (18:01): I am pleased to have the opportunity to join this debate on the State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2020, which of course is an annual event. We do one of these every year, and every year it has something slightly different in it. It is part of the budget process, and yes, this year this bill does have some components that are budget related. But I do stress ‘some’, because the reality

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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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Time to recognise the Peninsula is Regional

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (14:12): In each of the past two sitting weeks I have tabled petitions supporting the separation of Mornington Peninsula from the metropolitan area. More than 3000 signatures appear on those petitions, and I anticipate tabling another later this week. Certainly the recent crisis has highlighted the ridiculous situation whereby the Geelong district is considered part of regional Victoria but the Mornington Peninsula is not. The reality is, despite the inclusion of the peninsula

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Time for coopration from Minister on Mount Martha North Beach

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (17:20): (4787) I raise a matter for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, and the action I seek from the minister is that she work collaboratively with the Mount Martha beach stakeholder group to establish an agreed plan to renourish the beach and to undertake further protection works. As I have mentioned on many occasions, this is a highly sensitive coastal system. We have had sustained loss for probably close

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