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Category: Speeches

Relief Needed for Rock Lobster Fishery

MORRIS (Mornington) (22:57): (2699) I raise a matter for the Minister for Fishing and Boating, and the action I am seeking is that the minister provide significant financial relief for holders of rock lobster fishery licences. Those licensees have been significantly disadvantaged by the coronavirus pandemic, and they are now facing ridiculous hikes in their licence fees. By way of background, a lobster fishery access licence, which is what is required to commercially fish, is

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What steps is the government taking to allow sailing to resume?

MR MORRIS (Mornington) (11:45): (2685) My constituency question is for the Minister for Fishing and Boating. It is on behalf of two constituents and the Mornington Yacht Club. The minister’s department has also received representations on this subject from Australian Sailing. While those engaged in sailing arguably are more exposed to fresh air than those engaged in almost any other sporting activity, there are some significant constraints from both practical and safety perspectives that prevent

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A Drug Court for the County Court

MR MORRIS (Mornington) (18:06): It is a pleasure to join the debate this evening on the Justice Legislation Amendment (Drug Court and Other Matters) Bill 2020. Of course the centrepiece of the bill is, and most of the debate has been about, the creation of a Drug Court within the County Court of Victoria. But of when a bill is entitled ‘and other matters’, there are a range of other matters that are related in the

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Boarding School Registration – Long Overdue

MR MORRIS (Mornington) (14:57): It is a pleasure to join this debate on the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Regulation of Student Accommodation) Bill 2020 which, while it does a number of things, is essentially about the registration of premises, according to the long title, ‘at which accommodation services are provided to students enrolled at or attending registered schools’, boarding schools. There are also some minor amendments relating to early childhood teachers and there are some

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Small Business Under Siege – Andrews Just Doesn’t Understand

MR MORRIS (Mornington) (12:34): I am delighted to have the opportunity to make some comments on the Retail Leases Amendment Bill 2019, and I was interested to hear the member for Carrum’s comment about Choc Top in Mornington. It is interesting that they could not get anyone in the government to pay them any attention until they got on 3AW and got Neil Mitchell on the case. Funnily enough after that, suddenly the government were interested,

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Wage Theft Bill – Cynical Exploitation of a Serious Issue

MR MORRIS (Mornington) (12:02): I am pleased to have the opportunity to make some comments on this Wage Theft Bill 2020. This is politics over policy. It is the government seeking to obtain a partisan advantage at the expense of the community. It is the government seeking to obtain a partisan advantage at the expense of the very workers that they purport to represent. The fact is this bill will not solve what is a very

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Forest Drive and Uralla Road – Why Are We Still Waiting?

I have frequently raised concerns about the condition of Nepean Highway between Balcombe Creek and Forest Drive in Mount Martha. The volume of traffic using that stretch of the road increased enormously when Peninsula Link opened. During the term of the former coalition government, at my urging, the speed limit south of Balcombe Grammar was reduced. The then Minister for Roads initiated preliminary consideration of potential solutions. At the first sitting of the last Parliament,

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SE Water Land Must be Protected

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (14:09): I rise today to acquaint the house with developments—or rather the lack of development—on the status of the abandoned South East Water land in Kunyung Road, Mount Eliza. The land was the subject of a planning scheme amendment, and it was expected to be rezoned to neighbourhood residential. The amendment went to a panel, which recommended the application of a general residential zone and the removal of the proposed environmental audit

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Planning Minister – Call in this Application Now!

MR MORRIS (Mornington) (17:15): (2591) I raise a matter for the Minister for Planning. It relates to a planning application at 60–70 Kunyung Road, Mount Eliza, and the action I am seeking is that he call in the application and reject it. This is an application for a retirement village. The site is outside the urban growth boundary, but it is an application to facilitate a major addition to the Mount Eliza urban area—with more

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Lifting the Gas Exploration Moratorium – About Time!

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (16:03): I am actually delighted to rise to support legislation that implements an important part of a very strong Coalition energy agenda. This is legislation that, as we have heard and as we know, is long overdue. Unfortunately it does delay the cessation of the moratorium on the extraction of gas for a further 12 months. That is certainly something that I would rather have not seen. But beyond that limitation, it

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