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Category: Speeches

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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Make the Peninsula Regional Now

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (19:20): (5909) I am pleased to raise a matter for the Acting Premier this evening, and the action I seek from the Acting Premier is that he take all actions necessary to reclassify the Mornington Peninsula as a regional area and to do so as a matter of urgency. As many will know, I have been talking about this issue for a very long time, initially from a planning perspective. I have

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Happy Mid-winter Lockup Mornington!

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (13:35): The way this government has handled the latest COVID outbreak is nothing short of a disgrace. The impact on our communities has been immense. The measures used to fight the virus have been totally out of proportion with the risk. When there is uncertainty, when there is a legitimate risk, a strong response is absolutely justified, but that is not the case in this lockdown. You only need to look over

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State Tax Hikes – A Direct Attack on Jobs

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (16:35): I thought I had heard it all in this chamber, but I think I have just heard a bit more. The last contribution in particular, but many of the contributions we have heard from the government benches, just make it so clear that they have absolutely no conception about how an economy works. If there is anything more important to mental health than jobs, than having a job and having the

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Estimates Committee Fails to Meet it’s Obligations to the Parliament

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (10:34): I take the opportunity this morning to make some remarks on the Report on the 2020–21 Budget Estimates that was produced by the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee and tabled on 4 May. Interestingly, the committee website indicates that it was completed on 1 April, and perhaps that is a more appropriate day given the absolute joke that the scrutiny process, the scrutiny of the appropriations, has become in this Parliament. Deputy Speaker,

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COVID Restrictions Send a Shiver Down Our Spines

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (13:51): This morning’s announcement of renewed COVID measures and the causes behind them have I am sure sent a shiver down the spines of many Melburnians and Victorians, not least because once again the state government is using a hammer to crack a walnut. Once again it is the whole of greater Melbourne being locked down despite the exposure sites— Members interjecting. Mr MORRIS: You are right—not being locked down, being limited,

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Time to take action on 335 Main Street

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (17:18): (5855) I raise a matter for the Minister for Housing, and it relates to the public housing property at 335 Main Street, Mornington. The action I am seeking from the minister is that he takes action to ensure that particularly the external area of the premises is cleaned up, that the necessary repairs to broken fences and so on are undertaken and that a plan is put in place to ensure that

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Time to fund Mornington Safe Link

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (14:08): The Mornington Safe Link project is a plan to construct a shared footway for cycling and walking along the old railway reserve between Mount Eliza and Mornington. The existing Peninsula Link trail terminates at Moorooduc station, Mount Eliza. The Mornington tourist rail runs along the rail reserve from Moorooduc, and a shared pathway along the route has been discussed for more than a decade. The Mornington Peninsula shire considers this 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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Arbitration for Workplace Injury Claims Long Overdue

MR MORRIS (Mornington) (17:14): I am delighted to join this debate on the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Arbitration) Bill 2021, which, despite the complexity of the short title, is in fact a relatively straightforward bill. The bill is essentially amending one act, and it is essentially for a single purpose, and that is the introduction of an arbitration process for workplace injury compensation claims. There are some other minor changes as well, but that

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