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Category: Speeches

Worksafe Legislation – A direct and unwarranted attack on employers

I must say that I am pleased to be able to finally debate this bill because, unlike some other matters recently, this bill has been on the notice paper for a considerable period of time, so certainly there has been the opportunity to examine it in detail. The bill amends the Accident Compensation Act 1985, the Dangerous Goods Act 1985, the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act

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Osborne Primary – Is it a priority for Government

My question is for the Minister for Education, and it relates to Osborne Primary School. Prior to the last election the then education minister, the member for Nepean, committed some $960 000 in funding for maintenance works, which unfortunately this government has refused to deliver on. I have followed this up on a number of occasions with the minister, most recently in an adjournment matter in February of this year. The minister responded that the

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Planning Changes a Fundamental Threat to the Peninsula

For most of the second half of the 20th century there was bipartisan support for sensible planning on the Mornington Peninsula. Successive generations recognised that growth was both welcome and inevitable but that if it was to occur, it had to be managed properly to ensure that the special character of the peninsula was retained for the benefit and pleasure of all Victorians. As Melbourne’s population continues to grow, particularly to the south-east, so too

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Mornington CFA – One hundred years of service

Last Saturday night I had the great pleasure of attending a dinner to mark the 100th year of the Mornington fire brigade. At a meeting in late 1916 a group of volunteers resolved to form a Mornington fire brigade, which was duly established once all the necessary support had been received from the state in early 1917. The brigade’s diligent and effective service to our Mornington community for more than 100 years has been recorded

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Mornington Football Club Tragedy

On another matter, on the night of 21 May 1892, 15 players from the Mornington Football Club were drowned on their way home from a football match at Mordialloc when their boat “Process” was wrecked at Pelican Point near Mount Eliza. Only four bodies were recovered. The 125th anniversary of this disaster that rocked the small town was observed on Sunday. The story of those 15 young men has been told by author Paul Kennedy

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VicRoads Grab for Cash – Mount Eliza Primary

I raise a matter this evening for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. The action I am seeking from the minister is that he provide approval as the landholding minister to VicRoads to facilitate a low value, non commercial lease of land at the corner of Canadian Bay Road and Nepean Highway in Mount Eliza. There has been a longstanding issue particularly with Mount Eliza Primary School but also the Peninsula School, which is

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City of Greater Geelong Amendment Bill 2017

I am pleased to have the opportunity this afternoon to open the debate on the City of Greater Geelong Amendment Bill 2017 and to put on behalf of the opposition our views on this particular bill. If this government has proved anything, it has proved that when it comes to letting the democratic process run its course in Geelong it is not very keen on the outcomes. The government has been prepared to set aside

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Mount Martha North Beach – When Will the Report be Released?

My question is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, and I raise the ongoing issues we have had with Mount Martha North beach. They have been ongoing over a number of governments. In late 2010, I think it was, some 10,000 cubic metres of sand was transported to deal with the sand erosion issue, but it continues to be a problem. In what appears to be an effort to divert attention from

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Pallas – Genius at Spin, Failure as Treasurer

Just six days ago the Victorian Treasurer issued yet another of his self-serving and selective media releases that we have come to know only too well. The release was issued following extremely disappointing labour force figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Treasurer’s hyperbole created the totally false impression that Victoria was in the midst of an economic boom. The fact is nothing could be further from the truth, and that is borne out

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Pilot Boats and Jet Skis

I must say I thought the representative of the boating capital of Victoria, the member for Essendon, might have got his pilots confused when he was doing his research, but he got to the right sort eventually. As the explanatory memorandum notes, this bill makes a range of changes to the ports and marine legislation and to a number of other acts. The government claims in the explanatory memorandum that the bill will result in

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