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Category: Speeches

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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Gender Equity Bill – No Opportunity to consider in detail

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (15:06): I could not go past the opportunity to make some comment, particularly on the contribution of the member for Essendon. I do not intend working into the detail of the bill, but I want to make the point that I have been sitting in the chamber since 2 o’clock, and I have heard a constant narrative about the views of the opposition, the views that were put eloquently by the member for

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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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Highway School Zone Needed for Mount Martha

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) I rise this afternoon to again express my concern at the lack of a school zone speed limit outside Balcombe Grammar School on the Nepean Highway at Mount Martha. We all know that cars and kids do not mix: when cars are travelling at 80 kilometres an hour and a collision occurs, the most likely outcome is a fatality. Balcombe Grammar currently has 860 pupils. Next year that number is expected to

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Mornington Community Safe Link

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (17:16:55): (1483) Some weeks ago I raised an issue for the Treasurer. Knowing that a particular project that I was seeking funding for perhaps had several ministers who may have had an interest in it, I thought I would raise it with the Treasurer given that it simply required money. Then the Treasurer came back to me very promptly—and I thank him for that—and advised me that it was a matter for

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Remembrance Day 2019

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (09:49:49): On Monday, like many in this house, I had the privilege of participating in my local Remembrance Day service. This year, of course, was the 101st anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, an important milestone in itself. A separate service was also held to formally dedicate a new memorial to those who served in the Korean War, which has become known as the forgotten war.

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