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Category: Speeches

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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Main Street Traffic Lights – 10th Request

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) I raise a matter this evening for the Minister for Roads, and the action I seek is for the minister to arrange to fund the installation of traffic lights in the southern section of Main Street in Mornington. I think this is actually the 10th time I have raised this issue in the Parliament. Throughout the course of the last Parliament I requested action from the then minister because there is a

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Chemical Waste Dumps – Labor’s Epic Incompetence

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (09:37): This morning we awoke to revelations that yet again we have a toxic waste crisis in this state. Of course that is nothing new given the incompetence of this government, but the scale is epic even by Labor’s standards. Twenty-seven million dollars of taxpayers money has already been spent on 13 sites, with potentially another $76 million required for full mitigation. A site in the west of the state, containing an estimated 50 million

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Labor’s Planning Hypocrisy to Impact Mount Eliza Locals

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (09:46): The Minister for Planning recently intervened in the Mornington Peninsula planning scheme to insert amendment C254. This is a reinstatement of a previously permitted capacity to develop an aged-care facility. Interestingly in the documentation the claim was made that it did not change any revisions that would require the ratification of Parliament. That is because it does not move the urban growth boundary, but it does increase massively the capacity of

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Land (Revocation of Reservations) Bill 2019

MORRIS (Mornington) (17:10:55): I should indicate at the outset that I only intend to speak for a very brief period on this bill. It is a fairly straightforward bill. In fact it is pretty much a stock standard revocation bill.  We seem to have one or more of these at least every year. In this case it is to revoke permanent reservations on land in the Frankston area, in the Camberwell area, at Rippleside in

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Mornington Community Safe Link

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (19:11:02): (1219) I raise a matter this evening for the Treasurer. I ask the Treasurer to provide an amount of $6 million in the 2020–21 budget to permit the construction of stage 1 of the Mornington community safety link.  The safety link is the logical extension of the Peninsula Link Trail, which currently terminates at Moorooduc station. It is a shovel-ready project. It will link Moorooduc station with Mornington and lead on

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SKM Assistance – How much is going to the Landfill Levy?

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (11:35:08): My question is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Last sitting week the minister confirmed that a $10 million loan had been made to the SKM receivers. Last week scores of trucks were taking recyclables from SKM to the Ravenhall landfill. Minister, how much of this $10 million is being spent dumping recyclables into landfill?  Ms D’AMBROSIO (Mill Park—Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Minister for Solar Homes) (11:35:43):

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Marine and Fisheries Bill

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (12:29:00): I am pleased to join this debate on the Marine and Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill 2019, and I want to come back to the point that was taken up in the point of order a couple of minutes ago. Despite the government’s speaking notes, the fact is that the Fisheries Act 1995 provides that expert advice should be made available. The information backing up the valuer-general’s valuation of the gear in particular has

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Increased Penalties for Waste Dumps – Why has it taken two Years?

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (17:18:49): I am pleased to join this debate on the Dangerous Goods Amendment (Penalty Reform) Bill 2019, which, as the title suggests, is about increasing the penalties on a range of offences and creating a new offence of reckless conduct in respect of dangerous goods. I think it was interesting listening to the member for Footscray. You get a sense of the impact of each of these incidents on the affected communities, and

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SKM Warehouse Clean-up

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (12:21:30): My question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Last sitting week the minister confirmed that a $10 million loan had been extended to the SKM receivers to clear out the accumulated recyclables at four company facilities. The minister said, and I quote, ‘our priority is to get those dangerous stockpiles cleared up’. Minister, why are the stockpiles at these four SKM facilities more dangerous than those at other

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