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Category: Speeches

Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Mr MORRIS (Mornington)  — I am pleased to rise to make what I anticipate will be some relatively brief comments about the Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. While there are two substantive matters that are affected by the bill, it is pretty straightforward. I think there are only eight clauses in the entire bill. Essentially the first impact it has is to amend the Transport Accident Act 1986, and the second effect is to amend

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Public Accounts and Estimates Committee: budget estimates 2017-18

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) (10:36:55) — I too, like many other members this morning, wish to make some remarks on the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee report tabled yesterday. Indeed, this was my seventh estimates process. I must say I think it is still a useful process despite a degree of dumbing down of some of the operations of the committee and despite, it has to be said, the refusal of the government to keep the

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Portarlington Ferry – At what cost?

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) – My question is for the Treasurer. On 16 November last the Minister for Water announced the continuation of the ferry service from Portarlington to Docklands. Despite making the announcement the minister has indicated in response to a question that this is not a matter for her but a matter for the Treasurer.  This year’s budget revealed that the government was evaluating a market-led proposal which may result in the government providing

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Voluntary Assisted Dying

Mr MORRIS — The debate on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 is not unprecedented; it is certainly unusual. It is a significant event in the life of this Parliament, and if the bill passes, it will be a significant event in the history of the state.  For some members this is an opportunity to see how a Westminster Parliament is actually supposed to work. It is the first opportunity to see legislation genuinely debated. Perhaps for

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Mornington Tyabb Road

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) – I raise a question for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, in particular with regard to Mornington-Tyabb Road running between the Nepean Highway and Peninsula Link, although there are two distinct sections, essentially from Nepean Highway to Moorooduc Highway and then from Moorooduc Highway to Peninsula Link. The former section has a particular issue with significant traffic problems. It is a commercial precinct, a civic precinct that contains Mornington Racecourse

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Environment Minister Must Meet Mount Martha Community bon ‘The Pillars’

Mr MORRIS (Mornington) – I raise a matter this evening for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. The action I seek from the minister is that she meet with Shire of Mornington Peninsula councillors, local emergency services representatives, interested community members and myself to hear firsthand the issues with “The Pillars” at Mount Martha and that she do so as a matter of urgency.  I raised this issue in the House in February

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Time for Wilsons Rd Lights

Mr MORRIS (Mornington)— I raise an adjournment matter this evening for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. In raising this matter I am asking the minister to take such action as is necessary to advance the construction of traffic signals at the intersection of Nepean Highway and Wilsons Road in Mornington.  This is a step which will not only improve traffic at the intersection but also significantly improve public transport and bus services in

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Frank Winter

Mr MORRIS (Mornington)—I rise this afternoon to mark the passing of Frank Winter, who sadly lost his battle for life in August. Frank was a Liberal stalwart in the best sense of the word. If there was a job to be done, Frank was not only always available but he was front and centre in any of the myriad tasks that are part and parcel of winning and holding parliamentary seats.  In 2006 our party

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An Energy Plan to Bring the Economy to its Knees

Mr MORRIS (Mornington)—I am pleased to join the debate on this renewable energy bill. I might just comment in passing that in fact the abbreviation ‘NB’ does not refer to ‘note before’. It refers to ‘nota bene’ which, as you indicate Acting Speaker McGuire you appreciate, as do I, means ‘note well’, a translation from the Latin.  I think we should certainly note well the comments of the minister in the second-reading speech where she

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The Scourge of Prescription Drug Abuse

MR MORRIS (Mornington) — The abuse of prescription drugs is of course not a new problem. Indeed it was one of the very first issues that I had to confront as a new member of Parliament, and I am sure it had been going on for decades, if not centuries, before that.  Too many people think that if a drug is prescribed, it is safe, and of course it is, if taken in an appropriate manner and

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