Skip to content

Category: Speeches

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

A typical Labor budget

Record Taxes, Soaring Crime, Increased Congestion, Declining Educational Standards and Skyrocketing Public Sector Wages I am pleased to have this opportunity to makesome comments on the take-note motion on the Appropriation (2017–2018)Bill 2017. Indeed it is probably better late than never because it seems like avery long time ago that the Treasurer stood up in this place. It is ironic that theMinister for Finance, who of course has a significant role in the preparation ofthe

Read More

Central Goldfields Shire Dismissal

This is a bill of course to dismiss the Central Goldfields Shire Council. Central Goldfields is a municipality of some 1530-plus square kilometres and has a population of around about 12 500, of whom 7500 are resident in the main township of Maryborough. It is 180 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. It has a relatively low population densityand an annual budget in the region of $26 million, I believe, and assets of some $282 million. It

Read More