Archives: June 2020


June 16, 2020

I rise to offer heartfelt congratulations on behalf of the Ivanhoe electorate to David McKenzie, OAM, a recipient of that award in the recent Queen’s Birthday honours list. It was a big time, early June, and of course on 30 May, David celebrated his 87th birthday.

As a former MHR for Diamond Valley—more familiar to people in this place as the seat of Jagajaga in our federal Parliament—in those turbulent, exciting and reforming days of the Whitlam government he was our local MP from 1972 to 1975 and set the gold standard for representation that we have seen maintained by his successors, the Honourable Peter Staples and the Honourable Jenny Macklin.


June 2, 2020

Can I say to the thousands of staff at Austin Health; to Austin Wills, the CEO at Warringal Private Hospital; and to the team of course at Mercy Health, a huge health precinct in my electorate; and to the many thousands of workers doing a fantastic job over so many months in relation to COVID-19: the teamwork and the leadership has been excellent.

I know that today of course we are also working through Macleod Preschool and a COVID case there, and I want to thank the education department and the Deputy Premier for their work and that of the team there, and I wish well that community as we continue to work our way through supporting each other in these challenging times.


June 2, 2020

I rise to acknowledge the service of Dr Max Alexander, and to quote his own letter:

"It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to be the interim CEO at Austin Health over this short time and to work with such a committed and passionate team who make a significant contribution to patient care."

I do want to thank Dr Alexander for the confidence and the leadership he has shown over several months at Austin Health as interim CEO and also take the opportunity for us to welcome Adam Horsburgh as CEO on 15 June. Mr Horsburgh has extensive health sector management experience in Victoria as well as in the UK’s National Health Service. He is currently the deputy CEO and chief operating officer at Melbourne Health, and he has also had senior policy and adviser experience with the Victorian government, including at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Premier and Cabinet. We are very much looking forward to him joining the team at Austin Health.