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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

The Andrews Labor government is repairing, expanding and building new kinders so every child can access three-year-old kinder as the groundbreaking program rolls out across the state. I’m pleased to announce that a new early learning centre will be built in Rosanna, thanks to a $1.5 million contribution from the Andrews Labor government in partnership with Goodstart Ltd. The $4.47 million facility… Read More »EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

DAVID MCKENZIE OAM

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… Read More »DAVID MCKENZIE OAM

COVID-19

CARBINES: 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… Read More »COVID-19

AUSTIN HEALTH

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (13:59): 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… Read More »AUSTIN HEALTH

COVID-19

CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (14:08): The Austin Health coronavirus hotline is available on 9496 6606, seven days a week from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm. Please call the hotline if you are unsure about your symptoms or need advice about when to visit the hospital. The call operator will go through a checklist of criteria with you to determine the best course of action you… Read More »COVID-19

BUSHFIRE RECOVERY INITIATIVES

CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (10:00): Neighbourhood houses are the heart and soul of local communities—the go-to people connecting residents to services and support. My thanks to Evelyn and the Buchan Neighbourhood House team, plus Nico and the staff at Bruthen and District Neighbourhood House for meeting the Speaker and me last week so we could better understand their work in response to… Read More »BUSHFIRE RECOVERY INITIATIVES

Australia Day Awards

CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (13:45): I rise to thank and congratulate local Australia Day Award recipients in my Ivanhoe electorate. Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia went to Professor John Dewar for distinguished service to education through leadership roles in the university sector and to professional organisations, certainly in his role as vice-chancellor at La Trobe University; and… Read More »Australia Day Awards

Hon John Cain

CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (13:10): I rise to support the condolence for the Honourable John Cain. Melbourne’s northern suburbs have carried heavy hearts these past weeks since the passing of Victoria’s 41st Premier, the Honourable John Cain. Here are some local reflections on someone who so often was a familiar and reassuring presence in the Ivanhoe community that was his home. There was a steady… Read More »Hon John Cain

R U OK Day

I attended the Victorian Parliament’s men’s health breakfast this morning with 25 other blokes, and we were privileged and uplifted by AFL legend and educator of and advocate for men’s health David Parkin, OAM. We reflected not just on footy and our own health but on those we have lost through mental and physical health hardships and how to live… Read More »R U OK Day

Olympic Village Primary School

I would like to acknowledge and thank Olympic Village Primary School and in particular principal Cresten Pearce and school council president Margaret Phillips for hosting both the Premier and me on Wednesday in touring the $6 million redevelopment of Olympic Village Primary School. It is quite apt as we head to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games next year that at… Read More »Olympic Village Primary School

Simon McMillan

I also wanted to acknowledge Simon McMillan, who has retired as chief executive officer of Banyule City Council after a 20-year career, including 12 as the CEO. He is moving across to the City of Whitehorse as the chief executive. Both as a local councillor in Banyule when we appointed Simon as chief executive and also as a local MP… Read More »Simon McMillan

VIEWBANK COLLEGE

Can I also send my congratulations to my old school, Viewbank College, for its successful production of Back to the 80s, as Viewbank College was transformed into William Ocean High School and the class of 1989. I was pleased to attend one of the performances. I want to thank the new principal, Sharon Grimes, and also commend the great work… Read More »VIEWBANK COLLEGE

Sigmund Jorgenson

I rise to give thanks for the life of Sigmund Jörgensen, OAM, from 29 April 1940 to 21 July 2019, one of the founders and leaders out at Montsalvat in Eltham. I was pleased to join many, many people from the local community in celebration of his life just last week, and I thank the member for Eltham for sharing… Read More »Sigmund Jorgenson

Rosanna Golf Links Primary School

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (14:12:28) — This morning I was very pleased to join the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education at the official opening of the $6.39 million redevelopment of Rosanna Golf Links Primary School. We were joined by 527 students, including the senior concert band members, conducted by Aaron Vreulink, school council president Matthew Oates, principal Kelly Morrow and student leaders Dylan Starmans… Read More »Rosanna Golf Links Primary School

Olivia Newton‑John Wellness Walk and Research Run

Mr CARBINES — I would also like to congratulate everyone who took part in the 2018 Olivia Newton‑John Wellness Walk and Research Run at La Trobe University. A huge thanks to the event patron and driving force behind not only the Olivia Newton‑John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre but also the Olivia Newton‑John Cancer Research Institute, Olivia Newton‑John, the inspiring patron herself.

Ivanhoe electorate schools

  Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (10:01:54) — It is the Education State in the Ivanhoe electorate. At Viewbank College, an $11.5 million new theatre and classroom redevelopment is complete at my old school. Banyule Primary School’s $3.47 million redevelopment is underway, on top of the $1 million for early works and planning allocated last year. At Ivanhoe Primary School, a $2 million four prep classrooms project has… Read More »Ivanhoe electorate schools

Vietnam Veterans

Mr CARBINES — I want to pay my respects to Vietnam veterans and to the commemorative service at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. A shout‑out to veteran volunteers and veterans themselves, including Jeff Freeman; our RSL presidents at Greensborough and Ivanhoe, Lee Webb and John Beezley; and to the Minister for Veterans for attending an event at the repatriation hospital on Wednesday to… Read More »Vietnam Veterans

Banyule‑Nillumbik Tech School

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (09:59:53) — I was very pleased to join the Premier, the Deputy Premier, the Minister for Training and Skills and the member for Eltham at the opening of the Banyule‑Nillumbik Tech School, a $10 million project to invest in our young people. Some 14 000 students from 19 secondary schools across the Banyule and Nillumbik local government areas will benefit from that… Read More »Banyule‑Nillumbik Tech School

Ivanhoe electorate roads

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (13:46:53) — Pedestrians and local residents will be safer with four speed and red‑light cameras to be installed at Rosanna Road intersections by the end of the year, funded by the Andrews Labor government. I am pleased to announce today that contracts for the new cameras have been signed with Sensys Gatso Australia. That is a $900 000 project. The two… Read More »Ivanhoe electorate roads

Macleod College

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (10:05:23) — Macleod families will get the world‑class local school their kids deserve with a re‑elected Andrews Labor government committed to delivering a massive upgrade at Macleod College. We will be investing $4.9 million to upgrade block A, which houses the science and counselling rooms. These tired old classrooms and facilities will be transformed to give students and staff the state‑of‑the‑art… Read More »Macleod College

Viewbank silos

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (14:29:28) — The State government has completed extensive restoration works to repair the three heritage‑listed Viewbank silos, and I was pleased to attend the community’s celebration and to officiate at the rededication last Friday. There was no better place to spend my birthday than with local residents at a celebration of the heritage‑listed Viewbank silos, now looking much better… Read More »Viewbank silos

Ivanhoe electorate infrastructure projects

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (19:03:17) — (14 568) My adjournment matter is for the Treasurer, and the action I seek is that the Treasurer visit the Ivanhoe electorate to review future job and investment opportunities in the Ivanhoe electorate. In particular we could go and meet with some of those who have worked on the $140 million Hurstbridge line track duplication between Heidelberg and Rosanna,… Read More »Ivanhoe electorate infrastructure projects

Banyule Community Health Service

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (13:50:12) — I rise to congratulate and to thank the newly inducted life members of what was in 1975 the West Heidelberg Community Health and Welfare Centre and today is the Banyule Community Health Service: Sister Frances Baum of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus — I want to congratulate her for her life membership of the Banyule… Read More »Banyule Community Health Service

Hurstbridge line level crossing removals

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (14:08:43) — I rise to congratulate the local community on their perseverance, support and hard work in seeing two level crossings removed on the Hurstbridge line and the reopening of train services last Friday. The $395 million project has seen the level crossing removed at Lower Plenty Road, over which some 25 000 cars a day travel. The Grange Road level crossing… Read More »Hurstbridge line level crossing removals

Anzac Day

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (14:46:43) — I want to thank the Ivanhoe community for supporting Anzac Day services locally, in particular Viewbank College, with 1352 students. We had two services there, and I was pleased to participate in those while my staff represented me at Macleod College’s service. I am pleased that our local schools were involved in those services. I also want to… Read More »Anzac Day

Hurstbridge rail line

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (09:55:50) — It is day 12 of the rail occupation and our construction blitz on the Hurstbridge line, a $395 million upgrade in our community, which includes the replacement of the Grange Road level crossing with a rail trench. I want to commend the late member for Northcote, Fiona Richardson, on getting that project moving, and in particular I commend Shaun… Read More »Hurstbridge rail line

Ivanhoe Electorate Schools

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (09:57:32) — Olympic Village Primary School in West Heidelberg is one of six schools across the Ivanhoe electorate sharing in almost $30 million of construction works and upgrades happening right now, thanks to three years of investment by the Andrews Labor government. I was very pleased to be at Olympic Village Primary School last Friday with the federal member for… Read More »Ivanhoe Electorate Schools

Fairy Hills Kindergarten

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (19:20:20) — (13 413) The action I seek for my adjournment matter concerns the Minister for Early Childhood Education in the other place. Can I firstly start by thanking Minister Mikakos for the $350 000 capital grant for Fairy Hills Kindergarten in Ivanhoe, which will go a very long way towards the $450 000 that is required to make it an all‑abilities kindergarten.… Read More »Fairy Hills Kindergarten

Ivanhoe Library

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (19:20:42) — (13 801) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Local Government, and the action I seek is the minister’s support for the Living Libraries Infrastructure program for the Ivanhoe library in my electorate. The Ivanhoe library is a member of the Yarra Plenty Regional Library, which provides library services for some 115 000 members across the Nillumbik, Whittlesea and… Read More »Ivanhoe Library

Ivanhoe Electorate Infrastructure

Mr CARBINES — The $395 million Hurstbridge line upgrade will be concluded by the end of April next year, including boom gates at Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna, and Grange Road, Alphington, a new station at Rosanna and duplicated track between Heidelberg and Rosanna. Not only that, but we have made an announcement for a new $3 million home base for the Victoria State Emergency… Read More »Ivanhoe Electorate Infrastructure

Ivanhoe Electorate Schools

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (09:58:14) — It has been a year of cheer in the Ivanhoe electorate. Can I just say that at Viewbank College, my old school, the $11.5 million new performing arts centre, science, technology, engineering, arts and maths classrooms will open next year and benefit some 1200 students. Rosanna Golf Links Primary School, which is also the regional school for the deaf,… Read More »Ivanhoe Electorate Schools

West Heidelberg Community Legal Service

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (19:03:33) — (13 727) My adjournment matter is for the Attorney‑General, and the action I seek is that he favourably consider the funding applications of the West Heidelberg Community Legal Service in relation to the Community Legal Centre Family Violence Fund 2017–19 and the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund 2017–19. Members may recall that last year, in the previous funding… Read More »West Heidelberg Community Legal Service

Level Crossing Removals

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (10:04:33) — A major 44‑day construction blitz will fast‑track the Hurstbridge line upgrade, delivering a new track, a new Rosanna station and two level crossing removals six months earlier than planned. I was pleased to join the Minister for Public Transport in Heidelberg to announce that combining two rail closures previously scheduled for January and May 2018 into one… Read More »Level Crossing Removals

Ivanhoe Electorate – Rosanna Road

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (11:48:48) — (13 719) My constituency question is to the Minister for Police, and the information I seek is on the progress of the installation of fixed safety cameras at the intersection of Banyule Road and Rosanna Road. This fixed safety camera site was approved by the independent site selection committee in writing to me in about September, after a… Read More »Ivanhoe Electorate – Rosanna Road

Rosanna Road Safety Initiatives

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (19:15:48) — (13 420) My adjournment item is for the Minister for Police, and the action I seek is for the installation of a fixed road safety camera at the intersection of Rosanna Road and Banyule Road as approved by Victoria Police’s fixed camera site selection committee on 1 September 2017. I would like to draw attention to a letter I… Read More »Rosanna Road Safety Initiatives

Ivanhoe Electorate – Reconciliation Banyule

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (11:58:44) — (13 406) My constituency question is to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and I seek information on behalf of my constituents, in particular Reconciliation Banyule, on the progress of the treaty process that the minister is overseeing. I note that on 27 October 2017 the minister outlined that recruitment for the Victorian treaty advancement commissioner had officially opened and… Read More »Ivanhoe Electorate – Reconciliation Banyule

Macleod Station Bicycle Parking

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) (23:45:10) — (13 302) The item I would like to raise is for the attention of the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is the installation of bicycle loops at Macleod railway station. Speaker, you would be well aware, as a previous member for the suburb of Macleod, which I gratefully inherited from you at the last… Read More »Macleod Station Bicycle Parking

Austin Health

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) — I am pleased to report to the house on some key achievements at Austin Health in 2016–17. Austin Health’s elective surgery list was at an all‑time low with a final figure of 2273, well under the target of 2340. It performed the highest number of elective surgery operations ever, with 12 558 operations. Overall surgery increased 5 per cent from the… Read More »Austin Health

Melbourne Polytechnic

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) — (12 929) My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Training and Skills in the other place. The action I seek is for the minister to provide details on how the Andrews government is securing the financial future of Melbourne Polytechnic. In particular, the West Heidelberg campus of Melbourne Polytechnic has suffered very significant cuts — $25 million just in… Read More »Melbourne Polytechnic

Yarra Valley Hockey Club

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) — It is a sporting life in the Ivanhoe electorate. I am pleased to congratulate the Yarra Valley Hockey Club on 40 years of service to the local community. I was at their event on the weekend with the federal member for Jagajaga, Jenny Macklin. I acknowledge the $100 000 contribution from the state government as well as the club’s fantastic… Read More »Yarra Valley Hockey Club

Geoff Delaney Memorial Golf Day

Mr CARBINES — Congratulations to RSL on Bell. We had a great Geoff Delaney Memorial Golf Day at Strathallan Golf Club on the weekend. It went very well, and I commend everyone who was involved in that event.

Heidelberg Historical Society

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) — I would like to pay tribute to the Heidelberg Historical Society on its 50th anniversary and was pleased to attend and speak at its luncheon the other week. The state government provides for the preservation of formal records of our state’s history through institutions such as the Public Records Office Victoria, the State Library of Victoria, the National Gallery… Read More »Heidelberg Historical Society

La Trobe University 50th Anniversary

Mr CARBINES (Ivanhoe) — Thank you, Deputy Speaker, and I congratulate you, the member for Bendigo West, on your election to Deputy Speaker. I quote: The true measure of a university’s greatness is the total effect it has on human welfare and progress. So said Professor David Myers, the founding vice-chancellor of La Trobe University. From 1967 to 2017 — happy 50th birthday, La Trobe University.… Read More »La Trobe University 50th Anniversary

Rosanna Golf Links Primary School

I would just like to commend Kelly Morrow, the principal at Rosanna Golf Links Primary School, where I was pleased to visit with the Premier just last Friday to acknowledge them and provide them with their award for the ResourceSmart Schools 5Star program. In record time the school has moved from two-star to five-star status. They have got a great sustainable… Read More »Rosanna Golf Links Primary School

West Heidelberg Public Housing

One-hundred-and-fifty-four new public housing units have also been announced for the Bell Bardia and Tarakan estates, which Acting Speaker Dixon would know well. I am really pleased that that announcement has been made by the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing; it will make a very big and significant difference to the community of West Heidelberg and particularly to those housing… Read More »West Heidelberg Public Housing

Banyule Community Health

The action I seek is that the Minister for Health visit the Banyule Community Health service in my electorate of Ivanhoe. I just say as a matter of declaration, of course, that my wife, Anita, is also a board member at the Banyule Community Health service. It has campuses in both Greensborough and Heidelberg West. The Heidelberg West campus was… Read More »Banyule Community Health

Darebin Creek Trail

Cyclists are thrilled that after 20 years of campaigning a missing link will be added to the Darebin Creek Trail in Ivanhoe, connecting it to the Main Yarra Trail, Kew East, allowing them to avoid dangerous main roads. The Darebin trail, which runs from Epping to the ring-road in Bundoora, will be extended from the Napier Waller Reserve, Ivanhoe, through the… Read More »Darebin Creek Trail

Heidelberg Police Station

I am very pleased to raise a matter for the Minister for Police. I would like to invite the Minister for Police to visit the Heidelberg police station and meet with my local constituents. When the member for Mulgrave was Leader of the Opposition he launched our policy for police custody officers at Heidelberg courts and Heidelberg police station. There… Read More »Heidelberg Police Station

Northern Football League

I want to congratulate the Northern Football League on another successful season and finals series. Heidelberg won the flag this season 12.13 (85) against Macleod 9.15 (69). I congratulate Heidelberg, where I had the opportunity to play some junior footy a very long time ago, and of course my commiserations go to the great Macleod side, which won the division 1… Read More »Northern Football League

Rosanna Road Safety Initiatives

I rise to thank the Minister for Roads and Road Safety for meeting in my electorate office in Rosanna last Friday with the Honourable Jenny Macklin, MP, federal member for Jagajaga; senior officers from VicRoads; members of the local community group Resolve Rosanna Road, Natasha Reifschneider and George Kio; and local councillor Tom Melican from Banyule City Council. The meeting… Read More »Rosanna Road Safety Initiatives

Rosanna Road intersections

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I refer to an article in the Heidelberg Leaderof 15 March headed ‘Young lives at risk — mum pleads for safety’, and I quote: A worried mum is begging Banyule council to step in before someone is killed by speeding cars running red lights at a busy Rosanna Road intersection. And while authorities have a plan to fix the dangerous crossing,… Read More »Rosanna Road intersections

Rosanna – Banyule Roads

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My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and the action I seek is that the minister assess and fund safety improvements for pedestrians at the traffic light intersection at Banyule and Rosanna roads, Rosanna. I note from an article in the Heidelberg Leader, ‘Young lives at risk — mum pleads for safety’: A worried mum is… Read More »Rosanna – Banyule Roads

Heidelberg West Commonwealth Bank closure

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I am very disappointed that tomorrow the Heidelberg West branch of the Commonwealth Bankof Australia, located at 8–10 The Mall, Heidelberg West, will close. I am very concerned that the closure of this branch will impact the long-term viability of The Mall and the livelihood of those many small businesses that rely on local residents to shop there when they visit… Read More »Heidelberg West Commonwealth Bank closure

Local government

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I am pleased to make a contribution on the ministerial statement on local government. As a former councillor in the City of Banyule, I certainly understand and recognise the great contribution that local government makes as the third tier of government. Councils provide services and accountability to people in the Ivanhoe electorate. Can I also say, taking into consideration the… Read More »Local government

China Study Tour

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In July I took part in a study tour delegation hosted by the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) and Huawei Australia. We visited Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hong Kong led by ACBC president and former Premier John Brumby. Colleagues on our delegation included Dr Jim Chalmers, the federal member for Rankin and parliamentary secretary to the federal Leader of the Opposition;… Read More »China Study Tour

Penalty rates

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations. Many of my constituents, particularly young and low-skilled workers, rely on penalty rates to support themselves. In early August Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Productivity Commission report into industrial relations recommended removing Sunday penalty rates for some workers. In the south-eastern suburbs there are 29 000 retail workers and 17 000 hospitality… Read More »Penalty rates

Melbourne Polytechnic Members Statement

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 I am pleased to acknowledge an innovative program at Melbourne Polytechnic that has enabled that organisation to direct $2.5 million in funding towards getting some 1200 people skilled up for jobs in our growing healthcare sector. I was recently at the Heidelberg campus of the former Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE (NMIT), which is now Melbourne Polytechnic, with… Read More »Melbourne Polytechnic Members Statement

Planning and Environment Amendment (Infrastructure Contributions) Bill 2015

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Tuesday 23 June 2015 I am pleased to make a contribution to the debate on the Planning and Environment Amendment (Infrastructure Contributions) Bill 2015. It has been quite a big week in planning. Already we have seen some stronger protections for Victoria’s heritage outlined by the Minister for Planning. In the Ivanhoe electorate planning matters are critical to the local community.… Read More »Planning and Environment Amendment (Infrastructure Contributions) Bill 2015

Eaglemont newsagency and post office

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015 I wish to raise an issue with the Minister for Public Transport. The action I seek is that she advise my office of the outcome of Metro Trains Melbourne’s expression of interest (EOI) process for shop 1–2, 60–62 Silverdale Road, Eaglemont, which is located under the Eaglemont station. I thank the minister for arranging a meeting… Read More »Eaglemont newsagency and post office

Olympia Housing Initiative

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I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Housing. The action I seek is for the minister to publicly release details of how many public housing dwellings have been sold in the 3081 postcode area, and how many new public housing dwellings have been let to tenants under the government’s Olympia housing initiative. On page 89 of… Read More »Olympia Housing Initiative

Ivanhoe and Heidelberg Shopping Centre Speed Limits Petition

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To the Legislative Assembly of Victoria: This petition of certain citizens of the state of Victoria draws to the attention of the house the need for the state government to implement 40-kilometre-per-hour speed zones in the key shopping centre locations of Upper Heidelberg Road in Ivanhoe, Lower Heidelberg Road in Ivanhoe East and Burgundy Street in Heidelberg. In particular, we… Read More »Ivanhoe and Heidelberg Shopping Centre Speed Limits Petition

Heidelberg West Police Station

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I rise to correct the record in relation to the West Heidelberg police station and comments made by the Chief Commissioner of Police, Ken Lay, on Jon Faine’s 774 ABC morning program on 27 August. Caller Graham in Macleod rang in and said: I know that you have reasons for shutting down police stations, but I was wondering if you… Read More »Heidelberg West Police Station

Hurstbridge Railway Line

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Only Labor will deliver more trains on the Hurstbridge line. Victorian Labor will deliver three additional train services during the morning peak on the Hurstbridge line. The additional peak services will be delivered by adding two new services to the line, one originating at Eltham and one originating at Hurstbridge. Labor will also shift one service that currently starts from… Read More »Hurstbridge Railway Line

Viewbank College

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I rise to congratulate the cast and crew of the Viewbank College production of Hairspray, which concluded last week after six sold-out shows seen by an audience of some 1200 family members and friends. To quote co-director and choreographer Andrew ‘Hondo’ Hondromatadis: Hairspray is a comedic, heartwarming and poignant piece of theatre brought to you by a student-based cast of… Read More »Viewbank College

Assisted Reproductive Treatment

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ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TREATMENT FURTHER AMENDMENT BILL 2013 The Labor Party is not opposing the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Further Amendment Bill 2013. I noted the comments of the opposition lead speaker, the member for Brunswick, who explained very eloquently and succinctly that what we are considering today is a legislative change from a three-tiered system of rights that is unfair to… Read More »Assisted Reproductive Treatment

Freedom of Information

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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND VICTORIAN INSPECTORATE ACTS AMENDMENT BILL 2014 I am pleased to make a contribution to the debate on the Freedom of Information and Victorian Inspectorate Acts Amendment Bill 2014. In particular I refer to the father of FOI, and my constituent in the Ivanhoe electorate, the Honourable John Cain, a former Premier of Victoria. In an article… Read More »Freedom of Information

Chandler Highway Bridge

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I congratulate the leader of the Labor Party, Daniel Andrews, for committing to the duplication of the Chandler Highway Bridge, which will ease congestion for thousands of hardworking Victorians who use the bridge every day. It will be of particular benefit to residents in my Ivanhoe electorate. This $110 million commitment to duplicate the bridge will remove one of the… Read More »Chandler Highway Bridge

Peter Greste

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I rise to condemn the decision that has seen Australian journalist Peter Greste facing a seven-year prison term in Egypt, as has been reported in the media today. I note that the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, has said that she was shocked by the decision and will initiate contact with Egypt’s government at the highest level to gain… Read More »Peter Greste

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE

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I rise to express my disappointment on behalf of West Heidelberg residents at the fact that because of government cuts the West Heidelberg campus of the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) is introducing parking fees for TAFE students from 1 July. TAFE students will now be paying up to $5 a day – something like $1000 a year –… Read More »Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE

Crime Statistics 2014

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I am pleased to follow a former Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services who is particularly familiar with interventions in high-level police command matters. In making my contribution to debate on the Crime Statistics Bill 2014 I note that the Labor Party has previously touched on these matters. The Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Parliamentary Labor… Read More »Crime Statistics 2014

Rosanna Primary School

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I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Education. The action I seek is for the minister to direct his Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to remove the old, empty, redundant and dilapidated classroom building at Rosanna Primary School which the school council has determined is unsafe for students. I have previously raised this matter… Read More »Rosanna Primary School

The Third Chair

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The Banksia Palliative Care Service has provided specialist care for over 7000 people living at home or in aged-care facilities in my electorate of Ivanhoe who have been diagnosed with a progressive terminal illness. I was pleased to be at the launch of a book called The Third Chair, by Iris Crook, which is the diary of a daughter coping… Read More »The Third Chair

State Budget Response

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I am pleased to rise to make a contribution with regard to the state budget. It says a lot about a government when it is building more prison beds than providing funding for hospital beds. I note that in the 15-minute contribution from the Premier not once did he find time to mention any initiatives in the Ivanhoe electorate, and… Read More »State Budget Response

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE

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I also raise the issue of Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT). I refer to an article in the Age today headed ‘Funding cut leaves NMIT $30 million in red’. It is not a surprise that the Heidelberg West campus has been decimated by this government’s cuts to TAFE. We have now seen the closure of the Greensborough campus, and… Read More »Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE

Housing: Olympia initiative

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The action I seek is from the Minister for Housing, and I ask her to detail the addresses of the new public housing properties funded by the taxpayer that have been let to public housing tenants in the 3081 postcode under the Olympia housing initiative. I seek those details because the minister will recall that she has committed under her… Read More »Housing: Olympia initiative

Government: policy initiatives

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I am pleased to rise to make a contribution in relation to the matter of public importance.  I would like to start my remarks by pointing out that I came to this place to uphold standards of decency and integrity in public office, particularly in relation to Labor values of defending the rights of people in the workplace, and to… Read More »Government: policy initiatives

Budget: Ivanhoe electorate

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Schools in the Ivanhoe electorate have missed out on capital works funding for the third year running under the Liberal state government. Despite increasing school enrolments across all local primary and secondary schools, the Napthine Liberal government has ignored local families and school communities. This is three strikes in three years against the Napthine Liberal government, which has failed to… Read More »Budget: Ivanhoe electorate

Rosanna Road: safety

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I rise to again put on the record the Ivanhoe community’s concerns with Rosanna Road. I note that VicRoads has again failed to address the community’s concerns in relation to the safety of Rosanna Road. This is a dangerous road in my electorate. Lives will be lost — mark my words — as a result of the trucks and the… Read More »Rosanna Road: safety

Ivanhoe electorate: government performance

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Merry Christmas to you, Speaker. It is a great shame that unfortunately in the Ivanhoe electorate Scrooge is dominating our area — the Christmas Scrooge of the Baillieu government. The second stage of Charles La Trobe College is unfunded by this government. The Liberal government has refused to fund the Olympic Village campus redevelopment, despite commitments made by the previous… Read More »Ivanhoe electorate: government performance

Schools: Ivanhoe electorate

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The matter I raise is for the Minister for Education, and it relates to the Heidelberg schools regeneration project and the threat to current community facilities related to those schools. The action I seek is for the minister to meet with me, as the local member of Parliament, Banyule City Council and the affected sporting and community organisations to ensure… Read More »Schools: Ivanhoe electorate

Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Bill 2011

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I am pleased to continue my contribution on the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Bill 2011, which, as we know, is not introducing an independent body. This is not a bill which talks about integrity and accountability; this is a zombie stripped bare of accountability, stripped bare of transparency. This is just a husk of a bill that is tied to… Read More »Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Bill 2011

Police: Heidelberg West station

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The matter I raise is for the attention of the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and it relates to the closure by him and his government of the Heidelberg West police station. Two months ago in this place the minister said: … I will seek advice from police command, and I will respond to the member accordingly. The matters… Read More »Police: Heidelberg West station

Public Interest Monitor Bill 2011

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I am pleased to make a contribution on the Public Interest Monitor Bill 2011. The Labor Party is not opposing the bill, but it is seeking amendments and the government’s support for those, particularly in relation to clause 20. Who watches the watchers? The accountability of governments, of ministers, of public sector officials and so on has consumed much political… Read More »Public Interest Monitor Bill 2011

Viewbank College: gala concert

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On Monday, 17 October, I attended the Viewbank College and Friends of Music gala concert at Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre. Hundreds of parents and friends attended this annual event. My congratulations go to the head of music, Mr Andrew van Gemert, and the music staff — passionate teachers who enjoy their work and achieve stunning results. Needless to… Read More »Viewbank College: gala concert

Police: Heidelberg West station

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The matter I raise is for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. The action I seek is that he visit my electorate of Ivanhoe and attend a public meeting with members of the local Heidelberg West community and me to seek the reopening of the Heidelberg West police station by the Baillieu government. I note that some months after… Read More »Police: Heidelberg West station

Planning: Ivanhoe structure plan

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I condemn the Banyule City Council’s Ivanhoe structure plan. Our council has issued a plan that details future commercial and residential development in Ivanhoe, including building heights of up to eight storeys on Upper Heidelberg Road and in surrounding residential areas. I have asked Banyule City Council to do the following: scrap the current Ivanhoe structure plan and establish a… Read More »Planning: Ivanhoe structure plan