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END-OF-LIFE CHOICES

My view now is that I support the majority report on the inquiry to provide Victorians with self‑determination. If a patient at the end of his or her life — and we are talking about the end of their life — wants to make the decision themself to end their life on their own terms, I think they should be given that right.

Youth Parliament

The last sitting of the 30th YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament was today... Congratulations to all of the young delegates who spent the week debating and discussing important state issues.

Western Health patients to be hit hard

Western Health is facing a $4.973 million cut to its bottom-line budget as a result of Turnbull’s latest savage $73 million cut in health funding.

COMMUNITY SHADE GRANTS

Thank you Jill Hennessy, the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, for funding Newport Power Football Club and Western Athletics requests for community shade grants as I requested...

LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR VICTORIA’S 30-YEAR INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY

Today Infrastructure Victoria – an independent statutory authority created by the Labor Government – begun consultation on the preparation of the 30-year infrastructure strategy. Infrastructure Victoria will take short term politics out of infrastructure planning, and keep our pipeline of major projects full to grow..

2015 El Telegraph Gala Dinner

On the 28th of August it was my pleasure to attend the El Telegraph 2015 Gala Dinner, which celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Telegraph. It is an important piece of media in our community and I hope they continue to prosper. I was joined..

GETTING ON WITH REMOVING DANGEROUS LEVEL CROSSINGS

The Andrews Labor Government announced the removal works this week and construction will start by the end of the year to lower the train line underground and rebuild Ginifer and St. Albans stations.

OPENING OF URMIA HOUSE

It was an honour to attend the official opening of the Victorian Assyrian Community’s new centre, Urmia House, yesterday on behalf of the Multicultural Affairs Minister Robin Scott. The VAC was established in 1983 to provide the Assyrian Community in Victoria with social and recreational..

Measuring The Toll

Australia’s first Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson released the Family Violence Index. In almost every other sphere of civic life and human wellbeing there are measures that tell us where we are at and where we are headed.

Victorian State Budget: 2015/2016

The Andrews Labor Government has handed down the first budget of its term, and it has shown that only Labor will deliver for families in Melbourne's West. It delivers Victoria’s biggest ever education budget, a huge boost for health and a record investment for public transport.

ANZAC: Caroline Springs Dawn Service

I was joined by my Parliamentary colleagues, Natalie Hutchins MP and Marlene Kairouz MP for the second annual ANZAC Dawn Service at Caroline Springs.

City of Maribyrnong ANZAC Tree Planting

In the lead up to the Centenary of ANZAC recently, I had the honour of attending the City of Maribyrnong ANZAC memorial tree planting ceremony. I was joined by with the Member for Footscray, Marsha Thomson, and my fellow Western Metropolitan Members of the Legislative Council, Khalil Eideh, Bernie Finn and Colleen Hartland.

40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon Commemoration

It was an honour to join with the Vietnamese Youth Group on the steps of Parliament House to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. The Youth Group campaign for freedom and democracy in Vietnam.

Trains, Trams, Jobs

The Trains, Trams, Jobs 2015-2025 - Victorian Rolling Stock Strategy sets out our ten-year plan for 100 new metropolitan trains, 100 new trams, and a massive expansion of our regional train fleet.

Labor Government Secures Deal On East West

Premier Daniel Andrews and Treasurer Tim Pallas today announced that the Labor Government and the East West Link consortium have reached a good faith agreement that puts the interests of Victorians first.

Caroline Chisholm Society Grant

Congratulations to the Caroline Chisholm Society in Moonee Valley for securing $950,000 from the Andrews Labor Government to build their community service hub in Essendon, in partnership with Moonee Valley City Council.