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MEMBERS STATEMENT | ANZAC DAY

As RSL Victoria president Dr Robert Webster stated, ‘We may be physically isolated, but the Anzac spirit unites us. Lest We Forget’.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | VICTORIA POLICE DEATHS

Members of Victoria Police work every day to protect our community—especially so during the current coronavirus outbreak. We must never forget their bravery and sacrifice.

SPEAKING ON A MOTION | WEST GATE TUNNEL

The project is going ahead. The project is vital to Melbourne and particularly to the western suburbs of Melbourne. A part of the project is that 1.5 million cubic tonnes of soil need to be dug up.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL 2019

The Local Government Act 1989 had not been reviewed for many, many years, and the last time a local government bill was put into Parliament was when we had over 200 councils in local government and now we are down to 79.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING COMMITTEE

I think we can all agree that we can do better in improving our air quality in Victoria. But I think it is important to note that we do have good air quality in comparison—we are not behind the rest of the world. We are doing reasonably well, but we can do heaps better

SPEAKING ON A BILL | GOLD ROYALTY

We are talking about a time when the price of gold is at its highest ever and the profitability of these mines is actually going through the roof, which is a great thing.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | BUSHFIRES CONDOLENCE

I want to take this opportunity to pay my respects to these firefighters and again offer my condolences to their families and my appreciation of these people who made the ultimate sacrifice just to keep Victorians safe.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | HORSERACING

I rise to congratulate Racing Victoria on its recent announcement of a $25 million plan to improve the welfare of Victorian thoroughbred racehorses with an immediate focus on the wellbeing of post-racing horses

SPEAKING ON A BILL | ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING COMMITTEE

I am proud to be part of the Andrews Labor government that came in in 2014. We are now leading the nation when it comes to tackling climate change and delivering real action to set Victoria on a path to achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | CRIMES AMENDMENT (TRESPASS) BILL 2019

In relation to the right of farmers to be able to operate their farms without being harassed, I do not support the activists going on farms. No-one has any right—and I do not care what the issue is—to go and basically invade.

ADJOURNMENT | MEDICINAL CANNABIS

Victoria has taken the lead when it comes to medicinal cannabis use in Australia. Leadership from the Andrews Labor government has led to the commonwealth allowing doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis and also removing a ban on the importation of medicinal cannabis.