Archives: October 2015

Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Bill 2015

October 22, 2015

I note that sometimes when bills are debated in this house it is hard to get inspired because the comments are repetitive and do not reveal much of the MPs as people. However, this is a bill in relation to which I have been inspired by many of the comments and contributions made by members in this house, because they have shared their personal experiences and personal philosophies. It says a lot about the nature of this bill

Registered Aboriginal Parties

October 22, 2015

The Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation has significant responsibilities under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 as a Registered Aboriginal Party, or RAP, and is integral to the administration of Victoria's Aboriginal cultural heritage management system.

Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Amendment (Saving Energy, Growing Jobs) Bill 2015

October 21, 2015

I am pleased to also add my comments in debate on this bill, which sees the government reinstating the Victorian energy efficiency target (VEET) scheme, as it said it would do ahead of the election, and ensuring that this great scheme continues under the term of this government with greater strength.

Country Fire Authority Cape Clear brigade

October 20, 2015

It was also pleasing to meet there with Cape Clear Country Fire Authority representatives Michael Rowe and Terry Kelly. Michael Rowe has just put out a book, which was launched earlier on the day, called The Art of Roadside Burning, in which he and the Cape Clear brigade share their knowledge and experience to help other brigades do more efficient and effective burning on roadsides in the future. I commend them for their great efforts.

Country Fire Authority Linton brigade

October 20, 2015

I was pleased on 10 October to join the Linton Fire Brigade at the opening of its new fire station. It was certainly great to be part of that group on the day.

Wrongs Amendment Bill 2015

October 8, 2015

The contribution from the member for Burwood purporting to be on the bill clearly showed that he had not even read the bill. He did not speak on the bill for any of his time before the house, and he simply wasted the house's time.

Wrongs Amendment Bill 2015

October 8, 2015

On a point of order, Acting Speaker, clearly the member for Burwood is not speaking on the wrongs legislation. He is playing games with you and with this house. I ask you to bring him back to speaking on the bill before the house.

National disability insurance scheme

October 7, 2015

This is great news for people with disabilities and their families in my region. They will see this service being rolled out. They will see a change in the way disability services are delivered so that they will be in a position to choose the services they require to support their particular needs.

Grand Final Friday

October 6, 2015

Friday was a great day for so many people across my region as they enjoyed the benefits of the AFL Grand Final public holiday. Families, including mine, enjoyed a very happy time together, and Ballarat was abuzz with so many people, locals and visitors appreciating so much of what the city has to offer.