PANDA Week: Supporting New And Expecting Parents

October 30, 2020 -

Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Action (PANDA) Week 2020 will be running from Sunday November 8 to Saturday November 14. It is important to bring this this issue to light, particularly given the youthful nature of the Hawthorn electorate and the sheer number of young families....

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Climate Series: Why We Should Take Action

October 29, 2020 -

The previous article in the series explained where greenhouse gas emissions come from. We are already witnessing the early signs of climate change: arctic ice and glaciers are melting, oceans are warming, oceans are becoming more acidic causing coral bleaching, sea-levels are rising’ and rising...

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Important Amendments For VCE

October 29, 2020 - ,

I was pleased to speak in Parliament this Wednesday, the 29th of October, commending the Education and Training Reform Amendment Bill to the Legislative Assembly. It was also a joy to take the opportunity in my opening to thank educators, students and parents alike for their...

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Welcome Back To Life, Hawthorn Businesses!

October 29, 2020 -

It has been such a joy to watch local businesses throughout Hawthorn spring back to life and throw open their doors this week, under the latest step in our Roadmap to Recovery. I personally will be making up for lost time by dining out and...

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Safely Connecting Multicultural Seniors During Coronavirus

October 29, 2020 -

I am very proud to say that Victoria’s multicultural seniors have built the social, economic and cultural backbone of our state and made it the place we proudly call home. They have seen and overcome so much, but a global pandemic is a brand-new challenge...

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Rising To Speak On A Bill To Support Victims Of Crime

October 29, 2020 - ,

*Content Warning: mentions sexual assault. Speaking my support for the Justice Legislation Amendment (Supporting Victims and Other Matters) Bill was another true honour in Parliament this week. Whether through institutional abuse or in the criminal justice system more generally, the often-shattering effect of crime upon...

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Embracing Her Voice: International Day Of The Girl

October 16, 2020 -

It was a pleasure on Sunday the 11th of October, International Day of the Girl, to join in an important discussion with a small group of diverse women from the EMBRACE program at the Les Twentyman Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to helping and supporting vulnerable...

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We Have Moved!

October 16, 2020 -

Yes, we are now at 197 Riversdale Rd, opposite Australia Post in Hawthorn and on tram routes 70 and 75.  New facilities include the Community Meeting Room comfortably seating 12 of our 65,000 constituents and 45,000 electors.  I look forward to resuming face-to-face contact with...

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Where Do Our Emissions Come From

October 15, 2020 -

The previous article in the series explained how global warming is caused by greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. In its Fifth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that the industrial activities that our modern civilization depends upon have raised atmospheric carbon...

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Community Food Relief Fund To Support The Vulnerable

October 15, 2020 -

The Victorian Government is strengthening food relief services across the state ensuring healthy food reaches Victorians in need. The $5 million Community Food Relief Fund is part of the recently announced $11.3 million investment to boost food relief activities for vulnerable Victorians. The Fund supports...

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Celebrating Diwali Festival Of Lights With Swinburne University

October 15, 2020 -

I was delighted to represent Minister Ros Spence recently at the Diwali, Festival of Lights celebration at Swinburne University (via Zoom). You can view a portion of my speech here. Diwali, from the Sanksrit word dipavali meaning “row or series of lights”, is a five-day festival...

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Advocating For Equitable Social Housing

October 15, 2020 - ,

Today I was pleased to speak on the Consumer Legislation Amendment Bill 2020, to ensure equity and to right system-inadequacy for some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged citizens. You can watch my speech here. Ensuring that social and affordable housing continues to be available to as...

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Member’s Statement: Funding For Mens’ Sheds

October 15, 2020 -

Statement made 14th October, 2020.

Funding For Mens’ Sheds

October 15, 2020 -

I was delighted with the government’s recent announcement that $870 000 would be directed towards upgrading men’s sheds across Victoria. Men’s sheds are safe and productive spaces for men to work on common projects and participate in their local community. They are a fantastic source of community...

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Consumer Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

October 15, 2020 -

It is very pleasing to speak in support of such important legislation as is currently before the Assembly. The Bill contains far-ranging provisions designed to both ensure equity and to right system inadequacy for some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged citizens. In ensuring that social and...

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Victorian Police Remembrance Day Last Tuesday

October 2, 2020 -

Victorian Police – Remembrance Day Last Tuesday Last Tuesday was Police Remembrance Day. Whilst it is incredibly important each year to reflect on the bravery of the men and women in blue; it is particularly poignant in 2020 and also ‘Close to Home.’ Our next-door...

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A Sparkling New Hawthorn

October 2, 2020 -

On Wednesday (7 October) we move from Camberwell Rd to a brand new home at 197-199 Riversdale Rd, Hawthorn (opposite Australia Post).  Facilities include an enlarged community room and off-street parking.  We look forward to maximizing and enhancing our engagement with Hawthorn constituents.  Hopefully you will visit us...

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The Reality Of Global Warming

October 1, 2020 -

The two previous articles addressed global warming and its relationship to climate change, but is it real and what are the causes? Scientists attribute the global warming, observed since the mid-20th century, to particular gases in the atmosphere that trap and prevent heat from radiating from...

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