Standing Up In The Windfarm Debate

November 30, 2020 - ,

It was brought to my attention, from a member of the opposition, that apparently people in Hawthorn are not interested in effective action on climate and transitioning to renewable energy. This has not been my experience. Since becoming the Member for Hawthorn, and well before...

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Welcome New And Re-Elected Boroondara Councillors

November 30, 2020 - ,

The recent local council elections are bringing forth exciting times in Boroondara. In Parliament last week, I expressed my congratulations and best wishes to the six women and five men who will have the privilege of serving this great community. In particular, the seven councillors...

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A Better Vocational Education For School Students

November 30, 2020 -

The Andrews Government will overhaul Victoria’s school-based vocational education with a new integrated end-of-school certificate – ensuring wherever they school, every student will be able to do both academic and vocational subjects. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invests $38 million to develop a new single VCE integrated senior...

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The Biggest Day Of The Year: Budget Day On Spring St

November 27, 2020 -

In typical 2020 fashion, one usually reliable element of ‘business as usual’ has been necessarily on hold for much of the year – Budget Day. Typically delivered in May, the Budget waited while Victoria pulled through a crisis – and so we have! Writing this...

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Young Hawthorn Winner Of The Parliamentary Prize

November 27, 2020 -

I didn’t know anything about the Parliament Prize before my teacher asked me if I wanted to participate.  However, after reading the information, I saw it as not just a public speaking competition, but also an opportunity for me to voice my opinions on a...

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Climate Cost: Doing Nothing Versus Taking Action

November 27, 2020 -

The cost of doing nothing In its recent paper on Australia’s Clean Economy Future: Costs and Benefits the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) predicted that the Australia’s cumulative damages from climate change current global emissions patterns if we do nothing are more than $5 trillion ($5,000 billion) from now until 2100...

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Budget 2020-21: Upgrading Auburn South Primary School

November 19, 2020 -

This year, Hawthorn East families have done an incredible job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids get back into the classroom, we want to make sure they have the fantastic new learning spaces they deserve. The Andrews Labor Government has built and...

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Big Housing Build For Hawthorn

November 16, 2020 -

The Victorian Government is making sure more Victorians have the security and stability of a home, with our state’s – and Australia’s – biggest ever investment in public and community housing. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will deliver a historic $5.3 billion Big Housing Build to build more than 12,000...

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Funding For Multicultural Communities In Hawthorn

November 13, 2020 -

I was delighted to hear from my colleague Ros Spence, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, that funding for a great organisation in Hawthorn has been granted from the CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) Communities Taskforce. This funding is focused on organisations who support multicultural communities,...

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Parliamentary Praise For Hawthorn Heroes

November 12, 2020 - ,

It was a joy to take a moment in this sunny week in Parliament to celebrate some of Hawthorn’s wonderful constituents. Even in the most challenging times, as the COVID winter behind us has certainly been, I am constantly amazed by the selflessness and generosity...

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We’re Building A Recovery Workforce

November 12, 2020 -

In the upcoming budget, our Government will be supporting the professionals that have been there for us every day of this difficult year- mental health professionals, family violence specialists and child support workers. We know sometimes money speaks louder than words – we’re investing $235...

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Supporting People Experiencing Homelessness

November 12, 2020 -

We know it’s been a volatile year for everybody, and financially vulnerability is being felt by more people. Often it is the support of community organisations that keeps people experiencing unstable housing or homelessness in a safe place. This is why our government is utilising...

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Introducing Your Local Chapter Of The Australian Conservation Foundation

November 12, 2020 -

I have had the pleasure in recent weeks to meet with the Boroondara chapter of the Australian Conservation Foundation to hear about the work they do protecting our local environment. They will be providing for your perusal, a ten-article series to be released in each...

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Free Kinder 2021: Saving Parents Thousands And Supporting Women In The Workforce

November 12, 2020 -

As a former educator, a parent, and a grandfather, I could not be more pleased with our latest commitment as a government to deliver free kinder in 2021 and increase outside school hours care. This will save parents thousands of dollars and help more women...

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