Energy Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

June 24, 2021 -

Let me contribute to this debate on the Energy Legislation Amendment Bill 2021. My comments today will submit that this bill is needed as Victoria transitions to new forms of energy which will not only drive down emissions but ensure we meet our emissions targets...

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Business Support Following Circuit-Breaker Lockdown

June 24, 2021 -

My question is for the Minister for Industry Support and Recovery and concerns the support being provided to businesses in my electorate of Hawthorn during the circuit-breaker lockdown. The more than $500 million circuit-breaker business support package is helping Victorian businesses directly affected by the...

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Safety on Toorak Road & The Pasifika Youth Research Project

June 24, 2021 -

TOORAK ROAD, CAMBERWELL, ROAD SAFETY Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (09:56): I rise today to provide two important updates from the Hawthorn electorate. Standing alongside the member for Burwood, I am glad to represent a Victorian government improving road safety on Toorak Road near Hartwell Primary School....

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Backing Libraries and Learning Across Victoria

June 24, 2021 -

The Victorian Government is building on the central role that libraries play in communities across the state, backed by record investment in services and resources. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane joined representatives from the Victorian public library sector for the Libraries by Design Conference,...

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Tackling Racism: Backing Communities And Driving Respect

June 24, 2021 -

Congratulations to Rabbi Gabi Kaltmann of the Ark Centre in Hawthorn East for being appointed to the Victorian Government’s landmark Anti-Racism Taskforce. Rabbi Gabi will join ten other community representatives in a taskforce co-chaired by Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Member for Sunbury Josh...

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Prize Encourages Students to Reflect on ANZAC… Plus, Be An MP for 90 Seconds!

June 24, 2021 -

Multiple competitions are currently running to give students the opportunity to reflect on both Victoria’s past, through the Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize, and Victoria’s present and future through the Parliamentary Prize. Victorian students in Years 9-11 in the Hawthorn Electorate are eligible to win...

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Education and Training Reform Amendment (Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership) Bill 2021

June 23, 2021 -

It gives me great pleasure to contribute to the debate on the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership) Bill 2021. As the founding principal of a non-government secondary school for nearly 29 years, a recent recipient of a masters degree...

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Funding to Support Important Upgrades at Hawthorn Schools

June 22, 2021 -

Hawthorn schools will be eligible to receive a funding boost to deliver small but important upgrades, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Minor Capital Works Fund. Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy today announced the opening of Round 2 of the Minor Capital Works Fund which...

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Three Hawthorn Schools To Get Infrastructure Funding Boost

June 21, 2021 -

The Minister for Education today announced that more than 500 schools across the state will be supported in getting essential maintenance and bushfire-ready works off the ground. Thanks to a boost by the Andrews Labor Government 282 government schools will share in $12.48 million in...

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Grants Open To Help Inclusive Learning in Hawthorn

June 18, 2021 -

The Victorian Government is helping more schools in Hawthorn support students with disabilities and additional needs by offering grants to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds to ensure that all students can fully participate and succeed in school. Member...

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Visit to Quest Payment Systems in Hawthorn

June 11, 2021 -

Mr Kennedy had the pleasure of visiting Quest Payment Systems located in Burwood Road, last Friday. John would like to thank Andrew Graham (Chairman), Jan Mason (CEO) and Adam Reed (Head of Business Development) for showing him around the office and introducing him to all...

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Boosting Equality and Recovery in Hawthorn Sporting Clubs

June 11, 2021 -

Two of the Andrews Government’s sporting club grant programs have recently funded a number of Hawthorn clubs, with a targeted focus of supporting financial recovery from COVID-19, implementing COVID-Safe measures, and boosting female involvement in sports. The latest round of Sporting Club grants provided a...

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Gardiner’s Creek Loan of $5.4M

June 10, 2021 - ,

Constituency Question My question is for the Minister for Community Sport and concerns the $5.4 million loan provided to the Gardiners Creek corridor trail in my electorate of Hawthorn in the latest round of the government’s community sports infrastructure loans scheme. The scheme provides low-interest...

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My First Jab of the Astra-Zeneca Vaccine

June 10, 2021 - ,

Member’s Statement Although currently unable to visit a gym, I recently received my first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine at Access Health and Community in Hawthorn. Today I want to encourage my constituents, fellow Victorians and Australians to get vaccinated as soon as possible. If...

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Child Wellbeing and Safety (Child Safe Standards Compliance and Enforcement) Bill 2021

June 9, 2021 - ,

Bill Speech Over lunch the discussion was with the German philosopher Goethe, who said, ‘As knowledge grows, so does doubt’. I have sometimes observed that this is a problem for some of us here in this place—but nonetheless, let me just say there appears to...

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Education and Training Reform Amendment (Protection of School Communities) Bill 2021

June 8, 2021 - ,

Bill Speech I rise today to speak on the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Protection of School Communities) Bill 2021. As a former educator I will contend that this bill is essential in ensuring schools are safe places of work and learning for staff and...

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Victoria Leads Nation: Climate Policy

June 5, 2021 -

Today marks World Environment Day, the United Nations’ day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Last month, the Andrews Labor Government unveiled its ambitious Climate Change Strategy and interim targets, positioning Victoria as a leader in tackling climate change – and...

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