Affordable and social housing in Bills Street

August 20, 2021 -

On 16 August, I was again watching a Council committee, this time to hear discussion on the Victorian Government’s long overdue construction of 12,000 units of affordable and social housing including Hawthorn’s share of 206 units in Bills Street. I am privileged to chair a...

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On Afghanistan

August 19, 2021 -

It has been an overwhelming two weeks; not only locally but globally too, as we witness from afar the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.  After 20 years of service in Afghanistan, and 41 Australian lives lost to the cause, our nation’s first evacuation flight rescued only...

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Where To Get Your Covid-19 Vaccination

August 19, 2021 -

On Monday the 9th of August, we extended eligibility for the AstraZeneca vaccine to include 18-39 year olds. On that same day, our state smashed vaccination records, with 22,670 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites alone. Young people are getting it done, helping our...

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Member’s Statement: Homelessness Week

August 6, 2021 - ,

Member’s Statement, given on the 5th of July, 2021. This week is Homelessness Week. I find it astonishing that in an affluent country such as ours over 116 000 people experience homelessness on any given night. Research has shown that secure and affordable housing is...

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Breast Screening Services Remain Open

August 5, 2021 -

Breast screening services, including BreastScreen, have remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic, with COVID-safe measures in place including physical distancing and additional time between appointments to allow for thorough cleaning. Eligible Victorians have access to free breast screening and assessment through BreastScreen Victoria at 42...

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Hawthorn Students Honoured in Premier’s VCE Awards

August 5, 2021 -

A plethora of Hawthorn students have been recognised alongside the state’s best performing VCE students in the Premier’s VCE Awards. Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy, congratulates the following students on their outstanding achievement. Kiah Shnider from Bialik College was recognised as a Top All-Round VCE...

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The Census is Coming

August 5, 2021 -

The Census commences next week, on the 10th of August. Census data is used to build a better future for us all. It’s used to inform decisions on issues that touch our lives every day, from schools, healthcare, transport and infrastructure to local services for...

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Statewide Kinder Kit Surprise For Three-Year-Old Kids

August 4, 2021 -

In 2022, the Andrews Government will give Victorian children starting at Three-Year-Old Kinder a special Kinder Kit – helping to give them the best start on their learning journey. Minister for Early Childhood, Ingrid Stitt, announced that an $8 million investment in the 2021/22 Victorian Budget...

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Constituent Question – VCAL Reforms

August 3, 2021 -

My question is for the Minister for Education and is regarding the proposed VCAL reforms. The integration of VCAL into the VCE follows a review by former Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority CEO John Firth. I was pleased to chair the expert reference group for...

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Work Starts On Swinburne Senior Secondary College Upgrades

August 2, 2021 -

Students at Swinburne Senior Secondary College are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy, today announced that N2SH Design Firm has been...

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