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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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Pride in Hawthorn Innovators

May 28, 2021 -

Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, Jaala Pulford, visited the Hawthorn electorate last Monday to open Compass Education’s new Australian Headquarters on Burwood Road. John Kennedy MP attended alongside colleagues Will Fowles MP and Nina Taylor MP to celebrate the Hawthorn success story...

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$11.5 Million for Local School Sporting Space

May 28, 2021 -

The Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy, is proud to announce the Andrews Government’s delivery of $11.5 million to upgrade sporting facilities used by Swinburne Senior Secondary College and the broader community in the 2021-2022 State Budget. The funds will contribute to the redevelopment of Fritsch...

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Victorian Budget Breakdown

May 28, 2021 -

As the Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy was proud to watch as Treasurer Tim Pallas tabled the Andrews Government’s State Budget for 2021-22. This Budget will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care...

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Creating Jobs and Caring For Hawthorn

May 20, 2021 -

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of Hawthorn.  The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care and services our community needs.  Swinburne Senior Secondary College is one of 52...

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Celebrating A Greener Camberwell

May 14, 2021 -

Mr Kennedy, Member for Hawthorn, and Nina Taylor, Member for the Southern Metropolitan region, attended an event held at Ignite Café in Camberwell on 13 May to celebrate the $1.76 million dollars the Andrews Labor Government is providing towards the creation of the Camberwell Green...

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Parliament online series to showcase Victorian scientific endeavour

May 13, 2021 -

Launching this week, a new online series ‘STEM and Society’ will highlight the game-changing work being undertaken by various Victorian scientists and researchers. Presented as a partnership between the Parliament of Victoria, the Royal Society of Victoria and Victorian Parliamentarians for STEM, the series will...

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A Bolder, Brighter Future For Our Creative State

May 13, 2021 -

We are working to reinvigorate Victoria’s multi-billion-dollar creative economy, with an unprecedented $288 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government in the upcoming Victorian Budget 2021/22. Designed to secure jobs and reassert Victoria’s position as the creative state, a $167.3 million Creative State funding package...

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Up And About: Revitalisation Push Backs City and State Recovery

May 13, 2021 -

The Andrews Labor Government is backing Victoria’s jobs recovery with a new investment of more than $260 million to rejuvenate Melbourne’s much-loved CBD and attract visitors to the state from across the nation. Acting Premier James Merlino and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events...

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Innovation and Excellence: Hawthorn Park

May 13, 2021 -

Mr Kennedy, Member for Hawthorn, is delighted that Hawthorn Park, a new residential development located at 33-57 Camberwell Road in Hawthorn East has been nominated for a Property Council of Australia Innovation & Excellence Award in the Development Innovation category. The apartments and townhouses that...

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Bills St Housing Project – Consultations Open

May 7, 2021 -

Consultation on the Bills St Housing Project’s plans is now open. The Homes Victoria redevelopment site at Bills Street, Hawthorn, will replace obsolete social housing with well designed, secure, modern social and affordable housing. Homes Victoria want to hear from the community on the Bills...

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Local Theatre: A Name For Herself

May 7, 2021 -

Mr Kennedy was delighted to attend the new play, ‘A Name for Herself’, written by Meg McNena and directed by Lynda Fleming, at one of its two premiere shows at the Renaissance Theatre. The play tells the story of a militant rebel and a pacifist...

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Committee Calls To Extend Anti-Vilification Protections

May 7, 2021 -

The ABC reported that as the COVID-19 pandemic rose in Victoria, a year ago, so did the number of people contacting Victoria’s human rights commissioner for advice about racial vilification, and new data shows it is not slowing down. This week the Anti-Vilification Protections Inquiry, which investigated...

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Captain’s Call: Listening To Hawthorn’s Young Leaders

April 30, 2021 -

On Monday, 26 April, John Kennedy hosted School Captains from across the Hawthorn electorate for lunch and round-table discussion. In attendance were Ella and Adele from Auburn High School, Angus and Pearl from Camberwell High School, Harriette and Chloe from Siena College, and Franky and...

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Getting The ‘MOST’ Youth Mental Health Support

April 29, 2021 -

Last week the Andrews Labor Government welcomed the commencement of the MOST (Moderated Online Social Therapy) program. The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we deliver mental health care. This new program means young people can get the long-term care they need to stay...

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Grants Open To Change Our Game

April 29, 2021 -

Applications for Round 2 of the 2020-21 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants are now open. The program is designed to fund one-off events that celebrate and showcase the role women and girls play at the community level. Grants of up to $10,000 are available...

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Bills St Community Consultation

April 16, 2021 -

Homes Victoria’s community consultation on the Bills Street Housing Project started on 18 March 2021 and closed last Friday, 16 April 2021. The plans for the development have changed and adapted over a number of years and this latest round of community feedback will help...

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Hawthorn Clubs Score Sport Grants

April 15, 2021 -

Five grassroots sport clubs and organisations in the Hawthorn electorate are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in more than $7,300 from the Victorian Government. Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy this week announced the...

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Celebrating Mental Health Carers Achievements In Hawthorn Electorate

April 15, 2021 -

Media Release John Kennedy, Member for Hawthorn, proudly celebrates the achievement of Tania Curlis, who was recognised for their commitment providing care and support of Victorians with mental health issues at the Tandem awards, attended by the Minister for Mental Health, James Merlino. The Tandem...

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Re-Opening Of Melbourne’s Tram Museum In Hawthorn

April 15, 2021 -

The Melbourne Tram Museum is a volunteer-based non-profit group that focuses on the preservation and display of Melbourne’s tramway history. It re-opened on 27 March and from this month will return to its normal operating schedule, with open days on the second and fourth Saturdays...

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Road Safety Recommendations Arrive

April 1, 2021 -

The Andrews Labor Government is investigating how Victoria’s roads can be made safer.  A recently tabled Parliamentary Inquiry considered whether the state’s road toll can be reduced to fewer than 200, every year. The inquiry, chaired by Upper House member for the Eastern-Metropolitan region (which...

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Five Years From The Royal Commission Into Family Violence

April 1, 2021 -

This fortnight we marked five years since the Royal Commission into Family Violence concluded in Victoria. We established the Royal Commission into Family Violence to shine a light on our biggest law and order issue. Its final report was the beginning of a long and...

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Taking Electric Vehicles Seriously

April 1, 2021 -

The Andrews Labor Government is investing  $45 million to support the uptake of electric vehicles across Victoria. We’re encouraging the uptake of zero and low emission vehicles with several key initiatives, including: discounted vehicle registration fees and stamp duty concessions, investing in fast charging networks...

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Compass Education

April 1, 2021 - ,

Member’s Statement Given on 16 March 2021. “I recently visited the offices of Compass Education, an education technology platform, and met with founders John de la Motte and Lucas Filer and their friendly staff. Compass is a popular all-in-one school management system that helps schools...

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Mental Health Royal Commission Final Report Welcomed In

March 8, 2021 -

It was my privilege, last week, to join my colleagues for a historic day as the final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System was tabled in parliament. Over the last year we’ve lived through a global pandemic and all the stresses...

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Supporting COVIDSafe Multicultural Events In Hawthorn

March 4, 2021 -

The Andrews Labor Government is helping even more multicultural and multifaith communities hold events to celebrate their culture and traditions, including here in Hawthorn. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ros Spence today announced $750,000 for 205 community organisations across the state to deliver COVIDSafe multicultural festivals...

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Hawthorn One Of Six Fast Start Sites For Big Housing Build

February 26, 2021 -

More than 200 new houses for people who need it will be built in Hawthorn – some of the first new homes that will be delivered through the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark Big Housing Build. Member for Hawthorn John Kennedy today announced that Bills Street...

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