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Education and Training Reform Amendment (Senior Secondary Pathways Reforms and Other Matters) Bill 2021

October 18, 2021 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (13:39): During 2019—near the end of 2019—the Minister for Education invited me to a busman’s holiday, and basically the busman’s holiday was to chair the reference group in respect of the review into vocational and applied learning pathways in senior secondary schooling....

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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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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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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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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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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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ADJOURNMENT MATTER FOR THE MINISTER FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

May 26, 2021 -

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Creative Industries, and the action I seek is an update on how the government’s support for creative industries benefits my constituents and businesses in Hawthorn. As we are all aware, many businesses have suffered during the COVID...

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CONSTITUENCY QUESTION TO THE MINISTER FOR CONSUMER AFFAIRS

May 20, 2021 -

My question is for the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation and concerns the review of the Retirement Villages Act 1986 currently underway. The government published an options paper to which the community could respond and provide feedback. Along with my colleagues Nina...

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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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ADJOURNMENT MATTER FOR THE MINISTER FOR HOUSING

March 17, 2021 -

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Housing, here with us tonight at the table, and the action I seek is that the minister join with me to attend the main works sod turn at the Bills Street housing development in Hawthorn. Bills Street...

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ADJOURNMENT MATTER: FOR THE MINISTER FOR CRIME PREVENTION

March 2, 2021 -

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Crime Prevention. The action I seek is that the minister provide an update on the outcomes of the graffiti prevention grant of $18 000 given to Boroondara City Council for the refurbishment and installation of two murals...

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Honouring Hawthorn’s Citizen Of The Year

February 4, 2021 - ,

It was my pleasure on Thursday the 4th of February 2021, to take a moment in Parliament to honour Yvonne Giltinan, a Hawthorn constituent who was recognised by the City of Boroondara on the 26th of January as both Citizen of the Year, and Outstanding...

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On Behalf Of Hawthorn: Budget Reply

December 11, 2020 - ,

It was an honour on Wednesday to make my final speech in Parliament for the year of 2020, and in doing so, to reply to the fantastic Budget that the Andrews Government delivered last fortnight. When Governments hand down budgets, they reveal two important things;...

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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Members Statement: R U OK Day and Hawthorn AFC

September 23, 2020 -

Speaker, Last Thursday was RUOK day, an important day to empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life. In recognition of this day I want to acknowledge and share some of...

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Adjournment Matter: Mr Kennedy To Ask The Minister

July 14, 2020 -

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, and the action I seek is for the minister to provide me with an update on the rollout of the government’s mobile phone ban at schools in my electorate of Hawthorn. Last year I visited Auburn...

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Safe Patient Care (Nurse To Patient And Midwife To Patient Ratios) Amendment Bill 2020

June 18, 2020 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (15:02): It is always good when you can get up and speak about bills that you have had some sort of involvement in, and at the end of January I had a few days in hospital—bit of elective surgery—just preparing me for the...

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Early Childhood Education

June 18, 2020 - ,

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (21:30): I am very pleased to be speaking on this motion. It has been quite some time since I was a three-year-old, and I certainly did not have the benefit of a three-year old kindergarten. It has caused me to think a...

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