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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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Education And Training Reform Amendment Regulation Of Student Accommodation Bill 2020

June 16, 2020 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (14:30): I rise to speak on the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Regulation of Student Accommodation) Bill 2020. As a former school principal and assistant boarding housemaster I appreciate the benefits for the many students across Victoria who attend boarding schools. Students...

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Retail Leases Amendment Act 2019

June 4, 2020 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (15:40): In Hawthorn there are three strips of cafes, shops and what have you—Burke Road, Glenferrie Road and Burwood Road—and these are very lively, very engaging places and very, very popular. However, in Hawthorn and indeed in other parts not too far...

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Auburn South Primary School

June 3, 2020 -

Mr KENNEDY: Twice in 2019, in February and August, I visited the lively Auburn South Primary School, founded in 1925—with the original two-storey block building still standing—and educating over 600 children 95 years later. The gateway to the school presents a place rich in history,...

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Constituency Question To The Minister For Education

April 14, 2020 -

My question is for the Minister for Education. What will the minister do to support the hardworking kindergartens in my electorate of Hawthorn as they are faced with growing demand for four-year-old kindergarten and braced with excitement for the rollout of three-year-old kindergarten? Early childhood...

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North-East Link Bill 2020

March 19, 2020 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn): I am very pleased, delighted, excited to speak on the North East Link Bill 2020, a project that will bring many benefits to the east, where my electorate of Hawthorn is situated. This project has been spoken about for many years, but...

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Adjournment Matter For The Minister For Transport And Infrastructure

March 6, 2020 -

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Transport Infrastructure, who just happens to be here at the moment. The action I seek is that she ensure that the Glen Iris Junior Football Club, the Gladiators, continue to have access to their playing facilities at...

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Rossbourne School

March 5, 2020 -

  Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (09:51): Last week it was a delight to meet parents, staff and students of Hawthorn’s Rossbourne School and present student representative badges to Amy, Jake, Ariel, Bella, Elliott, Chris, Sam, Nikita, Ella, Jack and Jake. Rossbourne is a non-government school for...

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West Hawthorn Kindergarten

March 5, 2020 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (11:44): (2017) My question is for the Minister for Education. What will the minister do to support the hardworking kindergartens in my electorate of Hawthorn as they are faced with growing demand for four-year-old kindergarten and braced with excitement for the roll...

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Glen Iris Junior Football Club

March 5, 2020 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (17:34): (2027) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Transport Infrastructure, who just happens to be here at the moment. The action I seek is that she ensure that the Glen Iris Junior Football Club, the Gladiators, continue to have access...

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Hon. John Cain

February 24, 2020 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (16:20): As principal of Loyola College, Watsonia, I knew John Cain for a long time as the member for Bundoora. He was a diligent local member and most supportive of constituents and the local community, including Loyola. Ceremonial duties that he put...

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Owners, Corporations And Other Acts Amendment Bill 2019

February 24, 2020 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (18:15): This bill sees changes to the Owners Corporations Act 2006 and the Retirement Villages Act 1987. I point out that for the past four years I have lived in a retirement village myself; however, these legislative changes will not directly impact...

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Jesuit Social Services

February 24, 2020 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (09:45): Sitting opposite the Hawthorn electorate office is Ignite Cafe, next door to the Camberwell library, where my staff team and I gather at 8.30 am for tea and coffee every Monday to plan the week ahead. Jesuit Social Services run Ignite...

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Constituency Question To The Minister For Energy, Environment and Climate Change

January 28, 2020 -

My constituency question is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Solar Homes and is about the solar panel rebate scheme. The Andrews Labor government’s $1.3 billion Solar Homes program will install solar panels, solar hot water or solar batteries at...

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Adjournment Matter For The Minister For Health

January 14, 2020 -

My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Health and concerns the government’s SunSmart program. The action I seek is that she approves the school shade grants application of Hawthorn West Primary in my electorate. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin...

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Constituency Question To The Minister For Health

January 14, 2020 -

My question is for the Minister for Health in the other place. What will the minister do to assist community groups in my Hawthorn electorate to provide shade and sun-protective items in their outdoor spaces and for events? The Andrews Labor government has an ambitious...

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Constituency Question To The Minister For Public Transport

December 12, 2019 -

My constituency question is for the Minister for Public Transport. As many in this place know, I am an avid user of public transport. My question to the minister is: what is the time line for the rollout of the new myki gates, particularly in...

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Local Government Bill 2019

November 28, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (12:20:07): I rise to speak on the Local Government Bill 2019, and I would like to begin by just saying a few words about one of the great marriages in heaven. One of the great marriages in heaven is the fact that...

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Shade Grants

November 28, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (11:47:56): (1778) My question is for the Minister for Health in the other place. What will the minister do to assist community groups in my Hawthorn electorate to provide shade and sun-protective items in their outdoor spaces and for events? The Andrews Labor...

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Caroline Chisholm Society

November 27, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (09:48:10): In another place far from here we are offered the simplistic mantra of ‘A fair go for those who have a go’. This morning I join members in paying tribute to the Caroline Chisholm Society on the occasion of the 50th anniversary...

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Workplace Safety Legislation Amendment (Workplace Manslaughter And Other Matters) Bill 2019

November 14, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (16:13:00): I imagine—in the work that I do, anyway, in this place and that is associated with this place—there is a thirst for a world that is fair, productive and compassionate, and personally I try to apply all three. I recognise that it...

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Camberwell Junction Crown Land

November 13, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (09:51:17): On 31 October I lodged a petition on behalf of many passionate residents of the City of Boroondara in my electorate of Hawthorn. The petition outlined how more public parks and playgrounds are needed for the rapidly growing population of Camberwell Junction...

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Hawthorn West Primary School

November 12, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (19:17:45): (1431) My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Health and concerns the government’s SunSmart program. The action I seek is that the minister approves the school shade grants application of Hawthorn West Primary School in my electorate. Australia has one...

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Justice Legislation Amendment Criminal Appeals Bill 2019

October 31, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (16:40:02): I would like to begin my remarks with some reference to general issues of law and order. I go back to my own election campaign in October 2018. In Hawthorn West, outside a number of shops, there was another candidate for Hawthorn...

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