Parliament

Solar Homes Program

October 31, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (11:50:17): (1388) 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...

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Justice Legislation Amendment (Serious Offenders And Other Matters) Bill 2019

October 29, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (15:41:50): The purpose of this bill is, consistent with the Andrews Labor government’s determination to safeguard the community, to strengthen the operation of prisons, parole and the post-sentence supervision scheme to further enhance community safety. As has previously been noted, the bill will...

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Baby Bundles

October 29, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (14:09:59): Elsie Kathleen Quinn was born three weeks ago today at Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg to Fionnuala Kennedy and Dominic Quinn. This has brought great joy to this first-time grandfather standing before you and his wife, Bronwyn Lane. Together they have...

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Victoria-China Links

October 17, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (10:01:13): The schools in the Hawthorn electorate are proud of their strong ties to China. Nearly all offer Mandarin, host international students and have sister school arrangements in place. Auburn High is running a leadership program in China in November. This member is...

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Land (Revocation of Reservations) Bill 2019

October 15, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (17:58:47): As I near the first anniversary of my election to this house, I enjoy reminiscing about the thrills of being the member for Hawthorn and part of a government that has achieved so much—announcing funding for schools, raising flags at various...

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Children Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

August 29, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (14:09:25): I rise to speak on mandatory reporting being extended to include people in religious ministry. This has specific relevance to the Catholic Church and in particular its sacrament of reconciliation known as confession. Unfortunately some have seen this as some sort of...

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Budget Papers 2019-20

August 15, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (16:24:11): I am delighted to comment on the Andrews budget. My electorate of Hawthorn has benefited greatly from exciting and well-received initiatives. The hard work and commitment of many constituents has been recognised in this budget. We are listening to the people of...

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Public Holidays Amendment Bill 2019

June 18, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (17:22:46): Today I rise to speak proudly on the Public Holidays Amendment Bill 2019. The bill will enshrine in legislation Easter Sunday and Grand Final Friday as public holidays. It will also legislate for an additional public holiday when Christmas Day falls on...

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Boroondara Cares Foundation

June 5, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (10:00:30): I would like to speak about a charitable initiative within my Hawthorn electorate: the Boroondara Cares Chances scholarship program. This program helps motivated and talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, aiding them to excel in their school environment free of financial burdens....

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Auburn High School Redevelopment

May 28, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (10:05:18): As a former secondary principal I sure know a good school when I encounter one, whether it be seeing well-turned-out students on the 75 tram down Burwood and Riversdale roads, a carefully planned school assembly or the sharing of lively classroom conversations....

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Victorian Honour Roll Of Women

March 19, 2019 -

Mr KENNEDY (Hawthorn) (18:12:42): I am pleased to advise the house that three of the 21 inductees to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2019 are from the go-ahead Hawthorn electorate. Ms Judy Dalton showed courage in 1970 when she broke away from the tennis...

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John Kennedy’s Inaugural Speech

February 20, 2019 - ,

  Speaker, I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we gather.  I pay my respects to their elders past, present and emerging. As for family background. I rejoice in the proclamation of Pope John 23rd that “half the world is Irish...

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