Ms GARRETT (Brunswick) — Thank you, Deputy Speaker, and congratulations on your elevation to the Deputy Speaker role. I am certain you will discharge your duties with the impartiality and skill that we have known you to possess. It is a pleasure to rise to..

Gary Mao

Ms GARRETT (Brunswick) — I congratulate the Deputy Speaker. It is with great pleasure that I rise to acknowledge the strength and character of the staff and students at Brunswick Secondary College, the Brunswick community and one of our most loved sons, Gary Mao. Gary,..

Victoria Police Bill 2013

The bill sets out the roles and functions of Victoria Police in serving the Victorian community and upholding the law so as to promote a safe, secure and orderly society.

Crimes Amendment (Investigation Powers) Bill 2013

This bill allows police to collect DNA samples from suspects and offenders in relation to all indictable offences, and it creates a regime to ensure that DNA evidence and individual profiles are properly destroyed.


I note that those opposite are calling ‘Wrong’, yet their understanding of the legislative framework in which compensation operates in this state is simply off the mark. It is true that the Accident Compensation Act 1985 will cover no-fault benefits, but that is not what..


It is with pleasure I rise to make a contribution to the debate on the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill 2013. Clearly the issue of workers being able to return home safe each night is at the heart of the Labor Party and indeed..

Workplace Bullying

On 8 October I was privileged to attend an on-site information session about workplace bullying at a city construction site, hosted by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) and Damien and Rae Panlock. As members of the house would be aware, Damien and..

East West Link

It is a privilege to rise to speak on the Corrections Amendment (Parole Reform) Bill 2013. It is a privilege for every member of this house to speak on the bill, because I know that every member keenly feels the losses that our community has..

Blue Ribbon Day

I rise today to honour the great courage and ultimate sacrifice made by members of Victoria Police in protecting and serving our community. Since the inception of Victoria Police, 157 members of the force have laid down their lives in the line of duty, and..

Firefighter compensation

I rise to condemn the Napthine government and the Minister for Police and Emergency Services for their continued failure to progress the very important issue of presumptive legislation for the hardworking men and women — career and volunteer — of the fire services, who put..

Open Courts Bill 2013

It is always a great pleasure to rise to speak after the member for Prahran. I know how much the member loves law reform. You mentioned law reform in your riveting contribution which we all listened to in absolute silence. I thought it was inspirational…

Brunswick Secondary College

Last week I was pleased once again to be one of the judges at the Brunswick Secondary College public speaking competition known as Chatterbox. There was a terrific display of talent and an impressive breadth of subject matter tackled by students from years 7 to..

Country Fire Authority Fiskville Facility

 I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. The action I seek is that he publicly state, as a matter of urgency, the government’s full plan, including actions and time lines, for dealing with the notorious Country Fire..

Planning: Brunswick terminal station

I rise to again express my disappointment at the lack of action by the Napthine government and its continued disregard for the genuine concerns of the community in Brunswick East and Fitzroy North regarding the Brunswick terminal station (BTS). Today residents will once again visit..

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation: workplace bullying

Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation: workplace bullying. My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Liquor and Gaming Regulation. The action I seek is for him to fully investigate and take any appropriate action regarding persistent allegations of a culture of workplace bullying..

Debate on APPROPRIATION (2013-2014) BILL 2013

Ms GARRETT (Brunswick) — It is a pleasure to rise to make my contribution to the debate on behalf of the people of Brunswick and also as part of a very strong and united opposition team, each and every one of whom has pointed out..