Jill Meagher

Ms GARRETT (Brunswick) — On behalf of the community of Brunswick I rise in this place to again express our profound sorrow at the brutal death of one of our own, the beautiful Jill Meagher, and to extend our deepest sympathy to her husband, family..

Law Reform Committee – Sexting

Ms GARRETT (Brunswick) — As the member for Prahran has pointed out, we are living in a unique period in history in which there has been an absolute explosion in technology and the use of communication devices and a rapid advancement in the capacity of..

Brunswick Electorate – Schools

Ms GARRETT (Brunswick) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, and the action I seek is that he receive a delegation of school principals from my electorate regarding traffic and associated safety issues for students and families around local schools in my..

Violence prevention: Women’s Health in the North event

Ms GARRETT (Brunswick) — I was pleased to attend an important event organised by Women’s Health in the North (WHIN) on Monday, 6 May, alongside the federal member for Wills, Kelvin Thomson, and the mayor of the City of Moreland, Oscar Yildiz. This event was..


8th May 2013 It is a pleasure to rise to speak on the Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2013. As we have heard from previous speakers, this bill amends seven pieces of justice legislation to clarify or improve small parts of the relevant acts. I will..

Narelle Grech

18th April 2013 On 4 April the member for Ivanhoe and I had the solemn privilege of attending the celebration of the life of Narelle Grech, who tragically passed away last month after a two-year battle with cancer. She was just 30 years old. Many..

Speaking on the Major Sporting Events Amendment Bill 2013.

7th march 2013 It is a pleasure to rise to speak on the Major Sporting Events Amendment Bill 2013. As we have heard from previous speakers, the bill intends to contribute to improving crowd behaviour and safety at major sporting events by extending the reach..


It is terrific to rise this evening to talk about the Alpine Resorts and National Parks Acts Amendment Bill 2013. We have heard a significant amount about the bill from previous speakers, including the fact that it adds 9.6 hectares of land on the northern..

Buses: route 509

Last week I joined commuters of the former Hope Street bus on the route that was cut without notice by the state government in September last year. I again heard their personal stories of isolation and the lack of access to services, shopping and social..


I am very glad that the previous member took his full 10 minutes; I thought he made a very stirring contribution on the Jury Directions Bill 2012. I am very pleased to rise to make my contribution on this important piece of legislation, which I..

Brunswick electorate: Garrett family history

On Saturday, 2 February, I was delighted and proud to hear my beautiful aunt Jill Manton, a historian by trade, address the Brunswick Community History Group about the six generations of my family who have lived in Brunswick. Supported by me and my father, Graeme,..

Planning: Brunswick terminal station

 I raise a matter for the attention of the Premier, and the action I seek is that he receives a delegation of members of my community, along with elected representatives from Moreland, Yarra and Darebin councils, seeking action on the significant concerns regarding the fourfold..


It is a pleasure to make a brief contribution on the Courts Legislation Amendment (Reserve Judicial Officers) Bill 2012. As the house is aware, reserve judges have been used in Victoria for decades as a way of managing backlogs or case overflows in our very..

Salvatore ‘Sam’ Liistro

Many of us in the Brunswick electorate are grieving the passing of Salvatore ‘Sam’ Liistro. Sam was one of those great Australians, generous of heart, wise, a great organiser and loved by everyone who knew him. He was a stalwart of the Labor Party in..


It is with pleasure that I rise to make a contribution on the Crimes Amendment (Gross Violence Offences) Bill 2012. This week there has been significant discussion about reform proposals in the sentencing area, which comes on the back of some disturbing events that have..


 It is with a profound sense of sorrow and the importance of the occasion that I rise to make a contribution to the debate on the apology for past forced adoptions. The day of the apology was one of the most moving and important days..