It is a pleasure to rise to speak in the debate on the Community Based Sentences (Transfer) Bill 2012. As others have noted, the bill allows adult offenders serving community correction orders to transfer interstate and includes a corresponding capacity for interstate offenders to transfer..

Buses: route 509

I wish to raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Public Transport. The action I seek is his urgent intervention to ensure the continued operation of bus route 509, or as it is affectionately known, the Hope Street bus. Over recent weeks..

Planning: Brunswick terminal station

The house is well aware of the ongoing and significant issue in my electorate of the proposed development of the Brunswick terminal station. I have called on the government on many occasions to respond to the deep community concerns about the development and, in particular,..


It is a pleasure to rise to make a contribution to the debate on the Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2012. As we have heard from the opposition’s lead speaker, the member for Altona, Labor will not be opposing the bill primarily because this is a..

Brunswick Secondary College: funding

I rise on behalf of my community to again call on the government to fund the urgently needed expansion and modernisation of Brunswick Secondary College. In recent years this school has gone from strength to strength, growing in enrolment numbers and achieving some outstanding results…

Electric vehicles: CERES charging station

I was pleased last Thursday, 22 March, to attend the launch of Australia’s very first level-2 solar-powered charging station for electric cars, which is located at CERES in Brunswick. This collaborative initiative between Delta Energy Systems, Q-Cells Australia and CERES will enable public access to..

International Women’s Day

 As members are aware, Thursday, 8 March, was International Women’s Day. I was delighted to attend some very special events and join with hundreds of other women in marking this significant day on our calendar. Most importantly, I began the day, as I have for..


It is always a pleasure to follow the member for Frankston in debate, and in particular to follow the member for Richmond. It was interesting that today we had the government trying to shut down a debate on jobs and the jobs crisis in this..

Planning: Brunswick terminal station

I wish to raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Planning. The action I seek is that he publicly release the independent analysis and advice, if any, that he and the government sought or received which informed his recent decision to rezone..


 I am pleased to rise to make a contribution to the debate on the Carers Recognition Bill 2012. This has been a very moving and heartfelt debate. Some members have been courageous, and I believe selfless, in sharing their direct experiences as carers of loved..

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

As members are aware, February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and today is Teal Ribbon day. As part of the activities to raise awareness of this terrible disease, sometimes referred to as the ‘silent killer’, last week I held an Afternoon Teal at my office..

Nurses: enterprise bargaining

The matter I wish to raise is for the Minister for Health, and the action I seek is that he attend a full shift at a busy hospital to experience firsthand the pressures and demands that our hardworking nurses face every day. I make this..


 I rise to make a contribution to the debate on the Emergency Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2011, and in doing so I join with the many other members of this house to pay my deepest respects to those individuals, families and communities that suffered so..