Bringing the Legislative Council into the 21st Century

For the last 17 years, the Legislative Assembly has allowed infants into the chamber so that their parents can look after them. MPs are people too and some of us have young kids and nobody should be punished for being a parent. That’s why, as..

Election as President of the Legislative Council

When the 59th Parliament of Victoria was sworn in on Wednesday 19 December 2018, Shaun was elected by the Chamber to be President of the Legislative Council. As one of the Presiding Officers, Shaun will be responsible for the operation of the Legislative Council Chamber..

Ban on Fracking in Victoria

PETITIONS – 23 February 2017 To the Legislative Council of Victoria: The petition of certain citizens of the state of Victoria requests that the Legislative Council support the brave Andrews government decision to permanently ban the exploration and extraction of onshore unconventional gas (fracking) by..

Bringing Road Safety Education to Melbourne Museum

MEMBERS STATEMENT – 22 February 2107 Today I want to acknowledge the work done by the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, in that there was an important announcement last week that Museum Victoria and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) have formed a..

Flinders Street Station Restoration Works

MEMBERS STATEMENT – 23 February 2017 Last week I was fortunate enough to have a bit of a tour through Flinders Street station to see the cosmetic works happening on the outside of the building. This work is progressing quite well. By the end of..

Four Level Xings Gone in EMR

MEMBERS STATEMENT – 9 February 2017 Since the last sitting of Parliament, four level crossings have been grade separated out in the east, those being at Scoresby Road, Mountain Highway, Blackburn Road and Heatherdale Road. I want to thank and congratulate the workforce — some 800-plus..