Last Sunday it was my honour to join more than 3000 Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteers, the Leader of the Opposition, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and many of my Liberal and Nationals colleagues at a rally in the Treasury Gardens where, on behalf of all Victorians, the Premier and his Labor Party partners in crime were told to keep their grubby hands off the CFA.
On a number of occasions this year I have written to the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing on behalf of local constituents. Not only have I not received proper responses, but I do not receive copies of what has been said by the minister.
The Somerville and surrounding community was devastated by the destruction of the Western Port basketball stadium by a fire that occurred at the Somerville Community and Recreation Centre on 1 May
Arthritis is a very common condition in Australia affecting people of all ages from all walks of life. While there are many strategies for lessening the symptoms, arthritis often significantly impacts the daily lives of sufferers.
I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of an 88-year-old Somerville resident, historian, author and extraordinary human being, Leila Shaw, after a short illness.
On behalf of my community I would first like to pay my deep respects to our honoured guests in the memory of the Battle of Long Tan.
Following up on concerns raised with me by small businesses from around Victoria, I submitted a number of questions on notice to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade.
I raise a matter for the Acting Minister for Police. The action I seek is that the minister immediately provide sufficient additional frontline police to open the Somerville police station, allowing it to fulfil its intended purpose of keeping Somerville and surrounding communities safer.
On 16 February I was pleased to visit a number of small businesses in the Pakenham area with the wonderful member for Bass. These small businesses form the very backbone of what our state is and build our state's resilience and strength, yet this government ignores them.
On 21 February I was invited to Crib Point, with the Crib Point RSL, to participate in a Vietnam War veterans gravesite vigil for Colin Joseph Whiston, a soldier who died on active service in August 1966 during the Vietnam War.