Caroline Chisholm Society

Together with the members for Pascoe Vale and Hawthorn, I also rise to pay tribute to one of the great champions of the rights of women and children within the state of Victoria, the Caroline Chisholm Society. It was 50 years ago that Dr Philomena Joshua convened a non-denominational citizen army of volunteers, most of…

Hospital Waiting Times

My constituency question is addressed to the Minister for Health in the other place. I ask the minister: how will this Andrews Labor government address and prioritise a response to the severe and life-threatening delays faced by patients requiring surgery within the public health system? A constituent in an acute state of distress made contact…

Mentone Car Parks

My constituency question is addressed to the Minister for Transport Infrastructure. The Mentone traders and residents request that the minister provide a precise numerical measure of the number of car parks at Mentone station prior to the level crossing removal works and the number of car parks which will be available at the Mentone station…

Beach Road Bay Trail Project

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Roads. The action I seek is for the minister to immediately and permanently halt the narrowing of Beach Road that commenced this week. Since I was elected as the member for Sandringham I have received consistent representations from members of the Sandringham district expressing their concern over…

Bayside Citizenship Ceremony Address

Brighton Town Hall Wednesday, 25 September 2019   Your Worship, Mayor Heffernan, State parliamentary colleagues, Bayside councillors, citizenship candidates, families and friends. Yes, tonight I address you as a civic leader. Perhaps more importantly I address you as the son of migrant parents. My late father, Leslie Thomas Rowswell, was born in the United Kingdom…

Homelessness

Matters of Public Importance   I rise to address this matter of public importance. In doing so I wish to recall some words that I used in my maiden speech contribution in this place in December of last year where I said that, in my view, at its heart public service—the job of members of…

Gas and Fuel Land, Highett

Adjournment Legislative Assembly 20 June 2019 My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Planning, and the action I seek is for the minister to meet with Highett residents who will be directly impacted by the Andrews Labor government’s decision to re-zone the former gas and fuel land for private high-rise, high-density development so that…