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PARLIAMENT

Bail Amendment (Reducing Pre-trial Imprisonment of Women, Aboriginal, and Vulnerable Persons) Bill 2021

I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Back when the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody went to work, First Nations people made up 3 per cent of Victoria’s prison population, a rate of imprisonment at around 900 per 100 000 population. Thirty years later, by...

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Adjournment: Soft plastic waste

My adjournment is for the environment minister. The Labor government wants to allow soft plastics to be burnt, instead of recycled. In July, the Labor government put out a consultation draft on how we manage incineration, now that we have plans for incineration—so-called waste-to-energy plants popping up across the state,...

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Adjournment: Rental supports

My adjournment matter this afternoon is for the minister representing the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, and I ask that the minister immediately reintroduce the moratorium on evictions and rent increases to protect renters from losing their homes. Victorians have done it tough over the last 18 months,...

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Members statement: Growing far right movement

Soon after we rose from our last sitting of Parliament, an explosive media investigation by 60 Minutes and Channel 9 uncovered the growing far-right movement in Australia and in Victoria specifically. I have spoken previously in this place about this threat on the horizon. We should all be turning our minds...

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Adjournment: Wildlife protection

My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Planning, and my ask is that he meet with members of our community to discuss how to strengthen wildlife protections in the planning system. As Victoria’s population continues to grow and new developments and suburbs are created we have a responsibility...

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Adjournment: Our Youth, Our Way report

My adjournment matter tonight is for the Attorney-General. In the last sitting week of Parliament the Our Youth, Our Way report by the Commission for Children and Young People was tabled. It was an inquiry into the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in the Victorian youth justice system....

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Members statement: Multicultural communities

We are lucky in Victoria to have such a rich and vibrant multicultural community. I was pleased to host a meeting with representatives from some of our largest culturally diverse communities last week to hear about the issues their communities are facing and the support they need in dealing with...

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Stop independent assessments and cuts to the NDIS

On Saturday I joined Fairer NDIS for all to protest independent assessments and cuts to the NDIS. Yesterday, I echoed the calls of the disability community in Parliament:

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End systemic racism against First Nations people and fix our broken justice system

Today is National Sorry Day – a day to acknowledge the ongoing impacts and trauma of the stolen generations. But today, Aboriginal children are still being removed from their families.

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Children, Youth and Families (Raise the Age) Amendment Bill 2021

 I move: That the bill be now read a second time. I am humbled to be introducing this very important bill. Children as young as 10 years old are not criminals. They do not belong in prison. Not in Victoria. Not in Australia. Not anywhere in the world. This isn’t just...

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