A Better Vocational Education for School Students

The Andrews Government will overhaul Victoria’s school-based vocational education with a new integrated end-of-school certificate – ensuring wherever they school, every student will be able to do both academic and vocational subjects. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invests $38 million to develop a new single VCE..

Welcome, New and Re-elected Boroondara Councillors

The recent local council elections are bringing forth exciting times in Boroondara. In Parliament last week, I expressed my congratulations and best wishes to the six women and five men who will have the privilege of serving this great community. In particular, the seven councillors..

Standing Up in the Windfarm Debate

It was brought to my attention, from a member of the opposition, that apparently people in Hawthorn are not interested in effective action on climate and transitioning to renewable energy. This has not been my experience. Since becoming the Member for Hawthorn, and well before..

Climate Cost – Doing Nothing Versus Taking Action

The cost of doing nothing In its recent paper on Australia’s Clean Economy Future: Costs and Benefits the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) predicted that the Australia’s cumulative damages from climate change current global emissions patterns if we do nothing are more than $5 trillion..

Young Hawthorn Winner of the Parliamentary Prize

I didn’t know anything about the Parliament Prize before my teacher asked me if I wanted to participate.  However, after reading the information, I saw it as not just a public speaking competition, but also an opportunity for me to voice my opinions on a..

The Biggest Day of the Year: Budget Day on Spring St

In typical 2020 fashion, one usually reliable element of ‘business as usual’ has been necessarily on hold for much of the year – Budget Day. Typically delivered in May, the Budget waited while Victoria pulled through a crisis – and so we have! Writing this..

Budget 2020/21: Putting People First in Hawthorn

When the Andrews Labor Government was elected, we promised to put people first. As our state begins its recovery from the global pandemic, people will continue to be our priority. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 delivers on the investments that will see our community recover –..

Budget 2020/21: Upgrading Auburn South Primary School

This year, Hawthorn East families have done an incredible job in supporting students to learn from home. As kids get back into the classroom, we want to make sure they have the fantastic new learning spaces they deserve. The Andrews Labor Government has built and..

Big Housing Build for Hawthorn

The Victorian Government is making sure more Victorians have the security and stability of a home, with our state’s – and Australia’s – biggest ever investment in public and community housing. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 will deliver a historic $5.3 billion Big Housing Build to..

Funding for Multicultural Communities in Hawthorn

I was delighted to hear from my colleague Ros Spence, the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, that funding for a great organisation in Hawthorn has been granted from the CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) Communities Taskforce. This funding is focused on organisations who support multicultural communities,..

Supporting People Experiencing Homelessness

We know it’s been a volatile year for everybody, and financially vulnerability is being felt by more people. Often it is the support of community organisations that keeps people experiencing unstable housing or homelessness in a safe place. This is why our government is utilising..

We’re Building A Recovery Workforce

In the upcoming budget, our Government will be supporting the professionals that have been there for us every day of this difficult year- mental health professionals, family violence specialists and child support workers. We know sometimes money speaks louder than words – we’re investing $235..

Parliamentary Praise for Hawthorn Heroes

It was a joy to take a moment in this sunny week in Parliament to celebrate some of Hawthorn’s wonderful constituents. Even in the most challenging times, as the COVID winter behind us has certainly been, I am constantly amazed by the selflessness and generosity..

PANDA Week – Supporting New and Expecting Parents

Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Action (PANDA) Week 2020 will be running from Sunday November 8 to Saturday November 14. It is important to bring this this issue to light, particularly given the youthful nature of the Hawthorn electorate and the sheer number of young families…

Rising to Speak on A Bill to Support Victims of Crime

*Content Warning: mentions sexual assault. Speaking my support for the Justice Legislation Amendment (Supporting Victims and Other Matters) Bill was another true honour in Parliament this week. Whether through institutional abuse or in the criminal justice system more generally, the often-shattering effect of crime upon..

Safely Connecting Multicultural Seniors during Coronavirus

I am very proud to say that Victoria’s multicultural seniors have built the social, economic and cultural backbone of our state and made it the place we proudly call home. They have seen and overcome so much, but a global pandemic is a brand-new challenge..