“Busman’s Holiday!”

This has been a great time to continue enjoying the local traders and their splendid services.  To name just a few: Sunday breakfast at Axil Coffee Roasters, after church at Immaculate Conception. Popping in for coffee and delicious food at Saint Helen Café at 173..

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

On the 30th of December, more than 64,800 Victorian students received their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) results after an unprecedented year for students. I am so proud of Hawthorn students and the way that they, along with..

Supporting Multicultural Events

The Andrews Government’s newly announced Multicultural Festivals and Events Program recognises the important role of community connection and celebration and will support events held either in person or in a digital format. Any in-person event must adhere to the COVIDSafe Public Events Framework. With the..


Happy New Year!  It’s a beautiful sunny morning in Melbourne, and the temperature will reach 26 degrees.  This summer is certainly more agreeable than that of 2020, when I recall the temperature reaching 43 degrees on 31st January, and much of our continent was in the grip of..

Youth Crime Prevention Over Summer

For Hawthorn young people, a key program still running over Summer in Metropolitan Melbourne is: Youth Justice Community Support Service (YJCSS) & the YJCSS After-Hours Service The Youth Justice Community Support Service (YJCSS) provides intensive support for young people aged 10-21 engaged with the youth..

The End of 2020.

New Year’s Eve is nearly upon us! Bronwyn and I sat down on Christmas Day with son Patrick, daughter Fionnuala and husband Dominic together with the“star of the show”, 14-month-old granddaughter Elsie! We hope your time with loved ones is also extra special this year..

It Has Been A Momentous Fortnight!

Two Fridays ago, the 4th of December, marked the second anniversary of the declaration that I had won the seat of Hawthorn, following election on the 24th of November 2018.  Reflecting on this surprising and exciting time, I recall initial shock which soon turned into joy..

On Behalf of Hawthorn: Budget Reply

It was an honour on Wednesday to make my final speech in Parliament for the year of 2020, and in doing so, to reply to the fantastic Budget that the Andrews Government delivered last fortnight. When Governments hand down budgets, they reveal two important things;..

Commending State Schools’ Relief for their Support in Hawthorn

It’s a global reality that education hung in the balance this year while the world navigated (and continues to navigate) a public health crisis. Education is one of Victoria’s biggest assets, and one we worked hard to protect through 2020, though it wasn’t easy. It..

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..

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,..