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,..

Introducing Your Local Chapter of the Australian Conservation Foundation

I have had the pleasure in recent weeks to meet with the Boroondara chapter of the Australian Conservation Foundation to hear about the work they do protecting our local environment. They will be providing for your perusal, a ten-article series to be released in each..

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..

Welcome Back to Life, Hawthorn Businesses!

It has been such a joy to watch local businesses throughout Hawthorn spring back to life and throw open their doors this week, under the latest step in our Roadmap to Recovery. I personally will be making up for lost time by dining out and..

Important Amendments for VCE

I was pleased to speak in Parliament this Wednesday, the 29th of October, commending the Education and Training Reform Amendment Bill to the Legislative Assembly. It was also a joy to take the opportunity in my opening to thank educators, students and parents alike for..

Climate Series: Why We Should Take Action

The previous article in the series explained where greenhouse gas emissions come from. We are already witnessing the early signs of climate change: arctic ice and glaciers are melting, oceans are warming, oceans are becoming more acidic causing coral bleaching, sea-levels are rising’ and rising..

We have moved!

Yes, we are now at 197 Riversdale Rd, opposite Australia Post in Hawthorn and on tram routes 70 and 75.  New facilities include the Community Meeting Room comfortably seating 12 of our 65,000 constituents and 45,000 electors.  I look forward to resuming face-to-face contact with..

Embracing Her Voice: International Day of the Girl

It was a pleasure on Sunday the 11th of October, International Day of the Girl, to join in an important discussion with a small group of diverse women from the EMBRACE program at the Les Twentyman Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to helping and supporting..

Advocating for Equitable Social Housing

Today I was pleased to speak on the Consumer Legislation Amendment Bill 2020, to ensure equity and to right system-inadequacy for some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged citizens. You can watch my speech here. Ensuring that social and affordable housing continues to be available to as..