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Russel Northe MLA:
Parliament Pursuits | 27-29 August 2019

Highlights in the achievements of the Morwell electorate.

By Portal Admin - 14th September 2019 - Back to News

It was an extremely busy week in Parliament last week, with many opportunities to raise issues and highlight the achievements of the Morwell electorate!

  • I was delighted to meet with the wonderful students and staff of Grey Street Primary School Traralgon, who did a tour of Parliament House on Thursday. It was terrific to receive a visit from the students and also talk to them about my role as a Parliamentarian
  • I raised in Parliament the plight of the LV Game Fishing Club who have been given notice to vacate their clubrooms at the Hazelwood Pondage site and subsequently require assistance to find a new home. You can read my speech here
  • I called upon the Government to provide our community with an update on the SEA electric car plant – this project was announced with much fanfare last year, yet there has been little public information available on its progression. You can read my question here
  • I questioned the Government about what benefits will Gippsland V/line commuters will receive once current works on the line have been completed. My question related to if travel times for Gippsland commuters will reduce into the future and if a Pakenham interchange is something the Government supports. Read the question time Hansard here
  • I put on public record my congratulations for our local annual Gippstar winners, who were presented with their awards earlier this month. You can read my speech here
  • I paid my respects to four upstanding local persons who have made significant contribution to our community; Mr Peter Wood, Mr Michael Buhagiar, Mr Robert (Jock) Eastham, and Mr Garth Hackford.
  • I attended the monthly meeting of the State Parliament of Victoria Lions Club;
  • I attended a Parliamentary Seminar regarding the future of Waste to Energy technology which was of particular interest given Australian Paper’s EPA approved works proposal for their waste from energy plant
  • Participated in a briefing regarding the workings of Victoria’s electricity distribution network, attended by representatives from AusNet, CitiPower, Powercor, United Energy and Jemena
  • I provided submissions specific to the Morwell electorate for;

There were some very important Bills debated last week;

  • Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Amendment Bill 2019. This irresponsible Bill seeks to establish an increased renewable energy target for Victoria of 50 per cent by 2030. A recently released Independent expert panel report into Interim Emissions Reduction Targets for Victoria "amplified concerns" regarding the further closure of Latrobe Valley Power Stations, and called upon the Government to work with the community to "consult and collaborate" regarding strong policy response. That’s why I moved a Reasoned Amendment for this Bill, effectively calling upon the Government to halt this Bill until modelling done to see what this target will do to the electricity production industry and the communities like ours that have produced non-renewable energy for Victoria, over the last decade. You can read my call for common sense here (you may have to scroll down the page to find my contribution).
  • Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment Bill 2019. This Bill seeks to establish a Mine Land Rehabilitation Authority for the three Latrobe Valley mines, set out mine rehabilitation, closure and post-closure obligations, set up a post-closure fund and make other related amendments. You can read my speech here (you may have to scroll down the page to find my contribution).
  • Children Legislation Amendment Bill 2019. This Bill seeks include people in religious ministry as mandatory reporters under that Act, among other amendments. This is in line with the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Commonwealth of Australia, 2017. You can read my speech here (you may have to scroll down the page to find my contribution).
  • Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Amendment Bill 2019. This Bill regarding what people in the legal profession wear to work across the country

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