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You can also find out more about the Andrews government’s recent planning law changes and sign the  Protect My Neighbourhood Petition to oppose the government’s plan to force more development into our suburbs.

 News and Issues

  • This week in Parliament - 23 June 2017

    This week in State Parliament – 23 June 2017

    In State Parliament in the final week before the winter break, Liberal and Nationals MPs opposed the government’s five new stamp duty and property taxes. We were successful in forcing the government to abandon its ... Read More
    Government should release interchange report

    Government should release Box Hill Transport Interchange report

    The State Government is refusing to release a long-awaited report into upgrading the Box Hill Transport Interchange. The report by a ministerial advisory group was handed to the Minister for Public Transport earlier this year, ... Read More
    Koonung Secondary College

    Call for help for Koonung Secondary College’s ageing facilities

    Koonung Secondary College is a great school, but it is suffering badly from water leakage and drainage problems due to its ageing facilities. In Parliament last week, I called on the Minister for Education to ... Read More
    The tragic death of Nick Kai Hao

    Should the Brighton killer still have been in jail?

    There is growing evidence Brighton terrorist Jacqub Khayre was released because the government failed to implement a key recommendation of the Callinan parole review, despite telling the community it had done so. If Khayre had ... Read More
    This week in Parliament - 8 June 2017

    This week in State Parliament – 8 June 2017

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs called on the government to explain how Brighton killer Yacqub Khayre had been released on parole, despite apparently being disqualified under the Callinan reforms because he ... Read More
    This week in Parliament - 25 May 2017

    This week in State Parliament – 25 May 2017

    In State Parliament in a truncated two day sitting week, Liberal and National MPs opposed the government’s new and increased tax measures. These include increasing stamp duty on new vehicles, imposing stamp duty on off-the-plan ... Read More
    Tearing the CFA apart

    CFA break-up gives union more power and downgrades volunteers

    The changes to Victoria's firefighting services announced by Premier Andrews today will allow firefighter union bosses to obtain greater control and veto powers not just over the CFA, but over Victoria's entire combined paid firefighting ... Read More
    This week in State Parliament - 11 May 2017

    This week in State Parliament – 11 May 2017

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs called on the government to support the Coalition’s plan for compulsory long minimum jail terms for repeat violent offenders, following the horrific murder in his own ... Read More
    Mont Albert Primary School centenary open day

    Mont Albert Primary School hosts Centenary Open Day

    Congratulations to all involved with MAPS Centenary 2017 on Mont Albert Primary School's Centenary Open Day. It was a wonderful day for past and current students, teachers and parents, with plenty of memorabilia, guided tours ... Read More
    Blackburn commuters left high and dry

    Blackburn Station underpass floods again

    The Blackburn Station underpass has flooded yet again, and there are a lot of questions the government needs to answer about what happened and why it caused such disruption. Why were the temporary pumps inadequate ... Read More
    Koonung Secondary Collage ANZAC school assembly 2017

    Koonung Secondary College commemorates ANZAC sacrifices

    It was an honour to join school captains Gareth Clauson and Lauren Sharpe and other school leaders, guest and students at Koonung Secondary College's ANZAC day assembly this morning. It was an occasion to reflect ... Read More
    Government forcing more density onto our suburbs

    Government forcing more density onto our suburbs

    The recent changes to planning laws made by the Andrews government are designed to force even more development density into established suburbs. The changes include removing the current two dwellings per block limit in Neighbourhood ... Read More
  • Tearing the CFA apart

    CFA break-up gives union more power and downgrades volunteers

    The changes to Victoria's firefighting services announced by Premier Andrews today will allow firefighter union bosses to obtain greater control and veto powers not just over the CFA, but over Victoria's entire combined paid firefighting ... Read More
    Labor seeks power for more UFU-style deals with unions

    Labor seeks power for more UFU-style deals with unions

    The Liberal Nationals Coalition will oppose a move by the Andrews Government to give itself the power to do more UFU-style deals with public sector unions. The Fair Work (Commonwealth Powers) Amendment Bill is being ... Read More
    Costs soar but ambulances arrive no quicker

    Costs soar, but ambulances arrive no quicker

    Before the election, Daniel Andrews told Victorians our ambulance system was in crisis and he would fix it. It's now become clear all Mr Andrews has “fixed” is an expensive pay deal with the paramedics ... Read More
    CFMEU

    Victoria hit by construction industry disruption

    Thanks to the Andrews Government’s abolition of the Victorian Code of Practice for the Building and Construction Industry, Victoria has been left wide open to union thuggery and intimidation in the construction industry. Across the ... Read More

    Unions clip Victorian taxpayers’ ticket

    Yet again, the costs of Victorian infrastructure projects are being driven up by massive pay deals under a Labor government - just like the desalination plant. As today's The Australian reports, construction workers for Melbourne's ... Read More

    CUB picket bullying caught on camera

    Premier Andrews should be condemning the thuggery and bullying on the CUB picket line, not urging the unions to keep their picket going. Backing this rogue union campaign against one of Victoria's best known companies ... Read More

    Picket line thuggery continues

    The thuggery continues at this picket line against CUB backed by the Andrews government, with a cowardly attack on an ordinary worker simply trying to do his job. The Fair Work Commission has already made ... Read More
    Dan's IR Minister backs rogue union disruption

    IR Minister backs union disruption

    This rogue union campaign against CUB is completely outside the Fair Work Act. Yet instead of condemning their actions, Victoria’s Industrial Relations Minister is urging them on. Her job should be about resolving disputes within ... Read More
    Secret CFA negotiations revealed

    Secret CFA negotiations show Premier knew of problems

    The secret negotiations revealed by the Herald Sun today show Premier Andrews knew there were big problems with Fair Work's recommended CFA deal at the same time he was out there telling volunteers there was ... Read More
    Deal risks CFA's future - Jack Rush QC

    Deal risks CFA’s future – Jack Rush QC

    The Herald Sun has published a powerful assessment of the CFA crisis by Jack Rush QC, the highly regarded counsel to Victoria’s Bushfires Royal Commission. Premier Andrews wanted the CFA to break the law. The ... Read More
    Premier's claims can't be be believed

    Government wrote announcement for new CFA CEO

    Last Friday, Premier Andrews’ new puppet CFA Board announced they had appointed a new CEO within hours of former CEO, Lucinda Nolan, being forced to resign. Now the CFA have admitted their announcement was written ... Read More
    CFA - reckless board and two-faced Premier

    Puppet CFA Board rubber-stamps new CEO

    Yet more duplicity from Premier Daniel Andrews. Last Tuesday, he told Victorians the future of the CFA’s CEO was nothing to do with him. Yet on Friday, his newly appointed puppet CFA Board was able ... Read More
  • This week in Parliament - 23 June 2017

    This week in State Parliament – 23 June 2017

    In State Parliament in the final week before the winter break, Liberal and Nationals MPs opposed the government’s five new stamp duty and property taxes. We were successful in forcing the government to abandon its ... Read More
    This week in Parliament - 8 June 2017

    This week in State Parliament – 8 June 2017

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs called on the government to explain how Brighton killer Yacqub Khayre had been released on parole, despite apparently being disqualified under the Callinan reforms because he ... Read More
    This week in Parliament - 25 May 2017

    This week in State Parliament – 25 May 2017

    In State Parliament in a truncated two day sitting week, Liberal and National MPs opposed the government’s new and increased tax measures. These include increasing stamp duty on new vehicles, imposing stamp duty on off-the-plan ... Read More
    This week in State Parliament - 11 May 2017

    This week in State Parliament – 11 May 2017

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs called on the government to support the Coalition’s plan for compulsory long minimum jail terms for repeat violent offenders, following the horrific murder in his own ... Read More
    Taxpayers pay for Dan's coverup

    Premier Andrews slugs taxpayers for his failed rorts coverup attempt

    While Don Nardella has been rorting taxpayers for $175,000, Premier Andrews himself has misused an even larger amount of taxpayer funds. He's slugged the taxpayer for hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills trying ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 23 March 2017

    This week in State Parliament – 23 March 2017

    This week in State Parliament, Liberal and Nationals MPs called on the Premier to support moves in the Parliament to require Labor’s MP, Don Nardella, to repay the taxpayers’ funds he has pocketed from his ... Read More
    This week in Parliament - 9 March 2017

    This week in State Parliament – 9 March 2017

    In a week with State Parliament in turmoil, Liberal and Nationals MPs opposed Labor’s move to impose a $2 tax on every taxi and Uber ride in Victoria - yet another breaking of Premier Andrews’ ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 23 Feb 2017

    This week in State Parliament – 23 February 2017

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs opposed legislation giving more rights to alleged offenders who claim they were mentally ill when they committed their crime. We called for the Bill to include ... Read More
    This week in Parliament - 9 Feb 2017

    This week in State Parliament – 9 February 2017

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs repeated called on the government to legislate urgently to strengthen bail laws following the Bourke Street tragedy. We opposed further attempts by the government stop the ... Read More
    Labor's priority themselves, not Victorians

    Labor’s priority is protecting themselves, not Victorians

    Instead of protecting Victorians, Labor's priority is protecting themselves. This week in State Parliament, the government should have been urgently passing legislation to tackle Victoria's law and order crisis. Instead, their priority is to have ... Read More
    This week in Parliament - 8 December 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 8 December 2016

    This week in State Parliament, Liberal and Nationals MPs repeatedly sought answers from the Minister for Health over the delays and the lack of warnings and advice given to the public during last month’s thunderstorm ... Read More
    This week in State Parliament 24 November 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 24 November 2016

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs demanded answers over reports the newly elected Labor government forced the Country Fire Authority to make a massive secret payment to the firefighters union, and forced ... Read More
  • The tragic death of Nick Kai Hao

    Should the Brighton killer still have been in jail?

    There is growing evidence Brighton terrorist Jacqub Khayre was released because the government failed to implement a key recommendation of the Callinan parole review, despite telling the community it had done so. If Khayre had ... Read More
    Government forcing more density onto our suburbs

    Government forcing more density onto our suburbs

    The recent changes to planning laws made by the Andrews government are designed to force even more development density into established suburbs. The changes include removing the current two dwellings per block limit in Neighbourhood ... Read More
    Taxpayers pay for Dan's coverup

    Premier Andrews slugs taxpayers for his failed rorts coverup attempt

    While Don Nardella has been rorting taxpayers for $175,000, Premier Andrews himself has misused an even larger amount of taxpayer funds. He's slugged the taxpayer for hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal bills trying ... Read More
    Victoria the crime capital of Australia

    NSW crime rates fall while Victoria’s soar

    As the head of the NSW crime statistics bureau says: "...rates of robbery in NSW are now back to where they were in the late 1970s. Rates of home burglary and motor vehicle theft are ... Read More
    Crime up 20% - time for more police and stronger laws

    Crime up again – we need more police and stronger laws

    It's no wonder people no longer feel safe, with crime in Victoria up 10.2% last year and up 20.2% since 2014. That’s 250 more crimes being committed in Victoria EVERY DAY. Nowhere is spared. In ... Read More
    Police warn on "tough" night court

    More problems for Premier’s “tough” night court claim

    More problems have emerged for Premier Andrews’ dodgy claim that his “night court” will toughen up on bail decisions. Not only is his “night court” only sitting until 9pm, but now Victoria Police are warning ... Read More
    Yet another youth justice riot

    Yet another youth justice riot

    Unbelievable. There's been yet another riot by violent juvenile offenders, and this one at the high security Barwon prison. As my colleague Georgie Crozier MP says, the fact that 16 dangerous youth offenders can run ... Read More
    Labor's priority themselves, not Victorians

    Labor’s priority is protecting themselves, not Victorians

    Instead of protecting Victorians, Labor's priority is protecting themselves. This week in State Parliament, the government should have been urgently passing legislation to tackle Victoria's law and order crisis. Instead, their priority is to have ... Read More
    Victoria Car Theft Capital

    Victoria – the nation’s car theft capital

    Victoria is the nation’s car theft capital after racking up 17,900 car thefts between July 2015 and June 2016, the latest statistics show. That’s a whopping 36.83% of Australia’s car thefts that are happening right ... Read More
    "Tough night court" sham

    “Tough night court” claims a sham

    Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday promised Victorians swift action to establish a “night court” that would toughen up on bail decisions. Now we find this so-called “night court” is sitting only from 5pm to 9pm ... Read More
    Innocent victims suffer again from soft justice

    Innocent Victorians suffer again from soft justice

    Yet again, innocent Victorians are paying the price for a weak justice system and a soft on crime government. There have been riot after riot by juvenile inmates, yet the government has just let them ... Read More
    Bail laws and attitudes must change

    Law and attitudes on bail must change

    Setting up a “night court”, as the government has announced, isn’t likely to achieve tougher bail decisions unless there are also big changes to the law and to attitudes within the justice system. The Victorian ... Read More
  • Government should release interchange report

    Government should release Box Hill Transport Interchange report

    The State Government is refusing to release a long-awaited report into upgrading the Box Hill Transport Interchange. The report by a ministerial advisory group was handed to the Minister for Public Transport earlier this year, ... Read More
    Koonung Secondary College

    Call for help for Koonung Secondary College’s ageing facilities

    Koonung Secondary College is a great school, but it is suffering badly from water leakage and drainage problems due to its ageing facilities. In Parliament last week, I called on the Minister for Education to ... Read More
    Mont Albert Primary School centenary open day

    Mont Albert Primary School hosts Centenary Open Day

    Congratulations to all involved with MAPS Centenary 2017 on Mont Albert Primary School's Centenary Open Day. It was a wonderful day for past and current students, teachers and parents, with plenty of memorabilia, guided tours ... Read More
    Blackburn commuters left high and dry

    Blackburn Station underpass floods again

    The Blackburn Station underpass has flooded yet again, and there are a lot of questions the government needs to answer about what happened and why it caused such disruption. Why were the temporary pumps inadequate ... Read More
    Koonung Secondary Collage ANZAC school assembly 2017

    Koonung Secondary College commemorates ANZAC sacrifices

    It was an honour to join school captains Gareth Clauson and Lauren Sharpe and other school leaders, guest and students at Koonung Secondary College's ANZAC day assembly this morning. It was an occasion to reflect ... Read More
    Government forcing more density onto our suburbs

    Government forcing more density onto our suburbs

    The recent changes to planning laws made by the Andrews government are designed to force even more development density into established suburbs. The changes include removing the current two dwellings per block limit in Neighbourhood ... Read More
    Crime up 20% - time for more police and stronger laws

    Crime up again – we need more police and stronger laws

    It's no wonder people no longer feel safe, with crime in Victoria up 10.2% last year and up 20.2% since 2014. That’s 250 more crimes being committed in Victoria EVERY DAY. Nowhere is spared. In ... Read More
    Mont Albert Primary School Centenary logo

    Mont Albert Primary School sets centenary celebration dates

    This year Mont Albert Primary School is celebrating its biggest year in 100 years – its centenary! The Centenary Open Day has now been set for Friday, 5th May, while the school's big celebration party ... Read More
    Lift stays broken at transport interchange

    Action needed to fix Box Hill Transport Interchange

    The escalator to the bus terminus at the Box Hill transport interchange has been broken for more than a week, and there’s no sign of any action to fix it. Commuters are having to trudge ... Read More
    Box Hill remembers world war one sacrifice

    Box Hill remembers World War One sacrifice

    Today’s Remembrance Day service in Box Hill Gardens saw the unveiling of a new plaque to commemorate all who served in World War One. The plaque was unveiled by Ellen Martin and James Garner-Drummond, students ... Read More
    Government must halt devastation

    Government must halt Blackburn destruction

    In Parliament this week, I called on the state government to stop their needless destruction of South Parade and along the rail reservation, and listen to the community. Here's what I said: “I raise with ... Read More

    Mont Albert Primary School – turning 100 next year

    School's back for Term 4, and the staff and students at Mont Albert Primary School are busy planning for next year when their school turns 100. I was delighted to visit the school last week ... Read More