Essendon Keilor College and Niddrie Primary School: fete

Last Saturday, 20 October, I attended two important community events in the Niddrie electorate. In the morning I attended a real old-fashioned fete, titled Fun Day Out, jointly held on the grounds of Essendon Keilor College and Niddrie Primary School. The weather was perfect, and a fun day was had by all. However, underneath..

Moon Lantern Festival, Keilor East

On Saturday evening I had the privilege of attending the Moon Lantern Festival at the Centreway in Keilor East. This was a wonderful  night when the  growing Vietnamese population  in  the Niddrie electorate  was able to share its culture with the local community in a healthy celebration of this traditional children’s festival. The celebration..

Federal government: budget cuts

It is my pleasure to make a contribution to the debate on this matter of public importance (MPI). I begin by reading the matter of public of importance: That this house condemns the federal Labor government for attackingVictorian families and this state’s economy with mini..

Public Services: funding cuts

I rise to contribute to the debate on this matter of public importance regarding the on going cuts to the Victorian public service by the Baillieu-Ryan coalition government. These cuts are short sighted, but they have short, medium and long-term ramifications. The cuts made to..

Airport West Football Club: premierships

I rise to congratulate the Airport West Football Club, the almighty Eagles, on a successful 2012 premiership season. Last Sunday, 9 September 2012, was a very important and successful day in the history of the Airport West Football Club. The club had two senior sides..

Community Based Sentences (Transfer) Bill 2012

I rise to  make  a  contribution to the second-reading debate  on the Community  Based Sentences (Transfer) Bill  2012, legislation the opposition supports.  The  purpose of  the  legislation  is to  allow  offenders serving community-based sentences –  known as community correction orders – to formally  transfer  their ..

Buckley Park Bowls Club: season opening

On Sunday, 26 August 2012,  I had the pleasure of  attending the opening  day for season 2012-13 of the Buckley Park Bowls Club.  Chairman  Keith Gibbs and  the board  of management put on a wonderful lunch in celebration  and anticipation of  the  oncoming  bowls  season…

Keilor Bowls Club: season opening

On Saturday,  25 August  2012, I had the pleasure of officially opening the greens for the Keilor Bowls Club for the season 2012-13. I take this opportunity to thank club chairman Peter Livy and president Joe Watkins  for  their hospitality last  Saturday. A highlight  was ..

Italian Community of Keilor Association: Diego Luppino

Last Friday, 10 August 2012, I had the honour and privilege of presenting Diego Luppino, a constituent of mine, with honorary life membership of the Italian Community of Keilor Association. Mr Luppino was awarded life membership of ICKA in recognition of his services to community and business..

Travis Berketa’s Book Launch – ‘Jack Majors: Superhero.’

I rise to congratulate Travis Berketa, a constituent of  mine.  Travis has written and published his third book, Jack Majors: SuperHero, which I will have the  pleasure of launching tonight at a function at St Bernard’s College in Essendon. I have known Travis for many  years. I had the good fortune of..

Ben Carroll’s 2012/13 Budget Reply

I am  pleased  to rise to make  a contribution to the debate  on  the Appropriation  (2012/2013)  Bill 2012 – my  first budget reply speech.  I  want  to focus on  the  impact  the bill will  have  on  the Niddrie electorate in particular but also on the..

Rotary Club of Keilor East: Pride of Workmanship Awards

I rise to acknowledge and congratulate the Rotary Club of Keilor East for its successful 2012 Pride of Workmanship awards night held on 28 May,  which I had the  privilege of attending. The objective  of the Pride of Workmanship awards is to  honour those people, ..

Essendon Keilor College: Funding

 I  wish  to  raise  a matter  for the  Minister for Education. The  action  I  seek  is that the minister provide the urgent funding needed to bring the facilities at  Essendon  Keilor  College  up to the standard required to deliver the excellent programs on offer at..

Anzac Day: Niddrie Electorate

I rise to commend the Essendon RSL and the Keilor East RSL for their  outstanding  work on the  recent  2012 Anzac  Day  commemorative events. I had the privilege of attending both their Sunday services on 22 April and the Keilor East RSL dawn service on 25 April…

Inaugural Speech

It is a great honour and privilege to stand here today representing the electorate of Niddrie and the people of Melbourne’s north-west. As  this is  my first  speech as  a parliamentarian  I  wish to  acknowledge the traditional owners  of  the land upon which Parliament House..