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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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…
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 ..
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..
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..
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..
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, ..
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..
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…
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..