Royal Commission Into Victoria’s Mental Health System
"The promised state funding for mental health services is essential and it is welcome. It will make a difference to people’s lives right across the state. But let us not stop there.
Justice Legislation Amendment (system Enhancements And Other Matters) Bill 2021
"The justice system and the courts have been among the areas hardest hit by the pandemic. The last I heard, over 150 000 cases were adjourned or delayed"
Brunswick Newsletter Feb 2021
A lot has happened since I was last in touch. We’ve had Christmas, summer holidays and to everyone's horror another lockdown. There’s a lot here so feel free to jump to whatever interests you most.
Public Health And Wellbeing Amendment (state Of Emergency Extension) Bill 2021
"The state-of-emergency powers enable mandatory quarantine, isolation and the lockdown restrictions with which we are all too familiar. These measures have controlled, more or less, the spread of the coronavirus responsible for COVID within Australia"
Spent Convictions Bill 2020
Victoria has waited too long to legislate a spent convictions scheme. Now we have finally decided to act, it is vital that we adopt the most effective system, especially when the data show the prison system is increasingly failing to rehabilitate troubled kids.
Climate Change - Grievance Debate
Australia must cut emissions by at least 74 per cent by 2030 and reach zero by 2035 just to stand a chance of limiting global heating to 1.5 degrees.
Summary Offences Amendment (Decriminalisation Of Public Drunkenness) Bill 2020
When something happens that should have happened 30 years ago, something that has finally occurred only as a result of avoidable deaths and suffering, it is not exactly time for celebration
Why We Should All Have A COVID Vaccine
Author's note: this was written on 15 January and more up to date information is expected soon.There are concerns that the Astra-Zeneca (AZ) vaccine may not be able to prevent local transmission of coronavirus. But it will save many lives, and we all should have it as soon as we...