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  • Rooming House Operators Bill 2015 – Second Reading Speech – Wednesday 9 March 2016 – Russell Northe
    the old building in Brunswick but also the failure of the local council to enforce building and health regulations and the continued deception and lies by the owners of the building and the operators of the rooming house The coroner found the fire on the night of the 2006 AFL Grand Final was probably started by a faulty light fitting and electrical wiring fixed to the restaurant ceiling below In the darkness and smoke they couldn t find the key they needed to open the deadlock on their door Despite an inspection by officers from the Moreland City Council which is three doors from the rooming house smoke alarms were never installed a petition that blocked the fire escape was never removed and the rooming house was never registered They are pretty strong words and it is pretty emotive when you read the transcript of that Again you can only extend your sympathies to the family and friends of those two persons As the member for Albert Park would know the government of the day instigated the Rooming House Standards Taskforce I will just read through the introduction of what the task force sought to do It was announced on 15 July 2009 by the then Premier John Brumby As part of the group we had the current Minister for Planning who was then the Minister for Housing Tony Robinson the then Minister for Consumer Affairs and the current Minister for Housing Disability and Ageing was the chairperson They were to report on solutions to problems associated with poor quality rooming house accommodation services Terms of reference were provided for the task force and they were around the adequacy of existing enforcement and registration processes options for increasing affordable accommodation to residents finding best practice approaches in other jurisdictions and the appraisal of the need to lift standards and regulations amongst other things There is a whole series of areas that are responded to from things such as what a rooming house is who lives in a rooming house and what the new trends are There are a number of case studies within that report and the existing legislative framework As I mentioned the existing framework does have some complexities where you have a council endorsing particular provisions of rooming house operators you have CAV doing part of it and now there will obviously be a third layer with the Business Licensing Authority assessing those licence applications into the future as well We go on to the standards and problems in Victorian rooming houses and part 5 talks about a plan for action which some might say is a bit of an anomaly because despite this report being handed down unfortunately there was very little activity in the latter part of the Labor government of the day Nonetheless in summary there were 32 recommendations across a whole range of different areas including around standards compliance and the enforcement part of it From a registration point of view recommendation 15 states State government introduce a system of registration for rooming house operators in Victoria through the Business Licensing Authority As a result to operate a rooming house legally in Victoria premises must be registered with local government and operators must be registered with state government This system will include sanctions against unregistered operators and reflect increased penalties for non compliance with other applicable legislation operating in the sector Recommendation 16 State government establish a statewide register of rooming houses and provide this to agencies requiring this information to fulfil their accommodation and housing related responsibilities Further in my contribution I will talk about some of the implementation measures that the coalition had put in place but that was certainly one of them The task force report also talks about supply and about managing implementation As I say even four years after that terrible fire unfortunately there was very little activity under the previous Labor government Mr Foley Rubbish that s offensive rubbish Mr NORTHE The minister can stand up and counter that if he wants to On that basis I do want to thank the minister s office and the department for their briefing and some of the information they have provided despite forgetting the amendments but we will get over that Talking about what the coalition government did in its term and some of the initiatives that we did put in place we can look back to a media release of November 2009 The then shadow minister Wendy Lovell a member for Northern Victoria region in the other place called upon the then Minister for Housing to reveal as soon as possible the minimum standards for rooming houses that were to be phased in so that legitimate operators had enough time to become compliant That was in November 2009 As I say there was some disappointment that a lot of those measures did not take place Then on 23 June 2010 the shadow housing minister of the day Wendy Lovell had been talking about the 32 recommendations of that task force The implementation plan was supposed to have been delivered in December 2009 but six months later this media release is from June 2010 that still had not occurred so despite the rantings from the member for Albert Park that was the case All those implementation plans ran very late and by the time an election was held there was very little done From a coalition point of view Honourable members interjecting Mr NORTHE I will repeat it if you want me to Honourable members interjecting Mr NORTHE Concentrate When we came to government we did a number of things One of the things we did do was to ensure that Consumer Affairs Victoria had powers to issue on the spot fines to rooming house operators who failed to keep their accommodation up to legislated standards We also implemented and they became effective on 31 March 2013 minimum standards Minimum standards were very important and again they were part of

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  • Christmas carols in schools – petitions – Tuesday 8 March 2016 – Russell Northe
    petitions Tuesday 8 March 2016 You are here Home Hansard Christmas carols in schools petitions Tuesday 8 March 2016 Previous DocumentToNext Document the Legislative Assembly of Victoria Residents in the Morwell electorate draws to the attention of the house that the government has imposed the ban on singing traditional Christmas carols in Victorian government schools The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Assembly of Victoria ensure that the Andrews government reverses this decision and allow students attending government schools to sing traditional Christmas carols By Mr NORTHE Morwell 2280 signatures Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Morwell electorate Answer to constituency question Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Education Question on Notice Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Gippsland V Line services petitions Tuesday 12 April 2016 April 13 2016 Upcoming Community Events Latrobe City Calendar of Events May 2016 April 28 2016 Got a story Tell Russell Your confidentiality and anonimity is assured Stay updated and make a difference Email Address First Name Last Name Russell Northe Electorate Office 66 George Street Morwell VIC 3840 PO Box 214 Phone 5133 9088 Fax 5133 9388 Email russell northe parliament vic gov au Find us on

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  • Firefighter compensation – petitions – Tuesday 8 March 2016 – Russell Northe
    of the state of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Assembly that any legislation introduced for the presumptive rights cancer of firefighters must be equal to all firefighters Volunteers and career firefighters attend the same fires including vehicle fires bushfires hazmat fires and spills and structure fires It is therefore vital that any new legislation introduced does not discriminate against volunteers and their families rights By Mr NORTHE Morwell 36 signatures Tabled Ordered that petitions presented by honourable member for Morwell be considered next day of sitting on motion of Mr NORTHE Norwell Ordered that petition presented by honourable member for Mildura be considered next day of sitting on motion of Mr CRISP Mildura Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Morwell electorate Answer to constituency question Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Education Question on Notice Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Gippsland V Line services petitions Tuesday 12 April 2016 April 13 2016 Upcoming Community Events Latrobe City Calendar of Events May 2016 April 28 2016 Got a story Tell Russell Your confidentiality and anonimity is assured Stay updated and make a difference Email Address First Name Last Name Russell Northe Electorate

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  • Members Statement – Gippsland rail services – Tuesday 8 March 2016 – Russell Northe
    at the ongoing disruption to Gippsland rail services For example a gentleman who commutes most days to Melbourne for work explained that he catches a bus in the morning and an evening train service and this is creating at least an extra 6 hours of travel per week for him Of course this is not only a strong source of frustration but means less time spent with his family To rub salt into the wound given there are only very limited train services it seems the evening train services that are operating are frequently running very late on a regular basis I was also approached by a lady who told me that her long awaited dental appointment had to be rescheduled as her dentist who was due to travel from Melbourne to the Latrobe Valley had had his bus service cancelled Genuine concerns have also been raised about how the government is going to deal with V Line services when the AFL football season commences Many Latrobe Valley residents frequent the football by way of train services and one fears this is going to be a major issue in the coming weeks In Parliament we have a conga line of Labor ministers standing up and espousing the virtues of metropolitan rail projects but when it comes to Gippsland V Line service disruptions we hear nothing This is simply not good enough when you consider that at the same time Gippsland commuters have endured enormous disruption and hardship over these past weeks Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Morwell electorate Answer to constituency question Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Education Question on Notice Thursday 14 April 2016 April 29 2016 Gippsland V Line services petitions Tuesday 12 April 2016 April 13 2016 Upcoming Community Events Latrobe

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  • Morwell electorate funding – Tuesday 12 April 2016 – Russell Northe
    important support and advocacy services across our region but it faces significant challenges if state government support is not forthcoming Through funding from the former coalition government and philanthropic sources GCA was able to recruit staff to assist its administrative and carer support services but this is now in severe jeopardy The coalition had previously allocated 100 000 to GCA with a further 120 000 committed prior to the 2014 election However the Andrews Labor government has completely ignored pleas for assistance Without a commitment from the Labor government GCA staff will most likely be lost services compromised and the financial position of GCA severely tested Similarly mental health advocacy group Barrier Breakers benefited from funding by the coalition government but yet again the Andrews Labor government has indicated that it will not provide any financial support for this organisation Barrier Breakers relies heavily on the goodwill of volunteers and without funding to assist its administrative operations I fear that mental health services and support will be reduced across the Gippsland region Our community has also campaigned long and hard for projects such as the redevelopment of the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre and a public heated indoor pool in Traralgon These projects deserve the support of the Labor government and I call on the Premier to provide funding in the upcoming budget for these initiatives along with recognising and funding the important work of both the Gippsland Carers Association and Barrier Breakers Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Members Statement Country Fire Authority district 27 Tuesday 22 March 2016 March 30 2016 Members Statement V Line services Tuesday 23 February 2016 March 4 2016 Members Statement Australia Day Tuesday 9 February 2016 February 10 2016 Upcoming Community Events Latrobe City Calendar of Events May 2016 April 28

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  • Members Statement – Country Fire Authority district 27 – Tuesday 22 March 2016 – Russell Northe
    was an initiative of the coalition which sought to bring together fire brigades within the Latrobe City municipality The rationale for doing so was to underpin and recognise the uniqueness of the Latrobe Valley s firefighting activities particularly given some of our major industrial assets Unfortunately what we have seen since the government s launch last year is a lack of action that now sees the district short of the resources that were promised at the time My understanding is that two brigade administrative support officers and one training officer were to be recruited to ensure adequate resourcing of the district however the government has still not provided these important resources which would support all brigades in the Latrobe region It is simply not good enough that the government is providing only token support for our firefighters who have done an incredible job in serving and protecting our community in very difficult circumstances in recent years The failure to provide these resources to district 27 comes on top of the failure of the government to answer any of the 14 parts to the question on notice I have previously raised with the minister on behalf of my local firefighters There has been scant detail and communication from the government on a whole range of areas such as resourcing or indeed where and how a new Morwell fire station will be built These are questions to which firefighters and the broader community deserve answers and it is about time the Andrews government started communicating and delivering on these commitments Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Morwell electorate funding Tuesday 12 April 2016 April 13 2016 Members Statement V Line services Tuesday 23 February 2016 March 4 2016 Members Statement Australia Day Tuesday 9 February 2016 February 10 2016

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  • Members Statement – V/Line services – Tuesday 23 February 2016 – Russell Northe
    For example last Monday I caught a bus from Morwell station as part of the 7 20 a m Traralgon service The V Line website under the heading Coach replacement services to Melbourne states that there is a 7 20 a m service from Traralgon to Southern Cross Under this section there is no indication of where the bus stops or at what times Yet if you drill down further you see there is a Traralgon train replacement timetable that refers to the 7 20 a m service stopping at a number of stations through to Pakenham and arriving at Southern Cross at 9 37 a m Of course this is subject to road and traffic conditions and commuters are asked to allow up to 60 minutes extra travel time Then under a third section of the website we have Coach replacements during service changes where it outlines two different 7 20 a m Traralgon bus services with one reflecting the Traralgon train replacement timetable and the second indicating a service running directly to Southern Cross via Pakenham but again with no detail on estimated time of arrivals The feedback I had from commuters is that this information is horribly confusing with three different sections of the website conveying different information Commuters with special needs have also advised me that information pertaining to what travel arrangements might be available for their circumstances is also very confusing and inconsistent The Andrews government must fix this whole V Line mess and in the interim make sure commuters are provided with clear and concise information Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Morwell electorate funding Tuesday 12 April 2016 April 13 2016 Members Statement Country Fire Authority district 27 Tuesday 22 March 2016 March 30 2016 Members Statement Australia Day Tuesday

    Original URL path: http://www.russellnorthe.com.au/vline-services-tuesday-23-february-2016/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Members Statement – Australia Day – Tuesday 9 February 2016 – Russell Northe
    Ambulance Service Medal for his 46 years of exceptional service to the Victorian community In particular Neil s dedication was acknowledged during significant emergencies such as the Black Saturday bushfires Congratulations also to Don Di Fabrizio for being awarded Latrobe City Citizen of the Year Don has been an extraordinary role model in his pursuits across business sport and community service and was a very popular winner of Citizen of the Year To our inspiring young Citizen of the Year Maneesha Nambirajan I also say well done on her dedication in supporting and assisting those persons less fortunate in life within our local community and beyond Congratulations also to Isis Tyler from Lavalla Catholic College who was successful in her application to the 2016 Premier s Spirit of Anzac prize along with 21 other secondary school students across Victoria and to Lily van Berkel from St Paul s Anglican Grammar School for being selected as a regional finalist for the 2015 16 program Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Morwell electorate funding Tuesday 12 April 2016 April 13 2016 Members Statement Country Fire Authority district 27 Tuesday 22 March 2016 March 30 2016 Members Statement V Line

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