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  • Consumer affairs, gaming and liquor regulation – Thursday 11 February 2016 – Russell Northe
    between 1 December 2014 and 1 November 2015 a what Acts are involved b why was the review instigated c how is the review to be conducted d what were the objectives e who are the stakeholders f what policies will be considered g what was the focus and consideration h what was the purpose i what was the commencement date j what consultations were are to be undertaken k what was is the conclusion date l when were are reports and recommendations to be delivered m what are the other pertinent time frames in the process n will the report and recommendations be made public o what were the outcomes p what are the costings involved 2 For future reviews scheduled post 1 November 2015 a what Acts will be involved b why will the review be instigated c how is the review to be conducted d what are the objectives e who are the stakeholders f what policies are to be considered g what is the focus and consideration h what is the purpose i what is the intended commencement date j what consultation is to be undertaken k what will be the conclusion date l when will reports and recommendations be delivered m what will be the other pertinent time frames in the process n will the report and recommendations be made public o what are the expected outcomes p what are the expected costings ANSWER I am advised that to compile a detailed response to this question would be an unreasonable diversion of the department s resources 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

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  • Environment, climate change and water – Questions on Notice – Thursday 11 February 2016 – Russell Northe
    the Minister provide detail of the specific localities size and dates of burns that have taken place in 2014 15 and 2015 16 2 Can the Minister provide detail of the specific localities size and dates of burns that are scheduled to occur in 2015 16 2016 17 and 2017 18 3 Can the Minister provide detail of burns that have been scheduled and then ultimately cancelled in 2014 15 and 2015 16 ANSWER I am informed that Details of all planned burns are available in Fire Operations Plans FOPs at http delwp vic gov au fire and emergencies managing bushfire risk fire operations planning approved fire operations plan Burns that are listed on the plans are not cancelled but can be deferred if the right conditions to balance the success and safety of a planned burn are not met such as temperature soil moisture humidity and wind direction 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

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  • Energy and resources – Questions on Notice – Friday 4 March 2016 – Russell Northe
    With reference to the media release by the Minister on 18 November 2015 announcing an independent review of previous Government programs for coal development 1 Will Coal Resources Victoria maintain a presence in the Latrobe Valley and in particular its Traralgon office following the conclusion of this review 2 Will the Coal Resources Victoria advisory committee be maintained following the conclusion of this review ANSWER The Victorian Government has commenced a review of previous government programs for coal development It would be pre emptive to provide commentary on the future of both Coal Resources Victoria and the Coal Resources Victoria Advisory Committee prior to this review being completed The Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport and Resources will maintain its Traralgon office 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

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  • VLine Services – Questions Without Notice and Ministers Statements – Wednesday 10 February 2016 – Russell Northe
    is to the Minister for Public Transport I refer the minister to the case of Gillian Young a mother from the Latrobe Valley whose daughter has a physical disability and attends medical appointments in Melbourne With only five of Traralgon s usual 18 services running recently Ms Young s daughter could not get a seat on the train and the steep steps and cramped seats of replacement coaches are unsuitable for her This forced Ms Young to drive four hours for her daughter s appointment What alternative arrangements will the minister now put in place for V Line passengers like Ms Young s daughter so that people with disabilities can retain their independence while she fixes her V Line crisis 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

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  • V/Line services – Questions Without Notice – Wednesday 10 February 2016 – Russell Northe
    Questions Without Notice Wednesday 10 February 2016 You are here Home Hansard V Line services Questions Without Notice Wednesday 10 February 2016 Mr NORTHE Morwell With the average V Line commuter from Traralgon like Ms Young s family and other families who have disabilities now taking an hour longer to get to Melbourne and with these disruptions lasting for at least another four months will the minister now admit that a few days travel is not nearly compensation enough for the months of misery now facing regional Victorians 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 Facebook Twitter

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  • Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Bill 2015 – Second Reading – Wednesday 10 February 2016 – Russell Northe
    the intention of that bill Many members have spoken on this bill from a consumer point of view about some of the horror stories about things that have occurred over the years It is just an awful terrible scenario that unfortunately many people have experienced where they have been the subject of less than satisfactory quality some might say dodgy work that has really had an impact on those people both financially and emotionally This bill does I concede go some way to restoring some confidence in the sector I note from what the government has said that this is the first tranche of reforms and maybe there is more to come Certainly the builder warranty insurance element of the sector is something that many consumers would like to see enhanced It has just been awful in some situations as is reflected in some of the horror stories that we have heard People have invested their life savings in building a new home for example in circumstances where the work has not been to the satisfaction of those consumers It is very difficult to navigate the dispute resolution aspect of that I note one of the items that is discussed in the government s bill is the need to improve the conciliation of domestic building disputes It is a good thing if we can enhance and improve that and it is certainly something that we would support The bill also enables the issue of dispute resolution orders to domestic builders and consumers as a means of resolving matters in contention in domestic building disputes These orders can require the rectification of defective work and the payment of money and so that particular aspect of the bill would give some confidence to consumers that we are making sure that they are being better protected and again that is something that we would support Improving information provision for consumers is another aspect of the bill and it is important that builders give consumers adequate information before they enter into that major domestic building contract Digressing very slightly I think it is very important before all that to make sure that we get the planning right as well There were many changes that occurred under the coalition government with respect to planning and I know from a local point of view that in the early part of 2011 in particular the township of Traralgon was very much constrained with regard to future residential development We were able to get through and request of council quite quickly the opening up of a substantial tract of residential land for potential future subdivision What we saw after that time was massive interest that came from not only the community but also beyond and we really did experience a boom in the domestic building and construction industry particularly in Traralgon over that period of time One of the other things I would like to raise as part of the debate is the fact that government departments and

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  • V/Line services – Grievance – Wednesday 10 February 2016 – Russell Northe
    services for the Traralgon line to make sure there were additional carriages We made sure that we had a duplication of the tracks between Bunyip and Longwarry They were vital investments that would address some of the capacity service and punctuality issues that had long been at the forefront of the Traralgon line unfortunately We well remember the Cranbourne Pakenham upgrades that the coalition announced that again would address some of those concerns around level crossing removals around high capacity trains and around some of the signalling issues that would be dealt with There were new stations and a whole package that again has been taken off the table by this government So there has been a plan there is a plan Indeed there have been petitions circulating within our community and the Gippsland community calling on the Labor government to adopt the measures and initiatives that the coalition was going to put in place But since Labor came to government all we have had on the Traralgon line is essentially nothing There is absolutely nothing occurring Of course our local media has been replete with commentary in regard to this issue and I will just read a few of the headlines Rail waiting game and V Line rail frustrations to continue for six more weeks Well that was a little while ago now it is about six months on now Other headlines are Compensation earmarked for rail commuters V Line free travel continues Free travel follows V Line fiasco and Train pain continues for Valley commuters and it goes on and on so it is certainly very much at the forefront of the issues for our local constituents We have had an enormous amount of feedback from regular commuters not forgetting the fact that it is important that if people want to settle in regional areas that they have to have reliable services This does our community an inordinate amount of harm in terms of somebody looking to settle in the Latrobe Valley region or even in the seat of Narracan or if they want to start a business You need to have reliable services and we simply do not have them at the moment so our community is not shown in a good light of having that reliability For heaven s sake here we are in 2016 and we are talking about a major regional network being effectively out of operation for a number of months It is simply not good enough We have been contacted by a number of regular commuters and I will quickly read out a couple of letters One is from Hayley She writes in regard to the V Line train systems my biggest concern is that the Traralgon line is being impacted so much more than the other lines I know we have more than one issue occurring but for us to have a total of four trains running into and out of the city a day Each which are packed and people

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  • Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Bill 2015 – Wednesday 10 February 2016 – Russell Northe
    noting that it has said that this is the first tranche of reforms Builders warranty insurance is certainly one of those Something that I am quite passionate about is around contractors and subcontractors Prior to the break I mentioned examples in the past of contractors having been awarded jobs including state government jobs where they have engaged subcontractors to do work on their behalf As I understand the process there have been situations where payment has been made to subcontractors and a statutory declaration was required to confirm that payment had been made to the subcontractors Unfortunately our Gippsland community has over the years seen many of those principal contractors not honour their obligations to subcontractors who have been left holding the baby and left thousands and thousands of dollars in the red It is simply not good enough that that occurs This has happened in only recent times and it is certainly something that I encourage the government to take up in future reforms to ensure that we close the gap on those types of activities by builders Having said that on the whole I know that in the Gippsland region we have some very high quality builders who do a wonderful job I must say many builders are not only good at what they do but many are also very heavily engaged in the community and are the lifeblood of their communities where they support sport and recreation clubs community groups and other organisations in the community So they are very much at the hub of particularly regional communities With respect to this legislation I understand the stakeholders are generally supportive of the legislation the government has put forward In my role as shadow minister for consumer affairs and working quite closely with the Consumer Action Law Centre

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