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  • Consumer Acts and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015 – Wednesday 10 February 2016 – Russell Northe
    issues in changes to the current practice including evictions by email I was advised through the briefing that any notion of having electronic transactions of these details would have to be agreed to and approved The TUV has expressed some concerns In fact even if there is agreement with the electronic transactions particularly around a notice to vacate what if one has an issue with communications and intermittent internet access for example What if one has changed an email address Who would then be responsible for informing the other The practical application of how it might work has prompted some concern from the TUV We certainly ask the government and indeed the minister to provide some information to the house on some of the concerns conveyed by the TUV Without going into all the details of the TUV s concerns its letter suggests that there may be a lot of unintended consequences in relation to how this might work in a practical sense The conclusion of the TUV s letter is headed What you can do It states what the TUV would like to see and it states Notices to vacate must be exempt from electronic communication and must not be served electronically A document of this consequence should never be sent by an unreliable method such as email it should continue to be delivered in person or by registered post A landlord must not serve a notice via email or other electronic means unless the tenant has expressly consented in writing to the service of notices at a specified email address The TUV states very clearly on behalf of its tenants and residents that it would like to see that and it is certainly something that we ask the government to respond to in that regard Further on part 3 of the bill as I just mentioned amends the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 to provide that a committee member of an incorporated association vacates that office if the member is disqualified from managing a corporation or cooperative Again I think that makes absolute common sense and that is picked up in clause 23 of the bill I always like to take the opportunity when we are talking about incorporated associations of bringing it back to a local level and the understanding that across Victoria there are around 38 000 incorporated associations Many of them are full of amazing people who do terrific things across our community on a voluntary basis on the whole I like to give a plug to a few of these as I go along the way However I must say I was a bit disappointed this morning when I tried to do a bit of a search of the Consumer Affairs Victoria website It came up with a message that said The search for an incorporated association and online extract request functions are currently unavailable We apologise for the inconvenience Was this page helpful I had to say no it was not helpful Luckily I was able to go back through some old Hansard transcripts so I could highlight some of the incorporated associations Hopefully that search will be rectified so that other members can search for incorporated associations Incorporated associations are wide and diverse and extend across a whole range of different things There are many examples across my community including the Boolarra and District Horse and Trail Riding Club the Churchill Amateur Basketball Association the Churchill and District Lions Club the Cowwarr Football Netball Club the Flynn Tennis Club the Glengarry Community Association the Newborough Hotel Angling Club where is the member for Frankston he would know about it the Morwell East Tennis Club the Morwell Common Equity Rental Housing Co operative Ltd and the list goes on I just intended to give an example of the work that many of our incorporated associations do across the state I want to mention specifically that the Traralgon Lions Club is an incorporated association In the last term of Parliament the legislation changed the reporting structures for incorporated associations to what I thought was a much fairer system A lot of that was brought about by the fact that during the 2009 bushfires the Traralgon Lions Club raised a substantial amount of money which put the club above a particular reporting threshold which equated to additional costs and scrutiny through audits et cetera The gentleman who brought it to my attention at the time was Allan Vickery Allan was an absolute stalwart of our local community and he was awarded Citizen of the Year couple of years ago Unfortunately Allan recently passed away and it was a privilege for me to speak at his funeral He was just a wonderful man and I wish all the best for his family of course Allan was typical of a person who is heavily involved in an incorporated association in this case the Traralgon Lions Club He did a marvellous job and he was recognised for that As I mentioned clause 23 talks about the disqualification of a member of an incorporated association if they have been disqualified from a corporation or co operative I thank the minister s office again for providing a briefing on the bill itself I had also asked whether this was going to be applied in a practical sense and retrospectively and asked if there was an example where this would apply now I thank the department and the minister s office for providing an example which was the Bunurong Land Council that was incorporated under the commonwealth Corporations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2006 There was an investigation of that particular organisation around the misappropriation of funds and the upshot of that was effectively that some of the members were disqualified from being a director of a company under the Corporations Act and a director under the Co operatives National Law I understand that some of those former directors then applied to become an incorporated association in Victoria At that

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  • Adjournment – Morwell Primary School – Tuesday 9 February 2016 – Russell Northe
    school community We currently have work activity on the site and many curious members of our local community have sought to access plans to see what the completed school might look like There have been previous discussions around the integration of preschool services including the possibility of maternal health services and even educational and training opportunities for parents Therefore the final detail of the plan is very important for understanding what is included and what is not Government members have been undertaking media events around this project and have made quite a fuss about the fact that they have visited the region and viewed the plans It is simply not good enough for Labor members of Parliament to access the plans in lieu of our local community members I note a web page has been set up which gives an overview of the project and it states Planning for this exciting project has been completed and construction is now underway Again there is no absolutely no detail on the final plans With respect to the development of the school and other infrastructure projects such as the 73 million that the coalition allocated to redevelop the Latrobe Regional Hospital we want to make sure that local people have opportunities for participating in these local works Concerns have been raised with me on a number of occasions about the lack of information coming from government about local people being engaged and local business people being able to participate in these projects That information appears to be lacking We want to also make sure that the government is aware of the major private projects that are occurring in our region such as the Esso pipeline replacement project Again it is frustrating for many local contractors who are qualified to participate in this work

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  • Russell’s Soccer Stars Giveaway – Terms and Conditions – Russell Northe
    to russell northe parliament vic gov au are eligible to win Entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter Photos must be soccer related Entries will close 5 00pm EST on Friday 26 February 2016 The winners of the giveaway will be announced at 4 00pm EST on Monday 29 February 2016 via www facebook com russell northe and on my website www russellnorthe com au The prizes available are 5 double pass gift vouchers to a Melbourne Victory home game in the 2015 16 Hyundai A League season subject to gift card terms of use via gomvfc com au victorygift card Each constituent is eligible for one double pass only Prizes are not drawn at random judges decision is final Share this post Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Related posts Daniel Andrews must confirm funding for Latrobe River Bridge February 25 2015 The Big Blue Bus set to visit Gippsland February 25 2015 Northe reminds local sporting clubs to apply for a VicTalent Grant February 25 2015 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

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  • February 8, 2016 – Russell Northe
    the Team Services Morwell Electorate Useful Links Grants Parliament Live Stream Hansard Newsroom Media Community Events Achievements Petitions Newsletters Contact Daily Archives February 8 2016 You are here Home 2016 February 08 Russell s Soccer Stars Giveaway Terms and Conditions Russell s Soccer Stars Giveaway Terms and Conditions Only constituents of the Morwell Electorate are eligible to win Entries emailed to russell northe parliament vic gov au are eligible to

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  • Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Bill 2015 – Thursday 10 December 2015 – Russell Northe
    born different rules applied On the one hand prior to 1 July 1988 there is no doubt that men who donated sperm did it altruistically they did it for the right reasons The medical people at the time obviously did it for the right reasons as well to help establish or build families There is no doubt that it was all done in good faith to assist people and families who wanted to have children and there is no doubt that those children were loved and nurtured as they grew up I do not want to speak for all the committee but certainly what we found at the time was that the emotional and social aspects of what was occurring had not properly been thought through We had the situation that when donor conceived persons entered into adulthood and were advised by their parents that they were donor conceived they wanted to know their true identity Why wouldn t you That was the thing we were grappling with I must say that at the start of the committee s inquiry again I will not speak for the other four members of the committee we probably all had a perception that if one donated anonymously prior to 1988 that should be respected I thought that myself but as time went on and as we heard from many people who submitted evidence to the inquiry my views changed My views changed because the rights of donor conceived children were not being heard and listened to at that particular time The five members of the committee two Liberals one from The Nationals and two Labor members came up with conclusive recommendations and this has been reflected in the legislation we have before us today We heard from a range of witnesses and I do not want to necessarily just focus on donor conceived persons because I know that if this bill passes there will be challenges for donors as well as for donor conceived children about accessing identifying information There is no doubt that there are some challenges some reservations and some concerns with that and they have been expressed articulately by the member for Ferntree Gully However it was hard to ignore the evidence that was provided by people such as Narelle Grech Lauren Burns Myf Cummerford Barbara Burns and others who tendered evidence to the inquiry It was an emotional time for us all when Narelle Grech appeared before the committee She was battling terminal cancer and at the same time as a donor conceived child trying to access the identity of her father It is well documented that the then Premier Ted Baillieu with the assistance of the chair of the committee Clem Newton Brown helped to make a connection It was terrific to see that Narelle had the opportunity to link up with her father Ray Tonna Ray has been public in expressing his gratitude for having the opportunity to spend some time with Narelle Unfortunately Narelle passed away

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  • January 21, 2016 – Russell Northe
    Parliament Live Stream Hansard Newsroom Media Community Events Achievements Petitions Newsletters Contact Daily Archives January 21 2016 You are here Home 2016 January 21 Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Bill 2015 Thursday 10 December 2015 Mr NORTHE Morwell It gives me pleasure to rise this afternoon to speak on the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Bill 2015 I say from the outset that I really do hope the debate on this bill this afternoon is conducted in a respectful manner This bill is about a sensitive and emotive matter and it is January 21 2016 Hansard By Russell Northe Special religious instruction petitions Wednesday 9 December 2015 To the Legislative Assembly of Victoria The petition of residents in the Morwell electorate draws to the attention of the house that the government has scrapped special religious instruction SRI in Victorian government schools during school hours Prior to the last election Daniel Andrews and Labor said they would not scrap SRI during school hours January 21 2016 Hansard By Russell Northe Questions on Notice Consumer Affairs Liquor and Gaming Regulation Thursday 10 December 2015 3653 Mr Northe to ask the Minister for Consumer Affairs Gaming and Liquor Regulation With reference to the cap on

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  • Special religious instruction petitions – Wednesday 9 December 2015 – Russell Northe
    in the Morwell electorate draws to the attention of the house that the government has scrapped special religious instruction SRI in Victorian government schools during school hours Prior to the last election Daniel Andrews and Labor said they would not scrap SRI during school hours in Victorian government schools Daniel Andrews and James Merlino have announced that next year they will break their promise and will only allow SRI to occur outside of school hours or during lunch breaks The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Assembly of Victoria ensure that the Andrews government reverses its broken promise and allows students attending government schools to attend SRI during school hours By Mr NORTHE Morwell 163 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

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  • Questions on Notice – Consumer Affairs, Liquor and Gaming Regulation – Thursday 10 December 2015 – Russell Northe
    reference to the cap on 27 372 venue operated electronic gaming machine EGM entitlements in Victoria 1 How many operational EGMs are located in each local government area 2 As of 1 October 2015 what percentage of EGM entitlements were allocated to a metropolitan venues b non metropolitan venues 3 As of 1 October 2015 what percentage of EGM entitlements were allocated to a pubs b clubs 4 How many of the 27 372 entitlements were not operational as of 1 October 2015 and of those a what percentage were in i metropolitan venues ii non metropolitan venues b what percentage were in i pubs ii clubs ANSWER I am advised that This information is available on the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation VCGLR website www vcolr vic qov au 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

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