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  • Grand Final Friday – Tuesday 6 October – Russell Northe
    about Dan s Grand Final Parade public holiday In last night s Latrobe Valley Express under the heading All quiet on the valley streets there were many comments from local retailers and traders including from Traralgon s Metro Seven owner Rosa Blaquiere who said It s horrible The government says the public holiday will let you spend time with your family but it doesn t Moe s Montree Cafe owner Pauline Lee said the decision to declare the grand final parade public holiday was ludicrous and that It s the most stupid and ridiculous holiday you could imagine As one business owner said to me last week Not happy Dan 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 services Tuesday 23 February 2016 March 4 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

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  • Adjournment Debate – Lion Australia – Thursday 18 September 2015 – Russell Northe
    of yoghurt and a very substantial business in the Latrobe Valley We have heard a lot from the government about jobs and the Premier has said very clearly that he will fight for every job We need some support and assistance from the state government in fighting the potential loss of these 30 jobs in Morwell It is critical for the local economy that we have employment opportunities We have some wonderful businesses as I said Lion is one of the largest employers in the region and we can ill afford to lose 30 full time jobs in the Latrobe Valley This comes at a time when we are concerned about the creation of additional public holidays putting additional pressure on business Also of some concern to the local business community is the abolition of the 15 million Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund Incidentally Lion Australia was a recipient under that fund and under the coalition government it was able to upgrade its facilities provide better efficiencies and increase its output However there is no doubt that at the moment Lion is experiencing some challenges in terms of market competition particularly with the supermarket duopoly and many other products coming online and providing substantial competition Nonetheless we are asking the minister to visit the Latrobe Valley and outline any support and assistance the government can provide not only to the company itself but also to its employees along with the local union As I said Lion is a very important large employer in the Latrobe Valley It is a unique business and we want to ensure that it is retained in the Latrobe Valley for many years to come We would therefore welcome the minister taking the opportunity to visit the Latrobe Valley to outline what support and assistance

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  • Energy Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Bill 2015 – Russell Northe
    years but it is important to look back a bit further If you do a comparison of the Essential Services Commission s figures for residential electricity and gas disconnections in the 2007 08 period electricity disconnections totalled 6249 By 2010 that had increased to 17 871 disconnections We saw an enormous increase in electricity disconnections in a short space of time There were similar rises in the number of gas disconnections In 2007 08 there were 6581 gas disconnections By 2010 that had risen to 13 741 In both cases disconnections more than doubled in a short space of time and unfortunately that continues to occur We support any measures that will ensure that that trend does not continue The Minister for Sport spoke eloquently about the case of an individual and I am sure all members of Parliament have been in similar situations where they have heard about constituents who have had difficult experiences with either retailers or distribution companies In many cases it is not the consumer s fault The minister reminded me of a similar case that occurred over the last 18 months In this case a particular lady was threatened with disconnection The problem was caused by a gas leak Ultimately we were able to resolve the situation but these sorts of circumstances do occur There is an obligation on retailers to make sure they have appropriate financial hardship policies and programs in place to ensure that disconnection is the absolute last resort I would hope that all of the retailers operating in Victoria continue to look at improving their financial hardship programs for those people most in need There are cases of wrongful disconnection payments being made through the energy and water ombudsman of Victoria EWOV In 2005 EWOV assessed 60 cases as being wrongful disconnections This rose to 430 in 2010 The point I am making is that although I know government members may say this has been a problem of the former coalition government s making this happened well before then Indeed over the last two years we have seen an unnecessary rise in disconnections I just wanted to make that point I might say that the bill before the house today and the amendments that are proposed essentially advance the work that the coalition had put into place I refer to an article that appeared in the Herald Sun on 27 August last year under the heading Power cuts probe state inquiry into battlers disconnections It states Increasing alarm over tens of thousands of customers having their power cut off for not paying bills has sparked a state inquiry The Victorian government has ordered the Essential Services Commission to investigate the rising number of household disconnections We know disconnection rates are going up and this is very concerning Disconnection should be a last resort energy minister Russell Northe said I am speaking in the third person here Mr Watt interjected Mr NORTHE That is what I did say The article reported that

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  • Members Statement – Public holidays – Tuesday 15 September 2015 – Russell Northe
    to another public holiday and this is indicated in comments and feedback I have received From a health provider Loss of income loss of services to patients From an eye care business Five per cent loss of monthly turnover and still having to pay employees for a footy game I m disgusted From a car yard operator A huge cost to us with no return From a tyre business I am disgusted We will close for the day so that we don t have to pay staff higher rates We are also on call for our customers and this will increase costs due to penalty rates From a fruiterer Cannot afford to open Will have to close for the day From an employment agency Direct wages expense of approximately 10 000 for 28 staff no productivity gain From a builder It will cost me 1800 in wages for no work return Basically an 1800 loss From a travel agent Forces me to close on the busiest day of our week a Friday I am a small business owner with five staff and I am forced to pay them to have an unnecessary day off As is clear from the tone of the responses local businesses are extremely angry that the Premier s declaration of two new public holidays for Victoria completely ignores the impact on local business This is despite the fact that his government s independent analysis says that it will cost the Victorian economy close to 1 billion 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 services Tuesday 23 February 2016 March 4 2016 Upcoming Community Events Latrobe City

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  • Constituency Question – Lottery Retailers Association – Thursday 3 September – Russell Northe
    from October For existing retailers who are in the majority of cases small businesses this decision is of significant concern to their continuing viability in a difficult economic climate I also understand that Victoria does not have the same protections in place for small businesses as Queensland does with respect to who can operate and where Tatts outlets can be placed This is at the same time that the Andrews government is undertaking a review into the future of lottery licences in Victoria which are due to expire in 2018 My question to the minister is I understand the Lottery Retailers Association has asked the government to seek a voluntary agreement with Tatts and implement a moratorium on the rollout of Tatts products in convenience stores in Victoria until such a time as the lotteries review has been completed so will the government take action to protect these small businesses 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

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  • National Electricity (Victoria) Amendment Bill 2015 – Wednesday 2 September 2015 – Russell Northe
    was disappointing to see that of the five distribution companies involved in the rollout some did it very well with very few costs imposed upon consumers but some others did not perform very well at all and indeed to the detriment of consumers who had to pay significantly more I support the notion that we should ensure that the minister and indeed consumer groups are part of deliberations through the Australian Energy Regulator The fact is that some of the distribution companies have performed poorly in rolling out this new infrastructure and unfortunately it is the consumers who end up paying I am sure we share a bipartisan philosophy of making sure that consumers ultimately have the best outcome This bill does that in part One of the things I will reflect on is energy affordability which is certainly the substance of a conversation that all MPs have with their constituents over time It is incumbent on all of us to we do what we can to minimise energy costs for consumers One of the key things I was proud that our government was able to do was extend the winter energy concession rate to apply all year round We extended that 17 5 per cent discount on electricity bills to apply all year round helping around 850 000 households In the 2009 10 budget 1 3 billion was invested through the concessions and this rose to 1 6 billion in 2014 15 It was a substantial increase in supporting vulnerable people Whether they were pensioner concession card holders healthcare card holders or Department of Veterans Affairs card holders this initiative provided some relief for those most vulnerable in our community We also did a number of other things in trying to reduce electricity costs People have various views about solar feed in tariffs and what they should be One can only say that they were very generous when they were introduced but they have been reduced over time We have to remember that the people who cannot afford or do not have solar panels are in part providing some subsidy to those who have solar panels installed so it is sensible to have a fair and reasonable feed in tariff for solar That is what we did when we were in government We introduced legislation to close a legal loophole that would have cost Victorians up to 94 million in additional electricity supply charges by distribution businesses We put in place a range of other energy efficiency programs to make sure that businesses households and others were able to improve their energy efficiency and therefore reduce costs Whether it is the Smarter Resources Smarter Business program the Smarter Choice retail program or the Resource Smart Schools program businesses and in some cases schools can be assisted in a number of ways to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly and reduce costs at the same time In October 2014 the coalition published Victoria s Energy Statement which talks about

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  • Members Statement – Gippsland Fighting Ice – Tuesday 1st September 2015 – Russell Northe
    Gippsland Fighting Ice charity gala fundraising event which was coordinated by Gippsland Road Runners a local women s running group which not only inspires local women to improve their health and wellbeing but has also assisted in fundraising efforts for local community groups and organisations Saturday evening s event was held to raise money for Youth Support and Advocacy Services YSAS in Morwell Tracey O Brien and the Gippsland Road Runners committee did an outstanding job in raising approximately 11 000 to assist YSAS with its resources I also acknowledge Chris May and her team at YSAS for the amazing work they do in assisting highly vulnerable and risk young people at high risk due to substance dependence and misuse issues mental illness and social disconnection to take control of their health and wellbeing 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 services Tuesday 23 February 2016 March 4 2016 Upcoming Community Events Latrobe City Calendar of Events May 2016 April 28 2016 Got a story Tell Russell Your confidentiality and

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  • Members Statement – Gippsland Business Awards – Tuesday 1st September 2015 – Russell Northe
    September 2015 You are here Home Statements Members Statement Gippsland Business Awards Tuesday 1st September 2015 Mr NORTHE I was pleased to attend the 2015 Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards last Friday evening I commend all businesses nominated for these highly esteemed awards Congratulations must go to the Gippsland Business Awards committee for its ongoing efforts and in particular I pass on my congratulations to Graeme Sennett the committee s outgoing chairperson on the magnificent job he has done over the years and on his commitment to recognising business excellence in Gippsland 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 services Tuesday 23 February 2016 March 4 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

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