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  • Members Statement – Gippsland Galaxy – Tuesday 1 September 2015 – Russell Northe
    Media Community Events Achievements Petitions Newsletters Contact Members Statement Gippsland Galaxy Tuesday 1 September 2015 You are here Home Statements Members Statement Gippsland Galaxy Tuesday 1 September 2015 Mr NORTHE It has been a stellar inaugural season for the Gippsland women s football team Gippsland Galaxy which won its first premiership last weekend against Ajax in the division 5 east grand final What a sensational effort by all the girls their support staff and coach Nikki Schroeter Well done 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 us on Facebook Twitter YouTube Linkedin I hope you find my website helpful

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  • Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 – 20 August 2015 – Russell Northe
    not with the member for Frankston but with the now Premier who was Leader of the Opposition at the time who played politics with that particular incident in my view Some of the commentary by the then opposition leader now Premier that appeared in our local newspapers and was made to our local media was absolutely disgusting and despicable There are many people in our community to this day who are very concerned about many of the comments that the now Premier made It is interesting how things change with the then opposition leader now the Premier who was very quick at the time to criticise all and sundry when things were not going so well in terms of the fire itself but he has not done so since becoming Premier For example earlier this year we had Environment Protection Authority monitoring equipment fail and give false readings to the community What did the Premier say Nothing We could not find him Then when ultimately we did find him all he did was defer back to the department saying it was the department s responsibility not his His hypocrisy knows no bounds I alert members to a couple of comments the board of inquiry made with respect to this In the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Report there was some criticism around the monitoring of the mines in the Latrobe Valley and some discussion of who was responsible for what Page 18 of the report states From 1 January 2008 And the government of the day at that time was An honourable member The Labor Party Mr NORTHE Yes The report continues responsibility for oversight of OHS matters in Victorian mines transferred from the mining regulator to VWA From this date the mining regulator no longer considered itself to have any role in regulating fire risk at the Hazelwood mine The mining regulator and VWA each adopted a narrow reading of the statutory regime underlying their respective areas of responsibility Contrary to arrangements between the mining regulator and VWA which contemplated collaboration and consultation on areas of overlapping responsibility and so on The response to the fire itself was operating under changes the Labor government made in 2008 In addition to that in 2009 the Labor government reviewed the rehabilitation plans of the Hazelwood mine itself What did it do What changes did it make Zero Nothing I make the point that it was very hypocritical for the now Premier to have criticised the coalition government at the time and played politics with what was an awful time not only for the emergency services personnel who were working in those conditions but also for members of the community who had to endure so much It was a horrible terrible time and there is no way around that at all I get disappointed when people want to rewrite history in relation to things like this I appreciate that people can say The government its agencies and its departments did nothing That is

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  • Public Accounts and Estimates Committee: budget estimates 2015-16 – 19 August – Russell Northe
    to reduce the impact on individuals and families and workforce capacity in dealing with this issue It should also be noted that the federal government is also playing in this space with its nationalised task force It is taking action on a number of different themes including programs targeting suppliers As you know Acting Speaker those programs are run locally and include Dob in a Dealer Action is also taken through Crime Stoppers and so on The previous state government held a parliamentary inquiry to look into this issue The result is a very substantial report containing 54 recommendations The present government s response was to announce its Ice Action Plan Might I say Acting Speaker that despite the best intentions we need to do better particularly in regional Victoria As you have raised in this house there are programs such as the Ice Meltdown Project which runs out of Drouin We can only applaud the efforts of those who are part of that program Janice Sue and Megan and their volunteers in what they are trying to do in that community That particular program talks about detox counselling and family support and it has supported around 150 clients It has had some very encouraging success and there is no doubt about that but those people simply require funding to continue delivering their programs to our community in Gippsland That is something I would ask the state government to seriously consider as part of its response because the program is working and it is having successful results That information comes from people on the ground who have to deal with the effects of this insidious drug Unfortunately I have to say that the reality is that the current government funded programs are not working If we talk to any family

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  • Constituency Question – AGL Loy Yang Buffer Zone – 19 August 2015 – Russell Northe
    Review it recently came to light that Planning Panels Victoria has made recommendations to expand buffer zones on land adjoining both Australian Paper and AGL s Loy Yang mine east of Traralgon The land immediately outside the existing buffer zones has in some instances been earmarked for future residential development and also includes the gazetted Traralgon bypass route My office has been approached by many landowners who could be impacted by the extension of these buffers many being extremely upset by the lack of information and communication Unfortunately it appears many were alerted to these matters only following the publication of an article in the Latrobe Valley Express on 27 July Can the minister explain why landowners have not received any information whatsoever from state government departments or agencies on what the Planning Panels Victoria recommendations mean for their land 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

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  • Members Statement – Latrobe City Youth Council – Tuesday 18 August – Russell Northe
    Latrobe City Youth Council Tuesday 18 August You are here Home Statements Members Statement Latrobe City Youth Council Tuesday 18 August Mr NORTHE Morwell I want to acknowledge participants in the Latrobe youth council and note their attendance at Parliament today It is terrific that we have young members of our community who are prepared to be a voice and advocates for youth in our community Congratulations to Daniel Tearna Samantha Christopher Kristen Joshua Gregory Brodie Nyalat and Maneesha for your efforts and contribution to this important 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 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 us on Facebook Twitter

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  • Members Statement – Traralgon Cancer Council – Tuesday 18 August – Russell Northe
    Sunday I attended the Traralgon branch of the Cancer Council Victoria s annual high afternoon tea fundraiser at the Premiere Function Centre in Traralgon The event has been running for five years and it aims to raise money for cancer research Approximately 25 000 was raised on the day with 360 guests in attendance Since 1981 the Traralgon branch has raised approximately 975 000 I commend Val Kennedy Sally Wilson Kaye Jones and their army of volunteers on their ongoing efforts Cancer survivor Sophie Morell also gave an inspiring account of her battle with leukaemia Well done to all volunteers and local businesses for supporting such a worthy cause 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

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  • Members Statement – Vietnam Veterans Day – Tuesday 18 August – Russell Northe
    had the pleasure on Sunday of attending the Latrobe RSL group s Vietnam Veterans Day reflection service at ANZAC Memorial Park in Traralgon The commemoration day allows us to pay our respects to those who served and sacrificed so much in the Vietnam War and in particular recognises the Battle of Long Tan Approximately 60 000 Australian men and women served in Vietnam with 521 Australian lives lost including 6 Latrobe Valley men who were recognised at Sunday s service for their sacrifice In addition many thousands were injured physically and emotionally and our thoughts today are with all those brave men and women who served in Vietnam Lest we forget 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

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  • Corrections Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 – Second Reading Speech – Thursday 6 August – Russell Northe
    filed within 12 months of the date of the alleged offence What this bill seeks to do is extend that time period up to two years which seems sensible given that there can be complex cases This time may be required to do the kind of thorough investigation that our police and detectives do so that is a common sense provision There are changes to the powers and procedures of the Adult Parole Board of Victoria in relation to taking evidence and there are changes in relation to the secretary and acting secretary of the board As was mentioned earlier significant changes have been made to the structure of the parole board in recent times This bill provides that the Secretary of the Department of Justice and Regulation may authorise a Department of Justice and Regulation employee to perform the functions of the secretary of the board There are also some changes around departmental employees exercising functions of a community corrections officer or a regional manager and again they go to the heart of some of those recent reforms of the parole board The bill introduces a new position of parole officer There is also some clarification relating to the electronic monitoring of prisoners and prisons There are elements of change concerning disclosure of information protected correspondence to and from prisoners and parole order transfer amendments and there are some housekeeping amendments in addition to that Whilst these changes are not substantial they contemporise what we have As the member for Box Hill has said on many occasions some of these changes are sensible provisions and they are common sense changes I will digress for a moment I would like to thank two people who have worked in my office recently I have had two students doing work experience with me for a period of time and they looked at some of the legislation that has been debated this week I thank both Josh Monaghan and Brodie Logue for producing a bill report on this piece of legislation which can be quite complex They did a great job Well done to Josh and Brodie As the member for Box Hill said in his contribution when in government the coalition made some substantial reforms to parole not the least of which was what was known as the Callinan review In May 2013 we had former High Court judge Ian Callinan undertake a comprehensive review of parole in Victoria As I articulated earlier in my contribution some absolutely horrific and tragic cases occurred in the years preceding that review From memory the Callinan report delivered 23 recommendations and the coalition got on with the job of implementing those recommendations quite quickly A media release of 30 October 2013 by upper house member Edward O Donohue the then Minister for Crime Prevention outlines a range of measures we introduced to make sure that the parole board had a full time chairperson and to allow a retired judge to fill that position We introduced

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