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  • Members statement – Cassandra Godden – 23 June 2015 – Russell Northe
    Petitions Newsletters Contact Members statement Cassandra Godden 23 June 2015 You are here Home Statements Members statement Cassandra Godden 23 June 2015 Mr NORTHE On a more sombre note I wish to pass on my condolences to the Godden family on the passing of their loving daughter and sister Cassie Sadly 18 year old Cassie lost her life recently to melanoma Our condolences go to her loving parents Brett and Dianne and to Cassie s family and friends at this very difficult time 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

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  • Road Safety Amendment (Private Car Parks) Bill 2015 – 23 June 2015 – Russell Northe
    may have breached their terms and conditions at the parking facility There we have it again a broad range of views and opinions on this legislation and what should or should not be done As a coalition we have approached a number of different groups and received feedback and I must say there has been consistency in some of the opposition to this bill by industry and business groups Whether it is Parking Australia Care Park Ace Parking or the Shopping Centre Council of Australia they have been quite consistent in some of their concerns about the proposed legislation However I repeat that from a coalition point of view we want to ensure that all consumers get a fair hearing and are not being ripped off by anybody whether it be parking operators or others Interestingly some concerns have been raised in regard to the bill s statement of compatibility with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 Under the heading Human rights issues and the subheading Restricting discovery of documents for purpose of recovery of private car park fees on page 1 of the statement the very last sentence says While the majority of private car park operators are incorporated and cannot claim protections under the charter act there is potential that this amendment may affect the fair hearing rights of natural persons wishing to commence proceedings for recovery of car park fees I concede that is probably the case with private car park operators They are not natural persons they are incorporated companies I understand that but the point is that the statement of compatibility under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 says that bringing this legislation to the Parliament may affect the fair hearing rights of natural persons At this time I thank the minister s office and department for their briefing and for providing some information and answers to some of the questions that we asked because under some of the scenarios the picture being painted is that we have these rogue business operators out there who in many cases are ripping off motorists and doing the wrong thing No doubt there is an issue there but where do councils fit in Where do hospitals fit into this scenario under the legislation we are proposing I thank the minister s office and department for providing some answers One of the questions we asked at the briefing and subsequently concerned the situation where there is a hospital that manages a car park whether the hospital is privately or publicly owned The question was would the hospital be included within or excluded from this legislation The answer we have received is that the hospital would effectively be a private operator if you like so it would be unable to use the preliminary discovery process for the purpose of recovering its car park fees I need to repeat this on a couple of occasions and it is outlined in the minister s response if the claim relates to other matters such as loss caused by damage to property the hospital could use the preliminary discovery process There are two distinct things here if it were for damages to property an entity would be able to use the preliminary discovery process but if it is for the purpose of recovery of car park fees then that is not the case Another question we raised is if a privately owned car park requests that a council manage its operations do councils as statutory authorities then have the ability to issue fines and how would that affect the legislation The answer that came back is that section 90D of the Road Safety Act 1986 authorises the owner or occupier of the land to enter into an agreement with a municipal council for the provision of car parking services Where such an agreement is in place the council can issue infringement notices This would not be a claim for private car park fees and would not be impacted by the proposed amendment I hope that clarifies the situation not just for members of the coalition but also for government members Again I thank the minister s office and department for that response As I said industry and businesses have raised a number of concerns with me First and foremost Parking Australia has said it is quite concerned that this legislation has been brought to this house without any industry consultation or discussion with the industry Whilst I will talk about this in more detail shortly it believes that the industry needs to improve the way it does things and it has suggested some initiatives that maybe the government could contemplate Very strong in Parking Australia s response to me was that it wants to have some dialogue with the government over a period of time I hope that before this legislation hits the Legislative Council the government will take up this opportunity and make the time and effort to meet with industry groups and private car park owner operators and managers to discuss the legislation I hope government members or the minister might be able to respond at an appropriate time to give a commitment that that will occur The industry has suggested that one of the initiatives or opportunities that could be explored further is to initiate an accredited operator scheme that would be supported by a code of practice My understanding is that feedback from the industry suggests the industry is keen to roll this out and is not far away from ensuring that such a scheme could be implemented across Victoria in particular in the second half of this year The scheme could consist of different opportunities and initiatives but according to industry having an accredited operator scheme would enable better oversight and better regulation of operators The suggestion is that if you went through a thorough accreditation process then only those who are accredited under that scheme would be able to apply for details

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  • March 2016 – Russell Northe
    In a Members Statement yesterday Mr Northe said the government launched the new CFA District 27 with much fanfare last year but had still failed to provide adequate resources almost March 29 2016 Media Releases By Russell Northe Rooming House Operators Bill 2015 Second Reading Speech resumed Thursday 10 March 2016 ebate resumed from 9 March motion of Ms GARRETT Minister for Consumer Affairs Gaming and Liquor Regulation Mr NORTHE Morwell Continuing from my contribution yesterday at the time I was raising some concerns that were expressed by the Registered Accommodation Association of Victoria It has some concerns that the current disqualification criteria may force operators to walk March 11 2016 Hansard By Russell Northe Constituency questions Morwell 10th March 2016 Mr NORTHE Morwell Question 6981 My constituency question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety I was recently approached by Jim from Traralgon who attended my office after being requested by VicRoads to pay 17 40 for an appointment to register a golf cart trailer which staff did not even inspect Can the minister March 11 2016 Hansard By Russell Northe Victoria Police Amendment Merit based Transfer Bill 2016 Wednesday 9 March 2016 Mr NORTHE Morwell It is a pleasure to rise this afternoon to speak on the Victoria Police Amendment Merit based Transfer Bill 2016 As many members have said about this bill it seems to contain sensible provisions As per the second reading speech basically at the moment we have a situation where all the general duties positions March 11 2016 Hansard By Russell Northe Rooming House Operators Bill 2015 Second Reading Speech Wednesday 9 March 2016 Mr NORTHE Morwell It gives me pleasure to rise this afternoon to speak on the Rooming House Operators Bill 2015 Might I say at the outset that we

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  • February 2016 – Russell Northe
    regional V Line users Premier Daniel Andrews and Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan chose to use Parliament to promote an 11 billion Metro Rail Project in Melbourne Mr February 23 2016 Media Releases By Russell Northe Young locals invited to have their say Young regional leaders who want to influence State Government decision making are encouraged to apply for the YMCA s Youth Parliament program before 7 April to have their views heard Member for Morwell Russell Northe said this year s program would give 16 25 year olds an introduction into the workings of State Parliament with 120 spots available Since February 23 2016 Media Releases By Russell Northe Nationals MPs visit local farmers Leader of the Nationals Peter Walsh met with and spoke to local farmers on his visit to the Latrobe Valley today Mr Walsh who is also Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Water along with Member for Morwell Russell Northe and Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath visited Gippsland Free Range Eggs in Glengarry Sticky February 18 2016 Media Releases By Russell Northe Multi disciplinary Centre opens in Morwell Nationals MPs Russell Northe and Melina Bath today attended the formal opening of a new multi disciplinary centre MDC in Morwell a one stop shop for victims of sexual abuse Member for Morwell Russell Northe said in Government the Liberal National Coalition provided 4 8 million in the 2012 13 budget towards the construction and operating costs of Morwell s February 18 2016 Media Releases By Russell Northe ANZAC spirit close to students hearts One Lavalla Catholic College student will embark on a trip of a lifetime in March when she travels to Gallipoli as part of the Victorian Government s Spirit of ANZAC Prize Year 11 student Isis Tyler will become the sixth Lavalla Catholic

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  • January 2016 – Russell Northe
    to uncover cost of living issues get households and businesses talking and most importantly use people power to reduce unnecessary costs The Andrews Labor Government keeps January 29 2016 Media Releases By Russell Northe Gippsland Rail Commuter Chaos to Continue Coalition Members of Parliament today said regional commuters face extended delays cancelled services and deserve answers after it was revealed by Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan that VLocity services would be banned from the Pakenham rail line for at least a further 6 weeks Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said Minister for Transport Jacinta January 28 2016 Media Releases By Russell Northe More full time job losses across Latrobe Gippsland Official figures released yesterday again highlight the Andrews Labor Government s broken promise to create full time jobs in the Gippsland region Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released yesterday show 1 156 full time jobs have been lost in the Latrobe Gippsland area which includes Morwell Churchill and Traralgon since Daniel Andrews came to office The local unemployment rate has January 22 2016 Media Releases By Russell Northe 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

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  • December 2015 – Russell Northe
    people will take the opportunity to catch up with family and friends and take a well earned rest Many of us are probably wondering how another year passed so quickly and are pledging to spend more time on the things that are really important to us in 2016 Christmas is December 18 2015 Media Releases By Russell Northe Labor axes popular Regional Living Expo The popular Regional Living Expo has been added to the long list of regional projects axed by the Andrews Labor Government Member for Morwell Russell Northe said Labor s Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford would not answer questions about the future of the Expo in Parliament last week but then rolled out a press release on December 16 2015 Media Releases By Russell Northe Christmas carols off the curriculum Students at Victorian Government schools will be stopped from learning or singing a wide selection of Christmas carols under new guidelines issued by the Melbourne Labor Government Member for Morwell Russell Northe said the restrictions are contained in a Fact Sheet sent out to school principals issued last month but not made public The Fact December 16 2015 Media Releases By Russell Northe Morwell is home to a new Multi Disciplinary Centre Member for Morwell Russell Northe yesterday received a tour of the newly opened Multi Disciplinary Centre MDC in Morwell Mr Northe said the new MDC is a one stop shop for victims of sexual abuse and is designed to improve local responses In government the Liberal National Coalition provided 4 8 million in the 2012 13 budget towards the December 16 2015 Media Releases By Russell Northe Grants open for Latrobe Valley multicultural groups Multicultural groups in the Morwell electorate are being encouraged to apply for a grant to run multicultural celebrations festivals and events across

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  • November 2015 – Russell Northe
    have been a few promises with no outcomes and lots of talk but very little action One of the biggest concerns for our region is unemployment We all remember prior to the election Daniel Andrews talking big November 27 2015 Statements By Russell Northe Transport Accident Amendment Bill 2015 Mr NORTHE Morwell It gives me pleasure to rise this afternoon to speak in the debate on the Transport Accident Amendment Bill 2015 It is interesting to reflect on the history of the accident compensation arrangements in Victoria and how they have evolved over a long period of time When you look back you see that the November 27 2015 Hansard By Russell Northe Northe continues fight for paper contracts Member for Morwell Russell Northe continues to question the Andrews Labor Government about the contracts for office copy paper in Victoria s state departments and agencies Mr Northe has put a series of questions to the Minister for Finance Robin Scott in relation to a new Victorian Government office stationary contract that was awarded to November 26 2015 Media Releases By Russell Northe Labor disappoints Latrobe Valley in first 12 months Member for Morwell Russell Northe has told Parliament the Andrews Labor Government s first year had been all talk no action and had failed to deliver new initiatives for the people of Latrobe Valley Speaking in Parliament this week Mr Northe said Daniel Andrews had talked up creating jobs before he was elected but had failed November 26 2015 Media Releases By Russell Northe Driffield Community Memorial officially opened Member for Morwell Russell Northe today joined the Yinnar and District Community Association and current and former residents of Driffield to officially open the new Driffield Community Memorial Mr Northe said the Liberal Nationals Coalition provided 10 400 from the Regional

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  • October 2015 – Russell Northe
    The title is an oxymoron given the matter of public importance we have just debated If you look at the bill s title and try to rationalise it with the fact that the Victorian energy October 22 2015 Hansard By Russell Northe Members Statement Cobaarz Eco Salon Tuesday 20 October 2015 Mr NORTHE Morwell On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the 20 year anniversary of Cobaarz Eco Salon in Glengarry Congratulations to the owner Nancy Corser along with her family and staff on their 20 year achievement Every business has its challenges and I commend Nancy and her team for their hard work and dedication in providing October 21 2015 Statements By Russell Northe Members Statement Traralgon West fire brigade Tuesday 20 October 2015 Mr NORTHE On Saturday evening I had the pleasure of attending the Traralgon West fire brigade s 75th anniversary celebration dinner and awards night The Traralgon West fire brigade has come a long way since its inception in 1940 when it had just eight members The brigade now has approximately 30 members who have done October 21 2015 Statements By Russell Northe Members Statement Gippsland Regional Achiever Award Tuesday 20 October 2015 Mr NORTHE I wish to acknowledge Jessi McEwan of Traralgon who won the Gippsland regional achiever award at the regional achievement and community awards gala dinner on Friday evening Jessi has had a number of achievements including being selected as Australia s first young chef ambassador at the 2014 World Association of Chefs Societies congress in Norway October 21 2015 Statements By Russell Northe Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 Tuesday 20 October 2015 Debate resumed from 16 September motion of Ms GARRETT Minister for Consumer Affairs Gaming and Liquor Regulation Mr NORTHE Morwell I rise this afternoon to speak on the Gambling

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