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  • February 2015 – Russell Northe
    for Morwell Russell Northe is encouraging people to attend one of the roadshow events being held across Gippsland Mr Northe said people would be able to chat with staff and local health service providers in February 25 2015 Media Releases Uncategorised By scribblevision Northe reminds local sporting clubs to apply for a VicTalent Grant More people will have the chance to boost their skills and reach their potential through sport thanks to the Victalent Grants Program Member for Morwell Russell Northe is reminding local sporting groups Victalent grants are currently open to provide assistance to community sport and recreation organisations in rural and regional Victoria Mr Northe said the February 25 2015 Media Releases Uncategorised By scribblevision Members statement Ben Currie 24 February Mr NORTHE Morwell I recently attended a fundraising event for local lad Ben Currie who at age 19 is currently racing in the British Superbikes Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship Ben s next goal is to race in the 2015 Superbike World Championship and our local community is getting right behind Ben in his future racing February 24 2015 Statements By scribblevision Members statement Reverend Sathia Anthony 24 February Mr NORTHE Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Anglican Diocese of Gippsland induction ceremony for Reverend Sathia Anthony I wish to pass on my best wishes and a big welcome to Sathia and his wife Sandra and we look forward to his ministry in the Moe Newborough and Yallourn North areas February 24 2015 Statements By scribblevision Members statement Boolarra Folk Festival 24 February 2015 Mr NORTHE This weekend the 13th Boolarra Folk Festival takes place with a day and evening of free entertainment on offer In addition to the quality entertainment there will be a wide array of stalls arts and crafts and food

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  • Bill – Summary Offences Amendment (Move-on Laws) – 25 February – Russell Northe
    are able to have tools available to them to use for that purpose Going back to when the coalition introduced the previous legislation into the Parliament it seems that Labor failed to recognise the intent of the act and is now winding back powers and simply showing no regard for law abiding people going about their business I will refer to part of the second reading speech when the Attorney General at the time noted that The bill continues to protect legitimate rights to lawful protest or demonstration He also said the new powers were a useful tool for safeguarding the peaceful enjoyment of public places by all as well as defusing situations that threaten public order and safety The Labor government is strongly suggesting that those changes somehow compromised the ability of people to undertake peaceful protest That is simply not the case The shadow Attorney General vocally put the case that the legislation the coalition introduced simply allowed people to undertake those peaceful protests People should absolutely have the right to do that but when you are intruding on and compromising people s livelihoods and the business activities not only of business owners but staff members as well then that is not good enough I had a look at some of the second reading debate that took place on 20 February 2014 when the coalition brought on those particular amendments to the Summary Offences Act 1966 The former member for Bass had a fair bit to say at the time he was certainly vocal which makes for interesting reading He referred to pinkos commos those from Trades Hall Council and Lygon Street and the John Setkas of the world and their influence on the Labor Party and those industrial disputes It made for quite entertaining reading When the then Attorney General summed up the second reading debate on the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill he reiterated that the amendments did not inhibit people s ability to undertake peaceful protest That has been said over and over again but the only argument the Labor Party can now put to us is to say that we were threatening those rights The laws introduced by the coalition simply did not do that and that is why we are opposing the bill before us today The Australian Financial Review of 11 February talks about the introduction of the bill we are debating here today and it talks about police being able to have tools to move on people It also says The CFMEU was embroiled in a bitter dispute against construction giant Grocon in 2012 which led to a 16 day blockade of the Myer Emporium site In the same article Radley de Silva from Masters Builders Association Victoria MBAV says the move on laws introduced by the coalition had been a strong deterrent against unchecked obstructive protests in the construction sector He went on to say that that Grocon dispute brought the city to a grinding halt We simply cannot

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  • Bill – Wrongs Amendment (Asbestos Related Claims) – 12 February 2015 – Russell Northe
    by way of regulation and now by way of legislation I repeat that we as a coalition are pleased to support this I do not want to speak for long because what needs to be said has already been said but I want to commend GARDS which is Asbestos Council of Victoria Gippsland Asbestos Related Disease Support Inc Anybody who knows of GARDS would know Vicki Hamilton and her team I think every member of Parliament would well know of her and her team s advocacy over a long period of time Unfortunately Vicki s family like a lot of families in the Latrobe Valley have had family members who have suffered from asbestos related diseases Her advocacy over a long period of time is well recognised In fact she is now Vicki Hamilton OAM deservedly so for her contribution to this particular space I incorporate some comments from the GARDS newsletter of November 2014 just prior to the election In part it talks about an update on Multari v Seltsam Pty Ltd and the Wrongs Act 1958 under the heading Win Win It goes on to talk about the decisions made by the then Attorney General now the shadow Minister for Industrial Relations who is at the table next to me in introducing legislation to right the wrongs of what had occurred previously In part it talks about the need for legislation to be considered in the future which the new government has now introduced into the Parliament I can certainly assure the house that while we continue to get strong advocacy from GARDS the organisation is very pleased with the Attorney General of the time and all members of Parliament for making sure that this anomaly was rectified I put on the record that it has been bipartisan

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  • Adjournment – Salvation Army youth street team – 12 February 2015 – Russell Northe
    them with support to make sure that they are able to get home safely I am sure that all members of the house endorse the great work that the Salvation Army does Whether people are intoxicated experiencing the impacts of drugs or otherwise vulnerable the Salvation Army youth team goes out and provides them with water transport in certain cases and clothes and footwear The team does a wonderful job within the city of Melbourne area The team also runs a chill out zone which provides temporary relief particularly for younger people It allows them to chill out for a period of time until they are right to go on to other places including home The volunteers in this team have been described as guardian angels I think that is an appropriate term to use for people who volunteer their time to go and support vulnerable young people in our communities From a liquor point of view each nightclub precinct is different It is important that we implement local initiatives to support local revellers where possible The youth street team funded by Melbourne City Council has done a wonderful job Prior to the election the coalition made a number of commitments with respect to extending the youth street team We sought to extend the team into Ballarat Bendigo Geelong and Frankston We made a commitment of 400 000 over four years to support the Salvation Army in its endeavour to extend this well regarded program into those outer suburban areas and regional centres The team has made a massive difference within the city of Melbourne There is a great opportunity for the new government to support this proposition proposed by the coalition and supported by the Salvation Army It is a great opportunity to provide a good outcome together I

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  • Extract from the Wrongs Amendment Bill 2014 – 12 February – Russell Northe
    addressed firstly by way of regulation and now by way of legislation I repeat that we as a coalition are pleased to support this I do not want to speak for long because what needs to be said has already been said but I want to commend GARDS which is Asbestos Council of Victoria Gippsland Asbestos Related Disease Support Inc Anybody who knows of GARDS would know Vicki Hamilton and her team I think every member of Parliament would well know of her and her team s advocacy over a long period of time Unfortunately Vicki s family like a lot of families in the Latrobe Valley have had family members who have suffered from asbestosrelated diseases Her advocacy over a long period of time is well recognised In fact she is now Vicki Hamilton OAM deservedly so for her contribution to this particular space I incorporate some comments from the GARDS newsletter of November 2014 just prior to the election In part it talks about an update on Multari v Seltsam Pty Ltd and the Wrongs Act 1958 under the heading Win Win It goes on to talk about the decisions made by the then AttorneyGeneral now the shadow Minister for Industrial Relations who is at the table next to me in introducing legislation to right the wrongs of what had occurred previously In part it talks about the need for legislation to be considered in the future which the new government has now introduced into the Parliament I can certainly assure the house that while we continue to get strong advocacy from GARDS the organisation is very pleased with the AttorneyGeneral of the time and all members of Parliament for making sure that this anomaly was rectified I put on the record that it has been bipartisan support

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  • Abortion legislation – 11 February 2015 – Russell Northe
    Reform Act 2008 which did away with all legal protection for babies in the womb even right up to birth After 24 weeks a baby may be aborted killed if two doctors agree it is appropriate This law is a blight on Victoria a betrayal of the medical profession and health workers It contravenes irrefutable expanding scientific evidence that babies in the womb are real people hence the law should protect all unborn children from conception until natural death thereby respecting all human life The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Assembly of Victoria review the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 By Mr NORTHE Morwell 571 signatures Tabled Ordered that petition presented by honourable member for Gippsland East be considered next day on motion of Mr T BULL Gippsland East 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

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  • Bill – Back to Work – 11 February 2015 – Russell Northe
    the potential for people to be placed on fixed term contracts for three months and employers simply taking the money for putting on that employee and the issues of longer term employment not really being addressed It also refers to concerns about working parents for example and how they fit into the scheme and the shadow Treasurer also made mention of this Will they be disadvantaged by the rules and regulations that will apply to this initiative The Greens have some concerns about where asylum seekers and refugees will fit within the scheme and they are legitimate concerns The Greens have proposed some amendments and the coalition will consider them when the bill is between the houses The Age article says that a spokeswoman for the Treasurer said it was highly unlikely that employers would go to the cost and trouble of repeatedly employing new and inexperienced workers I do not think that is any reassurance We have legitimate concerns about how the initiative will operate and we hope the minister will answer some of our questions Labor s Back to Work plan suggests it will create over 100 000 jobs The first page of its Back to Work Victorian Labor s Plan for 100 000 Jobs document contains a heading Every job is worth fighting for The shadow Treasurer said that it is an oxymoron when you think about the government s performance so far with the potential for 3700 jobs to be lost with the east west link contract which is now being ripped up the jobs lost with the Linking Melbourne Authority the Point Nepean contracts potentially being ripped up with a loss of jobs there and the Cranbourne Pakenham rail corridor upgrade which is very important to my electorate and to the people of Gippsland We are not sure whether or not that is proceeding In terms of jobs the proposals in the government s document are an oxymoron given its performance thus far Jobs are critically important to my electorate and they are important to regional Victoria The government can provide support in a range of ways there is no doubt about that I was with the president of the Australian Hotels Association Peter Burnett last night when he referred to the importance of events not only to Melbourne but also to regional Victoria It is one way for governments to support major events and tourism Employers put on younger people in particular around those events and that is really important The Regional Growth Fund is very important to those of us in regional Victoria and we are concerned that the government is changing tack in terms of what it might do for job creation in regional Victoria and what it might do to the fund I am concerned about some of the initiatives that were put in place when we were in government I was previously a Minister for Small Business when the coalition government put in place a number of initiatives to support

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  • 2015 – Page 2 – Russell Northe
    grants aim to increase or maintain participation in physical activity by funding essential equipment like bats portable goals uniforms and balls This December 10 2015 Media Releases By Russell Northe Labor still refuses to answer questions about District 27 The Andrews Labor Government has still refused to adequately answer 14 questions asked by Member for Morwell Russell Northe about the establishment of Latrobe Valley s new CFA District 27 Mr Northe had previously placed a number of questions on notice to the Andrews Labor Government to detail the implementation plans for District 27 after local November 27 2015 Media Releases By Russell Northe Public Accounts and Estimates Committee budget estimates 2015 16 Mr NORTHE Morwell I rise this morning to speak on the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee Report on the 2015 16 Budget Estimates and I specifically refer to chapter 9 of the report which is headed The government s election commitments In particular this is an analysis of Labor s Financial Statement 2014 This chapter sought to assess the extent November 27 2015 Hansard By Russell Northe Members Statement Morwell Electorate Tuesday 24 November 2015 Mr NORTHE Morwell It has been a very disappointing 12 months for the Morwell electorate under the Andrews government There 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

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