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Sunday, October 20, 2019


MP Danielle Green hits back at private life critics

Yan Yean MLA Danielle Green has used State Parliament to hit back at critics of her being a tenant in her private life. Ms Green said a real estate agent had leaked information to the press about the condition of the property that she rented. Ms Green disputed the claims, and says she won back

McGowan wants input on refugee detention

Former Indi MHR Cathy McGowan has joined with Rural Australians for Refugees to host a series of public forums this month to discuss the future for refugees in offshore detention. Ms McGowan said the forums would discuss the next steps for those supporting refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus. “What I hear people

Strategy needed for Yan Yean works: MP

Danielle Green, Yan Yean MLA, yesterday (Wed.) told State Parliament that a comprehensive communications strategy is needed for the ongoing Yan Yean Rd works program. “My adjournment matter this evening is directed to the Minister for Transport Infrastructure,” Ms Green told the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday night (Aug. 28)(. “The action I seek is for

Duck season to be debated

Parliamentian Andy Meddick will today (Wed.) bring a motion to call off the 2020 duck shooting season. The future of duck shooting has not been debated in the Victorian Parliament since 2011. Mr Meddick issued a statement: “The most recent annual waterbird survey in Eastern Australia clearly showed that the long-term trend is in decline

Move against hate-speech

State politician Fiona Patten is introducing new legislation designed to stop trolling in its tracks. In an Australian first, the Racial and Religious Tolerance Amendment Bill 2019 will extend Victoria’s anti-vilification laws – currently only reserved to racial and religious vilification – to hate speech based on gender, as well as disability, sexual orientation, gender

MP’s office ignores Kinglake

Federal MHR Helen Haines’s office is failing the people of Kinglake, and the southern part of the Indi electorate. Dr Haines’s office this week placed advertisements about ‘Indi grants’ in the Mansfield, Alexandra and Yea paid-newspapers. However, a deliberate decision was made by Dr Haines’s office not advertise in The Local Paper, which is the

OPINION: Action needed on Black Spur roulette

The serious Black Spur accident this morning (Fri.), in which four people were injured, is a stark reminder of the roulette game that motorists play every time they drive on the Narbethong-Healesville section. This morning’s accident, when a tree fell on a car, is not the first of its type. If such a hazard existed

MHR delivers maiden speech

Dr Helen Haines, independent MHR for Indi, las week (Aug. 1) delivered her maiden speech to Federal Parliament: Mr Speaker, congratulations to you on your appointment as Speaker and thank you for your warm welcome to me in this place. Today as I rise in this House to give my first speech, I acknowledge the

Pheasant Creek road action … finally

Action is being taken to improve the poor condition of the road verges along the Whittlesea-Kinglake Road, Pheasant Creek. This follows pressure in State Parliament by Eildon MLA Cindy McLeish. Regional Roads Victoria will undertake sealing works on the shoulders adjacent to the bakery, post office and hardware store, as well as the bus stop

Election: booth-by-booth

Independent Helen Haines won the seat of Indi in Saturday’s Federal Election, which saw Liberal Prime Minister Scott Morrison returned to Government. Dr Haines won by a slim margin, ahead of Steve Martin (Liberal), who won more first preference votes. Preferences were required by Dr Haines to succeed in her campaign to succeed Cathy McGowan

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