2024 State Budget Reply

I rise to speak on behalf of the Greens to the 2024 state budget, a budget that is coming for the second year in a row at a time when so many people are looking to their governments to do all they can to tackle the housing crisis, to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, to tackle the fact that […]

Members Statement – Melbourne Youth Orchestras

I would like to congratulate the 15 young musicians from the Prahran electorate to have been accepted into the Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s ensemble program in 2024. I hope that the state government funding will be reinstated for this important program, which fosters growth in young students. The Melbourne Youth Orchestra provides students with an avenue to […]

Members Statement – Tibetan New Year

I was honoured to help organise an event for the Tibetan Community of Australia Victoria last month in Queen’s Hall to help celebrate Tibetan New Year. Tibetan New Year, known as Losar, is a vibrant celebration deeply rooted in rich traditions, cultural significance and spiritual reflection. It marks the beginning of the Tibetan lunar calendar […]

Question Without Notice – Labour Policy

My question is to the Premier. Premier, on Tuesday the government did a deal with the Liberals to pass harsh anti-worker changes to WorkCover that will kick injured workers off the scheme and deny many access. This comes on top of the government’s wages policy, which deliberately keeps wages low. It comes on top of […]

Adjournment – Supermarket Prices

My adjournment is for the Minister for Planning, and the action I seek is for the minister to investigate anti-competitive behaviour by the supermarket duopoly Woolworths and Coles, including land banking tactics, and whether state planning laws are restricting competition in the supermarket industry, which ultimately results in higher prices for consumers at the check-out. […]

Drug Harm Reduction – Pill Testing

I once again urge the government to implement pill testing here in Victoria. I know this is an issue that is of great concern to many residents in the Prahran electorate, particularly the young people and punters who are heading out to our many nightclubs every weekend. Over summer there was another spate of overdoses. […]

Camp Sovereignty

Last night I joined with my Greens colleagues in visiting Camp Sovereignty located in the very quiet and tranquil part of the Prahran electorate now known as Kings Domain. We joined many others in a sunset ceremony around the sacred camp fire where we had a good chat to Uncle Robbie about genocide, about sovereignty, […]

Regulatory Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2023

I rise to speak on behalf of the Victorian Greens to the Regulatory Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2023. As has been canvassed by previous speakers, this is an omnibus bill that seeks to reform regulatory legislation across 14 acts and 10 ministerial portfolios. According to the second-reading speech, the purpose of the bill is to […]

Cost of Living – Adjournment

My adjournment matter is for the Assistant Treasurer as the minister responsible for the Essential Services Commission, and the action I seek is for the minister to regulate supermarkets to stop them from price gouging. Supermarkets have been putting up the price of food and essentials, making the cost of living worse. Victorians are struggling […]

State Taxation Acts and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2023

Can I just say from the outset that the level of hardship, the level of housing insecurity, the level of difficulty that people are facing out there in the Victorian community when it comes to affordable housing, the idea or the fact that there are thousands of homes sitting empty in our community is just abhorrent.