Convicted Sex Offenders should be searched without a warrant

My question is for the Minister for Training and Skills, through the Attorney-General, representing the Minister for Police. I have become aware of a deficiency in the sex offender register, and it is not just that the register is not public. It seems that there is no power of entry without a warrant for a […]

Financial Assistance Grant for Regional and Rural Councils

My question is to the Minister for Local Government. I have spoken many times in this place about the need for financial assistance to our regional councils. In the many conversations I have had with rural councils in my patch, the majority of them find it difficult to plan for the future. Most of the […]

Bluehub and Police Veterans

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Police, and the action that I seek is for funding to be made available to BlueHub and Police Veterans Victoria. As a police veteran myself—although technically I am still a police officer and might be back on the beat come December if I am not re-elected—I do […]

Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party’s commitment to a Public Child Sex Offender Register

I rise today to reaffirm Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party’s commitment to a public child sex offender register. This was the impetus for the formation of the party. Who can forget Derryn’s infamous jail time for breaching suppression orders by naming a paedophile priest and convicted child rapist who was still running camps for children in […]

Geelong Specialist Family Violence Court

My question is for the Attorney-General. Recently I became aware that the Geelong Specialist Family Violence Court is expected to be gazetted on 30 September. I am worried about this given the courthouse upgrades have not begun yet. Further, the services that surround the Specialist Family Violence Court, such as legal assistance, have not all […]

Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (16:25): I rise to speak on the Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2022. This bill will introduce a new offence of engaging in conduct that is grossly offensive to community standards of behaviour. Those convicted under the offence will face a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment. My contribution will only be […]

Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill 2022

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (14:27): I rise to speak on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill 2022. It is a bill that was born out of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and acquits the government of its commitment to introduce the bill before the election, within the recommended time line of the […]

Royal Commission Reporting

I give notice that, on the next day of meeting, I will move — That this House — (1) notes — (a) that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse highlighted the unconscionable abuse of children and made bespoke recommendations to all states, where most criminal and civil laws regarding child sexual […]

Review Scheme for Victims of Crime

My adjournment debate is for the Attorney General, and the action that I seek is for the Attorney to explain why the state government is denying a right to review scheme for victims of crime. A right to review scheme currently operates broadly in the UK and Scotland with great success and allows a victim […]

Confined Space Rescue Equipment

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (14:26): My question is for the Minister for Emergency Services, and it relates to operational equipment and trained staff for the Lucas fire station in Western Victoria. In 2018 there was a tragic incident that saw two men lose their lives in a trench collapse in  Delacombe. The local professional firefighters […]

Neighbourhood Houses in Western Victoria

My question is for the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers. Neighbourhood houses offer a valuable community service. Over the last few weeks I have received many letters from neighbourhood house coordinators in my region who are all extremely concerned with ongoing government funding. Coincidentally these letters also coincided with a visit I made to […]

Sexual Assault Victim-Survivors Memorial – Ballarat

Thanks to a unanimous vote and a funding commitment by the Ballarat City Council, the community is one step closer to a public art memorial to acknowledge survivors of sexual assault. Continuous Voices has driven this project, with support by the City of Ballarat in collaboration with the Ballarat Centre against Sexual Assault, Loud Fence, […]

Statement on Paper (No Wrong Door)

Recently, I tabled a petition as a paper, with over 12,500 signatures. The e-petition is titled “No Wrong Door” and addresses the sub-optimal approach we still have in Victoria in dealing with survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I thank Members for providing me leave to table such an important document and more specifically, for […]