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 Change.org 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 […]

Apology for child sexual abuse linked to government institutions

Ms MAXWELL (Northern Victoria) (12:17): My question is for the Premier and is on behalf of my colleague Mr Grimley, who could not be here this week due to illness. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse documented hundreds of such cases which occurred in Victorian government institutions. The Victorian government has […]

Rupanyup Primary School playground

My question is to the Minister for Education. Primary Schools are the beating heart of small regional towns. Often, they are supported by the local community, through fundraising events when something new is needed. However, from time to time they need assistance from the government. The Rupanyup Primary School is needing that now. They need […]

Child Sex Offenders

My question is for the Minister for Higher Education, representing the Minister for Police, and it relates to the report of the inquiry into management of child sex offender information. Recommendation 3 from this report sought the government to refer to the Victorian Law Reform Commission the circumstances in which a limited public disclosure scheme […]

Hooning Community Reference Group

I rise today to promote and thank the state government on the establishment of the Hooning Community Reference Group. This has come about due to the advocacy of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party through my private members bill, which sought to introduce penalties for those who attend hoon events. Victoria has some of the most stringent […]

Family Violence

My adjournment debate is for the Minister for Prevention of Family Violence in the other place. In the Coroners Court’s findings for the suicide of a man who I shall refer to as ‘Mr A’ from Bannockburn, there was a deep history of family violence. Mr A had physically assaulted his daughter and physically, sexually […]

Grab and Drag Report

The Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) Improving the Justice System Response to Sexual Offences: Supplementary Report on ‘Grab and Drag’ Conduct was released in the house a few sittings ago, and I wish to speak on it. Whilst I am not 100 per cent happy with there not being a recommendation for a completely new […]

Motion – Integrity Agency Funding

I rise to speak on the opposition’s motion before the house today that essentially centres around the chair of the Integrity and Oversight intervening to block testimony to the IOC from certain heads of integrity agencies. The motion goes on to state that: (c) the Andrews Labor government has failed to adequately fund IBAC and […]

Curdies River Estuary

My question is to the Minister for Water. The Surf Coast is blessed with many areas of natural beauty. One of these is the Curdies River estate near Peterborough. The estuary is a haven for endangered wildlife and vegetation where locals and many tourists enjoy fishing, boating and swimming. A constituent, Ms Carolyne Wakefield of […]

1080 poison

I rise to speak on Mr Meddick’s motion regarding the use of 1080 poison. This is a matter close to Derryn’s heart so I am proud to speak on this on behalf of the party. Derryn Hinch has been campaigning on animal welfare since a time when many in this chamber were in school and […]

Seeking funding for The Lookout in Dennington

My adjournment debate is for the Premier, and the action I seek is for the Premier to meet with Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre and other stakeholders who are seeking funding for the Lookout residential rehabilitation facility in Dennington, near Warrnambool. I ask this because the Premier attended a similar forum in Mildura with […]

Residential Rehab funding overlooked in budget

I rise today to send my thoughts, strength and solidarity to any family or person who is experiencing a loved one going through addiction. Our party believes that anyone facing an addiction should be able to get the help that they need without delay. There is often a very small window between the time someone […]

Coercive Control law change in Queensland

My question is for the Minister for Workplace Safety, representing the Minister for Prevention of Family Violence. Queensland has just announced that it will criminalise coercive control through a standalone offence. We all know the tragic outcome for Hannah Clarke and her children after her ex-husband devastatingly took their lives. Whilst we are yet to […]

Mobile coverage on regional trains

My question is to the Minister for Public Transport. I recently received some correspondence from a constituent who commutes several times a week from Ballarat to work in Melbourne. Having recently moved from Melbourne to Ballarat, she was surprised that no wi-fi was available on the train and that mobile coverage was poor to zero […]

Bannockburn Police Station

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:44): (1747) My question is to the Minister for Police. Like many places in regional Victoria, the Bannockburn community is growing. In fact it is one of the faster growing regions in Victoria. There are reports of up to 7000 parcels of land being unlocked for development, and that could see […]

Grab and Drag

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:36): My question is for the Attorney-General. In the aftermath of the infamous Jackson Williams case and his subsequent acquittal of the charge of assault with intent to commit a sexual offence, our party called out for a new offence of grab and drag. Your predecessor, Ms Hennessy, asked the Victorian […]

Court Dog Program

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (11:00): I rise today to speak again about the court support dog program run by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) in Victoria. This program, which began in 2017, provides vulnerable witnesses giving evidence in court with extra support by having a fur-iend by their side. Two beautiful labradors, Lucy and […]

Vale Shane Warne

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (10:30): I am rising to speak on the condolence motion for Shane Warne. I was just sitting there listening to everybody, and on behalf of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party and many, many other people I express my sympathies to his family, his friends and his colleagues and to former players. Many, […]

Murray Basin Rail Project

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (17:28): (1869) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Transport Infrastructure in the other place, and the action that I am seeking is for the minister to speak to the Treasurer to advocate for regional rail investments, including the business case for the Murray Basin rail project’s (MBRP) full standardisation. […]

Local Government Funding

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:15): My question is for the Minister for Local Government. I have asked in this place before about a stabilisation fund and other ways to provide financial stability to smaller rural councils. The responses I have received talked about the rural councils transformation program, Sustainability Fund partnerships, spending allowances for smaller […]