Child Sexual Assault Part 1

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (14:44): I move: That this house: notes that: child sexual abuse occurred extensively within government institutions, notably in schools between the 1960s and 1990s; the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (royal commission) heard evidence of abuse that took place in Victorian government institutions, even though it was […]

Child Sexual Assault Part 2

Dr KIEU (South Eastern Metropolitan) (16:15): I rise with a heavy heart to speak to the motion moved by Mr Grimley from Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party about victims of institutional child sexual abuse. In a society such as ours we fully expect that we are able to protect against and redress the most hideous and […]

Vermiculture and the EPA

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:32): (1973) My question is for the Minister for Environment and Climate Action. David Davidson is an elderly resident in western Victoria. He is a retired worm farmer and has proactively contacted the Environment Protection Authority Victoria for guidance before commencing his rural vermiculture operation, which has been broadly praised by […]

Foster Carers

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:19): My question is for the Minister for Workplace Safety, representing the Minister for Child Protection and Family Services. Last week my office crunched the numbers from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and found that, using conservative estimates, there will not be enough foster carers to look after children […]

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

I rise to speak to the condolence motion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party. If you had to sum up the Queen in a few words, I’m certain ‘leader’, ‘majestic’ and ‘dutiful’ would be among them. She led a dedicated and selfless life during her 96 years. She […]

National Redress Scheme

My question is for the Attorney-General, and I ask it in the capacity of the Attorney-General as being responsible for the implementation of the royal commission’s recommendations. When the national redress scheme began, following the royal commission, it wasfar from faultless. I compare it to the infamous Melbourne Response run by George Pell, where survivors […]

Armstrong Creek Fire Station

My question is for the Minister for Emergency Services. Armstrong Creek has been earmarked for substantial growth for more than 10 years. One report claimed that by 2030 Armstrong Creek could be home to up to 60 000 people. 2021 census data shows that there are around 20 000 people living in the growth area […]

Story Dogs

I rise today to inform my Legislative Council colleagues of the rebarkable work done by the team at Story Dogs to improve child literacy. Kids with reading difficulties often have a ruff time of it, falling into a cycle of failure. Story Dogs seeks to help such kids reach their full pawtential by providing a […]

Justice Legislation Amendment (Sexual Offences and Other Matters) Bill 2022

I rise to speak on the Justice Legislation Amendment (Sexual Offences and Other Matters) Bill 2022, and it is with great support that I speak on behalf of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party on this bill. It will introduce an affirmative consent model, an offence for stealthing and confidential communication provisions to protect victims’ counselling and […]

Port Campbell mobile tower upgrades

My question is for the Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy. Port Campbell is a beautiful coastal town in my electorate, but it needs a mobile tower, not just for amenity but for safety. This small town is usually home to 350 people, but in summer it balloons to 5000 people. On […]

Wimmera Passenger Rail Project costings?

My adjournment debate is for the Minister for Transport Infrastructure, and the action that I seek is for the minister to make public the costings of the Wimmera passenger rail project, previously provided to my office in a meeting last year. The Suburban Rail Loop is an uncosted project, effectively without a business case, that […]

Big Housing Build needed for Warrnambool

My question is for the Minister for Housing in the other place. My constituent is a victim-survivor of family violence who fled from Mildura to Warrnambool from her violent partner only to be found by him. The only stable accommodation for her and her young children was in temporary houses all the way in Melbourne. […]

Justice Legislation Amendment (Police and Other Matters) Bill 2022

I rise also to speak on the Justice Legislation Amendment (Police and Other Matters) Bill 2022. This bill will do a whole range of things in respect of the Victoria Police Act 2013 and the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004. Clearly that means it is a very important bill for our party, which was formed […]

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 […]