During the last week of the Victorian Parliament, State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP, reiterated his support for a Victims Legal Service by tabling an e-petition on behalf of survivor and advocate, Ashleigh Rae.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party has acknowledged the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s final report into its review of Victoria’s response to stalking tabled in Parliament today.
Stuart Grimley MP secures a regional housing summit for regional Victorian towns. This comes after Mr Grimley repeatedly asked the government in parliament to consider and act on the calls from regional communities to fix the housing crisis.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party MP Stuart Grimley has announced that if he is re-elected at the November election, he will establish an Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in Government Schools.
According to data analysed from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare by Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party for foster care week, foster care may not meet demand within a year.
Regional Victoria is in a housing crisis. This crisis is affecting families, businesses, local councils, community organisations and more. State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP, has – for the fourth time this year – asked the State Government to commit to a ‘Regional Housing Summit’ during a speech to parliament.
Member for Western Victoria Stuart Grimley MP has asked the Government to explain why the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) can have an uncosted project that nobody asked for, effectively without a business case, yet regional Victorians are fighting for public transport rail options.
Regional childcare is in crisis, with some of our most rural local governments not having one dedicated facility. Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP, has moved a motion in State Parliament this week requiring the State Government to “guarantee funding for new childcare facilities in rural and regional Victoria in the recently announced $9 billion investment” and “ensure regional and rural Victorians have equal access to childcare as their metropolitan counterparts”.
This week in parliament, Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP, has asked the government when and where the promised Armstrong Creek Fire station will be built. This comes after conflicting reports as to whether land has been purchased for the station or if there had been any change to the original proposal.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party is asking the State Government to lobby their Federal colleagues to remove deeds of release from National Redress Scheme (NRS) payments.
Stuart Grimley MP has queried why an emergency worker assault report has not been tabled, despite being 13 months overdue.
Rural and regional councils are in need of financial assistance from the state government. Today in Parliament, Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP, has asked the state government to investigate the possibility of a state financial assistance grant for councils who require financial aid.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (DHJP) MP Stuart Grimley will move a motion in Parliament this week asking the Government to commit to a new offence in the Summary Offences Act of ‘family violence in the presence of a child’.
The State Government’s Sexual Offences Bill (introduced to the Parliament today), will codify Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party’s amendments to a Bill in February which were withdrawn in good faith, on the commitment they would be passed before the election by the Government.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party has launched a motion in Parliament to keep convicted killers in jail if they refuse to share the location of their victim’s remains with police. The state passed laws in 2016 that prevent a killer being paroled unless they divulge the whereabouts of their victim’s body, however this does not go far enough.
Stuart Grimley MP is joining professional firefighters in Ballarat to demand the State Government provide them with tools needed to save lives. Trench rescue equipment is currently not available in Ballarat and other towns such as Horsham, with the closest units available needing to be transported from Melbourne.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party MP Stuart Grimley is calling on the “hypocritical” State Government to extend their proposed reforms to workplace harassment cases to civil settlements involving childhood sexual abuse survivors.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party will seek to move amendments to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill 2022 when debated in the Legislative Council, to remove the Government’s ‘fantasy, yet dangerous’ plan to eliminate seclusion and restraint from the mental health system within 10 years.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party are calling on the State Government to reinstate funding to the ‘gutted’ alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector, as Australia takes the infamous title as having the highest reported methamphetamine use per capita in the world, according to an Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) report released yesterday.
The recent rebrand of the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project (WVTNP) will change nothing for locals fighting against the proposed project. The new name, “Western Renewables Link”, is a cheap attempt at trying to position locals as against renewable energy projects. Local residents are pro-renewables, they are anti-WVTNP.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party MP Stuart Grimley is calling on the Premier to apologise to victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse where the offences took place in Government institutions. He has also asked the State Government to start acting within its Model Litigant Guidelines when dealing with sexual assault claims against the State.
Stuart Grimley MP will today ask the Attorney-General to move to a new, consistent, long-term model of funding for Community Legal Centre’s Health Justice Partnerships* (CLC’s HJPs). Some CLCs still don’t have an answer as to whether their program funding will continue next week (the 22-23 financial year).
Today our Party founder, Derryn Hinch announced his intention to run for the Victorian Parliament in November 2022. This is great news for our party and for the people of Victoria. Hinch has never been a man to back down from what he believes in, and if elected, he will add another strong voice to the Victorian Parliament.
Stuart Grimley MP is calling on the State Government to legislate the ability for Protective Services Officers (PSOs) to assist mental health patients in hospital, to free up police to perform their duties on the beat.
Stuart Grimley MP will on Tuesday table an e-petition with over 12,500 signatures calling on the State Government to implement a ‘no wrong door’ approach for child sexual abuse survivors and pilot its implementation in two Victorian areas.
Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP, has welcomed the 6 June announcement of the Portland Diversification Fund. This comes as Mr Grimley has advocated extensively for more housing in Portland and surrounds. Mr Grimley has personally met Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas advocating for these funds, as well as reducing red tape for regional housing developments.
This week, Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party put forward amendments to the Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance Scheme) Bill 2022 to ensure victims of crime are given adequate support when needed. Disappointingly, the amendments were voted against by Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick and the Government, as well as Greens MP Samantha Ratnam.
Victorians deserve to know where dangerous sex offenders live in their community, which is why Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party have called for a public child sex offender register since the party’s inception. This week Stuart Grimley MP has asked the Victorian Government to make public, a report that they relied on to determine their position on sex offender information disclosure.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party has moved to extend compensation available for Victorian firefighters to include cancers specific to women. The Member for Northern Victoria, Tania Maxwell MP who is also a Country Fire Authority volunteer, put a bill to the Legislative Council to amend firefighters’ presumptive rights to compensation that have been available since 2019.
Curdies River Estuary in Peterborough is continuing to concern local residents with a series of dead animals being reported in the area. Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP, has asked the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, in Parliament today what government agencies are doing about the water quality in the area.
Locals in the Wimmera will be given the opportunity meet with their member of the Legislative Council in state parliament. Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP, will be travelling to Ararat, Stawell, Horsham and Warracknabeal meeting with local organisations and holding ‘Coffee with a Pollie’ events.
In wake of the Queensland Government outlawing coercive control in their state, State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (DHJP), Stuart Grimley MP has asked the Victorian government to commit to strengthening course of conduct laws for family violence cases in Victoria.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP, has reinforced his support for families who have a loved one that is suffering through addiction. This comes after Mr Grimley recently met with a mother who had a child go through addiction and heard her story that fortunately saw her child overcome addiction.
I give notice that, on the next day of meeting, I will move —
That this House —
(1) notes —
(a) the disgraceful and disrespectful behaviour toward Victoria Police members by Senator Lidia Thorpe on 3 May 2022, including false claims that Victoria Police were “the only criminals on this land” and that they were “locking up innocent people”;
(b) that this behaviour by a Senator of Victoria sets a terrible example of the standards which should be upheld by such persons;
(c) that Victoria Police have a difficult enough job without dealing with the vile, insulting behaviour of Victorians such as that demonstrated by Senator Thorpe;
(d) that former Chief Commissioner Kel Glare rightly claimed Senator Thorpe was “unfit for office” and the Secretary of The Police Association Victoria,
Mr Wayne Gatt, said her actions were “opportunistic grandstanding”;
(e) the Australian Greens have refused to condemn or denounce the actions of Senator Thorpe, only saying that the Australian Greens “will always support protests defending refugees and migrant rights”;
(f) that embarrassingly, Senator Thorpe was defending the rights of those being deported including non-citizen child sex offenders, drug dealers, armed robbers and domestic violence perpetrators to continue living in Australia;
(2) calls on the Government to publicly denounce the awful behaviour exhibited by Senator Thorpe; and
(3) calls on the Australian Greens to remove Senator Thorpe from the Australian Senate.
Footage of Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe abusing police has prompted State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP, to move a motion in parliament today condemning her actions. Mr Grimley, who is a former Victoria Police officer, has asked for the Australian Greens to remove Ms Thorpe from the Senate.
Councils in Western Victoria have been screaming out for assistance with planning and development for their local areas for years. Thanks to the continued advocacy from Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP, the state government has included $6 million to speed up the precinct planning and approvals for 44,000 lots in regional Victoria.
The State Government has delivered its final budget for this parliamentary term. State Leader for Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP, says there are some good announcements in the Budget, but also a bit of smoke and mirrors at play.
The Victorian Government has delivered their last State Budget for the 59th Parliament. State Leader for Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP has welcomed some aspects of the Budget, however, believes more could be done for Warrnambool.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (DHJP), Stuart Grimley MP, has expressed “disappointment” at the 2022-23 State Budget, which overlooked a series of items he had put forward to the Treasurer.
A Hooning Community Reference Group has just been announced by the Victorian Government, as a result of advocacy by Stuart Grimley MP. This comes after the State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party introduced an anti-hooning Bill into Parliament and has since been working with the Minister for Roads and Road Safety on solutions to reduce hooning.
The state government has invested $2.8 million into regional housing in the Yarriambiack Shire. This comes after years of questions to the state government from State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP. The announcement of these funds will build much needed affordable housing in Warracknabeal, Hopetoun, Murtoa, Rupanyup and Woomelang.
The announcement of the 2026 Commonwealth Games coming to regional Victoria has many people excited. State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP has welcomed the announcement and is calling for more regional and rural towns to host events.
Regional Victoria is finding it difficult to attract – and reduce barriers for – land developers to build regional housing estates. Recently in Parliament, Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP, has asked Minister for Housing and Planning to create an Infrastructure Grant or loan process.
Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP, has asked the Minister for Transport Infrastructure to advocate for more regional rail investment via the Treasurer, including the $5 million needed to complete the business case to standardise the Murray Basin Rail Project (MBRP). This comes after the Minister met with her Federal Counterpart Barnaby Joyce to discuss future rail investment.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party Stuart Grimley MP has welcomed the VLRC’s ‘Grab and Drag’ report which has recommended a new aggravated factor for common assault but is disappointed by the Government’s lack of commitment to the reforms yesterday.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party Stuart Grimley MP has likely Government approval for a motion that will be debated today (Wed 6 April) that requires the Government to start consultation on an alternative, online sexual assault reporting option, tabling the outcomes of such engagement by 1 September this year.
Member for Western Victoria Stuart Grimley MP, has welcomed the official opening of the Ballarat Drug Court. The Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party have been a long-time advocate for specialist courts and believe more are needed to address specific crimes.
Amendments introduced by Stuart Grimley MP today will allow victims of sexual assault the right to defend their confidential communications* and will create a system of checks and balances to ensure courts are satisfied that victims are aware of applications to access their information.
It has been almost 5 years since Premier Daniel Andrews promised Warrnambool, and other towns on the South-West rail line, faster trains and a fifth daily service to Melbourne. These trains are yet to be delivered. Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP, has quizzed the Minister for Public Transport as to when a fifth daily service will be added.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (DHJP) has welcomed the Federal Government announcement of a $104 million family violence prevention package, with $20 million available to Victoria. DHJP members of parliament, Stuart Grimley MP and Tania Maxwell MP, have been calling for such funding for a number of years.
Police Veterans Victoria (PVV) are a not-for-profit charity that supports Victorian Police Veterans and their families, and they need more support. State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP, is calling for recurrent funding for PVV from the Victorian Government
At risk youth in Geelong need a place to go and they need to be supported. A Geelong youth foyer could potentially change the lives of at-risk youth in the area. Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP has asked the Minister for Housing to support a Geelong Youth Foyer.
“The news that 24 additional charges have been filed against the disgraced paedophile Gerald Ridsdale is bitter-sweet news.
I am glad to see two additional victim-survivors seeking their justice but I am disappointed that there are more victim-survivors out there.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (DHJP) late yesterday passed an amendment in Parliament to extend protections for people harmed by crime from facing their offenders at Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal hearings.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party is asking the Victorian Government to follow South Australian Labor’s lead and commit to a suite of important reforms in relation to child sex offenders.
Social housing register data released this week has shown a 3.14% increase in social housing register applicants* across the state, including the Western region, from September to December 2021. This demonstrates we need to push on with Mr Grimley’s idea of a Housing Summit.
The recent funding announcement made by the State Government to provide a palliative care service at Anam Cara House Colac (ACHC) has been warmly welcomed by Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party will move tomorrow to cement new victim rights in the Victims’ Charter Act that were recommended in a 2016 Victorian Law Reform Commission report.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (DHJP) is calling for HMS Collective to be provided guaranteed funding to recognise their vital role in relieving pressure on the health system.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (DHJP) will tomorrow introduce an amendment that will legislate an offence for certain criminals who own or manage a brothel.
Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP, has asked State Minister for Transport Infrastructure Hon. Jacinta Allan to meet with stakeholders including Rail Futures Institute Inc, Rail Freight Alliance, the Victorian Farmers Federation and other stakeholders in Parliament today.
Housing accessibility in regional Victoria is in crisis, with a lack of residential land development and high demand for housing just the tip of the iceberg.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP, has asked the Attorney-General to table the overdue report that outlines the effectiveness of the Government’s new emergency worker harm laws.
The recent Victorian Government announcement through the Streamlining for Growth program has been welcomed by Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP. The announcement comes after many years of advocacy and lobbying from Mr Grimley, whose region received 11 of the 17 regional grants.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (DHJP) State Leader Stuart Grimley MP has introduced a Private Members Bill to amend the Road Safety Act 1984 which will make it illegal to attend a hoon event.
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Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP will be visiting townships along the South-West coast as part of an electorate tour. The purpose of the tour is to meet with Councils and residents to discuss local issues.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party opposed the government’s Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021. The bill gives too much power to any government of the day and allows for the long-term segregation, detention or exclusion of citizens.
Member for Western Victoria Stuart Grimley MP has asked the Minister for Roads and Road Safety to direct VicRoads to look into the installation of new, and safer, road infrastructure near Torquay College.
Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP has asked the Attorney-General to ensure Barwon Community Legal Service (BCLS) has funding for a vital family violence early intervention program to expand into Colac Area Health.
Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP has asked the Attorney-General to ensure Barwon Community Legal Service (BCLS) has funding for a vital family violence early intervention program which is philanthropically funded by the Anthony Costa Foundation until June 2022. Without funding, it is unlikely the program will continue beyond this time.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP, has called for face-to-face prison programs to return to Victorian correctional facilities.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (DHJP) State Leader Stuart Grimley MP has introduced a Private Members Bill to amend the Road Safety Act 1984 which will make it illegal to attend a hoon event.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party has asked the Attorney-General to take action – including education of police – in response to revelations that the charge of “regulation of installation, use and maintenance of tracking devices” has been used less than 35 times between July 2016 and July 2019.
Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP, has today tabled an e-petition to have the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project (WVTNP) redesigned. The e-petition garnered a huge 1,252 signatures from the communities who will be affected by this project.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party State Leader, Stuart Grimley MP, has opposed the Windfall Gains Tax (WGT) that has been passed by the Government and supported an amendment to the Bill that would have capped the WGT rate at the rate of a similar suburban tax (the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution (GAIC)) that would have given regional areas a level-playing field.
Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP has called on the State Government to release information on the costs and barriers to returning rail to the Wimmera.
Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP, has called on the State Government to fund Stage 1A of the Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre (the MARC) through the Regional Development Victoria (RDV) grants which are likely to be decided by the end of November.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party will not support the Victorian government’s pandemic-specific Bill introduced to Parliament yesterday.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (DHJP) will today ask the Government to commit to a new offence in the Summary Offences Act of ‘family violence in the presence of a child’.
Member for Western Victoria Stuart Grimley’s amendment to the Great Ocean Road and Environs Protection Bill 2021 has passed.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP has asked the Attorney-General, Jaclyn Symes, in Parliament to reveal what the Office of Public Prosecutions has done to improve their compliance with the Victims’ Charter Act.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP says that the Liquor Control Reform Amendment Bill 2021 should be delayed with many examples of new data coming out showing the damage the online delivery sector is causing to Victoria’s most vulnerable.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP will introduce amendments to the Liquor Control Reform Amendment Bill 2021 currently before Victorian Parliament that will require alcohol delivery drivers to have a modified Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course and to implement a Review into Online Same-Day Delivery 18 months after the Bill passes.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP has opposed legislation that will likely see a wipe-out of the native timber industry in Victoria.
Member for the Western Victoria Region, Stuart Grimley MP is calling on the Minister for Boating and Fishing to undertake maintenance on the Clifton Springs boat ramp. Members of the Bellarine Pirates and Leopold Angling and Aquatic Club have brought this issue to Mr Grimley’s attention.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP is calling for the State Government to explore geolocation technology for offenders on Community Corrections Orders (CCOs), following their endorsement of the technology for home quarantine for returned travellers.
Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimly MP has asked the Minister for Sport if the Government’s plans on soccer infrastructure spending in the Barwon South West region will meet demand.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (DHJP) have opposed the Suburban Rail Loop legislation due to its unprecedented planning powers and in protest to the lack of commitment from the State Government to a long-term regional rail plan.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP has asked the Minister for Road Safety, Ben Carroll, to investigate state-wide penalties for attending a hoon event.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP has called on the Government to strengthen the Victims’ Charter Act which he currently describes as a ‘toothless tiger’.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP has asked the Police Minister for the Victorian Government to deliver tasers to all frontline police officers. This comes after a Victorian police officer was seriously injured on the job last month.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP is lifting the lid on the inequity of government funding. A report requested by Mr Grimley by the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has revealed that regional Victorians receive about 11 per cent less government asset investment than their metropolitan counterparts.
Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP is calling on the Government to undertake an audit of the Willaura Hospital, which is part of the East Grampians Health Service. Mr Grimley has been contacted by a constituent who has described the hospital as an accident waiting to happen.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP, has supported the Victorian Government’s latest amendments to the Judicial Proceedings Reports Bill 2021 (JPRA Bill) whilst noting the distress JPRA changes have made to the sexual assault survivor community (as well as victims and their families) since February 2020.
Member for the Western Victoria Region, Stuart Grimley MP, has received a response from the Minister for Public Transport regarding the reintroduction of rail to the Wimmera. The Minister has stated that the government has no plans to return rail to the Wimmera.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party MPs Stuart Grimley and Tania Maxwell have welcomed the Inquiry into the Management of Sex Offender Information report that was handed down today by the Legal and Social Issues Committee. The Party was disappointed, however, that it did not recommend the establishment of a public child sex offender register.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party MP Stuart Grimley will today debate a motion that will give greater access to those seeking WorkCover compensation for psychiatric assistance dog and equine therapy payments.
Member for Western Victoria Stuart Grimley MP is sponsoring an e-petition before the Legislative Council that is calling for a review of the proposed Western Victoria Transmission Network Project (WVTNP).
Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP, is asking the community for suggestions for his monthly Pollie Pay Rise.
When the original Pollie Pay Rise was first announced Mr Grimley decided to donate his increase to in need Western Victorian community organisations.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party is extremely disappointed and frustrated that Parliament has once again been adjourned.
We made our views known last sitting week when we voted down the government’s motion to defer Parliament and supported changes to allow all MPs to participate in a COVID-safe way.
Read the Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission stalking inquiry.
Continuing during Homelessness Week, Western Victoria MP Stuart Grimley is seeking clarification from the Victorian Government on the barriers Western Victoria’s councils experience when accessing funds from Victoria’s $5bn Big Housing Build (BHB).
Reports of a teenage girl being grabbed and dragged toward a car while waiting for a bus in Frankston is absolutely sickening. Thankfully, there was a Good Samaritan who witnessed this heinous attack and stopped the perpetrator from taking this girl.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP has asked the State Government to commit to and implement the final recommendation of the 2017 Open Courts Act Review (commonly referred to as the “Vincent Review”), undertaken by Victorian Court of Appeal Judge Frank Vincent.
Western Victorian MP Stuart Grimley is calling for Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll, to meet with communities along the Nhill-Ararat rail line.
It is fantastic news to see the government finally beginning to fund initiatives to fix the housing crisis in regional Victoria. Many of these areas have been struggling for years to build new housing developments.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP is embarking on a regional tour of the Western Victoria region to visit local councils and community groups to listen to their concerns.
Read this great article in the Ararat Advocate
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley is calling on the Government to get serious about reducing recidivism in repeat offenders who have alcohol and other drugs (AOD) as a core component of their offending.
Member for the Western Victorian region, Stuart Grimley MP has asked the State Government to take leadership on the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project (WVTNP) currently being planned and eventually built by AusNet.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party MPs Stuart Grimley and Tania Maxwell are calling on the Attorney-General to meet with the Cross Border Commissioner to discuss a loophole that is providing inconsistencies in the state’s bail laws.
Western Victorian MP Stuart Grimley has thrown his support behind new government legislation that allows schools to ban abusive adults from the school grounds, but he says more must be done to protect teachers from violent students.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party parliamentarians Stuart Grimley and Tania Maxwell have pressed Acting Premier James Merlino to keep places without COVID cases out of future lockdowns.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley has called on the government to fix the discrepancy between Community Corrections Orders and Men’s Behaviour Change programs, and to address the wait times for Men’s Behaviour Change programs by funding them properly.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP, has welcomed the announcement of funding for key projects and programs that he has advocated for in Parliament.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (DHJP) has welcomed the announcement of a new Victims Legal Service (VLS) in the 2021/2022 Budget, a long-standing proposal of the Party.
Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP has asked the government to address the housing shortage crisis in Western Victoria. This comes as only seven councils in the Western Victoria Region – out of 24 – have been allocated a minimum commitment of the Big Housing Build Program.
Western Victorian MP Stuart Grimley has today asked the Minister for Transport and Transport Infrastructure to fund the Murray Basin Freight Rail Project’s business case to standardise the network. This comes as the Federal Government has already committed the $5 million for further planning of the project, which they’ve asked the State Government to match.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party Stuart Grimley has asked the Government when Geelong Magistrates Court will begin construction on its specialist family violence court.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party Stuart Grimley will today introduce a Bill to the Legislative Council of Victorian Parliament to change the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (VAD Act).
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party Stuart Grimley has urged the Victorian Government to introduce online grooming, online consent and physical consent education into the Victorian school curriculum.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party Stuart Grimley has today spoken out about the unacceptable sentencing of Melbourne truck driver Mohinder Singh, reigniting his call for cumulative sentencing to be used where there are deaths including murder, manslaughter and in this case, culpable driving.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party MPs Stuart Grimley and Tania Maxwell are urging the public to make a submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission as it considers the grab and drag proposal. The urgent call comes after it was revealed less than 5% of offenders charged with ‘assault with the intent to commit a sexual offence’ were convicted.
The distressing footage of Jackson Williams grabbing and dragging a Melbourne nurse into a laneway on her way home from work has sparked this Issues Paper and shed light on what many perceive to be a loophole in Victorian law.
Western Victorian MP Stuart Grimley is urging the government to reinstate the Fixing Country Roads Program, which provides $1 million to each rural and regional Council to fund road upgrades that were outside basic road maintenance.
Member for Western Victoria, Stuart Grimley MP is lobbying the State Government to do more to fix the short-term sheep shearer shortage in regional Victoria. The recent announcement of nine people completing a training and assessing course to teach new sheep shearers is a great long-term solution, but won’t solve the crisis that is happening now.
Member for Western Victoria and State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP, has been dropped from a plane as a part of the “Drop-a-Cop” event to fight PTSD in Victoria Police. As a former police officer Mr Grimley was more than happy to participate in this important campaign.
Western Victorian MP Stuart Grimley has welcomed the federal government’s announcement of support for Alcoa’s smelter in Portland. The electricity supply deal has been struck today, ensuring 600 jobs will be saved for at least the next five years.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP is calling on the government to install real-time warning signs at high risk boat ramps in Victoria. These signs will provide vital information to help boaters to understand conditions on the water.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley, has asked the Minister for Health, the Hon Martin Foley, for funding for an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Specialist at Colac Area Health.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP has reiterated his support for the LOUD Fence movement. LOUD Fence is a movement where ribbons are tied to fences – usually at places where abuse has taken place – to show support and solidarity to all survivors of child sexual abuse.
State leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP has raised concerns in Parliament regarding the number of assaults against staff in Victorian prisons, specifically in the Banksia Unit at maximum security facility Barwon Prison.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP has congratulated the Government on introducing a presumptive compensation scheme for all workers, almost two years after he raised this matter in the Legislative Council through a motion, which passed the House unanimously.
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party State Leader, Stuart Grimley MP has had enough of the continual setbacks and cost blowouts to the West Gate Tunnel Project.
State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party Stuart Grimley has shared concerns with the Health Minister that the Voluntary Assisted Dying Scheme may be illegal when conducted via telehealth.
Stuart Grimley has welcomed the speed limit change on the Great Ocean Road at Marengo to 80km/h from 100km/h as a result of his advocacy.
Stuart Grimley has welcomed the announcement that signage will be upgraded at the Fuller Road Level Crossing in Inverleigh, as a result of his advocacy.
Stuart Grimley has asked the State Government to plan a campaign to recruit more Justices of the Peace (JP) after a severe shortage has been noted in south-west Victoria.
Stuart Grimley MP has teamed up with founder (and former yellow member) of The Wiggles to encourage other Victorian MPs to install an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in their office.
26/11/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP is calling on the State Government to introduce ‘grab and drag’ laws to strengthen our legal system specifically in dealing with violence against women.
11/10/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP has raised concerns with the Government over the continuous problems and failings with the residential care system.
10/11/2020 – Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party has implored the Victorian Government to abandon provisions set to gag the families of deceased victims of sexual assault, during debate on the Justice Legislation Amendment (Supporting Victims and Other Matters) Bill in Parliament today.
09/11/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP has called on the State Government to provide an explanation as to why a request for a safe level crossing to be installed at the high-risk Fuller Road crossing has been ignored.
15/10/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP has welcomed the announcement by the Victorian Government that it will amend the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act to allow victim survivors of sexual assaults to publicly tell their stories.
13/10/2020 – Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party will not be voting for the Omnibus Bill in its current form.
07/10/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP has welcomed the Federal Budget announcements which include a number of local infrastructure projects that will create jobs and prepare the booming Western region for its journey back to ‘normal’.
16/09/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP has asked the State Government to be open about wait times for the driving test needed to obtain a Victorian drivers’ license in regional areas such as Geelong and Colac.
17/09/2020 – Regional court upgrades could be a great way to stimulate local economies and create construction jobs in country towns, State Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Stuart Grimley MP has said in Parliament this week.
16/09/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP has called on the State Government to fund virtual fences – or modern sound barrier technology – to prevent further wildlife deaths on a deadly 8km stretch of the Great Ocean Road near Marengo.
16/09/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP has asked the State Government to be open about wait times for the drive test needed to obtain a Victorian drivers’ license in regional areas such as Geelong and Colac
15/09/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP has again quizzed the State Government on the dumping of toxic soil in Bacchus Marsh, which the EPA has approved plans for recently.
15/09/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP warmly welcomes the Premier’s announcement today for rural and regional Victoria to move to Step 3 as of September 17.
17/09/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP will be debating a Bill that he has introduced to Parliament today that aims to increase the involvement of everyday Victorians in changing the law and “hand the power back to the people” in a small way.
03/09/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP has asked the State Government why they have not implemented a Presumptive Compensation Scheme for our ‘last line of defence’ through COVID-19.
01/09/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP not be supporting a 6-month extension of the State of Emergency.
20/08/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP invites the public to have their say on a public sex offender register in Victoria.
18/08/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP seeks clarity on the status of the Murray Basin Rail Project.
18/08/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP calls on the Government to establish a database within VicPol for the reasons sexual assault cases are withdrawn in Victoria.
01/07/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP donates one month of his pollie pay rise to the Melton Soup Kitchen.
30/06/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP is handing out 25 free hand sanitizers to small businesses in the Western Victoria region.
30/06/2020 – On the eve of FRVs beginning, Stuart Grimley MP pays tribute to what was the CFA.
19/06/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP writes an opinion piece about The Overland train service, a week ahead of its proposed cancellation. UPDATE: The Overland has been funded for another three years by Victoria’s State Government, after fierce lobbying by Mr Grimley, other MPs and the community.
18/06/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP passes a crossbench amendment to the legislation that tightened the loophole for assaulting an emergency services worker, to have a mandatory 12-month review of how the new legislation is working, putting accountability on the State Government to get it right!
18/06/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP asked the State Labor Party to follow in the lead of their Federal Party and take a tough stance on the sentencing and treatment of sex offenders, after Federal Labor committed to supporting the Coalition Government in increasing sentencing for Federal sex offences
17/06/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP asks the State Government to fast-track the funding for the Twelve Apostles Trail upgrade, with low rental usage in the area and limited traffic/tourism.
16/06/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP asks the State Government to introduce Night Court in Geelong to fast-track bail and remand applications to streamline the weekday court proceedings, as a result of a backlog of court cases from COVID-19.
02/06/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP calls on the State Government to implement all of the interim recommendations from the Mental Health Royal Commission
04/06/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP tries to ensure the community is involved with the newly established Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority
18/05/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP says he is “stoked” with a funding announcement for the Warracknabeal Education Precinct, despite being a long time coming
06/05/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP announced a competition to support frontline support workers and keep kids entertained whilst at home due to COVID-19
23/04/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP asked the Health Minister for a timeline for flu vax to be back in stock, after a higher-than-usual uptake this year
07/03/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP expressed his sadness that George Pell was released from jail
19/03/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP raised a concern that during COVID-19, Magistrates Courts Should Halt Non-Essential Mentions & Stop Transporting Prisoners
19/03/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP spoke about a possible ‘2-up’ system for aged care/in-home carers after an incident in Geelong where an in-home carer was attacked
18/03/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP introduced a motion to the Legislative Council to make reporting of chamber matters more transparent including broader photography protocol
25/02/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP donated his monthly Pollie Pay Rise to Wimmera Family Against Violence
25/02/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP welcomed Derryn Hinch to Geelong for a Politics in the Pub event
07/02/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP calls on the Government to incorporate more Indigenous fire management practices
04/02/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP raises concerns about the amount of victims withdrawing sexual assault claims in Victoria.
19/02/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP called on the Government to fund the Aireys Inlet CFA Shed
15/01/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP is calling on the Government to review the funding arrangement for CFA Equipment
10/01/2020 – Stuart Grimley MP is adopting a koala from Jirralingha Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary following the devastating bushfires.
09/12/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP has purchased a defibrillator for his office on Pearl St for the Torquay community to use in the event of an emergency. Mr Grimley was joined by a local who survived a heart attack in 2014 on Torquay beach, as a result of using a defibrillation device.
09/12/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP has given his monthly pollie pay rise donation to Lorne’s Great Ocean Road Healthcare.
05/12/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP will name and shame a suppressed offender when Parliament resumes in 2020. Hinch has long argued for more rights for victims, rather than offenders.
27/11/2019 – A key DHJP issue, Stuart Grimley MP talks about the many people dying before having a chance to utilise voluntary euthanasia which is difficult to navigate and access.
27/11/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP’s comments on not supporting the Industrial Manslaughter Bill due to concerns with farming and small business.
15/11/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP asked the Government Minister to meet with Hope Bereavement Services’ CEO to discuss how their business can survive into the future.
15/11/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP supported legislation abolishing de novo appeals which stops victims having to present their statements multiple times to courts.
15/11/2019 – Proposing an amendment to enable victims of crime to be notified about compensation paid to perpetrators by the State.
14/11/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP is supporting regional industries, which the Government are threatening with the impending closure of logging, transition away from mining and more.
12/11/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP asked the Government to ‘come to the party’ with respect to an arrangement for the water body at Alcoa in Anglesea, to ensure Eden Project invest in the rehabilitated mine site.
11/11/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP thanked Western Victorian organisations including The Naked Farmer for their work on rural mental health help.
12/11/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP sends many questions to the Government during the debate of the Cladding Bill; including about GMHBA Stadium.
05/11/2019 – The gold royalty of 2.75% proposed for 1 January 2020 was brought in at May 2019’s State Budget without any community consultation. Stuart spoke in Parliament addressing this and the hundreds of jobs it jeopardises.
31/10/2019 – After a Colac Magistrate expressed concern over repeat drug drivers facing court continuously, Stuart reflected on the frustrations he had as a police officer and experiencing the same thing. He asked a question to the Minister about their proposed solutions for repeat drug drivers.
31/10/2019 – Stuart asked the Government if they will continue the emergency response trials such as PROMPT and PACER.
30/10/2019 – Murray Basin Rail Project has been stalled and Stuart spoke about the importance of the completion of the project to Western Victoria, including the development of a business case for Portland Rail.
30/10/2019 – Great investment in wind energy has an unintended consequence; limiting the amount of housing available in regional Victorian communities.
22/10/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP gave his October pollie pay rise to Torquay Mens Shed
16/10/2019 – In response to Tania Maxwell MPs motion, Stuart Grimley MP is outraged that the Government does not support a policy which they sold to the Victorian people in October 2018. After promising to close the loophole which allowed those who assault our emergency services workers, it continues to happen due to the inaction of the State Government. As a former police officer, Mr Grimley knows firsthand the trauma associated with being a first responder.
16/10/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP has asked the Government to consider using PSOs instead of frontline police officers when escorting mental health patients to hospitals, which can often take them off the beat for four hours at a time, until they’re seen by a medical professional.
16/10/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP has asked the Government to look at ways to support retaining quality GPs in rural and regional Victoria.
13/09/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP has publicly voiced his support for an alternative site to be explored for the acquisition of a train stabling facility in Waurn Ponds
13/09/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP has asked the Government to consider increasing the use of electronic monitoring bracelets to high risk family violence offenders and recidivist violent offenders.
12/09/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP has spoken in Parliament today, calling on the State Government – again – to commit $16million which is urgently needed for Stage 2 of Warracknabeal’s Education Precinct.
11/09/2019 – Member for Western Victoria Stuart Grimley has asked the State Government to consider additional investment in road and rail networks to reduce the cost and time it takes for dairy farmers to export their products.
29/08/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP has asked the Government to review a considerable loophole in legislation which could allow convicted sex offenders to work with children whilst their Working with Children Check is still being completed.
29/08/2019 – Stuart Grimley, Member for Western Victoria is using his Electorate Office to support charities in the area. This includes the current initiative of collecting plastic bottle caps for Envision to make artificial limbs for disabled children.
28/08/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP is keeping his election promise to pursue a Public Sex Offender Register in Victoria’s Parliament
15/08/2019 – In Parliament this evening, Stuart Grimley MP has called on Victoria’s Police Minister to alter the Victorian Police Honour Roll inclusion criteria to include the names of Officers who have died by suicide as a result of mental health illnesses stemming from their Policing duties.
14/08/2019 – Member for Western Victoria Stuart Grimley has asked the State Government in Parliament today to commit to cutting wait times for regional Victorians seeking help for mental health issues
18/07/2019 – Torquay is now home to Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party MP Stuart Grimley, as the doors to his office have officially opened this week.
07/07/2019 – Member for Western Victoria Stuart Grimley has voiced his support for the Torquay Theatre Troupe’s proposal to take over the facilities at Surf World.
05/07/2019 – Stuart Grimley, Member for Western Victoria has expressed his shock at the amount of money Councils across Western Victoria are having to inject into road maintenance.
18/06/2019 – Stuart’s second reading speech of the Fire Services Bill
18/06/2019 – Following six long years of debate in Victorian Parliament regarding controversial changes to Victoria’s fire services, Stuart Grimley’s vote against the Bill will go towards protecting the CFA volunteers.
06/06/2019 – Last week the State Budget was released and a project Stuart Grimley fought extremely hard for was funded in Horsham.
06/06/2019 – Member for Western Victoria Stuart Grimley has once again spoken in Parliament about the inequalities of Public and Private secondary schools’ internet speed and reliability.
04/06/2019 – Stuart Grimley, Member for Western Victoria has voiced his support to reduce the high unemployment plaguing the Central Goldfields Shire.
27/05/2019 – Member for Western Victoria Stuart Grimley has welcomed the 2019 State Budget with the Surf Coast and Armstrong Creek receiving many green lights for projects however only ‘planning’ funds for many others.
28/05/2019 – Ballarat has performed well as a result of the State Budget handed down today, according to Stuart Grimley MP.
23/05/2019 – Stuart Grimley MP has expressed his support of terminally ill Victorians to Die with Dignity which will officially become reality in Victoria in June.