Neos Kosmos

I was very pleased on 23 February to attend the launch of the English edition of Neos Kosmos at the Arts Centre. Since its establishment in 1957 Neos Kosmos has made a significant contribution to multiculturalism in Victoria by keeping the Greek-Australian community linked to..

Old Colonists Association of Victoria

On the same day I attended the official opening of the Ian Rollo Currie wing and refurbished Liscombe House by the Victorian Governor, Professor de Kretser. Since its establishment in 1869 the Old Colonists Association of Victoria has grown to encompass four estates across Melbourne..

Meadows Primary School: parent support project

On 16 February I was pleased to attend the project launch of the Supporting Parents — Developing Children project at Meadows Primary School in Broadmeadows. The project is a joint initiative of the federal and state governments, Hume City Council and the Scanlon Foundation. The..

Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre: funding

My matter is directed to the Minister for Health. It is a shame that he is not here to hear this. I wish to raise my concern that stage 3 of the Olivia Newton-John cancer and wellness centre at the Austin Hospital will not proceed..


I would like to make some comments in reply to the Governor’s speech, which was made in this house on 21 December last year. But first I would like to congratulate Mr Atkinson on his being elected as President of this chamber. I am confident..

Simon McKeon

I rise today to congratulate Mr Simon McKeon on being named this year’s Australian of the Year. I have met Simon McKeon through his role as the inaugural chairman of Business for Millennium Development (B4MD), which was established in 2007 and promotes business-led growth as..

Melbourne Markets: relocation

I too would like to congratulate you on your elevation, Deputy President. There is probably no-one in the house with a better practical and working knowledge of the standing orders than yourself. My matter is for the Minister for Major Projects. I wish to raise..

Northern Hospital: academic and research precinct

My matter is for the attention of the Minister for Health. I raise my concern that the academic and research precinct proposed at the Northern Hospital will not proceed under his government. The Northern Hospital has one of the busiest emergency departments in our state..

Clifton Street Children’s Centre: extension

Last Thursday I was pleased to attend, with the member for Northcote and the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, the opening of the Clifton Street Children’s Centre extension in Northcote. The centre’s extension was jointly funded by the City of Darebin with a..