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Family Violence

I commend the member for Bass for his fine contribution. My own contribution will pick up on similar themes. May I start by telling you a story. Only a few weeks ago I was at a service club dinner in my electorate. The evening kicked..

RELATIONSHIPS AMENDMENT BILL 2015

Ms. THOMAS (Macedon) — It is my pleasure to rise today and make a brief contribution on this very important bill. I might pick up where the member for Yan Yean left off and make the point that, when it comes to social reform and when..

MACEDON ELECTORATE SMALL BUSINESS

Ms. THOMAS (Macedon) — The adjournment matter I wish to raise is for the attention of the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, and the action I seek is that the minister join with me to meet small business owners in my electorate. Small business..

Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School

Ms. THOMAS — I was also proud to join with final year students from Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School to lay wreaths at the Gisborne Cenotaph in honour of those men and women who have fought and those who lost their lives in defence of..

New Gisborne Primary School

Ms. THOMAS — On this Remembrance Day I was proud to join with young leaders from grade 6 at New Gisborne Primary School to lay wreaths in honour of those men and women who have fought and those who lost their lives in defence of our nation..

Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios

Ms. THOMAS (Macedon) — Now in its fourth year, a visit to Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios is a wonderful opportunity to see some our finest artists at work as they open their studios to the public over three consecutive weekends in November. For this unique..

NDIS MACEDON ELECTORATE

THOMAS (Macedon) — (Question 3697) My question is to the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing. I am delighted that the national disability insurance scheme (NDIS) will become available in the Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander shires from 1 May 2017. This is a significant Labor-led reform with..

BUSHFIRES

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — I wish to commend the many Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteer firefighters from across Victoria who answered the call to attend the fire that impacted Lancefield and surrounding communities over the past few weeks. I want to acknowledge my local brigades and..

KYNETON FAMILY VIOLENCE FORUM

Ms. THOMAS (Macedon) — My adjournment matter is for the attention of the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence. The action I seek is that the minister join me on 4 December at a community forum to be held at Kyneton Secondary College to discuss the..

VICTIMS OF CRIME BILL 2015

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — It is my pleasure to rise to speak in the debate on the Victims of Crime Commissioner Bill 2015 and in doing I so welcome the contributions to date and note that the opposition is supporting the bill, which is very pleasing…

CONSTITUENT QUESTION

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — (Question 2846) My question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. Prior to the election the minister made a commitment to the community of Romsey that VicRoads would undertake a study of the Barry Street intersection. Romsey is a growing community..

LOCAL GOVERNMENT AMENDMENT

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — I wholeheartedly support the bill because I believe it will encourage more women to stand for local government knowing there is a mechanism in place to stop the many examples of outrageous and completely unacceptable behaviour that we have heard about today…

MACEDON RANGES ICE SYMPOSIUM

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — On Friday, 11 September, I had the great pleasure of opening the Macedon Ranges Local Safety Committee ice symposium, which was held in Woodend and attended by 60 community members and key stakeholders. Earlier this year I welcomed the news that the Macedon Ranges..

WEAR IT PURPLE DAY

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending Kyneton Secondary College to join in Wear it Purple activities. I know we were a day early, but in Kyneton we like to think we are very progressive and forward thinking. Founded in 2010..

Kyneton Football Netball Club

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — I wish to raise a matter for the attention for the Minister for Sport. The action I seek is that the minister grant $100 000 to the Kyneton Football Netball Club (KFNC) to install lights at the Kyneton Showgrounds, fulfilling our election commitment..

Gisborne State Emergency Service

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — On Saturday, 8 August, I had the great pleasure of attending the Gisborne State Emergency Service annual dinner. With around 40 members, including a number of new members, and their families in attendance, service awards were presented to: Ross Sapwell for an incredible 35 years..

Macedon electorate weeds and pests management

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — (Question 432) My constituency question is to the Minister for Local Government. As the minister and many of my constituents would be aware, the previous government left a lot of uncertainty around the management of weeds and pests. Many of my constituents, as..

Education and Training Reform Amendment (miscellaneous) Bill 2015

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — In speaking about this bill, I would like to say that if opposition members had moved more quickly when they were in government, they would have spared the people of my community, those families whose children were enrolled at Macedon Grammar School,..