Health and ambulance services

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — I rise today to grieve for the failure of the previous coalition government to provide the effective leadership that our health and ambulance services needed in the best interests of all Victorians. Let me take this opportunity to remind members of this..


THOMAS (Macedon) — It is my pleasure to rise to speak in the debate on the Road Safety Amendment Bill 2015. As of midnight last night, 148 Victorians have died on our roads this year. I am sure we would all agree that is 148 people too many…


Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — Community sport is at the heart of our country towns and communities. This is particularly evident in the middle of winter, when freezing temperatures, icy winds and even the odd snowfall cannot deter our sporting women and men from getting out on..


Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — (Question 399) My constituency question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and it concerns the commitments of the state and federal governments to upgrade Station Road, Gisborne, and specifically to better manage traffic entering and exiting the Calder Freeway through the..

Gisborne Scout Group

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — The 1st Gisborne Scout Group is a scouting success story that Baden-Powell would be proud of. It has more than 170 children and young people involved joeys, cubs, scouts, venturers and rovers, and 33 trained and dedicated adult volunteers who make this possible. It..

Macedon work experience students and Parliamentary Intern

Ms THOMAS —Young people too often get bad press in our society and, to my mind, unfairly so. Every week I meet exceptional young people who are curious, engaged and thoughtful. I would like to acknowledge year 10 work experience students Emily Stevens, Cooper Carmichael and Sophie Westaway,..

Planning and Environment Amendment Bill 2015

Ms THOMAS (Macedon) — It is my pleasure to rise and speak in support of the Planning and Environment Amendment (Recognising Objectors) Bill 2015. I would like to start by congratulating the Minister for Planning on bringing this bill to the house. I also acknowledge the contribution..

Dianne Foggo – Order of Australia

Ms Thomas (Macedon) — I wish to congratulate Ms Di Foggo of Kyneton on being made a member in the general division of the Order of Australia for her significant service to industrial relations, higher education and the advancement of women. Soon after starting her career as a..

Condolences: Hon. Joan Elizabeth Kirner, AC

THOMAS (Macedon) — It is great honour and privilege to speak on this condolence motion for a great woman, Joan Kirner. Back in 1982, in her inaugural speech, Joan Kirner made the observation that with her election the ratio of women to men had increased from..

Taradale Primary School

Last Friday I popped into the Market Building in Castlemaine to see the handiwork of the Taradale Primary School children, who had created a big red beanie for the Castlemaine Country Women’s Association of Victoria Beanie Affair exhibit and market. The children’s skill in knitting,..

National Reconciliation Week

In National Reconciliation Week and on the day following National Sorry Day, I commend the Macedon Ranges Reconciliation Group for its work in fostering respect, understanding and reconciliation between black and white Australians. Throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria local reconciliation groups come together to organise..

Education Funding

It gives me great pleasure to rise today to speak on this matter of public importance. It gives me great pleasure to follow the member for Euroa. I know that many members of The Nationals are in the house at the moment. I suggest that..

Romsey pedestrian crossing

The matter I raise is for the attention of the Minister for Roads and Road Safety and concerns the much-needed pedestrian crossing at Romsey that was funded in the 2015–16 Labor budget. The action I seek is that the minister visit Romsey as soon as..

Constituency question: European Wasps

My question is to the Minister for Agriculture. I wish to draw the minister’s attention to the significant damage and disruption caused by the European wasp in my electorate. Restaurateurs and tourism operators have struggled throughout late summer and autumn as wasps have made outdoor..

Trentham Spudfest

On Saturday I had the great pleasure of attending the Trentham Spudfest. Now in its 8th year, Spudfest celebrates Trentham’s rich history as a renowned potato-growing region and celebrates all things potato. Music, food and art were all part of the day, with children from Tylden..

Kindergartens in the Macedon electorate

The matter I wish to raise is for the attention of the Minister for Families and Children. It concerns the fantastic announcement the Treasurer made today concerning kindergarten funding. The action I seek is that the minister write to me and confirm when these funds..

Daylesford Secondary College

I raise a matter for the consideration of the Minister for Education concerning Daylesford Secondary College. The action I seek is that the minister visit Daylesford Secondary College at his earliest convenience and again confirm the government’s commitment to allocate $10 million to complete the rebuild..

Kyneton Men’s Shed

I rise to pay tribute to the Kyneton Men’s Shed, the first men’s shed in Victoria, which has the registration number, no. 1. Last Wednesday I was thrilled to be invited to become an honorary member of the Kyneton Men’s Shed, along with the mayor of..