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August 21, 2015

It was another busy week in parliament.
Members statement’s give me an opportunity to highlight the fantastic events, organisations and individuals of the Shepparton District.
This week I paid tribute to the people behind the Unity Cup at Rumbalara.
You can read my full speech here http://hansard.parliament.vic.gov.au/isysquery/67c329a1-1f07-45f5-9655-4ea180a3244e/5/doc/
I also told MPs about my recent visit to Horses for Hope and thanked Kildonan Uniting Care for their innovative work with troubles horses and people.

On Monday I attended the Family and Community Development Committee meeting.
We delivered our interim report on the inquiry into abuse in disability services last week, and I had the opportunity to speak about it in parliament on Wednesday.
The report recommends that Victoria advise the Disability Reform Council of eight recommendations based on the work undertaken by the committee in stage 1 of its inquiry.
Two recommendations I highlighted were:
• Victoria recommends that a single, independent oversight body with powers and responsibility for handling complaints and managing and investigating reportable serious incidents, as well as oversight of restricted practices and other regulatory matters, be established.
• A national quality assurance agency with responsibility for screening and clearance checks, administering a working with vulnerable persons check, provider registration and individual registration of disability workers be created.
You can read my full speech here http://hansard.parliament.vic.gov.au/isysquery/67c329a1-1f07-45f5-9655-4ea180a3244e/2/doc/
During the week I met with Police Association secretary Ron Iddles and Deputy Sec Bruce McKenzie to hear about issues in the police force and particularly in our region.
I also met with crossbenchers, ministerial and departmental staff for briefings on infrastructure and water. My office heard from constituents on a wide range of issues including respite services, problems with The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target rebates, concerns around unpaved roads in Bearii, travel industry deregulation in Victoria and poor facilities on V/Line services.
We’re following up these problems, and if you want us to help you with any state government responsibilities please get in touch.
I hope you enjoyed your weekend, it was glorious to see the sun again!
Suzanna.

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