This week was the final sitting week in parliament before winter break; it’s been a huge learning curve but a very interesting journey so far.
I was pleased to get the opportunity to speak on the Victorian 2015-16 budget.
I highlighted the great inequity in spending on health, education, roads and training in the Shepparton electorate when compared to other marginal seats.
You can read my full speech at http://hansard.parliament.vic.gov.au/isysquery/23b5068c-3c1c-40c6-85e8-1cf9d73edd53/1/doc/
Earlier in the week I attended the Family and Community Development committee public hearings and the State Parliament Ramadan Iftar Dinner.
The annual dinner, co-hosted by the major parties and the Australian Intercultural Society, aims to enhance the relationships between Australian Muslims and members of the wider community.
It was great to see Imran Syed from the Sadaat Foundation and Goulburn Valley Police Region Superintendent Mick Sayer there.
On Wednesday I used my Members Statement to highlight the Numurkah community’s great work following the opening of their new hospital. You can read the full statement at http://hansard.parliament.vic.gov.au/isysquery/899c6832-2dd3-4002-bb31-ef2e9bd9e870/1/doc/ Thursday morning got off to a great start with the Puppies and Pancakes event, hosted by Guide Dogs Victoria. These cute puppies, like 10-week-old Aysha, will grow up to be the eyes for vision impaired people throughout the state. The demand for services is constantly rising. In the last two years Guide Dogs Victoria has had to increase programs by 60 per cent to meet demand. Their Kew campus also needs modernisation and as a non-profit organisation they need help from the government and the community. For more information or to donate visit www.guidedogsvictoria.com.au On Thursday afternoon I met with Odyssey House to talk about their alcohol and drug support services, the impact of ice and the services they provide across the state. Throughout the sitting week I also met with crossbenchers, had procedural briefings and briefings on upcoming legislation. My office also heard from constituents regarding the sale of exotic birds, alternative heating during power outages, the shortage of mental health resources in Shepparton and grants for local sporting clubs. Last night I was pleased to attend the Rotary Club of Shepparton changeover dinner, congratulations to all new and retiring members.