MEMBERS STATEMENT: EMPLOYMENT

GEPP (Northern Victoria): Insecure work in this country has been a blight on our communities for too long. Australia’s labour market had been in crisis long before COVID hit. Prior to COVID-19, Australia had the worst rate of non-standard work in the OECD—that is, nearly 40 per cent—an extraordinary number of workers employed in what…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: MILDURA BASE HOSPITAL

Mr GEPP (Northern Victoria): In August last year, I had the great pleasure of accompanying the Premier, Dan Andrews, and Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos to Mildura for the wonderful announcement that the Mildura Base Hospital would be returning to public management. Accompanied by some outstanding members of the Mildura community we announced what many…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: LEONIE WILSON

GEPP (Northern Victoria): On a final matter, I’d like to acknowledge and thank Shepparton Legacy’s Leonie Wilson, who contributed her very moving story to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and victory in the Pacific. Leonie’s father, Viv, was a POW on the Thai-Burma Railway, and I thank her so…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: VICTORIAN YOUTH CONGRESS

GEPP (Northern Victoria): On another matter, I’d like to congratulate two fine young northern Victorians on their appointment to the Victorian Youth Congress, a youth advisory group established in 2017 as a forum for young people from diverse backgrounds across Victoria to provide advice around policy, programs and service design. Tom Saxton of Shepparton and…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: COMMUNITY SPORT

GEPP (Northern Victoria): Last week I had the pleasure of sharing some wonderful news with the Buloke and Yarriambiack shires, who were successful in receiving funding from the Andrews government’s community sports infrastructure stimulus program. Yarriambiack shire will receive a $2.67 million funding boost to transform multiple sports facilities across the shire, including the construction and…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: PATH OF THE HORSE

MR GEPP (Northern Victoria) (10:03): I want to continue on the health theme raised by Ms Shing in her contribution and by Ms Maxwell. I want to tell you about a fantastic good-news story in my electorate of Northern Victoria. It is about an equine assisted learning centre in Trentham that is called Path of the Horse.…

WAGE THEFT BILL 2020

We have heard three contributions from our friends opposite on this bill, and three wildly different propositions have been advanced. I will come back and talk about some of those—but I rise to make my contribution on the Wage Theft Bill 2020. The bill before us today fulfils yet another election promise made by the…

MEMBERS STATEMENT: SHEILA DRUMMOND

MR GEPP (Northern Victoria) (10:00): I rise to pay tribute to one of Woodend’s most active and committed residents, Sheila Drummond, who sadly passed away over the weekend. Sheila was a driving force behind the Woodend Winter Arts Festival. Her contacts in the literary world were impeccable and contributed greatly to the programming each year.…

JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE: ESTABLISHMENT

GEPP (Northern Victoria) (20:18): Wow, bipartisanship was left at the door, wasn’t it? The bipartisanship that was on display earlier today has quickly disappeared. It is breathtaking, I have got to say, the arrogance of this motion before the house that somehow seven politicians can sit in judgement again through another inquiry into fire when…