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Dunkley Parliamentary Wrap

Welcome to the latest Dunkley Parliamentary Wrap. 

We've had an incredibly wild night and morning here in Dunkley. Many of us are still without power and a number of local roads and footpaths remain blocked.

I want to thank our local SES and emergency service teams who are working hard to respond to calls. Frankston SES is the busiest branch in the state today. So, if you are in need of their assistance please be patient, workers and volunteers are responding as quickly as they can. If it's an emergency please dial 000. 

In better news - from 6pm tonight more Covid-19 restrictions ease. Masks no longer need to be worn outdoors, indoor entertainment venues, gyms and retail can reopen for fully vaccinated patrons, and capacity limits increase for restaurants, pubs and cafes. And excitingly, the metro-regional border will reopen. 

It was a busy week in parliament as I continued to voice our local issues. Here's a quick video summary:

Affordable Housing 

On Monday I gave a speech for Meaghan, Dom and Dom's father. Locals who are struggling to pay the rent.

In today's Australia, it is harder to buy a house than ever before. It is harder to rent than ever before.

And there are more Australians who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness than ever before.

There is no single solution to this housing crisis. But Labor has a plan to start to tackle it. You can read about the plan here. 

Australia's skills shortage

Skills for the future

We have a thriving industrial precinct in Seaford and Carrum Downs. Our community overwhelmingly wants a Future Made In Australia, where local workers are skilled and trained and we make things here.

Recently I held a roundtable with the South East Melbourne Manufacturing Alliance, Shadow Minister Richard Marles and local manufacturers. 

As I told the parliament, the message is clear - we must do more to skill up Australians, provide real industry policy and support Australian manufacturing. 

Climate Action

Unfortunately, the Prime Minister's announcement that he would take a target of net zero emission by 2050 to Glasgow came with the admission that there are no new policies, no costings and without modelling.

On Wednesday we learnt that despite eight years in the role, the government has never asked the Treasury to cost climate change policies. 

It is so important we continue fighting for stronger climate change policies - for the future of our jobs, our planet and our economy. 

Capital Hill

Access to Government Services

You will recall that, with a big community campaign, we saved Mornington Centrelink from being shut down. This week in Parliament I stood against proposed closures of other Centrelink offices around the country. 


Cashless Welfare Card

On Monday Labor introduced a bill to stop the cashless debit card. To scrap it for the people who are already forced on to it, and to prevent it from being extended to others.

Pensioners in our community, who have worked hard all their lives should have the freedom to manage their own money. 

To add your voice to help stop the government from rolling out the cashless welfare card, head to Stop the Cashless Pension Card.

ID Laws

On Thursday I tried to stop laws which would suppress voting at the next election. 

The proposed new laws will make it harder for people to vote, demanding people present ID on polling day. 

The independent Australian Electoral Commission has repeatedly advised there is no material issue in relation to voter fraud or multiple voting, describing it as “vanishingly small”.

The new laws will discriminate against poorer members of our community, seniors and remote community residents. 

You can stay up to date with all my work as your Federal Member for Dunkley by subscribing to my YouTube channel and clicking 'Follow' on my Facebook page.

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As always, if you have any questions, need assistance or want to raise an issue with me, do not hesitate to email me at or call (03) 9781 2333.

Stay safe

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