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Law & Order

  • Sentencing Amendment

    Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) — It is a pleasure to rise to speak on the Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences) Bill 2014. The bill is very important because it changes our sentencing regime to reflect community sentiment. On many occasions we have heard from members of the Victorian community that they are outraged by a sentence that has been given where there has been an expectation but the reality has been quite different. Even before coming into the Parliament I can recall a number of rallies on the steps of Parliament House where people were supporting these sorts of changes. We have seen it reflected on talkback radio and on the news. We have seen it from individuals and, most importantly, from victims of crime who have advocated very strongly for something to be done. The Attorney‑General has been very diligent in ensuring that our law reforms reflect a tough‑on‑crime attitude, which has been…

Planning

  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better Caulfield

    Member for Caulfield, Mr David Southwick MP, today welcomed the multi-million dollar investments to build a better Caulfield in the 2014-15 State Budget. Today’s State Budget invests in the infrastructure that Caulfield families and businesses need and delivers the services to build a better and more connected Victoria. The Victorian Coalition Government has invested in significant projects in the 2014-15 Budget that will help strengthen our local community, including: The removal of the North Road, Ormond level crossing as part of a $457 million level crossing removal blitz; Building stages 1 & 2 of the East West Link; Building the new Melbourne Rail Link, which includes the airport rail link; and $390,000 to upgrade Glen Huntly Primary School. “The investments made in the State Budget will cut congestion for local road users and continue our proud record of investing in infrastructure our community needs for the future,” Mr Southwick said.…

Education

  • Funding available for initiatives that help young Victorians

    David Southwick MP, Member for Caulfield today welcomed the Napthine Government’s $12 million investment into the 2015- 2017 Engage program. The funding assists local initiatives that help build the skills needed for life after school. “I am pleased to invite community groups in the Caulfield electorate to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to deliver initiatives, including volunteering and mentoring programs, for and with our young people” said Mr Southwick. “The Victorian Coalition Government’s $12 million 2015 - 2017 Engage program is an example of our commitment to young Victorians. The program will provide more opportunities for young people to become involved in their own community. “The funding will support organisations, including councils, to deliver a wide range of initiatives including volunteering and mentoring programs, and projects that boost real-life skills and connect young people to further education, training or careers. Since 2012 young Victorians have had access to…

Jewish Community

  • Israel kidnapping

    Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) — I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Jewish community of Victoria regarding the recent kidnapping by Palestinian terrorists of three Israeli teenagers — Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel — which occurred on 12 June while the boys were travelling home. This was a brazen act of terrorism. It has shocked and traumatised the families of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali, as well as many in Jewish communities around the world. It is never acceptable that innocent children are targets for kidnapping in aid of terror. The whole civilised world must condemn this act of terrorism. The boys must return home to their families safely. Such an act of terrorism demands a response from the Australian government. Last week a petition was organised by David Marlow and Nina Bassett from the Jewish Community Council of Victoria. The petition calls on the federal government to convey to the Palestinian…

Caulfield Electorate

  • Rippon Lea House and Gardens

    Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) — The matter I wish to raise is for the Minister for the Arts, and the action I seek is that the minister attend Rippon Lea House and Gardens and tour this magnificent facility with a view to exploring possible future arts, music and performance opportunities. Rippon Lea estate is a magnificent facility, and it has a rich history in Elsternwick, which is in my electorate. It was purchased and built in 1868 by a former politician, Frederick Sargood, who was also a wealthy philanthropist and businessman. He built the facility, which contained 15 rooms and beautiful gardens, and it was the envy of many who lived in the area. The estate was sold in 1903 to a consortium headed by Thomas Bent, who a year later became Premier of Victoria, so there is a very strong political connection to the Rippon Lea estate. Unfortunately the current member for the area does not…

Small Business

  • Southwick Supports Victoria and Israel collaboration in science and technology research

    At the launch of an exhibition celebrating Israel's innovation, Mr David Southwick MP, on behalf of the Hon Louise Asher MP, Minister for Innovation, announced the opening of Victoria Israel Science and Technology Research and Development (R&D) (VISTECH) program grants. The bilateral program will provide Victorian and Israeli partners with the opportunity to collaborate on research and development projects in the realm of science, innovation and technology. The Victorian Government will offer grants of up to $250,000 for Victorian companies and the Israeli Government will offer soft loans of up to 50% of R&D expenses to Israeli companies. “The Coalition Government is committed to the development of the science and technology sectors, and we also recognise how important it is to continue to strengthen ties with our international counterparts to promote growth in these areas,” Mr Southwick said. “As Victoria and Israel are both internationally recognised for the quality of…
  • Victorian Coalition Government building a better Caulfield

    Member for Caulfield, Mr David Southwick MP, today welcomed the multi-million dollar investments to build a better Caulfield in the 2014-15 State Budget. Today’s State Budget invests in the infrastructure that Caulfield families and businesses need and delivers the services to build a better and more connected Victoria. The Victorian Coalition Government has invested in significant projects in the 2014-15 Budget that will help strengthen our local community, including: The removal of the North Road, Ormond level crossing as part of a $457 million level crossing removal blitz; Building stages 1 & 2 of the East West Link; Building the new Melbourne Rail Link, which includes the airport rail link; and $390,000 to upgrade Glen Huntly Primary School. “The investments made in the State Budget will cut congestion for local road users and continue our proud record of investing in infrastructure our community needs for the future,” Mr Southwick said.…
  • Glen Huntly Village Street Festival 15 March

    The upcoming Glen Huntly Village Street Festival is your chance to support the local community and businesses by shopping locally and supporting jobs in the area. “It’s really important for local residents to buy produce and other items at local businesses to help keep the Glen Huntly area strong, and to support employment in the area,” Member for Caulfield David Southwick MP said. “The Glen Huntly Village Street Festival provides the perfect opportunity for locals to check out shops in Glen Huntly, use local services and meet friends for a coffee at your local café,” he said. The Glen Huntly Village Street Festival will run on the 15th March at the railway car park north from 10am to 4pm. Festivities for the day include a bouncing castle, animals, hacky sack competitions and face painting. As well as roving performers, a treasure hunt, trader stalls, bake sales and a cafe and food area…