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Law & Order

  • Public Statement: No changes to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

    Dear Friends, It is with great pleasure that I welcome the Federal Coalition’s Government announcement that no changes will be made to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. I voiced strong concerns in Parliament on the proposed changes by the federal government that risked the protection of Victorians from discrimination and vilification. I along with the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Matthew Guy MP stated that the Victorian government’s position is that we remain unambiguously opposed to any form of discrimination based on an individual’s race, faith or gender or for any other reason. It is a proud moment for our state and the Victorian Government, who provided a submission to the federal government outlining our deep concerns for any proposed changes, to see our thoughts well considered. DAVID SOUTHWICK MP Member for Caulfield Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services

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

  • Southwick MP Awards Grant for Hardworking St Kilda Youth Service

    Member for Caulfield David Southwick and Liberal Candidate for Albert Park Shannon Eeles today announced $4,500 in Training Delivery Support Grants for St Kilda Youth Service (SKYS) Learning Centre in the City of Port Phillip. Shannon Eeles said the money would support the delivery of programs and services in City of Port Phillip. “These grants will enable the St Kilda Youth Service to enhance the great work they do in our community.” SKYS will use the money to purchase teaching and learning resources, to aid the delivery of programs and services to vulnerable learners that may face barriers to participation in skills training. “The Victorian Coalition Government believes it’s crucial that those with limited access to learning opportunities - early school leavers, unemployed, low skilled workers and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) – have an opportunity to access quality education,” Mr Southwick said. More students facing barriers…

Jewish Community

  • Member’s Statement: Southwick Slams Canberra Declaration on Gaza

    Mr Southwick (Caulfield) - Member's Statement, Legislative Assembly 5 August 2014 As members may be aware, a letter condemning Israel’s operation in Gaza was signed by MPs—mainly from the ALP and the Greens—from around the country. This letter blatantly provides comfort for Hamas, a terrorist organisation which shares a world view with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and al-Qaeda, with whom Israel is engaged in a life-and-death struggle. This letter is bereft of context and wrong in places. In brief, the facts are as follows: This conflict was caused solely by the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel, menacing and paralysing most people in that country. Israel responded only after Hamas ignored several calls from Israel for calm. Israel has now discovered an elaborate network of tunnels into Israel from Gaza which were intended to be used for a mass terrorist attack which would entail the slaughter…

Caulfield Electorate

  • New Balaclava Station ramp a milestone for accessibility

    Works to upgrade Balaclava Station are nearing completion, with the opening of the new Platform 1 ramp, providing a milestone for improved accessibility. Member for Caulfield David Southwick said the new accessible ramp and stairs from Carlisle Street to Platform 1 is the first accessible feature at Balaclava Station. “For the first time, customers catching city-bound services at Balaclava Station now have an accessible ramp and the option of using stairs to access Platform 1,” Mr Southwick said. “The opening of the new Platform 1 ramp is the first step towards Balaclava Station becoming fully accessible to all members of the community.” Mr Southwick said customers were already benefiting from other recently completed station improvements. “In June, part of Platform 1 was extended to be almost twice as wide, with new lighting, a smoother surface and better drainage to prevent puddles forming,” Mr Southwick said. “The Sandringham-end of Platform 2…

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…