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My Opinion Pieces

Herald Sun - 'Bin Tax' and recycling mess a shock for families

Daniel Andrews’ rubbish announcements this week are going to cost Victorian households a fortune.Labor will dramatically increase the taxes we all must pay the state government, via local councils, for collecting our domestic waste.Andrews’ Facebook announcement of Labor’s ...
  Thursday, 27 February 2020

Herald Sun - Casey Council is useless and must go now

The City of Casey is the most populated local government area in Victoria with total revenues exceeding half a billion dollars a year. With more than 340,000 residents, it’s one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. But all is not well at Casey’s council. Through Operation ...
  Monday, 17 February 2020

Herald Sun - Stray councils' splurges must be banned

Local government is important. It provides many services that are vital for the functioning of a cohesive society. But ratepayers are becoming utterly sick of local councillors spending their money on political campaigns for which they have absolutely no jurisdiction or responsibility.These ...
  Monday, 2 December 2019

Herald Sun - Planners have our city's soul in their sights

RECENTLY I had a conversation with some planning types; you know, the trendy lawyers, planners and architects who want to turn the suburbs of Melbourne into Berlin with high and medium rise apartments everywhere.They told me we all "have to do our bit" to accommodate the almost 150,000 people ...
  Monday, 28 October 2019

Herald Sun - Government is slowly eroding our heritage

When most of us are asked about what historic sites should be granted heritage protection by the government chances are the Royal Exhibition Buildings, Government House, and Old Melbourne Gaol, might come to mind. They are old, they are almost unanimously regarded as beautiful, if not significant, ...
  Monday, 26 August 2019

The Age - We must protect Melbourne's liveability for all

Are we stuffing up Melbourne? This question was asked by Stuart Moseley, CEO of the Victorian Planning Authority in Tuesday’s Age.Yes, they are. Just ask anyone who has lived here for years. The nonchalance with which the state’s chief planner dismissed the genuine concerns of ...
  Thursday, 25 July 2019

Herald Sun - Dan’s $600m won’t fix the cladding fiasco

Labor's $600 million announcement is just a drop in the ocean of what will eventually be needed to make hundreds, if not thousands, of Victorian high rise towers safe from dangerous combustible cladding. In their big set-piece media event yesterday, the Andrews Government claimed its cladding ...
  Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Herald Sun - Victorians living in death traps mustn't be ignored

IMAGINE you are going through your mail and find a letter from your body corporate, the local council, and some entity called the Victorian Building Authority. The VBA tells you that your home is dangerous because the exterior of your apartment is clad in aluminium composite panels with a ...
  Friday, 28 June 2019

The Age - A fiasco for heritage protections

The Corkman Hotel fiasco illustrates just how weak the Andrews government, and particularly its Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, has been in one of the most outrageous and egregious breaches of planning law in recent memory.If I was the planning minister, I can absolutely guarantee Victorians ...
  Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The Australian - Gonski school of overthinking education ignores the worthy basics

The recently released report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools chaired by David Gonski correctly identifies that in 15 years our students have dropped from fourth in the world for reading to 16th, from seventh in mathematics to 25th, and from fourth in science to ...
  Tuesday, 8 May 2018
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