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My Opinion Pieces

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

Age Melbourne - 'Education State'? They're kidding us

Age Melbourne 9 February 2018 In September 2015, the Andrews Labor government launched new student performance targets as part of its so-called ‘‘Education State’’ slogan. However, since then, they have remained very quiet about how schools and kids are performing.No wonder ...
  Friday, 9 February 2018

Herald Sun: Basics are the way forward

Herald Sun 27 January 2018The Andrews Government and its ideological cheer squad proved how out of touch they are with mainstream values by attacking the Liberal Nationals School Education Values statement. Extraordinarily, the Coalition was accused of “fear mongering” because we ...
  Saturday, 27 January 2018

Herald Sun: Gang crisis points to a range of failures

Monday 8 January 2018 Herald Sun Gang crisis points to a range of failuresPolice Minister Lisa Neville finally admitted last week that Melbourne has a serious African youth gang crisis. It has been obvious for some time that we have a significant problem with some African — and other youths ...
  Monday, 8 January 2018

Herald Sun: If the system fails, then kids will fail, too.

Herald Sun 13 December 2017AUSTRALIAN students should be taught to be proud of this nation’s democratic heritage and society. But the lack of knowledge that grade 6 and year 10 students have of citizenship and civics is deeply concerning.A test, conducted by the Australian Curriculum and ...
  Wednesday, 13 December 2017
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