African-Australian Inclusion Program

Mr PEARSON — I was really pleased to be able to represent the Premier and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs at the African-Australian inclusion program graduation ceremony that was run through the National Australia Bank (NAB) last week. Thirty graduates went through that program. There have been..

Shane Evans

Mr PEARSON — I would like to acknowledge the great role that Shane Evans plays in the Boomerang Network, which is a community mental health group. Shane won the Spirit of Moonee Valley Contribution to Neighbourhood award recently, and that is a fantastic outcome for him. I..

Strathmore Secondary College 60th Birthday

Mr PEARSON — A big shout-out to Jill English, the principal of Strathmore Secondary College, and Jim Kounetas, the school council president, for Strathmore’s 60th birthday celebrations, which occurred on Sunday. This is a fantastic achievement, and it is a great school.

Mogadishu Bombing

Mr PEARSON (Essendon)  — Today Somalia is crying as a result of the terrorist bomb blasts that ripped through Mogadishu on Saturday, which have killed more than 300 people and injured hundreds more. Two bomb blasts ripped through Mogadishu in the early hours on Saturday, and they have..

Racecourse Road – Pedestrian saftey

Mr PEARSON (Essendon)  —  I direct my adjournment matter to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and the action I seek is for the minister to join with me at Racecourse Road, Flemington, in order to discuss cyclist and pedestrian safety. Earlier this year pedestrian and..

Voluntary Assisted Dying

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — I am delighted to join the debate, and at the outset I wish to place on the public record that I will be supporting the bill and I will be opposing the reasoned amendment moved by the member for Monbulk. I have been..

Bulla Road Bridge

Mr PEARSON (Essendon)  —  My constituency question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and I ask: what is the latest information about the reconstruction of the Bulla Road bridge?

Culturally Diverse Participation in Childhood Services

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) — I direct my question to the Minister for Families and Children in the other place, and I ask: what is the latest information about the previous investment to lift culturally and linguistically diverse participation rates in early childhood services in the City of..

Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety – Buckley Street

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) —  I direct my adjournment to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. For the past year I have been liaising with Angela Vindigni to discuss how we can improve pedestrian and cyclist safety on Buckley Street, Essendon. To that end I would welcome..

Ahmed Dini

Mr PEARSON — I was also delighted to catch up and meet with Ahmed Dini, who is a local African-Australian community leader.

St Bernard’s College

Mr PEARSON — I was delighted to catch up with Adam Taylor, the principal of St Bernard’s College. St Bernard’s performs a great role in my community, educating many young Catholic men, and it was wonderful to see the new facilities.

Stepping Stones – Brotherhood of St Laurence

Mr PEARSON — Well done to the Brotherhood of St Laurence, with their Stepping Stones program that is being run out of Flemington. This innovative program skills up women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to start their own small businesses. Well done to Rebecca Meddings on running..

Ascot Vale Football Club Vikings

Mr PEARSON — I was delighted to officiate at the Ascot Vale Football Club Vikings’s end-of-season celebrations. This club has only been going for three years, but it has been growing from strength to strength. Well done to Peter McNamara and John Thompson on a great event

Essendon Rowing Club

Mr PEARSON — Congratulations to the Essendon Rowing Club on another successful annual Saltwater Challenge.

Essendon Airport

Mr PEARSON — I was recently advised that the Turnbull government is proposing to make changes to the curfew at Essendon Airport, and submissions to the review are open until 10 October. I am concerned about these proposed changes. I will be working with the federal member for..

Wingate Avenue Community Centre

Mr PEARSON (Essendon) —  I direct my adjournment matter to the Minister for Training and Skills in the other place, and I ask the minister to come out to the Wingate Avenue Community Centre, a local training provider and Jobs Victoria Employment Network recipient on the Ascot..

Maribyrnong Park Football Club

Mr PEARSON — Finally, it was fantastic to attend the recent Marby Lions business lunch with the federal Leader of the Opposition, the Victorian Attorney-General and Susan Alberti.

Ray Thomas

Mr PEARSON — A shout-out to local ALP identity Ray Thomas. I recently belatedly presented his 40-year membership medallion and certificate for the mighty Australian Labor Party, Victorian branch.