Richard Riordan News

No support for low incomes in Government’s energy largesse

August 23, 2018

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP has today asked the Minister for Energy and Climate Change about the ruling by the Victorian State Coroner this week about the safety of many gas heaters used by people across the State.   “This week the Minister announced $1.2 billion for some of the most affluent people in...


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St Patricks Day Fires Legal Issues

August 22, 2018

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP has today drawn the attention of Parliament to plight of the farmers and families who are still reeling after the devastating fires across Polwarth on St Patricks day.   “It is becoming apparent by the day that immediate Government intervention is required to help steer the progress of recovery....


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Non-Victorian Licence Holders

August 9, 2018

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, again raised in Parliament the issue of non-Victorian licence holders driving on the Great Ocean Road following another chaotic week of accidents and near misses putting locals’ lives in danger. Mr Riordan called on the State Government to implement new technology and smarter thinking to deal with this crisis....


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NAIDOC 2018 speech

July 10, 2018

The following is my speech made at the NAIDOC flag raising ceremony on 10 July 2018 in Colac. BECAUSE OF HER, WE CAN. Good morning. I would firstly like to acknowledge the Gulidjan people on whose land we meet today.  I would like to pay my respect to all elders past and present, and to...


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Richard Riordan MP’s response to the State Budget

June 6, 2018

I rise today to make comment on the 2018–19 ‘Getting Things Done’ budget or, as we like to call it down in Polwarth, the ‘Forgetting about Polwarth’ budget. It has been somewhat depressing listening to the member for Frankston and his pork-barrelled nirvana down by the bay, rattling off the various wins that this government...


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COBDEN TECH FUNDING DENIED

May 22, 2018

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has raised in Parliament today the concerns of the Cobden Technical School, about lack of Education Department funding under the Accessible Schools Program.   For two years the school has been waiting for funding to make access possible for two of its students who have conditions that make access...


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LIGHTHOUSE DECISION NOT A BRIGHT IDEA

May 18, 2018

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has today condemned the State Government for its sham tender process of the iconic Cape Otway Lighthouse. For 22 years the innovative and award winning management of the Cape Otway Lighthouse has shone in stark contrast to the shambles at the 12 Apostles.   Despite the Andrews Government’s very...


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Urgent action for Great Ocean Road

April 20, 2018

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has expressed dismay at the Victorian Government’s funding announcement for the Philip Island Penguin Parade while they continue to ignore the desperate need for funding for Australia’s most iconic tourist attraction, the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road.   “Millions of dollars have been thrown at the penguins...


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WESTERN VICTORIAN FIRES

March 29, 2018

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, this week used Parliament to acknowledge and thank the 1000’s of volunteers and community members who have stepped up to the plate to help our fire ravaged areas.   “It has been a difficult few weeks for many of my constituents in the Corangamite shire  — namely, the towns...


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WIRE ROPE BARRIERS REPAIR AND UPKEEP

March 29, 2018

The growing number of broken wire rope barriers has raised real road safety concerns. During questions in Parliament this week, the Member for Polwarth asked the Roads Minister:   “Can the minister tell my electorate what the budget is for the repair and maintenance of wire rope barriers and who is responsible for their upkeep? Drivers...


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