IN response to a recent article, published in the Mildura Weekly’s online edition, in which Liberal Member for Northern, Victoria Wendy Lovell, expressed her concerns at the Andrews Government’s decision to cancel the scheduled parliamentary sitting days until August, Justice Party Member for Northern Victoria, Tania Maxwell, PICTURED took aim at Ms Lovell.


Ms Maxwell supported the Government’s motion to vary the sitting days and explained why.


“With no warning, the Liberal Party sprung a surprise motion on the Parliament at 9.28am on Thursday for debate (just two minutes later!) at 9.30am,” Ms Maxwell said.


“The Liberal Party had multiple opportunities throughout the week, as well as previous weeks and months, to raise this matter for discussion and consideration, and they did not do so.


“As a Member for Northern Victoria, I represent an electorate covering over 110,000 square kilometres.


I have a full schedule of appointments from now until the end of July, including a number of public hearings for inquiries being conducted by the Legal and Social Issues Committee (of which I am a member) and meetings with stakeholders and constituents across Northern Victoria, including some deferred from April due to pandemic restrictions.”


Ms Maxwell said that as a result, a change to the sitting dates would have required all of those commitments to be postponed or cancelled to the detriment of important committee and constituent work.


“In speaking to the motion, I suggested that, if extra sitting days are needed, they could be scheduled throughout August to December and this would not conflict with existing schedules,” she said.


“The transcript of that speech is on my website – I can assure the electorate of my continued hard work during this period for the people of Northern Victoria.”