Speech in Parliament - Address in Reply - 25 February 2014
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (13:15): I rise to speak in this address-in-reply, the first item of business for the 44th Parliament, and in doing so thank the people of Casey for their support and endorsement at the election on 7 September last year. The electorate of Casey underwent a redistribution between the 43rd and 44th parliaments. In political terms that reduced the Liberal margin in Casey from a little over four per cent to about 1.9 per cent. The electorate increased in size basically threefold, taking in all of the Yarra Valley—the towns of Steels Creek, Yarra Glen, Healesville—and all…Read more...
Speech in Parliament - Matt Haanappel OAM - 24 February 2014
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (16:19): I rise this afternoon to congratulate and pay tribute to a former constituent of mine, Matt Haanappel. I have got to know Matt fairly well in the last couple of years. He was recognised on Australia Day for his contribution to sport and community, with a Medal of the Order of Australia. Matt is from Croydon Hills, formerly in the electorate of Casey, and has cerebral palsy. He competed in the London Paralympic Games, where he won a number of medals including a gold medal as part of the 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay.…Read more...
Speech in Parliament - Black Saturday Remembrance Cruise - 24 February 2014
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (13:31): As all members of the House would be aware, we have just had the fifth anniversary of the tragic Black Saturday fires in Victoria and there have been a number of memorial services for those communities. I wanted to speak in the House today about one event that occurred in the Yarra Valley and has occurred for the last three years, and that is a memorial cruise from Lilydale, through Yarra Glen to the Healesville railway station. This has been organised by three dedicated members of the community—Stacey and Troy Kinsmore, and Wendy Bennett—in memory…Read more...
Speech in Parliament - Monash Militia Camp - 24 February 2014
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (10:46): A little over 100 years ago, five months ahead of the outbreak of World War I, an important historical event occurred in the heart of the electorate of Casey in the towns of Lilydale and Coldstream. In the second week of February 1914, John Monash brought 3,000 troops by train to Lilydale for a camp of instruction. As I said, it was five months ahead of the outbreak of World War I, at a time when the country knew that war was imminent. Those 3,000 soldiers came for a week of instruction and training. On…Read more...