Speech in Parliament - Lorraine Elliott - 17 July 2014
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (10:28): This morning I want to pay tribute to a great Victorian, a great Australian, a great person, a great wife and mother, a wonderful grandmother and a first-class friend to many, myself included—someone who made the most of life and made a difference to so many individuals and the wider community. I speak of Lorraine Elliott, who passed away on 2 July. I went to school with Lorraine's children, Tom, Caroline and Edward, so I knew her for a long time—first as another friendly mum at school sport and secondly as a parliamentary colleague. That…Read more...
Speech in Parliament - Casey Electorate: Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association - 14 July 2014
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (16:32): I rise today to make mention of NAIDOC Week. On Wednesday of last week, I had the privilege of attending the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association family fun day at the Sanctuary House Motel in Badger Creek, just near Healesville. It was, as I said, a privilege to attend and to spend some time with some of the leaders of the community there. I pay tribute to Brooke Collins, who does so much for the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association, otherwise known as HICSA, and to everyone else who works with her, for the great…Read more...
2014 Casey Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Awards - Nominations now open
In 2009, I initiated the Casey Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Awards to recognise, reward and encourage careers in local trades and small business. The apprentices and trainees of today will help form the backbone of our future small businesses and our local economy. I have long believed that we should be doing all we can to encourage and value excellence in our apprentices and trainees. I am proud to announce the opening of nominations for the 2014 Casey Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Awards. These awards are judged by an independent panel of prominent local business leaders that is chaired by…Read more...
Speech in Parliament - Casey Electorate: Queen's Birthday Honours List - 19 June 2014
Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (13:50): Today I want to pay tribute to five residents from the electorate of Casey who were recognised recently with the Queen's Birthday honours. Four received the Medal of the Order of Australia—OAM: Mr Ion Whykes for services to the community of Healesville—he was Charter President of the Healesville Rotary in 1977 and principal of the Healesville High School between 1974 and 1993; Vaughan Hinton of Monbulk for services to the media through television production and to the community of Monbulk—he was the executive producer of the Compass program for 14 years, a member of the…Read more...