Category Archives: Speeches

Minister for Energy questioned on Electricity Supply Interruptions

Mr WELLS (Rowville) 

Constituency question – 20/09/18

 My question is again to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Minister, what reasonable precautions do you recommend businesses take to mitigate against ‘risk of loss or damage to their equipment, premises or business’ from electricity supply interruptions, as stated in section 16(c) of the Electricity Distribution Code? Minister, 69 businesses in my Rowville electorate were asking themselves this question when for the second time in August they had less than 2 hours notice that Ausnet Services had again cancelled the planned maintenance to their power supply due to weather. Ausnet Services, in their denials of compensation to business owners, did not even once acknowledge the impact of two cancellations for businesses who lost wages and interrupted their manufacturing processes and supply chains for nothing.

The State Governments mismanagement of the Energy Sector hitting everyday Victorians

Mr Wells (Rowville)

Members Statement – 18/09/18

This statement condemns the terrible state of Victoria’s power sector, which is seeing a spike in power disconnections, bill shock and supply issues. Despite Victoria’s world-class coal and natural gas reserves, the state government’s mismanagement of the energy sector is hitting everyday Victorians. Victorians are reeling as they receive huge winter energy bills as a result of Labor’s botched energy policies. One lady in my electorate, a pensioner, was in tears discussing her quarterly $3700 electricity bill. Luckily her family stepped in to help. Unfortunately over winter her solar panels had not accrued a single cent of credit — so much for renewables.

For the second time in August 69 businesses in my electorate missed a day of work, losing wages and interrupting the manufacturing and supply chains, due to planned maintenance which was cancelled at the last minute. This means delays until the maintenance can be completed. AusNet Services have denied businesses any compensation for their losses. The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change has not even replied to their complaints, let alone to mine.

The number of Victorians who were disconnected from essential services jumped a huge 25 per cent in the winter quarter, the most difficult time to be without heating, light and hot water. Electricity disconnections have gone up by more than 82 per cent since December 2017. Labor’s failure to keep electricity prices under control means more and more Victorians are unable to afford life’s basics.

Rowville Businesses suffering due to AusNet power cuts

Mr Wells (Rowville)

Constituency Question – 4/9/18

My question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Minister, will your government offer compensation to the 69 commercial and manufacturing businesses in my electorate of Rowville who have been told by AusNet Services that for the second time in a month they will lose power supply for another whole business day? Continue reading

Daniel Andrews wasted millions of taxpayer dollars to stop investigation into red shirts

Mr Wells (Rowville)

Members Statement – 4/9/18

This statement notes the Legislative Council Privileges Committee report tabled on 23 August in the other place which found Labor’s red shirts scheme adversely affected the reputation of the Parliament. The Premier’s contempt for the Victorian public, however, is deeper than ever. Continue reading

Minister for Public Transport questioned on Rowville Rail funding

Mr Wells (Rowville)

Constituency question – 23/8/18

My question is to the Minister for Public Transport. Minister, now that the Liberal-Nationals have committed to a public transport overlay on all public land for the land corridor needed for the Rowville rail, can you advise the Rowville electorate residents what funding you will provide to match the federal government’s recent announcement of a $475 million funding commitment? Continue reading

The Rowville rail land corridor will be protected by a Matthew Guy-led Liberal-Nationals government

Mr Wells (Rowville)

Members Statement – 21/8/18

This statement confirms the Liberal-Nationals next step in pushing for a rail line to Rowville. The Rowville rail land corridor will be protected by a Matthew Guy-led Liberal-Nationals government under planning provisions. At a packed Rowville rail forum held on Friday, 10 August, organised by Mick Van de Vreede, Darren Wallace and their team, Knox residents made it very clear they need more action on Rowville rail. New planning provisions will be the next step towards a rail line all the way to Rowville. A planning overlay on public land will prevent land in the rail corridor being used for anything other than public transport. Continue reading

Condemning Labor’s Disgraceful Rorts

Mr Wells (Rowville)

Members Statement – 7/8/18

This statement condemns the lack of integrity shown by the Premier-in-hiding and his six senior Labor cabinet ministers. So far we know of at least 23 Labor MPs and former MPs implicated in the red shirts rorts, including the scheme’s chief rorter, John Lenders. No doubt the fraud and extortion squad in Victoria Police will have the necessary powers to uncover the full extent of the scheme, where the Ombudsman found herself limited by Labor’s claims of exclusive cognisance. Continue reading

Minister for Health questioned on what plans are put on place to improve Ambulance Victoria;s non-emergency transport services

Mr Wells ( Rowville )

Constituency Question – 25/7/18

My constituency question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, what plans does Ambulance Victoria have to improve non-emergency transport services to ensure patients can attend dialysis and other important medical appointments on time? Continue reading