Last week was a very interesting one!
I had the opportunity to catch up with Russell Savage, the independent member for Mildura in the Victorian Legislative Assembly for three terms.
It was interesting to hear of his experiences and get some advice.
In Brisbane I met with the chief executive of the Australian Horticultural Exporters Association, who arranged tours for me of the Brisbane Markets and the Port of Brisbane.
I found the information gathered all very useful given the proposed privatisation of the Port of Melbourne and the imminent relocation of the Footscray Market to its new location.
The drive home from Brisbane along the Newell Highway was magnificent and those Jerilderie plains were looking good with dark clouds hovering and some decent rainfall.
I have a big week coming up with our rail consultation sessions and visits from state government ministers.
I hope to see as many of you that can possibly make it to the Public Transport Victoria consultation on Thursday.
This is our chance to really have our say and put the case for better train services.
One of the jobs of a parliamentarian is to join a committee and where appropriate engage in parliamentary inquiries.
I am a member of the Family and Community Development Committee which is currently looking into how Victoria will deal with issues of abuse in disability services when the NDIS comes into operation.
The committee will be making recommendations soon.
You can find out more about the committee and this inquiry on the Parliament of Victoria website.
In other news I was disappointed with the food labelling proposals from the Federal Government, released last week.
As someone who goes to the supermarket about three times a week and regularly looks at food labels I do not think that the government’s response addresses the needs of the consumers.
I would be happy to hear the views of those of you who take an interest in this issue.