GEELONG SPECIAL SCHOOLS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — Tonight my adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education. It relates to the new special school promised for the Geelong region. On 9 November an article appeared in the Geelong Advertiser headed ‘Special school plan’. It stated that a site for a new special school was being sought in the…

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FARMER HEALTH

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I take this opportunity to congratulate the National Centre for Farmer Health, which has attracted yet another international award this month. Alison Kennedy, who is the centre’s behavioural scientist, was one of two people to receive an award from the American Association of Suicidology. She received the award for her research…

PORTLAND NORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, and it is in relation to Portland North Primary School and in particular the old schoolhouse on its grounds. I understand from constituents that they have sent correspondence to the Premier on this issue but are yet to…

GEELONG REGION JOB LOSSES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Employment and Trade, and it relates to job losses in Geelong. As the minister will be aware, last Friday, 8 November, saw yet another blow struck at Geelong as the decision by Qantas to make 300 of its employees redundant next year was…

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE: WARRNAMBOOL JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY — To ask the Assistant Treasurer (for the Minister for Employment and Trade): In relation to the six job redundancies at Warrnambool’s Warehouse Sales Electrical Discounts store recently, what assistance will the Napthine government provide workers affected by these redundancies. ANSWER: I am informed that: The Warehouse Sales Electrical Discounts store in Warrnambool has recently…

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE: BALLARAT JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY — To ask the Assistant Treasurer (for the Minister for Employment and Trade): In relation to the 25 job redundancies at Ballarat’s Rivers site recently, what assistance will the Napthine government provide workers affected by these job cuts. ANSWER: I am informed that: Regional Development Victoria (RDV) has liaised with Rivers Australia in relation to…

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE: BALLARAT JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY — To ask the Assistant Treasurer (for the Minister for Employment and Trade): In relation to the 30 job cuts at IBM in Ballarat reported in the Ballarat Courier on 20 August 2013, what assistance will the Napthine government provide workers who have been affected by these job cuts. ANSWER: I am informed that: Assistance…

AUDITOR-GENERAL: PRISONER CAPACITY PLANNING

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to make a contribution to debate on the Victorian Auditor-General’s Prison Capacity Planning report of November 2012. I will start by saying that this report mentioned a number of worrying trends when it was released 12 months ago. Since that time those trends have only increased. I will not…

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY FUTURE

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I will start by making seven points directly in relation to the contribution we heard from Mr Drum. Firstly, I have made very supportive comments about various companies in Geelong, and I have specifically mentioned Cotton On. I can recall that I said that these are exactly the types of companies…

REGIONAL AND RURAL ROADS FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — Throughout the electorate of Western Victoria Region there are many complaints about the services and funding that the Napthine government has cut from regional Victoria, yet the issue I hear about most consistently regardless of where I go is the Napthine government’s failure to fix damaged and potholed roads. Regional Victorians…

SCHOOL FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Education, Martin Dixon, and is in relation to education funding. It relates to an issue that has been raised with me on many occasions. I would like to draw the minister’s attention to an article that appeared in the Hamilton Spectator…

GEELONG AMBULANCE SERVICES

Ms TIERNEY — Since the Liberal-Nationals government took office in 2010, the amount of time ambulances have been ramped at Geelong Hospital has increased by 2752 hours. That is a massive 76 per cent increase on what the figure was when the state Labor government left office. It is little wonder that Victorians are seeing stories in…

REMEMBRANCE DAY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — Yesterday was Remembrance Day, and I take this opportunity to acknowledge the committed work undertaken by RSL branches in organising yesterday’s ceremonies. Ceremonies across the nation enabled communities to come together to honour those men and women who have served and paid the ultimate price in war. Lest we forget.

FIX OUR ROADS – REPORT YOUR ROAD TODAY

State Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney is today calling on local motorists to nominate roads that have become dangerous, fallen into disrepair and need fixing with the launch of www.FixOurRoads.com.au website. Ms Tierney said Labor was launching www.FixOurRoads.com.au because new analysis of VicRoads documents shows the Napthine Government is short-changing families and businesses when…

SOUTH WEST TAFE GLENORMISTON CAMPUS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter this evening is for Mr Hall in his capacity as the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, and it is in relation to the Glenormiston campus of South West TAFE. The minister would be more than aware from the question I asked him yesterday that there continues to…

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE: BALLARAT JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY — To ask the Assistant Treasurer (for the Minister for Employment and Trade): In relation to the 34 redundancies to be made as a result of Goodman Fielder closing its bakery in Ballarat by November, what assistance will the Napthine government provide workers in Ballarat who will be affected by these redundancies. ANSWER: I am…

UNIVERSITY OF BALLARAT: REPORT 2012

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to speak on the 2012 annual report of the University of Ballarat. The University of Ballarat has a proud history that dates all the way back to the gold rush period, the mid-1800s, and in fact it is the third-oldest tertiary institution in Australia. The School of Mines was…

DAIRY INDUSTRY VOCATIONAL TRAINING FORUM

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Mr Hall. Yesterday, in response to a question from Mr Philip Davis, the minister outlined what Gippsland’s dairy industry has told him that it needs in the way of TAFE training. What has western Victoria’s dairy industry told him that…

BOUNDARY-FELLMONGERS-TOWNSEND-ST ALBANS ROADS, GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, and is in relation to Breakwater Road in Geelong. The minister would be aware of the $65 million upgrade and realignment to Breakwater Road in Geelong, which was one of many road infrastructure investments the previous government funded in Victoria.…

FISHERIES AMENDMENT BILL 2013

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to speak on the Fisheries Amendment Bill 2013 and state from the outset that the opposition does not oppose the bill. It gives me pleasure to speak on the bill because fishing is particularly popular in Western Victoria Region, and there are a number of constituents and coastal towns…

HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT PERFORMANCE

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — We see it on the evening news bulletins, regularly read about it in our newspapers and hear it on our radios when talkback callers share their horror stories. Victoria’s hospital emergency departments are in crisis under the Napthine coalition government. Less than two weeks ago the Australian institute of health and…

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE: BALLARAT JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY — To ask the Assistant Treasurer (for the Minister for Employment and Trade): In relation to the 11 job cuts at Ballarat’s UGL Engineering recently, what assistance will the Napthine government provide workers who have been affected by these job cuts. ANSWER: I am informed that: United Group Rail (UGL) has informed the government of…

EDUCATION: TIMBOON P-12 SCHOOL

MS TIERNEY — To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to the evacuation and closure of the Timboon P-12 School on 24 June 2013 due to asbestos-related issues: (1) When was the government first made aware that there were possible asbestos issues at Timboon P-12. (2) How long…

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE: BUILDING INDUSTRY

MS TIERNEY — To ask the Assistant Treasurer (for the Minister for Employment and Trade): In relation to the current downturn in the construction industry as quoted on the front page of the Warrnambool Standard on 21 May 2013: (1) What is the Napthine government doing to address the issue of apprentices being put off amid a…

HEALTH: GEELONG PAEDIATRIC SERVICES

MS TIERNEY — To ask the Minister for Health: In relation to waiting periods for families with sick children in Geelong, including those with physical, behavioural and developmental problems, and noting that it has been reported that some paediatricians have simply closed their books, overrun with patient demand, and that waiting times are awful and create a…

ASIAN CUP SOCCER TOURNAMENT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty, and it is in relation to the Asian Cup soccer tournament due to take place in Australia in 2015. The tournament will be held in Australia for the first time between 9 and 31 January 2015,…

GEELONG RAIL SERVICES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — The results are in: Geelong train commuters are the unhappiest in the whole state of Victoria. On numerous occasions in this place I have raised the issues facing Geelong public transport users, whether those be overcrowded car parks at Geelong stations, dilapidated facilities at stations such as North Shore and Corio,…

AUSTRALIA POST REGIONAL AND RURAL SERVICES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan. It is in relation to Australia Post’s plan to cut costs by cutting services and jobs in rural and regional Victoria. As the minister will be aware, there have been a number of articles in…

G21 MONTH OF ACTION

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — The month of November is the G21 Month of Action to stop violence against women in the Geelong region. From 25 October to 25 November businesses and community members are encouraged to join the fight against violence through this month of action. Violence against women is the largest cause of death,…

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FARMER HEALTH

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for  Health, David  Davis, and  it is in  relation to  funding for  the National  Centre for Farmer Health. As I understand it, Ms Pulford  raised  this matter  earlier this week, and  that  was not the  first  time that it has  been raised…

THE GEELONG PROJECT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — To say that the Geelong community is passionate about the Geelong Project would be a serious understatement. Headlines in the Geelong Advertiser such as ‘Don’t let our kids down’, ‘Outrage at cuts to youth program’, ‘Youth funding cut a tragedy’ and ‘Project axe blasted’ mirror the community’s reaction to the Napthine…

BARWON HEALTH RESIDENTIAL AGED-CARE FACILITIES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Ageing,  and it is in relation to the 108-bed Wallace Lodge in North Geelong and the 108-bed Alan David Lodge in Grovedale. I know the minister is aware of the talks between Barwon Health and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) over staffing…

COUNTRY FIRE AUTHORITY FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — The Pomonal fire station, located approximately 45 kilometres west of Ararat on the Western Highway, serves one of seven Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigades in the district 16 Ararat  group. With 72 members it is  the largest of all brigades of similar town and district size in the region. Because it is situated close to…

WILL THE LIBERAL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUND THE NCFH?

“Last year, the Victorian Health Minister, David Davis gutted the National Centre for Farmer Health in Hamilton stripping its $1 million annual State Government funding. “Mr Davis’ explanation for this callous cut was that the Liberal Party believes the Centre should be funded at a Federal level because it has the word ‘National’ in its…

ANGLESEA BOWLING CLUB

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Sport and Recreation. It is in relation to the Anglesea Bowling Club’s  application for funding to assist with its redevelopment into a community-oriented acility.  Plans for the club’s redevelopment have been going through a long process, including consultation with a number of community organisations as well as the three tiers of government. It…

PARKS VICTORIA: REPORT 2011-12

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to speak on the Parks Victoria annual report for  2011-12. From the outset, I state my objection, concern and extreme disappointment with  the Napthine government’s recent decision to cut a further 60 staff from Parks Victoria,  a decision that will have an enormously detrimental impact on the Victorian environment. Whether they are issues such as…

SUPPORTED ACCOMADATION FEES

Ms TIERNEY (Western  Victoria) — Thanks to the federal Labor government, this year will forever be remembered as the beginning of one of Australia’s most significant social reforms in history, the national disability insurance scheme. This policy, like many  other  significant social reforms such as Medicare and superannuation, are the products  of  progressive Labor governments and indicative of the Australian Labor Party’s focus on improving the livelihood of all…

THE GEELONG PROJECT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Housing,  Ms Lovell, and it is in relation  to an  important service  in Geelong called the Geelong Project, which is a community-based youth service led by Time for Youth with its partners Swinburne University of Technology, Barwon Youth and the Geelong  local learning…

MARSHALL TRAIN STATION A PACKED HOUSE

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has taken up the fight for Geelong public transport commuters in the Parliament. Ms Tierney today raised the severe lack of parking available at Marshall Station, after V/Line has put in place further measures to stop motorists parking on grass areas near the station. Ms Tierney said there is…

PARKS VICTORIA JOB LOSSES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– My adjournment matter this evening is for the attention  of the Minister for  Environment and Climate  Change. It concerns the Napthine government’s announcement that it will cut 60 jobs from Parks Victoria. Sixty jobs is a significant number of jobs in anyone’s language, but in terms of Parks  Victoria’s payroll  it…

MARSHALL TRAIN STATION

Ms TIERNEY  (Western  Victoria)–  Last  week  V/Line staff  at  the Marshall station were forced to put up signage that threatened motorists  who  parked  on the grass and other areas outside of the car-park bays that their vehicles would be  towed away. A section of grass near  the car park has also had large  wooden poles…

REGIONAL AND RURAL ROADS FUNDING

To the Legislative Council of Victoria:   The petition  of  certain  citizens  of  the  state  of  Victoria draws to the  attention of  the  house the  Napthine  Liberal-Nationals  state  government’s  severe lack of funding and resources to  maintain regional roads in  Victoria.  In particular, we note: 1.  roads across Victoria have been left to deteriorate since the Liberal-Nationals coalition came to government, with $100…

HEALTH FUNDING

To the Legislative Council of Victoria:   The  petition  of certain citizens of the  state  of  Victoria  draws  to  the  attention of the  Legislative Council the  effects of the  state  government’s  $616 million cut to Victoria’s health system since 2010.   We note that these cuts come despite  the state government’s election  promise  to deliver…

ROADS: SURF COAST HIGHWAY-BEACH ROAD, TORQUAY

MS TIERNEY– To ask the Minister  for Planning  (for the Minister for Roads): In relation to the intersection of Beach Road and the Surf Coast Highway:   (1)  What  is  VicRoads  doing  to address the number of  collisions  that  have occurred  at the intersection after  a petition was presented  to the Parliament some time ago…

KOLORA COUNTRY FIRE AUTHORITY BRIGADE

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and it is in relation to the Kolora  Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigade in the south-west of Victoria. I have recently been made aware  that of the 20 members of the  brigade only 3 members have had first  aid…

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FARMER HEALTH

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– On 23 July the Hamilton Spectator devoted its entire  front  page to an issue that the Hamilton and surrounding community  are deeply passionate about  —  that is, the National Centre for Farmer Health. The Minister for Health, David Davis, has continually  ignored the Labor opposition, the  local and  state media and,…

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FARMER HEALTH

To the Legislative Council of Victoria:   The  petition  of  certain  citizens  of the state of Victoria  draws  to  the  attention  of the house the  state government’s decision  to cease funding for  the National Centre for Farmer Health. In particular, we note: 1.  the likely  closure of  the National  Centre  for Farmer  Health due  to…

VICTORIAN MANUFACTURING MINISTER SILENT ON FORD

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has stated in Parliament that she was ‘taken aback’ when she learnt that Napthine Government Manufacturing Minister has not mentioned Ford once in Victorian Parliament. On the Victorian Hansard website, typing the word ‘Ford’ into the search bar leads to no responses under the Manufacturing Minister, David Hodgett’s name.…

RESPONSES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I seek responses to four adjournment matters, one of which  is  over  12 months old — from 21  June  2012; another deals with special schools in Geelong and is seven months overdue; and there  are two other matters, one  dealing with funding for the Country Fire Authority, and the other…

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY: FUTURE

Ms  TIERNEY  (Western Victoria)–  My adjournment matter  this  afternoon is directed to the Minister for Manufacturing, Mr Hodgett, and it is in relation to the  future of vehicle manufacturing in this state. Members would be aware  that the vehicle industry is in an extremely difficult situation. We are all aware of the Ford Australia announcement…

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE COLAC — JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY– To ask the Assistant Treasurer (for the Minister for  Employment and  Trade): In relation to a number of issues raised in a recent article in the Colac Herald on 1 April 2013 on unemployment including that Colac’s unemployment has increased for the fourth quarter in a row and that Colac’s unemployment rate is…

EMPLOYMENT: GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE

Ms TIERNEY  (Western Victoria)– I rise to make a contribution to the debate on the motion moved by Mr Somyurek. Before I go to the specifics of that motion, I just want to touch on a couple of points that  Mr Ramsay has made. Firstly,  I state the fact that, as was reported  in the …

TIMBOON P-12 SCHOOL: FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– In  the last  two sitting weeks I have raised the issue of  the physical state of the  Timboon P-12 School. I  recently made a visit  to  the  school,  and  the  local newspapers have published a  number  of articles clearly outlining  the deplorable state of  the physical amenities.  We now have  a…

GEELONG: REGIONAL MIGRATION AGREEMENT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– My adjournment matter this evening is for the attention of the Premier, and it is in relation to the  state government’s  plan to seek  Geelong’s inclusion in a program that uses  temporary skilled migration to address labour  shortages. In November  2012 the then Premier,  Ted Baillieu, wrote to the then federal…

ASBESTOS: ERADICATION

Ms  TIERNEY  (Western  Victoria)– In the past Australia was the highest  per capita user  of  asbestos in the  world.  Consequently we  have  the  unenviable reputation  of  having the highest  per  capita  incidence  of  asbestos-related disease and death in the world.  Areas  such  as  Victoria’s Latrobe Valley have paid and continue to pay a disproportionate toll…

NATIONAL CELTIC FESTIVAL

Ms TIERNEY — Last weekend  was  the  National Celtic Festival, which was also held in Portarlington. It was a fantastic event  that brought music, artists and business to  the  town. I  congratulate  festival  director Una  McAlinden,  the hardworking committee members, students who are undertaking  event  courses  and local volunteers  on  a truly marvellous  Queen’s  Birthday…

PORTARLINGTON: CANCER FUNDRAISING

Ms  TIERNEY  (Western Victoria) —  I rise this  morning  to congratulate the community of Portarlington which supported the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party exhibition and Portarlington’s Biggest Afternoon Tea. Its support translated  into  raising $18 312.30 for  Cancer Council Victoria. In  particular I thank and congratulate Madge Pinige and  Gemma  Tobschall and the wonderful band of…

NAPTHINE KEEPS AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES HIDDEN

The Napthine Government has gagged Ambulance Victoria from publishing figures on a website that would show ambulance response times and provide the community with up-to-date information about how bad the crisis in the ambulance system has become, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. This week, the Opposition asked the Premier in Question Time…

TARGET AUSTRALIA: JOB LOSSES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– My adjournment matter this evening is for the Premier, and it  is  in relation to the 260 jobs that  have been cut at Target’s Geelong headquarters today. Target workers in Geelong had been on  edge for over a week,  since  Target announced that it  would be seeking job cuts,  but it…

TIMBOON P-12 SCHOOL: FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY (Western  Victoria)– During the last parliamentary sitting week I called on the Napthine  government to stop  ignoring  the Timboon community  and make  good on its promise to  fund the Timboon P-12 stage 1 redevelopment. In an article  recently published in  the Warrnambool Standard the member for Polwarth in the other place, Terry Mulder,…

DISABILITY SERVICES: FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– In just three weeks the national  disability insurance scheme (NDIS),  under the title  DisabilityCare Australia, will be  up and  running  in the  Barwon  region. DisabilityCare  Australia  will  deliver a lifelong approach  to  support people  with  disability  through  individualised funding, a system that is long overdue. The NDIS has the overwhelming support…

FEDERAL PARLIAMENT: OPPOSITION CONDUCT

Ms  TIERNEY  (Western Victoria)–  Members  will be familiar  with the recent story  from  Canberra of  the  federal member  for  Greenway, Michelle  Rowland, initially being denied a pair in  Parliament so that she could  be with her sick child. At the time the story broke in the media, the federal coalition’s manager of opposition business, Christopher…

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE: COLAC AREA HEALTH – JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY– To ask the Assistant Treasurer (for  the Minister for Employment and Trade): In relation to the nine job losses due  to government budget cuts at Colac  Area Health recently reported  in the Colac Herald,  what assistance will the Napthine  government  provide  those workers  who  have recently  been  made redundant. ANSWER: I am informed…

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE: AIR RADIATORS – JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY– To ask the Minister for Employment and Trade: In relation to the recent four job losses  at  the  Air Radiators manufacturing plant in Lara: what assistance will the Baillieu government provide Air Radiator workers in Lara who have recently been made redundant. ANSWER: I am informed that: The  Department  of  State Development, Business…

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE: CORIO FAST-FOOD OUTLET – CLOSURE

  MS TIERNEY— To ask the Minister for Employment and Trade: In relation to the 50 staff members affected by the  closure  of  the  Hungry  Jacks  restaurant in Corio: what assistance will the Baillieu government provide the workers who have been affected by this closure and/or made redundant. ANSWER: I am informed that: The Department…

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE: QUIKSILVER – JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY– To ask the Minister for Employment and Trade: In relation to the 20  job  losses  at  the  Quiksilver  store in Torquay: what assistance will the Baillieu government provide Quiksilver workers in Torquay who have recently been made redundant. ANSWER: I am informed that: Quiksilver at Torquay made 22 employees redundant  in  2011-12 due…

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE: STAWELL GOLD MINE – JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY– To ask the Minister for Employment and Trade: In relation to the job losses  at  the  Stawell  Gold  Mine:  what  assistance  will  the  Baillieu government  provide  Stawell  Gold Mine  workers  who have  recently  been  made redundant, and will be made redundant due to the mines forecast closure. ANSWER: I am informed that: Crocodile …

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE: MARS AUSTRALIA – JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY — To ask the Minister for Employment and Trade: In relation to the 38 job losses at the Mars factory  in Ballarat: what assistance has the Baillieu government  provided  Mars  workers in  Ballarat  who have  recently  been  made redundant. ANSWER: I am informed that: The  Department of Business and Innovation contacted Mars  chocolate…

GOVERNMENT: PERFORMANCE

Ms TIERNEY  (Western Victoria)– I rise to make a few  comments, the first of which is that when I was  first elected and came into  this house in 2006 I  was under the misapprehension that there would be some level of respect when it came to basic behaviours in  this  house. But all I  have…

GOVERNMENT: PERFORMANCE

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– I move:   That this house notes  that over the last two  and a half years the government  has failed  to  create an economic  climate  conducive to investment  and  job  creation and that — (1) the government has no target for jobs growth in manufacturing; (2) April unemployment figures revealed that…

KATH HAMILTON

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– Kath Hamilton  died recently, and my  husband and  I along with many other Labor members of Parliament attended Kath’s funeral in Morwell to pay our final respects for the rich and deeply committed life that she led. Kath was a true believer — not in the popular sense of  the word…

TIMBOON P-12 SCHOOL: FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– My adjournment matter this evening is for the attention of the Minister for Education and is in relation  to the  Timboon P-12 School. To say that the Timboon community is  disappointed  — for the third  year  in a row —  by the Napthine government’s  attempt to ignore it  is an understatement. …

FORD AUSTRALIA: JOB LOSSES

Ms  TIERNEY (Western  Victoria)– The Ford  announcement  last Thursday  has magnified the perilous state of the vehicle industry tenfold, yet the other side of politics  continues with a policy that  would lead to a worsening of the jobs environment and potentially close yet another manufacturer. My understanding is that serious  work  is currently under way…

DISABLED VICTORIANS SLUGGED WITH MASSIVE FEE INCREASE

Victorians with a disability living in state-run residential units are facing massive fee increases as a result of the Napthine Government State Budget, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. The 2013 State Budget revealed that a fee increase paid by those already living in Department of Humans Services (DHS) managed disability accommodation services…

APOLLO BAY P-12 COLLEGE: REDEVELOPMENT

Ms  TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– My adjournment matter  this afternoon is for the Minister for Education and is in relation to the  Apollo Bay P-12 College. I have raised this issue on  numerous occasions in the house, and to give some  of the  history  I  will  point  to  the fact  that Labor  promised $10  million to…

QUINTON DESMOND

Ms TIERNEY — On another note, I take this opportunity to congratulate Quinton Desmond from  Colac on being  named  Gordon TAFE’s most  outstanding second-year apprentice. After leaving school Quinton worked  for almost 10 years  at Colac’s Mitre  10 store  before deciding  to take  up an apprenticeship as a  mature age student. Quinton, who is currently…

TIMOTHY TAYLOR

Ms  TIERNEY (Western Victoria) —  I take  this  opportunity to  congratulate 20-year-old Ararat man Timothy  Taylor,  who is part of the Australian team that will represent our country at the upcoming WorldSkills International competition in Germany.  The competition will be held  between 2 and 7  July  and involve 65 member  countries. Leading up to  WorldSkills,…

BUSES: LOCAL MANUFACTURE

Ms TIERNEY  (Western  Victoria)–  I  rise  this  evening  to raise an issue relating to local manufacturing and procurement. It is an issue for the minister responsible for procurement  and the Minister  for  Manufacturing. The matter  I raise relates to  a notification that we  have received recently about  Transdev Melbourne being the successful tenderer for Melbourne…

SHIRE OF SURF COAST: BUSHFIRE MANAGEMENT OVERLAY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Police  and Emergency Services and relates to the bushfire management overlay in the Surf Coast shire. Most members would be aware that the royal commission made many recommendations,  one  of which  was  in relation  to  bushfire  management overlay plans. The concern the community…

GOVERNMENT: PERFORMANCE

Ms  TIERNEY  (Western  Victoria)– Regardless of  a  government’s  political stripe, each and every Victorian demands and deserves  the right to feel safe in their community. It  is  incumbent upon a  government  to ensure that  emergency service and law enforcement organisations are capable of keeping  all Victorians safe, whether it  is our  police force  that enforces…

SOUTH WEST CFA CUTS EXPECTED IN STATE BUDGET

The Napthine Liberal Government’s budget cuts to the Country Fire Authority (CFA) are set to continue with reports this week that a further $40 million will be cut in next week’s State Budget, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said that leaked documents revealed local CFA group officers were briefed by…

MORE CFA CUTS EXPECTED IN STATE BUDGET

The Napthine Liberal Government’s budget cuts to the Country Fire Authority (CFA) are set to continue with reports this week that a further $40 million will be cut in next week’s State Budget, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said that leaked documents revealed local CFA group officers were briefed by…

Local Jobs for Local Workers

Thousands of workers in the services sector – including banking, IT and call centres – would continue to be employed locally under a new policy announced by Opposition Leader, Daniel Andrews. Under the policy released at the Victorian Labor Party State Conference, companies that employ services staff in Victoria would get preference for government contracts…