NATIONAL RIDE2SCHOOL DAY

On Wednesday, 19 March, I was  at  Ashby Primary School in Geelong West for  National  Ride2School  Day.  I  have had the pleasure  of attending Ashby Primary School on a number of occasions,  and  each time I visit the school the staff and  students are brimming with enthusiasm and vigour. Last Wednesday  was no different. Many…

GEELONG WEST NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE

I commend the  Geelong  West Neighbourhood House committee for its efforts in organising WestFEST last Sunday afternoon. It was a real local  festival celebrating local  artists,  local produce and  local activities. The festival vindicated the need for the committee, which is soundly committed  to bringing the  local  community  together,  providing  support  and fostering engagement. I…

JOB LOSSES

My adjournment matter is for the attention of the  Premier, and it is in relation to the jobs crisis in this state. I draw the attention of the Premier to an article in the Age today which says:   Victoria has  become the  hardest place  on the  mainland to find  a job.  The  latest vacancy…

WALLY CURRAN

I rise to pay tribute to Wally Curran, who passed away on 24  March. Wally  Curran was  a member  of the  Australasian Meat Industry Employees  Union for over 60 years, serving as  the Victorian assistant secretary for 16 years and as state secretary for 24 years. Wally Curran  was  a driven man who  made  sure…

EMPLOYMENT

I move:   That this house — (1)  notes that  unemployment  continues to grow,  the  current rate  being  the        highest for more than a decade; (2) expresses concern at the alarming figures for youth unemployment, identified        in the Brotherhood of St Laurence Australian  Youth Unemployment 2014 —        Snapshot, in particular the  increases  across the state…

AMBULANCE SERVICES – GEELONG

My adjournment matter  is  directed to the Minister for Health. It relates to a lack of coverage by  ambulance services  in Geelong. On Friday, 14 March, Geelong did not  have ambulance coverage, and this necessitated an ambulance being driven down  from Sebastopol, near  Ballarat, an hour  away.  On  the  following Sunday  from 9.00  p.m. onwards …

AMBULANCE SERVICES – COLAC

 At 1.00 p.m. on Saturday, 9 March, an elderly woman in  Colac had a fall, and an ambulance was called. At around the same time the ambulance service in Colac received a call for paramedics to attend a person who had collapsed and was not alert. This call  was attended by an off-duty crew from…

AUDITOR-GENERAL: APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINEESHIP COMPLETION

I  rise  to  make  a  contribution on the Auditor-General’s  report  entitled Apprenticeship and  Traineeship  Completion. Historically in this  state  we  have  always  had  a  genuine commitment to and provided support  for apprenticeships and traineeships. Young  people especially benefit from vocational  education  by obtaining qualifications, skills and work experience to reach their full potential and embark…

GEELONG REGION POLICE RESOURCES

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Police  and Emergency Services. It  relates to police  resources in the Geelong, Surf Coast and  Bellarine regions. According  to statistics, in  Geelong  crimes against the person  have increased 12.6 per  cent, drug offences have  increased 16.3 per cent, assault has increased  11.1 per cent, burglary has increased…

WARRNAMBOOL SPECIAL DEVELOPMENTAL SCHOOL

My matter this evening is for  the  Minister for Education,  and it is  in relation to the  Warrnambool Special Developmental School. It was determined in 2012 that the school was under-established in terms of entitlement rooms. Last year it was determined that based on its then student numbers, it was  under-established by four  classrooms  —…

MENTAL HEALTH BILL 2014

I rise to make a  contribution to  the debate on the  Mental Health Bill 2014.  This bill implements recommendations  from the review of the  Mental  Health  Act  1986,  which  was  announced  by  the  Labor government in 2008,  and  the consultation report,  which was released  in  July 2009.  The opposition acknowledges the  importance of this  bill …

GEELONG HIGH SCHOOL

Last  Thursday,  20  March, the Leader of the Opposition and member  for Mulgrave in  the Assembly, Daniel  Andrews, announced that a Labor government will fund the $12 million stage 1 upgrade of the Geelong High School. The redevelopment will involve new classrooms,  upgrades  of  hospitality  and  arts facilities, toilet blocks  and administration building  upgrades. This…

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FARMER HEALTH

The National  Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) has been ignored yet  again  by  a  Liberal-Nationals government, this time at a federal level. Two weeks ago the Prime Minister  announced a $320 million farmer assistance package which includes a mental health component. However, in what is becoming a general practice for Liberal-Nationals  governments in Australia, the…

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

 There are not  many  people  in  Victoria who have  not felt the wrath of the Napthine government’s actions, or lack  thereof, over the  past  three years and three months. Parents and students have suffered through education funding cuts. Public sector workers have suffered through huge funding  cuts and job  cuts  across Victoria. Manufacturing  workers continue…

VICTORIAN LEGAL AID

My adjournment matter  this afternoon is for the Attorney-General, and it is in relation to funding cuts that were introduced at  the beginning of last year. We are now seeing the impact of those cuts being played out in the court system. This  afternoon I  want to  focus on family law matters. The implications of…

CRIMES AMENDMENT (GROOMING) BILL 2013

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)— I add  my voice  to those  who have  extended their thanks to the  members of the  Family and Community Development  Committee (FCDC) who were involved in the inquiry that produced  Betrayal  of Trust, which is such a significant and complex report. I  also thank  the staff and all the other people…

AUDITOR-GENERAL REPORT: IMPLEMENTATION OF SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMS

I  rise  to  make  a  contribution  on the Auditor-General’s  report  entitled  Implementation  of  School   Infrastructure Programs, which was tabled in  February 2013.  I begin  by saying that under the state  Labor government I  had  the pleasure of  attending  and representing the Minister  for  Education   in   my   electorate   in   opening  numerous  school infrastructure projects. It was …

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

 I start by thanking Mr Somyurek for bringing this motion before the house. It is timely that he has done so, particularly given the recent announcement that Toyota Australia will cease manufacturing cars in this country by 2017. Manufacturing was dealt another serious blow yesterday, with Alcoa announcing that up to 1000 workers will lose…

NO TO VIOLENCE

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for  Community Services, and it is in relation  to the  No to  Violence program  that is run in the south-west of Victoria. I  have spoken in this place on numerous occasions  about the need for  appropriate funding for  programs  to tackle this extremely important issue. The…

ALCOA

This morning I joined the Leader of the Labor Opposition,  Daniel Andrews,  and  my  fellow  Labor  Geelong-based  members  of Parliament at  Alcoa  as  the  announcement was made that Alcoa Point Henry will close in August this  year. This is yet another  dark day in Geelong, with  more than 800 workers now facing unemployment in less …

MANUFACTURING POLICY

For those who missed it, Australia now has no industry  policy and  certainly  no manufacturing policy.  This is resulting  in company closures and massive job losses. Whilst Prime  Minister  Abbott and  the  federal Minister  Assisting  the  Prime Minister  for the Public  Service,  Senator Abetz,  are  making wild ideological pronouncements from  Canberra,  trying to blame  workers…

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE: JOB LOSSES

To ask the Assistant Treasurer (for  the Minister for Employment and Trade): In  relation to the 20  job  losses due to the  redundancies made at Brockman  Engineering in Geelong, what assistance will the  Napthine  government provide these workers who have been affected by these job cuts just weeks before Christmas. ANSWER: I am informed that:…

BEAUFORT AMBULANCE STATION

My adjournment matter is for the attention of the  Minister for Health,  David  Davis, who is in  the  chamber, and it  is  in relation to  ambulance  services  in  Beaufort. In the May 2012 state budget the coalition government promised  a  new  24-hour  ambulance  station for Beaufort. However,  late  last year  an  internal  memo leaked  to …

TIERNEY FIGHTS FOR COLAC FINANCIAL COUNSELING SERVICE

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney has taken the fight to retain Colac Area Health’s financial counselling program to State Parliament. In a speech made last night, Ms Tierney called on the Minister for Health, David Davis to immediately restore funding to the financial counselling service. “Cutting funding for such a valuable service in Colac…

COLAC AREA HEALTH

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health. It is  in relation to the recent funding cuts by the Napthine government that have resulted in Colac Area Health being  forced  to  halve  its  financial counselling services. It is  known that the Colac community experiences a higher rate  of financial disadvantage than  the average community …

COURT SERVICES VICTORIA BILL 2013

I  rise  to  speak on the Court Services Victoria Bill  2013, and  from the  outset  I  would  like to  restate that  the opposition will not be opposing this bill. Currently the administration of the  courts  is  managed  by  a  unit within the Department of Justice. This bill establishes Court Services Victoria, which will be known…

JOB LOSSES

It is  a  well-known fact  throughout  the Victorian  community  that  this  Liberal-Nationals  government  has  absolutely dropped the  ball in  terms of  job creation and  job retainment.  We have  seen unprecedented job losses since this government  was  elected. Not a week goes by without companies making closure announcements and more workers joining the dole queues. Victoria…

HOLDEN JOB LOSSES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter this afternoon is for the Premier, and it relates to the 1300 jobs that will be lost as a result of Holden’s decision to cease production in 2017. With the significant job losses announced over the past 12 months in general manufacturing and vehicle manufacturing in particular, the…

HOLDEN JOB LOSSES

The federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey, said his government has business credentials and operates in that way. I can tell the house that if his government was a publicly listed business, he would be charged by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and called to account for his reckless abandonment by his shareholders and constituents over…

PREMIER: GEELONG SHELL REFINERY

MS TIERNEY — To ask the Minister for Health (for the Premier): In relation to the recent announcement that the Geelong Shell refinery has been put up for sale:  (1) Were there any preliminary indications made to the government that Shell was contemplating the sale of its Geelong refinery.  (2) Were there any meetings between the Victorian…

KANE ROGERS

Ms TIERNEY — I had the opportunity to speak with staff and tour the facilities at South West Institute of TAFE’s Portland campus. During the visit I had the pleasure of meeting an impressive young man named Kane Rogers, who was recently awarded Outstanding Apprentice of the Year, Engineering, in the third year of his apprenticeship. Kane…

ROBYN BRANDENBURG

Ms TIERNEY — On another matter, I would like to congratulate Ms Robyn Brandenburg, an associate professor at Federation University Australia, who has recently received a prestigious national teaching award, the Office for Learning and Teaching Excellence Award, for her 15 years of quality teaching. Commenting on her award, Federation University Australia vice-chancellor David Battersby said: “Associate…

STACEY GLADMAN

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I take this opportunity to congratulate Ms Stacey Gladman, a journalist at the Cobden Timboon Coast Times, who was named as the winner of the TAC Award for Local Reporting at the recent Victorian Country Press Association awards. Ms Gladman, who has written a series of articles on the Timboon P-12…

TAFE FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — On 15 November the Napthine government made further cuts to Victoria’s TAFE system, informing registered training organisations of changes to course funding rates for all training providers. The list of courses with significant subsidy cuts includes: certificate II in tourism, which has been cut from $6.50 per student contact hour to…

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE: MAPAL JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY — To ask the Assistant Treasurer (for the Minister for Employment and Trade): In relation to the seven job losses as a result of MAPAL Australia’s decision to cease production at its Ballarat factory, what assistance will the Napthine government provide workers affected by these job cuts. ANSWER: I am informed that: MAPAL Australia (MAPAL)…

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…