GOVERNMENT: ELECTION COMMITMENTS

Ms TIERNEY  (Western Victoria)– I am  pleased to rise in support of Mr Tee’s motion before  the house  this afternoon.  I thank him for putting  this on  the notice  paper  today  because  it  provides  members  of  the chamber  with  the opportunity to  do  a  checklist  of  the  election promises made by the current government  in …

REGIONAL AND RURAL VICTORIA: GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE

Ms  TIERNEY (Western Victoria)– Regional Victoria  is  doing it tough,  and there is no government focus on regional development. The job losses in regional Victoria are hitting communities very hard. It  is  not just our regional cities or  our second city, Geelong; our smaller towns are also  finding it hard. It is not  just larger…

POLICE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES: BELLARINE PENINSULA, SURF COAST AND GREAT OCEAN ROAD — POLICE NUMBERS

MS TIERNEY— To ask the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations (for the Minister  for Police and Emergency  Services): How many  police officers are allocated to police stations on the  Bellarine,  Surf Coast and Great Ocean Road during the summer tourist season in the evenings. ANSWER: I am advised that: Victoria Police recognises the importance…

POLICE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES: BELLARINE PENINSULA, SURF COAST AND GREAT OCEAN ROAD — POLICE NUMBERS

MS TIERNEY— To ask the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations (for the Minister for Police  and Emergency Services):  How many police officers  are allocated to police stations on the Bellarine, Surf  Coast  and Great Ocean Road during the summer tourist season. ANSWER: I am advised that: Victoria Police recognises the importance of policing along…

EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS: KOROIT — JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY— To ask  the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations: In relation to  the 20 job losses at the Murray  Goulburn factory  in Koroit:  What assistance has the Baillieu  government  provided  Murray  Goulburn  workers  in Koroit who have recently been made redundant. ANSWER: I am informed that: The Department of Business and Innovation has…

EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS: PUBLIC SECTOR — JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY— To ask the Minister  for Employment and Industrial Relations: In relation to the  Baillieu government’s cuts to  the public service  resulting in more  than 4000 staff  being  made redundant: What  assistance has the  Baillieu government  provided  to public  service  workers  who have  recently  been made redundant. ANSWER: The Victorian government is committed to…

EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS: SEBASTOPOL — JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY— To  ask the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations: In relation  to the 24 job  losses  at  the  Dahlsens  Store  in  Sebastopol:  What assistance will  the  Baillieu government provide Dahlsens workers in Sebastopol who have recently been made redundant. ANSWER: I am informed that: The Department of Business and Innovation Officers  held information…

EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS: GEELONG — JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY— To ask the Minister for  Employment and Industrial Relations: In relation to the 20 job losses at Chubb  Security in Geelong: What assistance has the  Baillieu Government provided  Chubb Security workers  in  Geelong who  have recently been made redundant. ANSWER: I am informed that: The Department  of Business and Innovation offered to coordinate…

EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS: COROROOKE — JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY— To ask the Minister  for Employment and Industrial Relations: In relation to the 130 job losses at Fonterra in Cororooke: What assistance has the Baillieu government  provided  Fonterra  workers  in Cororooke who have recently been made redundant. ANSWER: I am informed that: The department has coordinated information and  support  for  affected employees from…

EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS: BALLARAT — JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY— To ask the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations:  In relation  to  the  job losses at CMI Industries in Ballarat: What assistance has the Baillieu government  provided workers at CMI Industries in Ballarat who have recently been made redundant. ANSWER: I am informed that: The Department of Business and  innovation  coordinated  information and…

COUNTRY FIRE AUTHORITY: FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and it is in relation to Country Fire Authority (CFA) funding cuts. This year the government has cut $41 million out of the Victorian CFA budget and $24 million out of the budget of the Metropolitan Fire…

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: GEELONG

At a time when governments need to be making public transport a more viable option for all Victorians, particularly regional Victorians, the Napthine government has failed on all fronts. Whether it is infrastructure, train carriages, bus services or ticketing, this government has well and truly dropped the ball when it comes to public transport. Members…

RAIL: DIGGERS REST STATION TOILETS

 My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport, Terry Mulder, and it is in regard to public access to amenities at the Diggers Rest railway station on the Sunbury line. As members in the house may be aware, the Labor government spent $270 million on upgrading and electrifying the Sunbury line, which has…

MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS AMENDMENT BILL 2013

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise also to make a contribution to the debate on this bill, and I state at the outset that the opposition will not oppose it. It is unfortunate that we have had a timely reminder of bad behaviour at sporting events. Members would be aware of the sickening incident that…

BUSHFIRES: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION

I rise to speak on the recent fires in my electorate, including a large fire in the Victoria Valley complex in the Grampians region and a grassfire west of Portland that threatened properties last week. The fire in the Grampians region has now been put out after it burnt for more than two weeks covering…

SCHOOLS: BANNOCKBURN

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Education, Martin Dixon, and it is in relation to the Bannockburn early years to year 12 school. For more than two years now the Golden Plains shire and the community of Bannockburn have been waiting for what was promised to them by the Baillieu and…

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

On International Women’s Day this year I had the pleasure of joining local women in the Surf Coast Shire Council offices for the launch of a local exhibition titled ‘Resilience’. The exhibition is a series of black-and-white portraits taken by local Fairhaven-based photographer Rebecca Hosking celebrating the resilience and diversity of women living on the…

WESTERN VICTORIA REGION: GOVERNMENT PERFORMANCE

I rise to congratulate the member for South-West Coast on his elevation to the office of Premier and to call on him not to forget the communities of south-west Victoria, which are doing it tough. Over the last two years, while he has sat around the cabinet table, businesses have closed in the south-west, there…

TIERNEY CALLS FOR APOLLO BAY P-12 MONEY, AGAIN

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has ramped up the pressure on the Baillieu Government to come good on its promise and fund the Apollo Bay P-12 College redevelopment. In Parliament last night Ms Tierney called on the Minister for Education, Martin Dixon to commit the full $10 million for the redevelopment in the upcoming…

MANUFACTURING: PORTLAND JOBS

My matter this evening is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Mr Ryan. It relates to Portland and the concerns I have had for some period of time in relation to the local economy. As recently as last Wednesday the headline of the Portland Observer read ‘Another business closes doors’. On this occasion…

DAVID SHALDERS

On another matter, I would like to congratulate David Shalders from Mortlake who has been awarded the 2012 Dan Brumley Abbeyfield Foundation Scholarship to help him get his tertiary studies under way. He has been accepted into the school of animal and veterinary sciences at Charles Sturt University after completing his Victorian certificate of education…

DAVID BLACKBURN

I rise to speak on a significant achievement and accolade to be awarded to David Blackburn, a constituent from Western Victoria Region. Mr Blackburn will be awarded the Australian Fire Services Medal (AFSM) later this year. Mr Blackburn, a farmer from Woorndoo, has been recognised with the highest honour in fire services for his 35…

APOLLO BAY P-12 COLLEGE: REDEVELOPMENT

My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Education. It is in relation to an election commitment made to the Apollo Bay community, specifically to the Apollo Bay P-12 College. The minister would be aware that it was almost three years ago that the member for Polwarth in the Assembly, Terry Mulder, was given…

STATUTE LAW AMENDMENT (DIRECTORS’ LIABILITY) BILL 2012

I rise to speak on the Statute Law Amendment (Directors’ Liability) Bill 2012. This bill amends directors liability provisions in 18 different acts. Specifically the bill implements a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreement that reforms and harmonises the law on criminal liability for company directors. The bill does not actually change the underlying offences…

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FARMER HEALTH: PARTNERSHIPS

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health, and relates to the National Centre for Farmer Health and diabetes prevention. The Baillieu government’s decision to cut $1 million annually from the state government contribution is now being felt and is taking its toll as a number of staff have been terminated in recent weeks.…

SCHOOLS: FUNDING

As a result of the Baillieu government’s education cuts families have missed out on assistance with paying for schoolbooks for their children, uniforms, transport costs and excursions. Some families who previously relied on assistance through the education maintenance allowance may simply have to say to their children that they will have to miss out on…

TIERNEY TACKLES EDUCATION CUTS IN PARLIAMENT

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has called on the Baillieu Government to immediately reinstate education funding as families feel the impacts of education program cuts at the beginning of the school year. Ms Tierney said families had missed out on assistance with purchasing school books for their children, uniforms, transport costs and excursions after…

PORTLAND BAY SCHOOL: SUPPORT SERVICES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister responsible for the Teaching Profession, Mr Hall, and it is in relation to the Portland Bay School. During the six-plus years that I have had the privilege of representing Western Victoria Region it has always struck me how the Portland community has cared for…

RAIL: NORTH SHORE STATION

In a recent Geelong Advertiser article regarding the North Shore railway station a spokesperson for the Minister for Public Transport, Terry Mulder, stated that the state Labor government had failed to invest in Geelong’s northern suburbs train stations. I take this opportunity to correct the record. As many northern suburbs residents are aware, the previous…

PETER AND CHRISTINE FORSTER

I take this opportunity to congratulate Peter and Christine Forster from Ararat on the recent recognition of their work in environmental planting projects. Just over three weeks ago, Peter and Christine were joined by the then federal parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus, who inspected their excellent work. They have been…

RAINBOW RIDERS: FUNDING

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Community Services and relates to an organisation called Rainbow Riders, which is based in Connewarre in my electorate. Rainbow Riders is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2001 which assists young people, in particular those who live with disadvantage. It was created by Ross and Dee Clancy, who…

SOUTH WEST INSTITUTE OF TAFE: REPORT 2011

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to make some comments on South West Institute of TAFE. Members might recall that I often talk about TAFEs in western Victoria. That is largely because they do such an amazing job. They provide access to education for a number of students in their local communities, which would not…

AUSTRALIA DAY: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION

On another note, I would like to congratulate Torquay’s Tom Harding and Anglesea’s Diana Patterson, who were both presented with Order of Australia medals in ceremonies on Australia Day. Mr Harding was recognised for his services to the community through historical and service organisations, and Ms Patterson received her Order of Australia medal for services…

WATER SAFETY: ST LEONARDS BOATING ACCIDENT

During summer we all get many water safety messages, particularly along the coast. They are a good reminder for visitors, but the message is there for all of us: we cannot take water safety for granted, even the most experienced water users. This morning I would like to praise the actions of Glenn Smith, Stephen…

TIERNEY ASKS FOR EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION INFORMATION

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney has raised the issue of emergency services communication in Parliament after two large fires ravaged parts of Western Victoria last month. It has been reported that there were a number of complaints made in the Snake Valley area west of Ballarat, regarding a communications “black hole” during the height…

BUSHFIRES: EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Bushfire Response, and it is in regard to emergency services communications. I take this opportunity to say that whilst my adjournment matter this evening is about my electorate, I want to acknowledge that there are fires still raging in other…

AUSTRALIA DAY: SHIRE OF SURF COAST

I would like to congratulate the Lions Club of Torquay on a well organised and entertaining event and barbecue on Saturday, 26 January, at Taylor Park in Torquay. Kevin Egan and the team reminded people of our history and culture. In her speech Surf Coast shire mayor Libby Coker gave the audience a timely reminder…

RESPONSES

In accordance with standing orders in regard to adjournment matters that are outstanding, I seek an explanation in relation to the following matters: to the Minister for Education on 21 June in relation to the Warrnambool Alternative VCAL Education School, which has the acronym WAVE; to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change on 30…

GOVERNMENT: PERFORMANCE

Debate resumed from earlier this day; motion of Mr LENDERS (Southern Metropolitan):  That this house notes that the Baillieu-Ryan coalition promised the people of Victoria in 2010 to ‘fix the problems’ and ‘build the future’ but has failed to successfully plan, build or deliver on its promise during the past two years, in particular —…

EUREKA REBELLION: 158TH ANNIVERSARY

The third day of December this year marked the 158th anniversary of the Eureka rebellion, a day when people from many nations made their stand for democracy on Ballarat Hill. It was a struggle for better and equal opportunities. A number of events were held in Ballarat to mark the day on which we remember…

POLICE: GEELONG AND SURF COAST REGIONS

On a number of occasions this year I have brought to the attention of the Baillieu government the desperate lack of police numbers in the Geelong area, particularly on the Surf Coast and the Bellarine Peninsula. Local newspapers the Geelong Advertiser, the Surf Coast Times and the Surf Coast Echo have reported extensively on the…

GOVERNMENT: PERFORMANCE

We are now two years into the Baillieu government’s term of office, and the consensus from the overwhelming majority of Victorians is clearly being voiced: the Baillieu government is a do-nothing government. In Saturday’s Herald Sun cartoonist Mark Knight painted a picture that reflects what many Victorians are thinking. The cartoon shows the Premier waking…

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FARMER HEALTH: 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 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 the…

STUDENTS: EDUCATION CONVEYANCE ALLOWANCE

My matter this evening is directed to the Minister for Education, and it is in relation to the school bus conveyance allowance. In what is considered to be yet another blow to rural and regional Victorians, this government has made a change to the school bus conveyance allowance that will essentially deny thousands of Victorian…

HIGHER EDUCATION: TAFE FUNDING

The Shire of Surf Coast recently made a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Economic Development Infrastructure Committee as part of its inquiry into local economic development initiatives in Victoria. A number of local councils made submissions detailing their views on assistance measures and barriers to economic development and infrastructure in their region. The Surf Coast…

HIGHER EDUCATION: TAFE 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 state government’s plans to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from TAFE funding. In particular, we note: 1. the TAFE Association has estimated up to 2000 jobs could be lost as…

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FARMER HEALTH: 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 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 the…

LABOR TO INVEST IN SOUTH WEST TAFE

A Victorian Labor Government will invest in the TAFE system to ensure that all Victorians have affordable access to education and training, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said the commitment to fund TAFE was the central plank of Labor’s Plan for Jobs and Growth, released today. “The community in Warrnambool…

LABOR TO INVEST IN VICTORIAN TAFES

A Victorian Labor Government will invest in the TAFE system to ensure that all Victorians have affordable access to education and training, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said the commitment to fund TAFE was the central plank of Labor’s Plan for Jobs and Growth, released today. “The community in Colac…

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT VICTORIA: REPORT 2011-12

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to make a contribution in respect of regional development in this state. On the eve of the Baillieu government’s second anniversary it is appropriate to examine what is the lifeblood of Victoria, and that is the health of its rural and regional cities and its townships. In 1999 rural…

AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN VICTORIA

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) presented report, including appendices, together with transcripts of evidence. Laid on table. Ordered that report be printed. Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I move: That the Council take note of the report. I begin by thanking the committee staff for their work. Kerryn Riseley oversaw the conduct of the inquiry. Anita Madden, the research…

HIGHER EDUCATION: TAFE 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 state government’s plans to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from TAFE funding. In particular, we note: 1. the TAFE Association has estimated up to 2000 jobs could be lost as…

SPECIAL SCHOOLS: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for  Education, and  it is about the review of special education in the Geelong  and South Barwon  region.  During the  last  parliamentary sitting  the member for South Barwon in the Assembly, Andrew Katos, tabled a petition of 1699 signatures, drawing the attention of the house to…

APOLOGY FOR PAST FORCED ADOPTIONS

I also rise to make a contribution in relation to this matter. As legislators it is our duty and honour to pass laws that protect Victorians. However, today we can only offer our deepest sympathies for a great wrongdoing in the past, a great tragedy that has caused ongoing pain on an unimaginable scale. Thousands…

JACK FINCK

Last Wednesday I was pleased to be among an overflowing crowd of people at Heathmere community hall who had gathered to celebrate the life of Jack Finck. Jack’s great love and first priority was family: his wife, Gwen, children Robyn, Warren and Grant, their spouses and grandchildren. Jack had good, solid values, and the Labor…

GLENELG PLANNING SCHEME: AMENDMENT

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for  Planning  and is in relation to the minister’s decision to approve amendment C93 to the Glenelg planning scheme. It is fair to say that many in the Narrawong and Portland communities have been stunned by the minister’s action in relation to the proposal to establish…

BALLARAT TRADES AND LABOUR COUNCIL: CIVIC CEREMONY

On  another matter, on Monday, 15 October, I attended a Ballarat City Council civic ceremony  to commemorate the  125th anniversary of laying  of the foundation stone at the Ballarat Trades and Labour Council. The ceremony was a timely reminder of the many issues unionists have fought for over the years — occupational health and  safety…

MARINE AND FRESHWATER DISCOVERY CENTRE: RESEARCH STAFF

On  Sunday,  7 October,  many  Queenscliff residents expressed their anger  at  the  Baillieu   government’s  decision  to  slash  funding  from  the Queenscliff marine fisheries and research centre. The centre, which was built in 2004 under a  Labor government, and its researchers are responsible  for helping to  save the state’s  mussel industry and  the  regeneration of Lake …

AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY: BIG CATS — INVESTIGATION

To ask the Minister  for Higher  Education and  Skills (for  the Minister for  Agriculture  and Food  Security):  In  relation  to  the  Baillieu government’s funding to investigate the existence of ‘big cats’ in Victoria: (1) How  many departmental staff will  be involved in  the Baillieu government’s investigation. (2) What will be the total cost of this…

AGEING: MINISTERIAL VISITS — CITY OF BALLARAT

To  ask  the  Minister  for Ageing:  On which  dates between  2 December  2010 and  14 April 2011 did the minister visit any locality within the city of Ballarat, and on each occasion: (1) Who did the minister meet with. (2) Did the minister make any commitment of public funds; and if  so, for each  commitment…

EMPLOYMENT: REGIONAL AND RURAL VICTORIA

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Employment  and Industrial Relations, Richard Dalla-Riva, and it is in  relation to recent  Australian  Bureau of  Statistics  job and  unemployment statistics  for rural and  regional Victoria. I think  everyone would agree that the  August  and September job figures represented a bad set of numbers. Members…

RAIL: NORTH SHORE STATION

In February this year the Baillieu government made the decision to abandon the previous Labor government’s plan to upgrade the North  Shore  railway station in  Geelong. This decision was  met with criticism from the Geelong  community, because  as each  and every  person who uses or has family who uses this station knows, it is in…

DIABETES: FUNDING

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Health, and it is in relation to diabetes funding in Victoria. On 7 October  2010 the Victorian  Parliament’s Rural and  Regional Committee, a joint investigatory committee,  tabled its final  report, Inquiry into  the Extent and Nature of Disadvantage and Inequity in Rural and Regional Victoria. …

DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES: REPORT 2011-12

I  rise to speak on the 2011-12 annual report of the  Department of  Primary Industries. As I hope  most people  in the  house would  be  aware,  the DPI  oversees  agriculture,  fisheries,  forestry,  earth resources and energy industries — — Mr Lenders — And the hunt for big cats. Ms TIERNEY — And  the  hunt for…

REFERENCES

I move: That this house requires the Environment and Planning Legislation Committee to  inquire  into,  consider  and  report on  the  following  departmental  annual  reports, together with  the estimates of expenditure, for 2012-13 that  are to  be tabled in the coming weeks — (1) Department of Premier and Cabinet; (2) Department of Sustainability and Environment; and…

BUSES: SHORT-TERM TICKETS

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister  for Public Transport, Mr Mulder, and it is in  relation to the use and future availability of short-term tickets for Geelong  residents using local bus services. The minister should be aware that over 60 per cent of passengers using the  Geelong  bus network  purchase  short-term tickets…

JILL MEAGHER

Over the  past few weeks Victorians have been stunned with  raw grief.  Many of  us  have  lost  close  loved  ones in  tragic circumstances, but  Tom Meagher’s grief is  something that I simply cannot begin to  contemplate. I wish to place on record my sincerest sympathy to Tom Meagher, Jill’s mother and father and her other…

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FARMER HEALTH: 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 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  the…

ANOTHER BLOW TO SOUTH WEST TAFE

In a major breach of cabinet confidence, the transition plans submitted by TAFEs to the Baillieu Government have been leaked to the media, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. The plans detail how each institution plans to deal with the budget cuts caused by the Baillieu Government’s $290 million cuts to the sector,…

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR FARMER HEALTH: FUNDING

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health, and it is  in relation  to the  National Centre  for Farmer  Health. The house is  well aware that the government made a  decision earlier  this year  to cease funding of $1 million per annum to the centre. The impact of that decision has been  felt throughout…

BRET RYAN

On  another matter, I would like to congratulate South West TAFE student Bret Ryan, who was named the Victorian Vocational Student of the Year on 24  August. On  receiving  his award,  Bret  spoke about  vocational  education, stating that his award was a once in a lifetime achievement and  a reflection of the life-changing  power of…

COLAC OTWAY YOUTH COUNCIL

On  28 August members of the Colac Otway Youth Council and their mentors visited Parliament  and Government House.  I would like  to congratulate all those who have participated in this great initiative for getting involved in community projects and  building  community  leadership  capacity  in  the Colac community and outlying districts.

CINDY LEHMANN

On  another matter, I would  like to congratulate Warrnambool’s Cindy Lehmann, who was recently awarded  the honour of Carer of  the Year at the Robin Clark Memorial Awards 2012. Ms  Lehmann has  been a foster care worker for 24 years, taking in more  than 300 children during  this time, which is a  truly amazing commitment…