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…

EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS: ARARAT — JOB LOSSES

MS TIERNEY– To ask the Minister for  Employment and Industrial Relations: In relation to the 20 job losses at the Bartco  factory in  Ararat: What assistance will  the Baillieu government provide Bartco workers in Ararat who have recently been made redundant. ANSWER: I am informed that: The department coordinated information and support for affected  employees …

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…