COMMUNITY SECTOR: WAGES

My adjournment matter this afternoon is directed to the Premier, and it relates to equal pay for women in Victoria. Members in this place are well aware that our community service workers are an integral part of our communities. They are people who care for children, the vulnerable, the elderly and the disabled. The majority…

PHILIP LYNCH

I take this opportunity to congratulate Philip Lynch, who recently received a Victorian Teachers Credit Union award for outstanding results in his bachelor of education. Mr Lynch began his tertiary education at the University of Ballarat, where he received outstanding results in his first year, and was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the former federal…

ROADS: PIONEER ROAD, WAURN PONDS — UPGRADE

To ask the Minister for Planning (for the Minister for Roads): In relation to the promised upgrade and duplication of Pioneer Road, Waurn Ponds: (1) Has the minister sought, and received advice from the Department of Transport on the upgrade and duplication of Pioneer Road; if so — (a) when will this upgrade commence; and…

SOUTH-WEST CANCER CENTRE: IMPLEMENTATION STUDY

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Health, David Davis, and it is in relation to the south-west cancer centre implementation study. Mr Davis would recall that in May last year the then Minister for Health, who is now the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Daniel Andrews, announced that a…

FOODBANK VICTORIA: FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — Members of the house may be aware of the charitable organisation Foodbank Victoria, which for the past two years has provided emergency relief resources for Victoria’s most vulnerable. The food bank aims to deliver nutritious, healthy food to individuals and families experiencing hardship through a network of community organisations such…

CHILDREN: TAKE A BREAK PROGRAM

To the Legislative Council of Victoria: The petition of certain citizens of the state of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that funding for the Take a Break occasional child-care program, which is provided at more than 220 neighbourhood houses and community centres across Victoria, will cease after 31 December 2011. The…

VICTORIAN CERTIFICATE OF APPLIED LEARNING: FUNDING

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall. Did the department provide advice or modelling on the impact that the cuts to the number of VCAL (Victorian certificate of applied learning) coordinators would have on schools and students before the minister implemented these cuts, and…

TIERNEY TO TAKE PETITION TO PARLIAMENT

Hundreds of surf coast community members have expressed their angst at the Baillieu Government signing a petition condemning the decision to cut the Take-A-Break occasional childcare funding. Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today met with a number of families who use the service and will take their petition to Parliament next week. Ms…

MINISTER FOR SPORT AND RECREATION: MEDIA RELEASE

My adjournment matter this evening is directed to the Minister for Sport and Recreation and relates to a chain of events leading up to 21 July when the minister made two funding announcements in Geelong, including funding for the Grovedale sports club redevelopment project and funding for Barwon Rowing Club. As is the case with…

LIBRARIES: FUNDING

To the Legislative Council of Victoria: This petition of certain citizens of the state of Victoria draws to the attention of the house the Baillieu government’s plans to slash recurrent funding for council-operated public libraries. In particular we note that the Baillieu government’s decision to slash library funding will mean that libraries will be forced…

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: ARMSTRONG CREEK

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Public Transport, and it is in relation to public transport availability in Geelong’s new suburb, Armstrong Creek. At the beginning of August current and potential landowners in Armstrong Creek were informed by the member for South Barwon in the Assembly, Andrew Katos, that they will…

GORDON TAFE: REPORT 2010

I rise to make a statement on the Gordon TAFE annual report of 2010. When people think of Geelong, they often think of its icons — the Geelong Football Club, Deakin University and the Geelong Ford plant — but along with these important icons we have the Gordon TAFE, which is very high on that…

SHEEPVENTION

I take this opportunity to congratulate the Hamilton Pastoral and Agricultural Society on another fabulous Sheepvention, which was held on 1 and 2 August this year. The weather was much more favourable this year, and that no doubt contributed to the record number of people attending Sheepvention, with a very noticeable increase in patronage on…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — EDENHOPE

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Edenhope, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The Department…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — LAKE BOLAC

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Lake Bolac, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — APSLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services to Apsley Primary School, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows:…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — KANIVA

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Kaniva, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The Department…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — NHILL

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Nhill, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The Department…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — STAWELL

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Stawell, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The Department…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — MAROONA

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Maroona, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The Department…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — CLUNES

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Clunes, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The Department…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — HORSHAM

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Horsham, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The Department…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — FORREST

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Forrest, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The Department…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — COLAC

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Colac, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The Department…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — COLERAINE

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Coleraine, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The Department…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — WINCHELSEA

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Winchelsea, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The Department…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — CAVENDISH

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Cavendish, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The Department…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — MOUNT DUNEED

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Mount Duneed, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — ALVIE

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Alvie, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The Department…

EDUCATION: SCHOOL BUSES — MORIAC

To ask the Minister for Higher Education and Skills (for the Minister for Education): In relation to school bus services in Moriac, can the minister guarantee that these services will not be cut or reduced as a result of the Baillieu government’s review of school bus routes. ANSWER: I am informed as follows: The Department…

JOHN STANFORD AND HELEN PROUD

It is with great sadness that I stand to speak on the recent passing of two great Labor people in western Victoria, John Stanford and Helen Proud. Jack, as he was known, Stanford returned from World War II determined to play his part in creating a more equitable society. For just 3 shillings Jack joined…

BAILLIEU BACKFLIPS ON BOOKS

An overwhelming backlash from the community has forced the Baillieu Government to reverse its decision to dramatically cut funding from public libraries, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said today. Ms Tierney said the Colac Otway Shire and the local community should be congratulated on their efforts in forcing Mr Baillieu to see reason. “After…

TIERNEY URGES FAMILIES TO FIGHT FOR CHILDCARE FUNDING

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP has urged Surf Coast residents to sign a petition fighting for childcare funding along the Surf Coast. Launching the petition in Anglesea, Ms Tierney met with Anglesea Community House manager, Alex Leknius to discuss the impacts the Baillieu Government’s decision to scrap the Take a Break program will…