Auslan training

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (09:49:00) — Ms Lovell raised concerns yesterday by pronouncing that Auslan funding will cease at the end of this year. Let me be clear: there is no basis to this statement. What is true is that the current qualifications are being reviewed for re-accreditation in 2018, a process that is…

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (21:56:36) — I am pleased to rise to make a contribution to the debate on this very, very important matter for our community. This bill establishes a system for voluntary assisted dying which I believe is very conservative and cautious. It follows a careful, consultative process which involved an…

Apprenticeships and traineeships

Parliament of Victoria – Search Hansard TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (16:35:41) — It is with great pleasure I rise to speak on behalf of the government on this motion. What a great opportunity to remind the house of the many investments this government is making to support many pathways through training and skills. The…

Prisoner hepatitis treatment

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (12:44:58) — I rise to update the house on an important Andrews Labor government program to reduce the spread of bloodborne viruses such as hepatitis B and C both in the community and in the corrections system. Rates of hepatitis C are much higher amongst prisoners than in the general population, with a…

Look Good Feel Better

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (13:06:39) — I rise to congratulate my constituents for the work they do in fundraising for excellent causes. Last week I was very pleased to take part in the Pink Ribbon Breakfast organised by the Bellarine Women’s Network in support of research into breast cancer. This very well attended…

Corrections Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2017

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) (15:50:12) — This bill makes a range of changes to improve the operation of the corrections system and to enhance community safety. Most of the changes are clearly reasonable, and I note that this bill receives broad support across the chamber. It addresses the inadequacy of contraband penalties and closes loopholes…

Victorian Training Awards

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) (09:58:58) — I rise this morning to talk about the Victorian Training Awards. I had the pleasure and the privilege of presenting our training awards to vocational education and training (VET) students, teachers, training providers and employers, recognising and honouring their outstanding achievements. These awards showcase not only the…

National Skills Week

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews Labor government’s strong commitment to Victoria’s training and TAFE system through National Skills Week. National Skills Week, which starts on 28 August, is an opportunity for our TAFEs and other training providers to showcase the fantastic training and skill development…

Victorian Disability Awards

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — Last week many Western Victoria Region constituents received Victorian Disability Awards. The emerging leader award went to Warrnambool’s Bryce Pace, a year 12 Brauer College student. His outstanding effort in advocating for young people with autism makes Bryce, at 18, the youngest award winner. Bryce uses personal experience to…

Planning and Building Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability and Other Matters) Bill 2017

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) tabled following statement in accordance with Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006: In accordance with section 28 of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (the charter), I make this statement of compatibility with respect to the Planning and Building Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability and…

Planning and Building Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability and Other Matters) Bill 2017

Ordered that second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard on motion of Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills). Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: This Planning and Building Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability and Other Matters) Bill 2017 introduces amendments to both the…

Aboriginal Prisoner Rehabilitation

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews Labor government’s important programs that assist in the rehabilitation of prisoners, in particular Aboriginal prisoners in the corrections system. Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of launching the Koori Art Trail expansion at the beautiful Beaufort Lake, which features 12 artworks painted…

Sheepvention

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — This week I attended my 11th Sheepvention in Hamilton, a fantastic western Victoria agricultural show and a cultural institution celebrating its 39th year. As ever, it was a great opportunity to meet constituents. Sheepvention incorporates the Hamilton and Western District Sheep Show, Suffolk being this year’s feature breed. Diversity — around…

Timber industry

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 proposed logging of native forests of far south-west Victoria by the government’s logging agency, VicForests. Western Victoria is over 85 per cent cleared of original vegetation and the remaining far south-west…

Bail Amendment (Stage One) Bill 2017

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) — I would like to thank all of the speakers that have contributed to the debate so far today. I am sure that we will have the opportunity to go through a number of issues in the committee stage, but I do think it is important to cover off on a…

Holmesglen TAFE Student Hub

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews Labor government’s investment in Victoria’s TAFE system and in particular the Holmesglen Institute of TAFE. Last Thursday I had the pleasure of joining the member for Bentleigh in the Legislative Assembly, Nick Staikos, to officially open the new $8 million…

Queen’s Birthday Honours

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to congratulate the 26 residents of Western Victoria Region whose achievements and contributions to their communities have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours recently. Three were awarded AMs, 22 received OAMs and one was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal. These western Victorians cover the full…

Apprenticeships and traineeships

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews government’s support for apprentices in Victoria. As part of the 2017–18 budget, last Tuesday I announced an $8.2 million boost for apprentice support officers to ensure that Victoria’s first-year apprentices aged under 25 have the support they need to learn…

Basalt to Bay Landcare Network

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — On Saturday, 29 April, I had the opportunity to visit a really impressive example of revegetation and rehabilitation in my electorate of Western Victoria. The Basalt to Bay Landcare Network and the Green Line conservation and revegetation project from Koroit to Minhamite represents over five years of work under the…

Anzac Day

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — One of the best features of the two Anzac Day services I attended was the engagement of young people and children in the ceremonies and the dignity and respect they brought to the events. This was especially so at Portarlington, where school students and sporting team members attended,…

Catalyst Consortium

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews government’s initiatives to further protect the Victorian community from violent and sexual offending. Recently I had the pleasure of officially opening the Catalyst Consortium at Swinburne University of Technology, which is conducting world-leading research into serious violent and sexual offending. With…

Family Violence Protection Amendment Bill 2017

Ordered that second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard on motion of Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills). Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: Family violence is our number one law and order issue. More than 78 012 family incidents were reported to…

Family Violence Protection Amendment Bill 2017

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) tabled following statement in accordance with Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006: In accordance with section 28 of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (the ‘charter’), I make this statement of compatibility with respect to the Family Violence Protection Amendment Bill 2017. In my opinion,…

Family Violence Protection Amendment Bill 2017

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — By leave, I move: That in relation to the Family Violence Protection Amendment Bill 2017 — (1)   the statement of compatibility with the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 be tabled in lieu of that tabled on Tuesday, 2 May 2017; (2)   the second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard…

Learn Locals

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews government’s support for Learn Locals in Victoria. On Friday, 10 March, at the Wyndham Community and Education Centre — — Honourable members interjecting. The PRESIDENT — Order! Ms Tierney, can you start from the beginning? Unfortunately there was some noise across the chamber and…

Catherine Jenkins and Vicki Perrett

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to draw attention to the contribution of two women working at a local level and making a significant difference to other women within very different communities. Catherine Jenkins of South Purrumbete is a western Victoria dairy farmer who is switched on to issues confronting the industry…

Aboriginal prisoner rehabilitation

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews government’s programs to strengthen Aboriginal prisoners’ cultural connections and reduce recidivism through grants worth almost $2.5 million. Last Thursday, 16 March, I joined the member for Geelong in the Legislative Assembly, Christine Couzens, at the Aboriginal Justice Forum in Geelong to announce the…

Timboon P-12 School

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — Last month the excitement of the Timboon P–12 School community past and present was absolutely clear as we turned the first sod of the long-awaited $5.2 million rebuild. This school community has laboured for years, never giving up, to realise a project beset by promises only to end in…

Emergency services volunteer funding

MS TIERNEY — On another note, this government’s $15 million emergency services volunteer sustainability grants program is boosting volunteer organisations statewide. Last week I announced 34 grants in my electorate for groups working hard to keep Victorians safe. These range from the Wye River Country Fire Authority (CFA) station extension to purchases of operational equipment and training for…

Administration and Probate and Other Acts Amendment (Succession and Related Matters) Bill 2016

Ordered that second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard on motion of Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills). Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: The bill will implement most of the outstanding recommendations from the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s 2013 Succession Laws…

Education and Care Services National Law Amendment Bill 2017

Ordered that second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard on motion of Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills). Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: The bill proposes amendments to the Education and Care Services National Law (national law) in schedule 1 to the…

Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Bill 2017

Ordered that second-reading speech, except for statement under section 85(5) of the Constitution Act 1975, be incorporated into Hansard on motion of Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills). Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: The bill will implement legislative changes needed to…

Building Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2016

Ordered that second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard on motion of Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills). Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: This bill continues the reforms to Victoria’s building system commenced with the Building Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Act…

TAFE funding

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to update the house on the Andrews government’s Stronger TAFE Fund program, for which I announced a total of $24.3 million in funding over three years at regional TAFEs last week. On Tuesday I had the pleasure of joining the member for Bendigo West in the other…

Penalty rates

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — Today is International Women’s Day. How distressing that we should be contemplating the impact of the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut weekend and public holiday penalty rates in industries that have a high proportion of women. Many women in my electorate work weekends in hospitality, retail, pharmacy,…

Crimes Legislation Further Amendment Bill 2016

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — In exercising the right of reply I thank all speakers on this bill before the house. As many speakers have indicated, this is not a controversial bill. It is a bill that is a result of court decisions, and its purpose is to encapsulate greater efficiency and practice…

Fair Work (Commonwealth Powers) Amendment Bill 2017

Ordered that second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard on motion of Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills). Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: This bill implements the government’s commitment to expand the range of matters that may be included in an…

Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Amendment Bill 2016

Ordered that second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard on motion of Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills). Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: The Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (CMIA) abolished the Governor’s pleasure system, establishing…

Consumer Acts Amendment Bill 2016

Ms TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I move: That the bill be now read a second time. Incorporated speech as follows: This bill illustrates the government’s ongoing commitment to improving and updating the consumer protection framework in Victoria. It will amend several acts within the consumer affairs portfolio to improve their operation, clarify their requirements…

Western Victoria Region roads

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to speak about the enthusiastic response of western Victorian residents and industries to the Andrews Labor government’s funding for roads in the south-west — a response to calls for road upgrades and maintenance for well over a decade. In the past month the Andrews Labor…

Ararat correctional facility

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Corrections) — As part of the Andrews government’s response to the Harper review into the post-sentence management of serious offenders, on 13 February I announced that Labor will build a 20-bed secure facility to house Victoria’s most serious adult offenders near Ararat. The facility will be located next to the Hopkins…

Daniel Lutz and Vicki Jellie

 MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to congratulate two very different high achievers in my electorate of Western Victoria Region. Henty’s Daniel Lutz, just 24 years old, is one of 12 young farmers from across Victoria to receive a government scholarship of up to $10 000. These scholarships go towards agricultural…

Victoria Polytechnic skills development hub

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of joining the member for St Albans in the Legislative Assembly, Natalie Suleyman, and the member for Footscray in the Legislative Assembly, Marsha Thomson, to announce $10 million of Andrews Labor government funding for a brand-new world-class training facility at Victoria…

TAFE Victoria

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — This morning I launched a new, united TAFE Victoria brand. It is a new initiative that will position TAFE as delivering modern, contemporary qualifications that are available to all Victorians. This will enable TAFE institutes to retain their individual appeal so they can increase the effectiveness and range…

TAFE funding

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to advise the house that the Andrews Labor government is putting people first with a multimillion-dollar boost to Victoria’s TAFEs. Over the past fortnight I have visited TAFEs across the state to announce some of the $89.4 million boost in funding to ensure that they are ready…

Working with Children Amendment Bill 2016

MS TIERNEY (Minister for Training and Skills) — I rise to sum up on the matter that was before the house before the dinner break, which is the Working with Children Amendment Bill 2016. As previous speakers have mentioned, the Working with Children Act 2005 was passed by the Victorian Parliament in 2005 under former Attorney-General…

Warrnambool Primary School and Maryborough Education Centre

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to congratulate two outstanding educational institutions — Warrnambool Primary School and Maryborough Education Centre — and their exceptional staff, most notably Warrnambool’s Jacqui Gore and Maryborough’s education support staff team. Both schools and Jacqui were recipients of 2016 Victorian Education Excellence Awards. The student bodies in these schools are very different,…

Floods – Western Victoria

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Emergency Services, Mr Merlino, in the other place. Last Thursday I had the opportunity to visit Carisbrooke and Charlton and to sit down with residents and emergency service members to talk about the impact that the recent floods have had on those communities.…

Quad Bike Safety

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter this evening is for the minister responsible for WorkSafe, Robin Scott, the Minister for Finance in the other place. In June a farmer died in my electorate of Western Victoria Region as a result of a quad bike accident. The farmer, in his 60s, died as a result…

Sustainability Initiatives

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to speak about the exciting work of an innovative group in my electorate, Geelong Sustainability, whose efforts culminated in Sustainable House Day Geelong on 16 October. This open house gave an opportunity to see inside 14 houses and gardens designed, built, renovated or retrofitted with sustainability in mind across Geelong, the…

Koala Numbers

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. It is in relation to the growing population of koalas in the south-west of Victoria, and in particular in the Portland region. For some time communities in and around Portland have been drawing my attention to the growth in…

Country Fire Authority Warrnambool Brigade

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending the official opening of the Warrnambool fire station along with Rohan Luke, acting assistant chief officer of the south-west region; Paul Marshall, Warrnambool Country Fire Authority station officer; Richard Bourke, operations manager, district 5; Craig Lapsley, emergency services commissioner; and Lance Baillie, life member…

Veterans Funding

MS TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My constituency question is for the Minister for Veterans. In June this year the minister announced three grants programs — the Victoria Remembers grant program, the Anzac Day Proceeds Fund and the Anzac centenary community grants program. The Victoria Remembers grant program helps communities make personal connections with the centenary of World…

Floods – South West Victoria

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My constituency question is for the Minister for Emergency Services in the other place, James Merlino. Last week I visited the flood areas of Dunkeld, Casterton and Coleraine and attended a discussion between members of the local community and local emergency services. Flooding across western Victoria over the past months has impacted…

Ford Plant Closures

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise today to acknowledge the tragic closure of the Ford Broadmeadows and Geelong plants last week. The consequences are yet to be fully realised across the state, but the effects are immediately felt by the workers involved. They have to rebuild their lives, as do the communities who so heavily…

Western Victoria Floods

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My member’s statement relates to the ongoing impact of the record-breaking spring rainfalls in western Victoria. The shire communities of Glenelg, Southern Grampians and Buloke, among others, are dealing with the lasting effects of flooding after two major September rainfall events, each a 1-in-20-year event. They produced emergency situations to which the…

Western Victoria Region: Floods

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Emergency Services in the other place. The minister is more than aware of the impact that the floods are having on a significant number of assets in western Victoria and in particular the damage to and destruction of our roads. My question to the minister…

National Domestic Violence Order Scheme Bill 2016

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to speak on the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme Bill 2016, and as the previous speaker has outlined and indeed the contributions in the other house have outlined, it is to provide a national recognition scheme for family violence intervention orders, family violence safety notices and other domestic violence orders.…

Bannockburn P-12 School

On Monday morning I had the pleasure of attending the site of the new Bannockburn P–12 school for the turning of the first sod. I want to thank all those who attended — students, teachers, parents and school councillors — for braving the weather to come out to help turn the sod. Construction is due to be…

Banyul-Warri Fields

On another note, I had the pleasure last Sunday of attending the official opening celebration for the Banyul-Warri Fields recreation zone along with members of the Torquay community, Surf Coast council representatives and other dignitaries. The Andrews government contributed $50 000 towards the project. The recreation zone was developed for people of all ages. It has…

Monica Hayes

Monica Hayes, a friend and constituent in western Victoria, passed away on 26 August. Monica was a community activist extraordinaire, an outstanding exemplar of commitment and advocacy in her communities — in Essendon when she was a councillor and mayor, and on the Bellarine from 2001. Monica was a social reformer and an agent of change, especially…

Doctors in Secondary Schools

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, James Merlino. It is in relation to the Doctors in Secondary Schools program that has been recently announced. As I understand it, this $43.8 million program was definitely an election commitment that was made by us prior to coming to government. The reason that we have undertaken…

Coleraine and Casterton: Flood Funding Relief

My constituency question is for the Minister for Emergency Services. Since late last week the towns of Coleraine and Casterton have been inundated with heavy rain, causing severe flooding. The Glenelg River rose to about 6 metres yesterday morning, with more rain predicted this week. Already we have seen 14 homes across the two towns impacted by…

Port Fairy Folk Festival

The highly successful Port Fairy Folk Festival has been operating for 40 years under the helm of its founder, Dr Jamie McKew, who has now handed over the reins to the new director, Caroline Moore. In 1977 Dr McKew — and the Geelong Folk Club — saw the potential for something special for the booming folk music scene in this…

Victorian Gender Equality Strategy

My constituency question today is directed to the Minister for Women, Fiona Richardson. Recently the minister and I attended the Victorian gender equality strategy consultation in Warrnambool, held at the Lighthouse Theatre. The consultation was a chance for people from all walks of life to contribute their ideas and priorities for how the strategy should…

Cancer Council Victoria: Report 2015

I am pleased to make a statement on the Cancer Council Victoria Annual Report 2015. I note from the outset that as a result of the Cancer Council Victoria’s conversion to a company limited by guarantee on 1 October 2015, the financial reports are for the period 1 January to 30 September 2015 only. The cancer council continued…

Employment

The Andrews Labor government is leading the way to create job opportunities and drive economic growth across regional Victoria. Before the 2014 state election Labor committed to creating 100 000 full-time jobs in the first two years of government, and we are on track to deliver that commitment and deliver it ahead of time. Data released in…

Western Victoria Region Bushfire Preparedness

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Emergency Services in the other place. It is in relation to fire safety in my electorate of Western Victoria Region. Fire season is fast approaching, and it is important for all people across the state to be prepared. Fire brigades within my electorate and across the state…

South West Roads

It will be of no surprise that my question also is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan. I do recall that I raised the issue of the state of roads in the south-west prior to the winter break. I am pleased that Mr Purcell also raised it again today, and I am…

Forrest-Apollo Bay Road

Last month I had the pleasure of announcing $323 000 worth of Andrews Labor government funding for yet another road safety improvement project on the Forrest-Apollo Bay Road. This funding will address a history of run-off-road crashes, near misses and head-on collisions due to the curves along these roads, by installing guide posts, curve alignment markers,…

Warrnambool Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum

On another note, I was delighted to represent the Minister for Mental Health in Warrnambool last month at a wellbeing service provider forum. The forum was a chance to have a discussion with key figures in the mental health sector in western Victoria regarding the unique circumstances facing farmers in regional Victoria who may be…

Mount Moriac Reserve

On a final note, I wish to thank the Surf Coast shire and local members at Modewarre as well as the state government for providing moneys to revitalise the Mount Moriac Reserve at Modewarre with resurfaced tennis courts, the addition of basketball and netball rings and the creation of an open play space — — The ACTING…

Local Learning and Employment Networks

Tonight my adjournment matter is for the Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert. I take this opportunity to thank him for ensuring that learning and further education are again at the centre of the state’s priorities in Victoria. The point I want to raise is the issue of the countless number of people who…

Battle of Long Tan Commemoration

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August, Vietnam Veterans Day, I am pleased to congratulate two students from western Victoria who have been selected to take part in the 2016 Vietnam history study tour. The students, Lauren McIlveen of Camperdown College and Georgia Perris of Horsham College, are among…

South West Roads

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My constituency question today is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donellan. The state of some of the roads in south-west Victoria has been an issue in those communities for a long time and has had significant media coverage. Mr Ramsay interjected. Ms TIERNEY — Taking up Mr Ramsay’s interjection, I highlight the fact that…

Gender Equality

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Women in the other place, who is also the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, and it is in relation to empowering women across Victoria. Gender inequality affects women in all areas of their lives. In terms of the Victorian workforce, the participation rate…

Colac and Cobden Police Stations

I congratulate members of the Colac community, who are thrilled that their outdated 1930s police station will be replaced thanks to a commitment by the Andrews Labor government to spend $11.7 million on a new complex — a new police station that the previous government talked about but could never deliver. Colac residents have long recognised the…

Lorne and District Men’s Shed

 On Sunday, 12 June, I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Families and Children at the official opening of the Lorne and District Men’s Shed. Over 200 people attended the launch, which is an example of the support the Lorne community has for its men’s shedders and the shed’s importance in the community. These facilities…

Warrnambool Regional Youth Hub

 On another note, the new regional youth hub in Warrnambool held its first official event last week, boosting opportunities for local young people to participate in the community. The Andrews Labor government is providing $450 000 over two years for the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) to operate the new centre, which will be co-located…

Gordon TAFE

My question is for the Minister for Training and Skills, and it is in relation to an announcement the minister made in my electorate last Friday. In another welcome boost for Gordon TAFE in Geelong, the minister announced that $5 million of the Andrews government’s TAFE Rescue Fund would go towards the $10 million redevelopment of the…

Child Protection in the South West

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Families and Children and Minister for Youth Affairs, Ms Mikakos. As the minister is aware, there has been a surge in the growth of child protection notifications across the state, with the Auditor-General highlighting that the number of children in out-of-home care has grown by 60 per…

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is a time for Australians to reflect on our shared histories, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and a time to think about how we can positively contribute to closing the gap for the benefit of all Australians. This year’s reconciliation week took…

Military Repatriations

I rise to speak on the recent repatriation of the bodies of 33 Australian service personnel who were previously interred at the Terendak Military Cemetery in Malaysia and at the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore. Under the arrangements in place at the time of their deaths, unless families were willing to pay £600 to have the…

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union

I take this opportunity to speak about an important industry in Victoria that is responsible for hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs across the state. This week thousands of construction workers voted overwhelmingly to support a new enterprise bargaining agreement for the construction industry that will result in a complete modernisation of this…

R.S.L Grants

With the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan this year, along with a number of other annual and one-off events, there is an unprecedented number of highly significant commemorative services that are set to take place during the remainder of this year and the next few years. Recently…