BUSES: COLAC OTWAY SHELTERS

On 29 September I had the pleasure of officially launching 10 new bus shelters in the Shire of Colac Otway, along with the mayor, Cr Chris Smith, and Crs Riches and Mercer. On that day we were joined by local Colac residents Roberta Hay and Peggy Hose, who said the shelters were a fantastic improvement…

ECONOMY: INTEREST RATES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Treasurer. I ask him to inform the house of the effects on Victoria’s working families of the 1 per cent interest rate cut announced yesterday by the Reserve Bank of Australia. Mr LENDERS (Treasurer)— I thank Ms Tierney for her question. Mr Drum interjected. Mr…

CLOVERDALE COMMUNITY CENTRE

On another matter, I would like acknowledge the Cloverdale community centre, which has created three banners in homage to the women’s suffrage movement under the Victorian Women Vote community grants program. The banners highlight the hopes and concerns of women and girls in Corio and Norlane, and we were lucky enough to have one of…

FANNY BROWNBILL LUNCHEON

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of hosting the eighth Fanny Brownbill luncheon in Geelong, which commemorates the first woman Labor member of the Legislative Assembly in this state. It was fitting to hold such a celebration during the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Victoria. Minister Maxine Morand spoke on the fight for women’s…

DORRIS TRAINOR

As a member of Parliament there are a number of highlights that I am privileged to experience. I experienced one last Monday in Dimboola. I had the great pleasure in being able to congratulate one of the oldest women in Western Victoria Region on her birthday. Dorris Trainor turned the amazing age of 104 years;…

DARTMOOR SAWMILL: CLOSURE

My adjournment matter this evening is in relation to the township of Dartmoor and is directed to the Minister for Regional Development, who is also the Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation. The decision taken by Carter Holt Harvey to close the Dartmoor mill is extremely disappointing and is life-changing for a whole range of…

AIREYS INLET: HALL

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, in the other place and it is with respect to the Aireys Inlet hall. I have received some representations from local community members who want support for an upgrade of the hall. On Thursday I was in the area at a…

WARRNAMBOOL: FOOTBALL AND NETBALL FACILITIES

I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs. The matter concerns the latest round of country football and netball programs. We are all fairly familiar with this program, which assists local communities in coming together, being active and playing sport. The program provides up to $60 000…

EMPLOYMENT: SOUTH-WESTERN VICTORIA

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Treasurer. Can the Treasurer please update the house on any recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data that confirms that the Brumby Labor government is making the south-western region of Victoria a great place to live, work and raise a family? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer) — I…

WESTERN DISTRICT HEALTH SERVICE: REPORT 2006-07

I rise to make a statement on the Western District Health Service annual report for 2006-07. This report is co-signed by the service’s president, Richard Walter, and its chief executive officer, Jim Fletcher. It touches on many of the highlights of 2007 that the service is particularly proud of. Its major achievements include the re-accreditation…

WATER: SMALL TOWNS WATER QUALITY FUND

My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Water. The action I seek is for the minister to officially launch the small towns water quality fund. The fund was announced in the 2007-08 budget and was allocated $20 million. The scheme follows on from the previous country towns water supply and sewerage program…

MANUFACTURING: GOVERNMENT STRATEGY

I rise to oppose the motion. I do not intend to take the house through the importance of manufacturing and the importance of vehicle manufacturing to this state and this country — suffice to say that the manufacturing industry is incredibly important to our economy, our exports and to maintaining a highly skilled, developed workforce.…

APOLLO BAY P-12 COLLEGE: FUNDING

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, and it relates to the Apollo Bay P-12 College. The Apollo Bay P-12 school has 275 students, obviously ranging from those attending their very first days of school right through to those completing their Victorian certificate of education. The school offers its students a very high…

PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELLBEING BILL

 I rise to make a contribution in support of the Public Health and Wellbeing Bill 2008. It is a thorough review of the Health Act. If this bill is passed, it will replace an act that is now 50 years old. I take this opportunity to congratulate the Minister for Health, Daniel Andrews, and his…

UNCLAIMED MONEY BILL

 I rise to support the Unclaimed Money Bill 2008. This bill is part of the government’s ongoing commitment to modernise and streamline Victorian statutes and to reduce the regulatory burden placed on business in this regard. In this case it is to do with unclaimed money. What do we mean by unclaimed money? There are…

WATER: MACARTHUR SUPPLY

On Tuesday, 5 August, I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Regional and Rural Development in officially announcing the Macarthur water supply project. The $557 000 project, to be partly funded under the Brumby Labor government’s Small Towns Development Fund, will allow Macarthur to meet the health criteria of the Safe Drinking Water…

WATER: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. Can the minister inform the house about recent action the Brumby Labor government has taken to secure water supply for the Geelong region? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question and her interest in…

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT VICTORIA: REPORT 2006-07

 I rise to make a statement on the Regional Development Victoria (RDV) annual report 2006-07. There are positive statistics in this reporting period. Some 2395 new jobs were created in provincial Victoria, facilitating $1.52 billion worth of new investment and $273.7 million in new exports. The commencement of all these initiatives and programs was announced…

PORT FAIRY: SEARCH AND RESCUE VESSEL

On 20 July on a brisk and rainy Saturday morning in Port Fairy I had the pleasure of launching the second search and rescue vessel for the south-west in eight months. On this occasion it was the Captain John Mills. The Captain John Mills, named after the deceased founder of the Port Fairy marine rescue…

HAMILTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE: REDEVELOPMENT

Recently the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Jacinta Allan, announced funding of $950 000 for major upgrades and refurbishments of the Hamilton arts precinct, bringing the total amount for the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre redevelopment to $1.7 million. The funding will result in the building of a new forecourt area; upgrades to the box…

RURAL AND REGIONAL TOURISM

I rise to also comment on this report. As an introductory comment, I will say that overall this report highlights a number of issues and challenges in the tourist industry. I think there is unanimous support for the contention that tourism in regional Victoria is well and truly alive and kicking. Many of the recommendations…

PLANNING: GLENELG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. I ask the minister to update the house on any recent progress made in addressing the significant planning challenges faced in the shire of Glenelg. Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — I welcome Ms Tierney’s interest in this matter. It…

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY: REPORT 2007

 I rise to make a statement on the Deakin University annual report 2007. It is a pleasure to stand and make a contribution here on the achievements of Deakin University, as I have witnessed firsthand a number of announcements of many exciting accomplishments and future endeavours of that university. Recently I have attended two major…

PORT FAIRY COMMUNITY SERVICES CENTRE

On Monday of this week the Brumby Labor government announced a $500 000 contribution to the establishment of the Port Fairy Community Services Centre. This new facility will include the relocation of the Port Fairy Kindergarten with programs for up to 60 children; it will provide for an additional 30 child-care places, maternal and child…

SPORT AND RECREATION: COUNTRY ACTION GRANTS

 My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs in the other place. It concerns two Country Action grant applications put forward by Diversitat and the Geelong Community Basketball Association. A number of Country Action grants awarded to organisations within Western Victoria Region have been instrumental in increasing the capacity of…

WATER: SMART WATER FUND

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Water in the other place, Tim Holding. It is in regard to the Smart Water Fund, which was established in 2002 to develop innovative water resource management programs across this state. This fund supports and encourages organisations to develop new approaches to saving water through recycling, conservation…

PRESCHOOLS: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of visiting the wonderful staff and students at the Apex Preschool Centre in Elliminyt to announce funding boosts to early childhood services. ‘I have happy tears rolling down my cheeks’, was the response from one kindergarten staff member when I passed on the news. Another staff member said, ‘This…

Innovation, Industry and Regional Development: report 2006-07

 I rise to make a statement on the annual report of the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development for 2006-07. During the reporting period the department was involved in a number of key initiatives. One of the ongoing initiatives was the Australian synchrotron. Another involved Invest Victoria and Tourism Victoria successfully negotiating and lobbying…

GEELONG: LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

— I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Community Development in the other place, Peter Batchelor, in launching the Leaders for Geelong program on 30 May 2008. A community support grant of $180 000 was provided by the Brumby Labor government to the Committee for Geelong towards the Leaders for Geelong program, Growing…

WATER: PLUG THE PIPE PROTEST

 I rise to oppose the opposition’s motion and speak on the importance of water to all Victorians. This government is about planning and securing our water. Our Water Our Future has seven major platforms. The first, of course, is the funding element and it is $4.9 billion worth of investment. It also provides for one…

TOYOTA AUSTRALIA: HYBRID CAR

I rise to congratulate Toyota, the Brumby Labor government and the Rudd Labor government and welcome the announcement by Toyota that the company will produce hybrid Camrys at the beginning of 2010. This is a great announcement. It is good for the environment, it is good for the workforce, it is good for the future…

AGRICULTURE: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Planning. Farming families in regional and rural Victoria have been faced with various challenges over recent years, ranging from drought and climate change to increasingly competitive overseas markets. I ask the minister to inform this house how this year’s budget responds to the…

PORT FAIRY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL: ACHIEVEMENTS

Last Friday during Education Week I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Education in the other place, Bronwyn Pike, in officially opening the major redevelopment project and the renewable energy demonstration unit at the Port Fairy Consolidated School. The school now has a new library, refurbished art room, canteen and administration and staffroom,…

THE UNITING CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA AMENDMENT BILL

I rise to support the Uniting Church in Australia Amendment Bill. The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) was formed on 22 June 1977, amalgamating the Congregational Church, the Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church. The UCA has churches in all states and territories, with a membership of approximately 300 000 nationwide, and it plays a role…

REGIONAL AND RURAL VICTORIA: EVENT PLANNING

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Community Development in the other place, Peter Batchelor. It relates to assisting regional and rural communities in planning for local events. Farmers markets specialising in local produce and craft, music festivals, heritage weekends and events such as the recent Booktown in Clunes attract an enormous number of…

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: GETTING THERE AND BACK PROGRAM

On 15 May I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Community Development in the other place to officially launch new public transport services for Timboon, Cobden and Camperdown. The Brumby Labor government’s Getting There and Back program has improved the local public transport timetables in Timboon, Cobden and Camperdown which will help young…

PLANNING: GEELONG

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. The minister has often spoken about the increasing population of Melbourne and provincial Victoria and the Brumby Labor government’s initiatives that are managing that growth. In particular Geelong is recognised as Australia’s largest provincial municipality and is experiencing continuing population growth because…

RAIL: FREIGHT REBATES

I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Public Transport in the other place with respect to rail freight. I ask that the minister promote the benefits of rail freight, and I will go to the specifics a little bit later. We all know that the drought has hit hard in regional…

UNIVERSITY OF BALLARAT: REPORT 2006

I rise to make a statement on the University of Ballarat annual report 2006. Although the institution’s heritage dates back to 1870, it was in 2006 that it completed its 13th year of operating as a university. During 2006 it achieved many goals and set many more goals for the future. To begin with, I…

BUDGET: AMBULANCE SERVICES

I rise to mention the record $185.7 million Brumby Labor government budget boost for ambulance services, which will significantly increase access to vital services in communities across Victoria. The two new medical helicopters, a proposed single statewide ambulance service, and new or expanded ambulance services based in 59 towns and suburbs across Victoria is a…

GOLDEN PLAINS: SPORTING FACILITIES

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs in the other place and it concerns drought relief for sporting grounds. All members are well aware of the impact that the drought is having, particularly in country Victoria, and how it affects farming communities for whom, by and large, a large…

ESSENTIAL SERVICES COMMISSION AMENDMENT BILL

I rise to make a contribution in respect of the Essential Services Commission Amendment Bill 2008, which is the government’s final response to the review of the Essential Services Commission Act 2001. The review, commonly known as the Beale review, was charged with the responsibility to determine whether the objectives of the act were being…

WATER: HAMILTON-GRAMPIANS PIPELINE

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Water in the other place regarding the Hamilton-Grampians pipeline. Just this morning the federal Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, the Victorian Minister for Water in the other place, Mr Tim Holding, the federal member for Ballarat, Catherine King, and the state member for…

BANNOCKBURN: COMMUNITY HUB

I raise a matter for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development in the other place with respect to an application for funding for the Bannockburn community and cultural hub. Golden Plains Shire Council has applied for funding under the Small Towns Development Fund. That fund has proved very successful in Western Victoria Region. In…

ANNUAL STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTENTIONS

 I am pleased to rise to make comment on the 2008 annual statement of government intentions delivered by the Victorian Premier, John Brumby, in February 2008. From the outset I will say that it is a new approach, and many people have asked me questions about the concept. After discussing it with people and putting…

HON. DAVID HENSHAW, MBE

 I take this opportunity to speak on the passing of David Henshaw, MBE, who passed away on 2 April, aged 76. David Henshaw served in this chamber as the member for Geelong Province from 1982 until his retirement in 1996. David graduated with a physics degree from the University of Western Australia in 1952, and…

Moyne Health Services: report 2006-07

I rise to make comment on the Moyne Health Services annual report for 2006-07. If we were to go back 159 years, I would be making this statement on a report on a four-roomed cottage at 40 James Street, Belfast. Over the past 159 years of its existence, Moyne Health Services has grown into a…

SOLAR ENERGY: HOT WATER SYSTEMS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is for the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. Can the minister inform the house of how the Brumby Labor government is helping households in regional Victoria reduce greenhouse emissions? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Environment and Climate Change) — I thank Ms Tierney for the opportunity to respond…

RELATIONSHIPS BILL

I rise to make a contribution to the debate on the Relationships Bill and, like many other members of the chamber, I have received many emails and pieces of correspondence from constituents and the various organisations which previous speakers have referred to. I have read all of the correspondence, and I have also met with…

SKILLS STORES: SOUTH-WEST VICTORIA

On 26 March I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Skills and Workforce Participation in the other place to officially open Victoria’s 11th skills store in Warrnambool. The South West Skills Store is situated at the South West Institute of TAFE in Warrnambool and is one of the 13 skills stores being established…

PLANNING: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. Can the minister update the house on the Brumby Labor government’s initiatives to make the planning system more efficient for local councils, the planning community and all Victorians? Mr Finn interjected. Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning) — Could I take…

AIREYS INLET TENNIS CLUB: FACILITIES

 I raise a matter for the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs in the other place. It is in relation to the Aireys Inlet tennis club, which has a proposal for the expansion of two bitumen tennis courts at Anderson Roadknight Reserve by installing sand-filled synthetic grass courts, and for the illumination of those…

LEGISLATION REFORM (REPEALS No. 1) BILL

 It gives me great pleasure to rise to speak on this matter. Clearly it is a matter of housekeeping that we are removing obsolete legislation from the statute book. It is important to go through each of the acts that are being repealed, because referring to it just as housekeeping does not really identify the…

WOMEN: MORPHED — THE DANCE OF LIFE

On Saturday, 1 March 2008, I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Mental Health in the other place, Lisa Neville, at the premiere and launch of Morphed — The Dance of Life at the Warrnambool entertainment centre. It is a community arts program about the lives of women in our community. The performance…

HEALTH: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health in the other place. I ask the minister to take action to ensure that residents in Western Victoria Region continue to have access to high-quality medical services and facilities. This government has invested $4.1 billion across Victoria into the largest capital works program in the state’s…

GRIMWADE PARK, LISMORE: PLAYGROUND

 My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs in the other place, and it relates to an application put forward by the Corangamite Shire Council for the replacement of an existing playground at Grimwade Park in Lismore with a much more modern playground. The playground area has traditionally been well…

SPORT: TIMBOON GRANTS

Last week I had the pleasure of announcing two grants under the Country Football and Netball Program. In Camperdown, $20 000 has been allocated for the extension and widening of two netball courts as well as improved and expanded change rooms and suitable shelter for players and spectators at Leura Oval.It was a delight to…

AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY: NATIONAL PLAN

My matter is directed to the Minister for Industry and Trade. The 2008 annual statement of government intentions presented on Tuesday by the Premier reinforces the imperative for this government to have policies, programs and legislation to encourage and foster strong families, strong communities and strong economic growth. Of course jobs are central to this…

BALLARAT HEALTH SERVICES: REPORT 2006-07

 I rise to speak on the Ballarat Health Services annual report of 2006-07. This report is a remarkable achievement for Ballarat Health Services. It is particularly worth noting that the 150th anniversary of the Ballarat Base Hospital was celebrated in September. The foundation stone for the hospital was originally laid on Christmas Day one year…

BUSES: COLAC AND PORTLAND

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport in the other place. On 30 January the minister announced the government’s Regional Bus Improvement Program. Services in Colac will be boosted from 20 to 114 services a week. The Colac bus service will now provide 21 services a day from 8.00 a.m. till 6.00…

MITSUBISHI MOTORS AUSTRALIA: ADELAIDE PLANT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Industry and Trade. Can the minister please outline to the house the effects of the closure of the Mitsubishi manufacturing plant in Adelaide on the Victorian automotive industry? Hon. T. C. THEOPHANOUS (Minister for Industry and Trade) — I thank the member for…

HOMELESSNESS: BALLARAT COMMUNITY AWARDS

Many members of this house attended a range of Australia Day ceremonies in late January. I had the pleasure of attending functions at Portarlington, Geelong and Ballarat, but I want to mention particularly the community awards at the Ballarat ceremony and the importance of local communities recognising issues in their communities and actively working to…

ALBERT PARK, WARRNAMBOOL: TRAIL NETWORK

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs in the other place. It relates to a grant application made by the Warrnambool City Council for the Albert Park trail network. I understand stage 1 has been submitted to the minister’s office. The proposal is to create a passive trail network…

CLIMATE CHANGE: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change. Can the minister outline for the house some of the ways in which the Brumby government will build on its leadership role in the effort to tackle climate change during 2008? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Environment and Climate Change)…

CAMPERDOWN COMMUNITY HOUSE: VOLUNTEER SMALL GRANT PROGRAM

On Friday, l6 November, I  had  the  great pleasure of presenting yet  another  Brumby government Victorian volunteer small grant to the Camperdown community house.  As  I  arrived the community house was full  of  excited  volunteers  overjoyed  that  the  community  house  had  been recognised and  indeed was granted $3000  to help recruit  further volunteers to the …

RAIL: LEVEL CROSSING SAFETY

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport in the other place, Lynne Kosky. I ask  the minister to provide me with information on any future  planned level crossing upgrades in the Barwon south-west region. Two weeks ago $750 000  in  upgrades  were  completed  in the Colac Otway  shire, significantly improving  safety for…

PARTNERSHIPS VICTORIA: PROJECTS

Ms TIERNEY  (Western  Victoria)—  Could  the  Treasurer please  explain  how effectively Partnerships  Victoria projects are being implemented and any recent improvements to the Partnerships Victoria framework? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer)— I  thank Ms  Tierney for  her question  and for her interest in the  procurement of major projects  in Victoria, because  under  the Brumby  government, and the …

SCHOOLS: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION

I  raise  a  matter for the Minister for Education in the other place, Ms Bronwyn Pike. It  is a well known fact that the no. 1  priority for this  government is  education. One  only need  look at  the 2007-08 budget to have this demonstrated.  We promised to rebuild  or modernise every  school, invest in new…

WORKING FAMILIES COUNCIL: ROLE

 I raise a matter for the Deputy Premier and Minister for Industrial Relations in the other place. On  26  August  the Deputy Premier  announced  the  inaugural meeting of Victoria’s first Working  Families Council. The council will  work with industry  and community groups to  champion the  issues of  working families  in their efforts to strike the…

HEALTH (FLUORIDATION) AMENDMENT BILL

 I  rise  to speak in  opposition  to  Mr Kavanagh’s private member’s  bill. In my opening remarks I wish to make a couple of statements. One is the fact  that 77 per cent of Victorians now live in areas that have fluoride. It  has been  interesting to  talk to  people over  the last couple  of  weeks. …

WATER: WIMMERA-MALLEE PIPELINE

Ms TIERNEY (Western  Victoria)— Could the Treasurer please inform  the house of any progress made in the final funding for the Wimmera-Mallee pipeline? Mr LENDERS (Treasurer)— I thank Ms Tierney for her question and her interest in the Wimmera-Mallee pipeline,  which I have spoken about before in this house. I have spoken about it being…

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WANNON: NEWSLETTER

Last week a number of examples were raised in the media over the alleged misuse of the federal government’s rural partnerships program. The colloquial  term is ‘pork-barrelling’, but  this morning I want  to raise a blatant and serious misrepresentation. The   current  federal  member   for   Wannon  and  Speaker   of  the  House  of Representatives, David Hawker, has…

PORTLAND SPECIAL SCHOOL: RUBBISH-FREE LUNCH CHALLENGE

I  raise  a  matter  for  the  Minister for Education in the other place. Shortly I will have the pleasure of presenting the Portland  Special School with  an award for  completing the Brumby  government’s rubbish-free Friday initiative. It  is  great  to see that our local schools are winning the battle  to eliminate lunchtime  rubbish  and food…

GRAFFITI PREVENTION BILL

  I rise  to speak in support of the Graffiti Prevention Bill. As we have heard, there are three  main  objectives to the bill — that  is,  to reduce the financial and social costs connected to graffiti; to promote a strong deterrent  to  the perpetrators and  promote accountability, and  to  reduce the incidence of graffiti.…

CRIMES AMENDMENT (RAPE) BILL

I  am  also pleased  to rise  and make  a contribution  to the debate on the Crimes Amendment (Rape) Bill 2007. As we have heard from other speakers, this is the third stage  in a raft of changes arising from the Law Reform Commission’s Sexual  Offences  —  Final  Report  on law and procedures.  As we  have …

SESSIONAL ORDERS

I rise to  make a contribution to this debate and in particular I focus my comments on the proposed standing committee. I have looked at the proposal in every  way possible, I think, and the only description I can give it  is of a group of people attempting to  flex some political muscle and ignoring …

PLANNING: CREATING BETTER PLACES PROGRAM

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)— My question is to the Minister  for Planning. Can  the  minister  advise the house how the Brumby government is  committed  to supporting the development of strong, vibrant local  communities across Victoria through the Creating Better Places program? Hon. J. M. MADDEN (Minister for Planning)—  I welcome  the question.  I know the…

CORANGAMITE: FEDERAL LIBERAL CANDIDATE

I was astonished to read in last  week’s Weekly  Times quotes from  the federal Liberal  member for Corangamite,  Stewart McArthur,  stating that he had not picked up resentment amongst  voters  in  his electorate  on interest rates or workplace reforms. In relating what the current issues are in the electorate Mr McArthur simply said, ‘If we…

MIGRANTS: GLOBAL SKILLS FOR PROVINCIAL VICTORIA PROGRAM

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional  and   Rural   Development   and  Minister  for  Skills  and  Workforce Participation in the other place, Jacinta Allan. Last week the minister launched a  $3.96 million initiative  to attract skilled  migrants  to regional Victoria. This is part of  the Brumby government’s skilled  migration strategy. The Global Skills for…

WARRNAMBOOL: EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES AWARD

I rise to congratulate the Warrnambool  City Council on being  commended in statewide  awards recognising excellence in early childhood  services.  The  council’s Welcome to Warrnambool Early Years  Service helps in making it easier for  children born  overseas to make the transition to kindergarten and has been  highly commended at  the second annual ‘early  years’ awards …

LIFELINE: VOLUNTEERS

I  rise to  mention a  vital service  for not only  Victorians but all Australians experiencing various difficulties in  life. The Lifeline service began in 1963 after the late  Reverend Dr  Sir Alan  Walker received a call  from a distressed man  who  days later took his  own life. Only days after the service  was established, Lifeline…

ELECTRICITY: HEYWOOD INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADE

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Regional and Rural Development in the other  place, Jacinta Allan. Last week the minister announced a grant of $300 000 from the Brumby government to upgrade the electricity supply in  the Heywood industrial  corridor. The project will create the capacity for the upgrade of major infrastructure in…