FISHERIES AMENDMENT BILL

 I wish to speak in support of  the Fisheries Amendment Bill. The allocation of natural resources is always a point for debate and indeed  controversy.  The allocation of  natural resources, who gets  to use them and how are key factors in this debate. As previous speakers have outlined, this matter comes  before us as a…

PORT FAIRY: PORT DEVELOPMENT GRANT

Last  week in Port  Fairy  a  number  of announcements were  made by the Minister  for Regional and Rural  Development in the other place, including a $1.5 million state government grant  for  the  Port Fairy  port.  The Port Fairy economy centres around tourism and fishing, both of which will be significantly enhanced due to  this grant. …

MENTAL HEALTH: MINDLINX PROGRAM

 My  adjournment  matter is directed  at  the Minister for Mental Health in the other place,  Ms  Neville.  In early September the minister announced that the Mindlinx mental health first aid course would be available  at  no  cost to volunteers in Geelong to better support  people  with mental  illness. I congratulate  the  minister on the  announcement,…

BRAMBUK ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE: MANAGEMENT

Ms  TIERNEY  (Western  Victoria)—  My  question  is  to  the  Minister  for Environment  and Climate  Change.  Can  the minister  inform  the  house of  the outcomes  of the PricewaterhouseCoopers audit of  compliance  with  the  service agreement between Parks Victoria and the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Environment  and  Climate Change)— The last time I…

WATER: BIOSOLIDS TREATMENT FACILITY

My adjournment matter  is for the Treasurer. The Treasurer announced  at  the  beginning of this month that a partnership has been struck between Barwon  Water and the  Plenary Environment consortium  under the  Partnerships  Victoria model to  build  a $76  million  biosolids treatment facility. This is  another example of successful partnerships between government departments, agencies and…

CLIMATE CHANGE: BUSINESS INVESTMENT

Ms  TIERNEY  (Western  Victoria)—  My  question  is  to  the  Minister  for Environment  and Climate Change. I  refer the minister  to the recently released survey of Australian businesses by the Australian Industry  Group in conjunction with Sustainability Victoria, and I  ask:  can  the minister inform the house of the  study’s findings  and  how  Victoria  compares  to …

MIGRANTS: CITIZENSHIP TEST

 In  recent  weeks I  have  attended  many citizenship  ceremonies in  a  number of towns  across Western Victoria  region, including Kyneton and Ballarat. It is fantastic to see the strong numbers at the ceremonies epitomising the strength of  multiculturalism in Victoria. The recent Geelong citizenship ceremony was moved to a larger venue to accommodate some 120…

RAIL: WESTERN VICTORIA LINES

 I raise a matter for the  attention of  the Minister  for Public Transport  in  another place.  On  31  August the  minister announced a  new V/Line timetable for the Geelong line. Geelong train travellers will have the benefit of three new weekday services, delivering 4312 extra seats on the Geelong line each week. The new services…

GRAIN HANDLING AND STORAGE AMENDMENT BILL

 I am pleased to speak on the Grain  Handling and Storage Amendment Bill. At  the very  heart of this bill is  a reduction  of regulation  affecting grain handling and  storage in a  sector  for which the  Essential Services Commission recommends  a  light-handed regulation regime. Secondly, the bill extends access regulation to the port of Melbourne…

BALMORAL BUSH NURSING CENTRE: REDEVELOPMENT

On Thursday, 6 September, I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for  Health  in the other place, Daniel Andrews, in officially  opening the redevelopment  of the Balmoral  Bush Nursing Centre. The total  cost of the project was just under  $866 000,  with the  state government contributing just  over  $412 000. The bush nursing centre…

SUPREME COURT JUDGES: REPORT 2005-06

 I rise to speak on the annual report  of the Supreme Court of Victoria  for  2005-06.  The  Supreme  Court of Victoria is the supreme court in the state and is governed by the Supreme Court  Act 1986. It is equal  in  status  to the legislature and the executive government,  and  it  is imperative in a…

PENSHURST FOOTBALL NETBALL CLUB: FACILITIES

On 4 August, along with hundreds of other country football  fans, I enjoyed  a  very entertaining  football  match between Penshurst and Woorndoo.  My colleague for Western  Victoria Region, David  Koch, was also  present.  We  then  opened the new amenity facilities at the Penshurst Football Netball Club. The $67 000 amenity room redevelopment was  able to …

HOUSING: AFFORDABILITY

Ms TIERNEY (Western  Victoria)—  My  question  is  also to the Minister for Planning. Access to affordable and appropriate housing is a critical element in building sustainable, diverse  and inclusive communities.  I ask the minister to  advise the house what  initiatives VicUrban is undertaking to improve access to affordable housing in Victoria. Hon. J. M. MADDEN…

FANNY BROWNBILL

It is with  honour that I rise to pay tribute to  the first woman  elected  to the Victorian  Legislative  Assembly, Mrs Fanny Brownbill. Fanny Brownbill was elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1938 after her husband, William Brownbill — who previously held the seat — died whilst in office. Fanny  held the seat until  her…

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY: INVESTMENT

My  question  is  to  the  Minister  for Information  and Communication  Technology. The minister  previously noted  that information  and  communications  technology  (ICT)  is an important sector that impacts on the rest of the economy. Can he inform the house of Victoria’s recent record in attracting new investments in the ICT sector, particularly in regional Victoria?  …

CENTRE FOR ADULT EDUCATION: REPORT 2006

 I rise to make a statement on the Centre for Adult  Education’s annual report for  2006. The Centre for Adult Education (CAE) provides learning opportunities to  the  Victorian community through an extended range  of  programs and services.  The centre receives  state government funding through the adult  community and further  education (ACFE) division  to  provide accredited…

JOLEEN RYAN

Australian Medical Association in 2004. Her involvement  in the Victorian Indigenous  Family Violence Task Force and the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Group gave her an opportunity to contribute to her  community, and  as such  she was  recognised  for her  efforts with  the national  NAIDOC  Youth of the Year award and the Victorian  Ricci  Marks  Young…

FORD AUSTRALIA: GEELONG PLANT

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Industry and Trade.  Ford Geelong recently announced it would close  its in-line six-cylinder engine plant in 2010 with the  loss  of  600  full-time  jobs.  The Geelong economy is vibrant at the moment with over 6000 jobs created in the last 12 months. As a matter of fact,…

DISABILITY SERVICES: BAR NONE PROJECT

On 20 July  I attended with the then Minister for Community Services, Gavin Jennings, and many supporters, the Alcoa Celebrate All Abilities  Festival launch and the  Bar None local  leadership  project. The catchcry of the  state  government initiative is  ‘Bar  none’ because the  state government  is  committed to  a  world where  everyone  can  participate without…

WILLS AMENDMENT BILL

 I rise to speak in support of this bill. What I  have  found  since being  elected is  that  I  have  been  provided  with  an opportunity  to  meet  with a whole range of people from diverse backgrounds who confront  a number  of issues  in their  daily lives.  The area  of people  with differing abilities is one…

MAGISTRATES’ COURT AND CORONERS ACTS AMENDMENT BILL

 I  rise  to  speak  in  support  of  the Magistrates’ Court  and Coroners Acts Amendment Bill 2007. As we have heard from previous speakers, the  bill makes six  separate but interrelated  amendments to the  Magistrates’  Court Act 1989 and  also the Coroners Act.  I  do not wish to cover all six proposed  amendments,  but I will…

LISMORE: TOWNSHIP REVITALISATION PROJECT

I  rise  to  mention  another  example of the small  towns development  fund in  recent times.  On Monday,  25 June, I  was in Lismore to announce on behalf of Mr John Brumby, the then Treasurer and Minister for Regional and Rural  Development in  the other  place, and  now of course the Premier  of  this  great state, …

MAKE POVERTY HISTORY ZERO SEVEN ROAD TRIP

I rise to mention a truly wonderful event that took  place in  the week  beginning 1  July, the Make Poverty History  Zero Seven  Road Trip. It involved 500 of Australia’s most dynamic  young  people  as ambassadors to spread  the Make Poverty History message, and inspire  those they met to take action to end extreme  poverty.…

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: WESTERN VICTORIA REGION

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Victorian Communities  in  the other place.  Regional Victoria, and  the western region  in particular, has  experienced  decades of  government  neglect in  the provision  of public transport, and this has led  to economic stagnation, social isolation  and reduced  life  expectancies due  to  the difficulty in  accessing services. The…

FORD AUSTRALIA: GEELONG PLANT

Ms TIERNEY (Western  Victoria)— My question is to the Minister for Industry and State Development. Given my history prior to coming to this house and indeed because Geelong is in my  electorate,  this issue is of incredible importance to me  and to Ford workers  at Geelong. Can the  minister  advise the house of  the details …

WORKCHOICES: WORKPLACE AUTHORITY ADVERTISING

On  Sunday  night,  along  with  my family, I witnessed  a barrage  of  Workplace  Authority  television  advertisements.  The federal government has hit a new low  in its abuse of power. The first frame  of the advertisement enters the debate by stating that the federal government wants to  tackle   a  myth.  The   advertisement  itself essentially  admits   to …

PLANNING: GEELONG

 My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Planning. The Bracks government  has  an  unprecedented  commitment  to regional Victoria,  and  in  the electorate  of  Western  Victoria Region,  Geelong  is a significant  beneficiary  of   funding  associated   with  the  transit   cities initiative, which is part of the government’s commitment to Melbourne 2030,  its long-term plan to manage…

PLANNING: REGIONAL TOWNS DEVELOPMENT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Planning. The past seven years have seen a dramatic turnaround in the prosperity and future prospects of Geelong and south-western Victoria. The Bracks government has worked hard to attract jobs, people and investment to the region, and this has resulted in an increased…

SOUTH WEST INSTITUTE OF TAFE: REPORT 2006

It is with great pleasure that I also rise to speak on the South West Institute of TAFE annual report 2006. When I looked at the report it became very apparent to me that the South West Institute of TAFE has a very well-established reputation. It is financially secure, it is committed to regional sustainability,…

APOLLO BAY P-12 COLLEGE: FACILITIES

On Monday 4 June I represented the Minister for Skills, Education Services and Employment in the other place, Jacinta Allan, in opening the new and refurbished science and technology rooms at Apollo Bay P-12 College. The new facilities include new science rooms, a preparation storeroom, a music room, two music practice rooms, an art room,…

GOLDEN PLAINS: RECREATION FACILITIES

On Monday, 28 May 2007, I represented the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs in the other place and opened the Inverleigh second oval project and Rokewood Recreation Reserve redevelopment. It was a fantastic day for sport and local communities in the Golden Plains shire with the opening of these two great projects. It…

GORDON INSTITUTE OF TAFE: REPORT 2006

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to make a contribution in respect of the Gordon Institute of TAFE and its annual report for 2006. As many members know, the Gordon institute is based in Geelong — in fact the institute is almost synonymous with the word ‘Geelong’. However, it now has campuses outside Geelong…

RAIL: KERANG ACCIDENT

I also join other members of this chamber in wishing the very best to all of those families who have been taken by surprise by yesterday’s events. I also join with Ms Lovell in expressing thanks for all the tireless work that has been done over the last nearly 24 hours by the emergency services…

WARRACKNABEAL PRIMARY SCHOOL: READING CHALLENGE

On 18 May this year I attended the Warracknabeal Primary School to talk with students, teachers and support staff on the importance of the Premier’s reading challenge. The day was a celebration of what reading brings to all of us as individuals, as well as the ongoing development of a mature and democratic society. It…

AGED CARE: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Can the minister explain to the house how the Bracks government is supporting the health of older Victorians by providing a continuum of care and in particular what the government is doing in my electorate to focus on the high-care end…

STAMP DUTY: MOTOR VEHICLES

One of the largest manufacturing sectors in Victoria is the car industry, and the Bracks government has delivered to make Victorian-manufactured cars even more attractive to the consumer. The matter I raise today is directed to the Minister for Industry and State Development. The cutting of stamp duty will result in savings of up to…

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AMENDMENT BILL

As previous speakers on this side of the chamber have stated, the Bracks government is serious about protecting Victorian workers and their families from WorkChoices wherever constitutionally possible. This bill will make it unlawful to discriminate against an employee who has raised his or her concerns about pay or conditions and it will enable workers…

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY: REPORT 2006

I wish to make a statement on the Deakin University annual report 2006. I remind the house that Deakin University was originally established under a 1974 act. The primary specialisation of the institution in the 1970s was the promotion and facilitation of higher education through external studies, which was quite new to this country at…

CLUNES: RURAL TOWNSHIP RENEWAL

On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending an event in Clunes held by the Clunes Tourist and Development Association in conjunction with the Hepburn Shire Council. The event was called a ‘Book town for a day’. It was part of a project called Creative Clunes, which received $15 000 from the Department for Victorian…

MENTAL HEALTH: YOUTH EARLY PSYCHOSIS PROGRAM

My adjournment matter relates to mental health services in western Victoria and is directed to the Minister for Mental Health in the other place, Lisa Neville. In early April this year the minister announced the expansion of the Youth Early Psychosis service in Warrnambool, which will also assist communities beyond Warrnambool in the south-west. The…

SCHOOLS: FEDERAL-STATE COOPERATION

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister advise the house on how the Bracks government works together with the commonwealth government to achieve a quality education for our children? Mr LENDERS (Minister for Education) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question and her insightfulness in…

HAMILTON COMMUNITY HOUSE: EXTENSION

On 10 May I represented the Minister for Housing, who is also the Minister for Local Government and minister responsible for neighbourhood houses in the other place, in opening the extension of the Hamilton community house. It was a joyous event, attended by Mr Koch, a member for Western Victoria Region, Mr Delahunty, the member…

WEEDS AND PEST ANIMALS: CONTROL

I address my adjournment matter to the Minister for Agriculture in the other place. I have travelled extensively across my electorate and worked with wonderful communities, but I am often asked what our government is doing to assist communities in dealing with the curse of noxious weeds and pest animals. Pest plants and animals are…

FAIR TRADING AND CONSUMER ACTS AMENDMENT BILL

A key priority for the Bracks government is to facilitate better ways in which our markets can operate. Indeed this bill contributes to the better operation of markets by ensuring that consumers, particularly those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, are well informed and protected. This bill makes Victoria’s consumer laws more effective, efficient and definitely…

GEELONG: COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

On 14 May I had the pleasure of representing the Minister for Victorian Communities in the other place in announcing funding for two new and improved community spaces in Geelong — the Geelong youth activity area and the Northside Geelong community centre. Located in the waterfront precinct, the Geelong youth activity area will be a…

SCHOOLS: COLAC

On Monday, 23 April, I represented the Minister for Skills, Education Services and Employment in the other place, Jacinta Allan, in opening the Colac Primary School’s new and refurbished school buildings. The state government contributed nearly $692 000 to the cost of this work. In addition to the refurbishment, the new buildings and new computers,…

BUSHFIRES: TRIBUTES

On 21, 22 and 23 April events were held in 28 regional locations to thank firefighters, support staff, volunteers and community members. On Sunday, 22 April, I spoke at two events, one in Heywood, followed by an afternoon tea function at the Warrnambool Civic Centre. The events provided representatives of the state government with an…

ANZAC DAY: GEELONG

The pre-dawn Anzac Day service in Johnstone Park, Geelong, had an atmosphere that could be virtually touched — people walking from all directions in the dark in silence, with a common purpose, to the dome. Children of all ages crouched and made their way through the crowd and sat in a circle, ever so attentive…

WIND ENERGY: GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is also for the Minister for Planning. I commend the Bracks government for its ongoing commitment to a sustainable, secure and affordable energy supply for Victoria. Renewable energy, and wind energy in particular, are critical to achieving a sustainable future. I ask the minister to inform the house…

COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: STRATEGIC AUDIT OF VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to make a contribution with respect to the commissioner for environmental sustainability’s report Strategic Audit of Victorian Government Agencies Environmental Management Systems of January 2007. Environmental management systems (EMS) that are reported are in respect of office-based environments. It is a system that has measurements and benchmarks. It…

WYNDHAM: AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — On the evening of Tuesday, 3 April this year, I, along with the future deputy leader of this country, Julia Gillard, attended the Wyndham City Council Australian citizenship ceremony. It was the largest ceremony of this type that I have experienced and definitely the largest the Wyndham City Council has…

LIVESTOCK DISEASE CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL

I rise to speak on the Livestock Disease Control Amendment Bill as well. Firstly, can I say that I do not have a veterinary science or a medical background, but I did have the honour of working for the Australian Public Service Association. It was through the portfolios of the federal Department of Primary Industry…

POLISH SENIORS DAY

On 29 March this year I had the honour of attending and speaking at the Polish Seniors Day. The event was hosted by the Geelong Polish Club at White Eagle House and was attended by over 700 Polish people from all over Victoria. The day was a procession of cultural performances from various Polish seniors…

DROUGHT: INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

The matter I wish to raise relates to drought relief, and I direct my adjournment matter to the Minister for Agriculture in the other place. On Thursday, 5 April 2006, a significant number of new drought infrastructure projects for south-western Victoria were announced — 3 projects in Corangamite shire, 6 in Glenelg shire, 1 very…

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Industry and State Development. Can the minister provide the house with the outcomes of the recent Australian International Airshow 2007, which was held at Avalon? Hon. T. C. THEOPHANOUS (Minister for Industry and State Development) — I thank the member for her question.…

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW: ECONOMIC BENEFITS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Industry and State Development. Will the minister inform the house about the upcoming Avalon international airshow and its benefits to the Victorian economy? Hon. T. C. THEOPHANOUS (Minister for Industry and State Development) — I am very pleased to have this question from…

WOMEN: RURAL INDUSTRIES AWARD

Last Thursday International Women’s Day in Ballarat was celebrated by the announcement of the 2007 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation rural women’s award. Gathered at the historic Mining Exchange in Lydiard Street, Ballarat, women from all over Victoria were brought together to recognise the vital contribution that women make in rural Victoria. Deborah Bain…

PAKO FESTA: MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I had the pleasure of attending the 25th Pako Festa held on Saturday, 24 February, in Geelong — the largest festival held outside Melbourne. The theme of the first festa this year was Reflections on Culture. Over 70 cultural groups joined a vibrant, exciting and at times very noisy procession…

HON. JAMES LIONEL SIMMONDS

I also rise to support this condolence motion. Following the passing of Jim Simmonds I have been visited by a number of memories of events going back to the early to mid-1980s, when I first arrived in Melbourne and began living in Reservoir. I remembered my first Reservoir ALP branch meeting in McFadzean Avenue and…

RURAL AND REGIONAL VICTORIA: HEALTH SERVICES

The matter I wish to raise relates to rural health, and I direct my adjournment matter to the Minister for Health in the other place. Health, like education, is dear to all of us. Having healthy education and health systems are key indicators in any developed democracy, as is the provision of these services beyond…

ABORIGINALS: PORTLAND DEVELOPMENT

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. Could the minister please inform the house of the resolution of the Convincing Ground issue near Portland? Mr JENNINGS (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question and her concern about a very important planning matter that…

SMALL BUSINESS: WOMEN

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Small Business. Can the minister advise what measures are being taken in the small business portfolio to implement the Bracks government’s election commitments to encourage women in business and industry? Hon. T. C. THEOPHANOUS (Minister for Small Business) — I thank the member…

JUDY MAZEY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — On Friday, 16 February, I was invited to attend a retirement gathering at Ford Geelong. Two exceptional people from the training department, Judy Mazey and Lou Nettleton, had decided after much deliberation to commence a new journey in their lives. I would like to focus on Judy Mazey. Judy Mazey…

Disability services: Leadership Plus program

Last Monday I was fortunate to meet with participants and carers involved in as well as the organisers of the leadership program for people with disabilities, Leadership Plus. The program has run for three years and has 12 monthly intakes. This involves one three-day opening retreat in Geelong followed by eight two-day seminars in various…

M. C. HERD AND STEGGLES POULTRY

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — I rise to inform the chamber that I had the pleasure of joining the Minister for Agriculture in the other place, Joe Helper, and John Eren, the member for Lara in the other place, in visiting the M. C. Herd abattoir in Geelong North and then Steggles Poultry in Belmont…

SCHOOLS: CAPITAL WORKS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria) — My question is to the Minister for Education. Can the minister highlight the importance of the strategic approach needed for investment in capital works for Victorian schools? Mr LENDERS (Minister for Education) — I thank Ms Tierney for her question and her interest in capital works in schools. As Ms…

WIND ENERGY: BALD HILLS

Ms TIERNEY (Western Victoria)— My question is to the Minister  for Planning. The federal minister  for the environment  has finally approved the long-delayed Bald Hills  wind  farm project in Gippsland. He has ultimately delayed a project that  will  deliver definitive  environmental  benefits for Victoria.  I ask the minister to inform the house of  what action …

AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY: ELECTION RESULT

 I  take this  opportunity  to congratulate members of  this house  on their  election and in particular the ALP members and members in the other place who have areas within the western region. The members for Melton, Lara, South Barwon, Ripon, Ballarat West, Ballarat East, Geelong and Bellarine in the other place, Don Nardella, John Eren,…

MAIDEN SPEECH

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we stand, the Kulin nation, and pay my respects to their elders. President,  I  take  this  opportunity  to  congratulate you  on  being  elected President of the Legislative Council.  I  am  confident that you will ensure the efficient operation of this Council in a manner that …