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…

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…