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 …