I rise to congratulate Racing Victoria on its recent announcement of a $25 million plan to improve the welfare of Victorian thoroughbred racehorses with an immediate focus on the wellbeing of post-racing horses
I am proud to be part of the Andrews Labor government that came in in 2014. We are now leading the nation when it comes to tackling climate change and delivering real action to set Victoria on a path to achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
In relation to the right of farmers to be able to operate their farms without being harassed, I do not support the activists going on farms. No-one has any right—and I do not care what the issue is—to go and basically invade.
Victoria has taken the lead when it comes to medicinal cannabis use in Australia. Leadership from the Andrews Labor government has led to the commonwealth allowing doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis and also removing a ban on the importation of medicinal cannabis.
I applaud the Andrews Labor government for its outstanding economic progress and for choosing to invest in the West.
This bill will actually do two things. One is it will give the owner-drivers a fair chance to be able to earn a living, and secondly, it will address the safety issues to make sure owner-drivers are not being put at risk and that they are not putting Victorian drivers and the rest of the community at risk.
I just want to echo the words of Ms Garrett, who elegantly described how this government is going about doing its business in delivering again and again and again for Victorians.
I note that yet again Victoria continues to lead on vital economic indicators relative to the rest of Australia. In the latest ABS data from the June quarter Victoria boasts the highest final demand growth out of the mainland states, at a growth rate of 1.9 per cent.
I also rise to speak on the Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2019. The bill will introduce a ban on all single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less.
Grand final weekend is a great time to be a Victorian.
We will get it built because that is what we do—we get things done.
The only thing I have heard from the so-called opposition is just opposition for opposition’s sake. They are not coming up with any real alternative policy, apart from basically dragging themselves down low into the gutter and wasting the time of this house.
I take the opportunity to also rise to speak on the Water and Catchment Legislation Amendment Bill 2019.
Today Victoria’s landmark voluntary assisted dying laws come into effect, with patients suffering from a terminal illness able to make an initial request for access to the scheme.
I also rise to speak on the motion moved by Ms Wooldridge. I am somehow pleased that the opposition has started talking about local content and talking about encouraging companies and projects in Victoria to actually use local content.
The interim report by 29 August and the final report by 29 November 2019. Motion agreed to.
This is the third time in nearly as many months that I have stood in this place to speak on senseless violence—that is three times too many.
I want to congratulate the Alex Fraser Group on their efforts and congratulate the whole team, particularly their managing director, Peter Murphy. We are finally getting there in relation to the recycling issue and putting these recycled materials to good use