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
The government also made an announcement a couple of weeks ago and asked Infrastructure Victoria to put a strategy in place to start implementing some policies around recycling and waste in general, because we need to now start talking about finding a solution.
I welcome the recent announcement that a further 709 officers are set to begin work over the next year. This includes an extra 207 family violence officers, a testament to the Andrews Labor government’s commitment to real action on family violence. In addition, this increase includes an extra 105 police allocated to the frontline to support parental leave, ensuring our hardworking police get that important time with their newborns.
What a pleasure to stand here and speak on the 2019 Andrews Labor government’s budget, the first budget after the recent election victory in which Victorians voted in big numbers to return an Andrews Labor government basically based on the record which it delivered in the previous four years. Victorians voted with their feet and believed in a government which delivers on what it said it will deliver
Let me turn my mind to what this budget is all about and where the priority of this house should be. It should be about delivering for Victorians. We got elected to this place in 2014 with sets of priorities to build massive infrastructure programs over the subsequent four years, and we have delivered on every single project we said we were actually going to deliver on during that period.
As previous speakers have outlined, this bill allows the Andrews Labor government to fulfil its commitment in the last election campaign to reform suppression order laws in Victoria, to make sure that suppression and closed court orders are the exceptions to the principal of open justice and that they are only made when necessary.