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MEMBER STATEMENT | STEVE HUTCHINS

I rise to speak of the passing of a Labor legend, the honourable former senator Steve Hutchins. He lost his battle with cancer of 19 years. One thing about Steve is he definitely was a fighter.

ADJOURNMENT | WERRIBEE PARK NATIONAL EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

Since 1984 the Victorian state equestrian centre at Werribee Park has featured indoor and outdoor equestrian facilities for major equestrian events and elite training, including dressage, showjumping, show horse polo and cross-country. These events are a huge boost to tourism, jobs and local businesses, showcasing the best of everything Victoria has to offer.

MEMBER STATEMENT | VIC DEY

I rise today to remember the life and contribution of Vic Dey. Vic was a decorated army veteran who served his country from 1948 to 1953.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING BILL 2017

It is not about giving people an easy way out. It is about the limited number of cases of people who have tried everything — the system has not been able to alleviate their pain and suffering — and who want to leave early, at their own time, in the last few weeks of their life. I think they should be given that choice.

MEMBER STATEMENT | PARLIAMENTARY WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM

The work experience placement program is beneficial to both the students and members of Parliament, so I ask all members to please consider making a difference to young people with disabilities by giving them the opportunity to experience the work we do.

MEMBER STATEMENT | MICHAEL MUSCAT

I rise to congratulate Michael Muscat for being awarded the 2017 WorkSafe Health and Safety Representative of the Year.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING BILL 2017

It is not about giving people an easy way out. It is about the limited number of cases of people who have tried everything — the system has not been able to alleviate their pain and suffering — and who want to leave early, at their own time, in the last few weeks of their life. I think they should be given that choice.

CONSTITUENCY QUESTION | TARNEIT COLLEGE

Labor’s record investment in schools in the last budget has led to a marked increase in upgrades for new schools. The unprecedented $2.5 billion spend is going towards ensuring that our children have the quality education facilities they all deserve.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AMENDMENT (BANNING PLASTIC BAGS, PACKAGING AND MICROBEADS) 2016

I do not think there is any disagreement from anyone about banning single‑use plastic bags. I think the question before this house and against the background I have just outlined is that we need to make sure that the bill is redrafted in such a way where we take the community with us and address whatever concerns might come out of the discussion paper launched this morning by Minister D’Ambrosio. We can then come back with a bill which will enjoy the support of all parties.

MEMBER STATEMENT | TOYOTA CLOSURE

This grant will create opportunities for 39 workers, who have now started work with that company. The government knows that we cannot abandon these workers during their time of transition.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | YARRA RIVER PROTECTION (WILIP-GIN BIRRARUNG MURRON) BILL 2017

This government is actually doing what it said it would do. We went to the election in 2014 and said we would do something about protecting the Yarra and its heritage and would give recognition to the traditional owners and enable them to have a say in how we manage the river. We are actually implementing that, two and a half years after the election. It is amazing.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | ARRIUM STEELWORKS

I want to praise the hard work of the AWU for their excellent representation of the workers employed by Arrium. They achieved an impeccable outcome for their members and their families.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | MELBOURNE WEST JOBS FAIR

I just want to take the opportunity to thank all the participants, and I want to thank all of the staff of both the state and federal governments who actually put the event together to assist these workers in transitioning from the automotive industry to new jobs. I wish them well and thank Minister Noonan for his great work in that field as well.