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SPEAKING ON A BILL | OPEN COURTS AND OTHER ACTS AMENDMENT BILL 2019

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.

ADJOURNMENT | INDUSTRIAL SITE FIRES

I note the recent fires that have occurred across Melbourne’s suburbs at industrial sites in Footscray West in August last year and Campbellfield in April this year. It is concerning to see that in both the case of Campbellfield and that of Footscray West the owners of these premises look to have illegally stockpiled dangerous chemicals against existing regulations and licenses.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | THE VICTORIAN ECONOMY

I note that yet again Victoria is the strongest performing economy in the country. In the latest CommSec State of the States report, Victoria boasts Australia strongest jobs market, economic growth, wages growth, retail trade and construction work

MEMBERS STATEMENT | JOAN KIRNER WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

The west is one of the fastest growing regions in Victoria, with many young and prospective families. This hospital will make sure more local women and their families can get the world-class maternity services they need closer to home. The hospital will include 20 maternity delivery rooms, 237 beds, 39 special care nursery cots, four theatres and additional clinics.

NOTICE OF MOTION | ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING COMMITTEE

Having looked at what the motion refers to the Economy and Infrastructure Committee, it is to inquire into pretty much every major infrastructure project this government took to the election, implemented or is in the process of implementing. Mr Davis, the only motive I can say is behind this one—I do get it, that public accountability is very important, and there is no argument on that—is basically to try to bog things down.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERRORIST ATTACK

I want to say that we stand with the people of Christchurch, members of the Muslim community and everyone affected by these terrible events. I say, finally, Allah yarhamha, which in English is 'May they rest in peace’

SPEAKING ON A BILL | WEST GATE TUNNEL (TRUCK BANS AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT) BILL 2019

This project is a good project. I think this Parliament has spent enough time chasing its tail and debating this project week in, week out. It is time that we got on with it. It is time we passed this bill to give some certainty to the project and to streamline some of the processes which are attached to this bill.

NOTICE OF MOTION | ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING COMMITTEE

I also rise to speak on the motion moved by Dr Ratnam in relation to the reference to the Environment and Planning Committee to inquire into, consider and report by Tuesday, 13 August 2019 in relation to the crisis in Victoria’s recycling and waste management system.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | AUSTRALIAN LEBANESE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

Last Saturday night I attended the Australian Lebanese Medical Association annual ball at Luxor reception centre in Taylors Lakes. Its membership is incredibly diverse, including general practitioners, physiotherapists, chiropractors, dentists, pharmacists, medical researchers and nurses.

ADJOURNMENT | FOOTSCRAY HOSPITAL

I am incredibly excited to see that planning works have started on the new $1.5 billion world-class public hospital in Footscray, with the project likely to be opened in 2025. The western suburbs is one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. This hospital will ensure we are keeping pace with the demands of our growing population, replacing the old Footscray Hospital, which was built in the 1950s.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES AMENDMENT BILL 2019

I also rise to speak on the Parliamentary Committees Amendment Bill 2019, and in doing so there are a number of points I would like to cover. I listened to Mr Finn lecturing us about common decency and what is right and what is wrong, and I will come back to that later on, but he made some valid points about some of the good work the committees have done over his 20 years.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

I rise to speak on the motion moved by Mr Davis. It takes me back to a similar motion Mr Davis moved in the last Parliament. It is more or less the same motion which then moved on to become the revocation motion, which was an attempt at least to put a halt to the whole project and to stop everything.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | LATROBE VALLEY WASTE-TO-ENERGY FACILITY

Last week I attended a presentation by Australian Paper to announce the outcome of a feasibility study which was funded by the state government and the federal government—$7.5 million to explore the opportunity to open a waste-to-energy plant in the Latrobe Valley to provide APM with its energy needs.

QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE | RECREATIONAL FISHING

My question is to the Minister for Fishing and Boating, the Honourable Jaala Pulford. As many of my constituents are keen fishers and love to go and enjoy fishing on the weekends and love to eat fish as well, Minister, what has the Andrews Labor government done to support recreational anglers in Melbourne’s west?

ADJOURNMENT & RESPONSE | WEST GATE TUNNEL PROJECT

The West Gate Tunnel project is one of Victoria’s most vital infrastructure projects, and the west is the fastest growing area in Victoria. We need a second river crossing in order to service the imminent population boom and associated traffic.