I rise to speak on the tragic loss of lives on Black Saturday, which was one of the worst bushfire events in our nation’s history.
I rise to congratulate the Andrews Labor government on its move to make the practise of conversion therapy against the law. Conversion therapy is any practice or treatment that seeks to change, suppress or eliminate an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
Last week over 1 million students returned to school, and these students enjoy better classrooms and new and upgraded schools and positive curriculum changes thanks to the Andrews Labor government. I am excited to see that the Andrews Labor government is following through on its commitment to invest $5.7 billion into our schools, making Victoria the Education State.
Could the minister please outline how the Andrews Labor government is ensuring Victorians have access to high-quality, affordable public health care?
The action I seek from the minister is to outline how the Andrews Labor government is helping low-income households access solar home packages and how this government is ensuring they are aware of the benefits of this initiative.
What is being done over this Christmas-New Year period to make sure that everyone stays safe on our roads?
I think it is important to note that currently Victorians spend approximately $1.2 billion annually wagering and betting on thoroughbred and greyhound racing, sports and other events. Increasingly wagering and betting are being conducted with online corporate bookmakers licensed outside of Victoria that are not captured by the current Victorian wagering and betting taxation framework. That is a lot of money we are talking about. This reform will ensure that all wagering and betting by customers in Victoria, whether online or in person, will be captured by the Victorian wagering and taxation system.
People should be able to go to work without being subjected to any harassment or physical or mental abuse. So there are a number of examples this bill is trying to address to make sure that our nurses, doctors, paramedics, firefighters, police officers, State Emergency Service and other emergency workers should not be subjected to any attacks or any abuse, whether it is physical or mental, when they are attending, doing their job and saving lives.
Over 3000 automotive workers have registered with skills and jobs centres, including 800 people in Western Metropolitan Region. Furthermore, the majority of retrenched automotive workers have now secured employment, mostly in skilled manufacturing. Many of those who have not are instead seeking education and training services, mainly in transport, postal and warehousing industries.
I note that we are currently observing National Child Protection Week. I want to praise the work of Bravehearts for raising awareness of this occasion and working towards making Australia a safer place for all children.
I welcome the recent announcement that a second-term Andrews Labor government would install solar panels on around 650 000 Victorian homes. This would save households around $900 a year on their electricity bills and generate 12.5 per cent of our 40 per cent renewable energy target by 2025.
I rise to commend the incredible work being done by the Andrews Labor government in Victoria. This government is delivering for all Victorians and our economy is thriving. Under the Andrews Labor government 370 000 jobs have been created since the election in 2014, with 234 300 of these jobs being full-time. The unemployment rate has plunged from the 6.7 per cent inherited from the Liberals to around 5 per cent now.
I think it is a good thing that our kids in the current generation, the new generation, are learning that violence is no longer acceptable and family violence is no longer acceptable. Respecting women, respecting partners and respecting our fellow human beings is something that should be part of our teaching and something we should actually go and teach in workplaces. That is where Respect Victoria will come in. Part of our response to recommendation 188 of the royal commission is basically to establish an independent agency to do exactly that.
This bill is about correcting that wrong. They were taken from the care of their parents to the care of the state, and because of the way the record was set up until the early 1990s with one system of records, if that was the case, a criminal record was placed against your name even though you had had not committed any crime. That is what the bill does. It is actually to correct that — to separate that if you were in that category. We got it wrong. We have recorded in your history that you committed a crime when that was not the case, so that is what the bill is about.
We recently recognised National Homelessness Week. This initiative coordinated by Homelessness Australia is aimed at raising awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the actions needed to find real solutions. I also recently received a letter from the Western Homelessness Network, a body which aims to provide information on homelessness in the west.
I support presumptive rights for firefighters. I support it. You had your chance. Do not pull a stunt. We will come back and fix it. We will come back to that space and get presumptive rights for firefighters. We had a bill before this house which I supported, and I will continue to support it. I support a full, comprehensive reform package for the fire services, including presumptive rights. That is what I support, and that will happen. We will deliver on our commitment, with you or without you.
It is good legislation. I get that the opposition will not be supporting this bill. Basically they talk the talk but they are not prepared to walk the walk. They just want to waste time; they do not give a damn, frankly, about the environment and about waste and pollution. They just want to play games and stop this progress.
Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan) — Today is the centenary of the day that the Battle of Amiens began. The Battle of Amiens, the opening phase of the 100-day offensive which ultimately led to the end of the First World War, began on this day in 1918, with..