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Parliament

MEMBERS STATEMENT | VICTORIA UNIVERSITY WERRIBEE CAMPUS

I would encourage VU in seeking state government support for a phased investment strategy via their 2020 budget bid and encourage my fellow MPs in supporting this significant investment for people in the west.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | LEARN LOCAL SECTOR

Victoria’s Learn Local sector gives Victorians of all walks of life the opportunity to access training that develops their core digital, literacy, numeracy, language and employability skills for study, work and life.

SPEAKING ON A MOTION | STANDING AND SESSIONAL ORDERS

I commend the motion to the house and again I urge that this house should not sit unless all its members are given the opportunity to actually attend and participate in the debate. Until then, this house should not sit.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | BEIRUT EXPLOSION

As a member of the Lebanese community in Victoria and a member of the Andrews Labor government, I send my condolences and express my sympathies to all those who have been affected by the Beirut port explosion on 5 August 2020.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | LEARN LOCAL PROVIDERS

Around 28 000 students access preaccredited learning every year. These courses are critical in boosting the knowledge and confidence of participants—enabling them to pursue further study or gain meaningful employment.

ADJOURNMENT | PET WELFARE

My adjournment is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council and the Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Resources, the Honourable Jaclyn Symes, MP.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | WORKING THROUGH COVID-19

I take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the healthcare workers who show such care and compassion in the face of extreme adversity. Your contributions and commitment to all Victorians are extraordinary.

SPEAKING ON A MOTION | JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE

This one is nothing but a witch hunt, a political stunt and a low act; it is not short of racism what is being presented here. We have our other MOU treaties with other countries—we do. We have a list of them on a regular basis in this chamber. I have not heard Mr Davis and his group complaining and launching an investigation into any of those—not a single one.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | COVID-19

Australia is not like the rest of the world. This is not because we are the lucky country, it is because we listened to the medical advice and we acted.

SPEAKING ON A MOTION | BARLEY TARIFFS

I congratulate the Premier for standing up for Victorian jobs and for Victorian businesses to make sure that Victorian companies can invest and grow their jobs here and export to China.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | ANZAC DAY

As RSL Victoria president Dr Robert Webster stated, ‘We may be physically isolated, but the Anzac spirit unites us. Lest We Forget’.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | VICTORIA POLICE DEATHS

Members of Victoria Police work every day to protect our community—especially so during the current coronavirus outbreak. We must never forget their bravery and sacrifice.

SPEAKING ON A MOTION | WEST GATE TUNNEL

The project is going ahead. The project is vital to Melbourne and particularly to the western suburbs of Melbourne. A part of the project is that 1.5 million cubic tonnes of soil need to be dug up.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL 2019

The Local Government Act 1989 had not been reviewed for many, many years, and the last time a local government bill was put into Parliament was when we had over 200 councils in local government and now we are down to 79.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING COMMITTEE

I think we can all agree that we can do better in improving our air quality in Victoria. But I think it is important to note that we do have good air quality in comparison—we are not behind the rest of the world. We are doing reasonably well, but we can do heaps better