I rise to commend the Andrews Labor government on the overwhelming success of the school breakfast clubs program in Victoria. This program was introduced by the Andrews Labor government in the 2015–16 state budget and has since served more than 2 million meals across Victoria.
Acts of terror continue to rage around the world: the United Kingdom has had its fair share, Egypt’s Coptic Christians were attacked by ISIS, in Iraq a young Australian girl was murdered by the same extremists and last night in Melbourne an innocent person went to work and got killed and three of our police officers got injured doing their job.
I pass on my condolences to the people of Manchester and stand with them shoulder to shoulder to make sure we stand united to defeat ISIS and all terrorism around the world.
The 1967 referendum was a great milestone, and I am hopeful, with goodwill from various parties on both sides of politics, that we can go to the next step and give further recognition to Aboriginal people in this country and make sure we give them the status they deserve.
These cuts will hit my electorate — 134 schools, to be exact — especially hard. Warringa Park School in Werribee, for example, will lose $1.2 million in school funding. Keilor Downs College in St Albans will be short‑changed $1 million, and Sunbury College will be $800 000 worse off.
I further welcome the government’s announcement that a new war memorial to honour those who served in the Korean War will be built in Maribyrnong Quarry Park in my electorate.
On 27 April, on behalf of the Minister for Families and Children, the Honourable Jenny Mikakos, I had the pleasure of officially opening the Darley Early Years Hub.
...when the Labor Party, led by Daniel Andrews, was campaigning before the 2014 elections, the now Premier made a solemn commitment to eliminate family violence, to address that chronic issue that we face as a state in relation to family violence, and he announced that a family violence royal commission would be established. The first thing Premier Andrews did when he came into office was establish that commission.
SPEAKING ON A BILL | ELECTRICITY SAFETY AMENDMENT (BUSHFIRE MITIGATION CIVIL PENALTIES SCHEME) BILL 2017
This February marked the eighth anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires, in which 173 people tragically lost their lives. One of the main reasons that we are here and why this bill has been introduced is to make sure that that does not happen again.
I was pleased to see the recent announcement of 100,000 new land lots and 17 new suburbs being created in the next two years, seven of which will be in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region. This will surely keep us ahead of population growth and deliver the most housing possible to the market to suit the needs of Victorian families.
Can the Minister for Families and Children please provide me with information on what investment the Victorian government is making in my western metropolitan electorate to help promote volunteering and community participation among young people?
As I said earlier, this is a straightforward bill. It deals with recommendations from the royal commission into child sexual abuse and also gives effect to recommendations coming out of the Betrayal of Trust report.
Let us then, as I am sure all Victorians already do in their daily lives, carry and promote the message of Cultural Diversity Week, Harmony Day and the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination that diversity is not a weakness but in fact a strength.
I hope members will support this bill before the house with the various amendments, because to me all of these amendments make sense. The bill is trying to enhance the way we deliver projects and manage properties owned by the state.
I want to congratulate the AFL for launching this year the AFL Women’s competition. One of the benefits of that is that my 15‑year‑old, who has never played sport, decided this year to take up sport and to play AFL. I think that is a credit to the AFL and its policies, and again I wish all women in Victoria a happy International Women’s Day.
On Saturday, 25 February, I attended the Australian Lebanese Medical Association ball, representing the Premier and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, the Honourable Robin Scott. I just want to take the opportunity to commend the invaluable and fantastic work that has been done by the association to champion better health services in Victoria. Also in attendance with me at that event were the Honourable Mary Wooldridge and Mr Elasmar. I think it was a great night.
What a good minister! I was pleased to see the minister's announcement that this year 2000 new places will be created for kindergarten children across Victoria. With growth areas such as Wyndham in my electorate averaging 81 births per week, kindergarten spaces will be needed in just a few years. We all know the vital importance of early years education in making Victoria the education state. Can the minister provide me with further information on how many of these 2000 spaces are set for Western Metropolitan Region?
Right now, some Victorians feel uncomfortable about the pace of our changing world. While this is understandable, it is never excusable to promote divisions based on race or religion. How we choose to respond to this challenge will define us as a state. Victorian. And Proud of It builds on Victoria’s proud and rich immigrant history and reaffirms and celebrates the shared values that make us a stronger, safer and more harmonious Victoria. It aims to speak to those who are agnostic towards multiculturalism or who are supportive but have doubts.