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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.

THE HONOURABLE FIONA RICHARDSON

Thank you, Fiona, for sharing your life with us. My deepest condolences go to her family. May she rest in peace.

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.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | FIREFIGHTERS PRESUMPTIVE RIGHTS COMPENSATION AND FIRE SERVICES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (REFORM) BILL 2017

I think it is time we showed respect for our firefighters. Whether they are volunteers or career firefighters, they should be treated equally. Stop your discrimination and hatred towards paid firefighters. The only crime they have committed, in your eyes, is that they hold a union ticket. That is what you have got against them — that they are union members, and that is disgraceful.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | CHILDREN AND JUSTICE LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (YOUTH JUSTICE REFORM) BILL 2017

This bill has been introduced to propose some changes to the way our justice system operates and tackle some recent events that are confronting our youth, but also it is important to note that recently there has been some dramatic reduction in the number of children and young people sentenced each year by the Children’s Court. However, it is a small group of young people who enter the criminal justice system early and reoffend more often, and that has become a major problem.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | NICK PARASKAVAS

I also rise to pay tribute to Nick Paraskavas, who recently passed away. As we know, Nick was one of the attendants here in the Legislative Council. He had worked here since November 2011, and I had become well acquainted with him during my time in this place. He was also a constituent in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | REFUGEE WEEK

To date there are approximately 21.3 million refugees around the world. As a developed, prosperous and generous country, Australia could and should do more to bring in more refugees and help end this growing humanitarian crisis.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | SCHOOL BREAKFAST CLUBS

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.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | TERRORIST ATTACKS

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.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | MANCHESTER TERRORIST ATTACK

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.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

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.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | MALCOLM TURNBULL’S CUTS TO EDUCATION FUNDING

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.