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CONSTITUENCY QUESTION & RESPONSE | WESTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

In the Andrews Labor government’s first term 29 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings were removed across Melbourne, many in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region. In the west I am thrilled to see many of these dangerous and outdated crossings removed.

CONSTITUENCY QUESTION & RESPONSE | AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES

My question is to Minister Mikakos. Could the minister please update the Council on how the Andrews Labor government is ensuring residents north-west of Melbourne are getting faster access to life-saving ambulance services?

MEMBERS STATEMENT | CONVERSION THERAPY

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.

CONSTITUENCY QUESTION & RESPONSE | EDUCATION AND THE WESTERN METROPOLITAN REGION

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.

QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE | HEALTH FUNDING

Could the minister please outline how the Andrews Labor government is ensuring Victorians have access to high-quality, affordable public health care?

ADJOURNMENT & RESPONSE | SOLAR ENERGY

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.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | GAMBLING REGULATION AMENDMENT (WAGERING AND BETTING) BILL 2018

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.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | JUSTICE LEGISLATION MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENT BILL 2018

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.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | AUTOMOTIVE TRANSITION TASKFORCE

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.

CONSTITUENCY QUESTION & RESPONSE | ENERGY POLICY

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.

MEMBERS STATEMENTS | GOVERNMENTS ACHIEVEMENTS

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.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | PREVENTION OF FAMILY VIOLENCE BILL 2018

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.

SPEAKING ON A BILL – VICTIMS AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2018

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.

ADJOURNMENT & RESPONSE | HOMELESSNESS

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.