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..
I recall when they first referred the matter to the Ombudsman that they thought the Ombudsman should handle this matter. The Ombudsman has handled the matter. The Ombudsman had a very extensive investigation and she handed down a report which had some findings, and in her report she made no suggestion or recommendation or any adverse finding that individuals had broken any laws.
We have not only been talking about it; we have actually been implementing policies which are in this bill. The only thing the bill is doing is enshrining in law what we have been doing since we got into office in November 2014; now it is all becoming law.
This is a great program for Indigenous trainees in my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region as they get hands-on experience in a variety of fields while also securing vital qualifications. This will set them up for a great career in the construction industry and empower them to secure long-lasting, full-time employment.
SPEAKING ON A BILL | JUSTICE LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (FAMILY VIOLENCE PROTECTION AND OTHER MATTERS) BILL 2018
The good news is that over the last few years everyone has been talking about it, everyone is doing something about it and the attitude from men is changing. We have still got a long way to go, but family violence is on the agenda front and centre and that is a pleasing thing. That is why the Andrews Labor government continues to implement the recommendations of the royal commission.
I am delighted to note that construction of the Melbourne Airport rail link will commence under a second-term Andrews Labor government. Premier Daniel Andrews's announcement on Sunday that a re-elected Labor government will commit $5 billion to this project ensures that Victorians will finally see this long-awaited project become a reality.
I join with Mr Elasmar in wishing the Socceroos, our national team, all the very best tonight in their game against Denmark. In particular I hope that the old warrior, Tim Cahill, will be given a go tonight and will kick the winning goal, flanked by the youngest player in the competition at the World Cup, Daniel Arzani, and led by the captain, Mile Jedinak, and coach, Bert van Marwijk.
The action I seek is that the minister explore options to make sure that construction companies implement traffic plans or put traffic control planning in place, as agreed with VicRoads; make sure that these are enforced in contracts; and look at legislative requirements to make sure that is enforceable.
This government has been more than flexible and helpful and prepared to bend over backwards to provide information to opposition members every time a motion has been moved to seek documents. That is in contrast to the record of the opposition when they were in government in the last term where every single motion calling for documents moved in the house was opposed by the then Liberal-Nationals government.
I was excited to see the new initiative employed by the Hume City Council in the creation of a 300-metre stretch of road. This road was created using an additive which contains plastic bags, printer cartridges and glass bottles.
Dohertys Road, Laverton North, is the first of eight projects that will form the Andrews Labor government's $1.8 billion western roads upgrade, and it is the first of 21 projects in the full $4 billion suburban roads upgrade package. This is the biggest investment in suburban roads ever made by a Victorian government.
SPEAKING ON A BILL | NATIONAL REDRESS SCHEME FOR INSTITUTIONAL CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE (COMMONWEALTH POWERS) BILL 2018
It is important to take away the stress and trauma which is in addition to the trauma and stress they would have endured over many, many years as a result of that abuse by people who were trusted.
I want to congratulate it for the great work it does for children and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse and marginalised backgrounds living in Victoria and Melbourne's west.
Can the minister please advise me of when this project is expected to be completed so my constituents in Western Metropolitan Region can start using the new lanes to reduce their travel times to and from work?
SPEAKING ON A BILL | PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT AMENDMENT (DISTINCTIVE AREAS AND LANDSCAPES) BILL 2017
I hope common sense will prevail, because this bill will create the right balance and make sure that all the environmental areas are taken care of, that the landscaping and landform are taken care of, that the historical and cultural areas are taken into consideration.
I want to congratulate the Andrews Labor government for its commitment to skilling apprentices and trainees and making sure that on major jobs now it is mandated that 10 per cent of the workforce have to be trainees and apprentices.