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.
I note that we are currently observing National Child Protection Week. I want to praise the work of Bravehearts for raising awareness of this occasion and working towards making Australia a safer place for all children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.