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MEMBERS STATEMENT | DARLEY EARLY YEARS HUB

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.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | FAMILY VIOLENCE PROTECTION AMENDMENT BILL 2017

...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.

CONSTITUENCY QUESTION & RESPONSE | NEW LAND LOTS

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.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | CULTURAL DIVERSITY WEEK

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.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | AUSTRALIAN LEBANESE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

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.

CONSTITUENCY QUESTION & RESPONSE | 2000 NEW KINDERGARTEN PLACES

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?

MEMBERS STATEMENT | VICTORIAN AND PROUD OF IT

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.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | ESSENDON AIRPORT TRAGEDY

My thoughts and prayers go to these people and to their families and friends. It is my understanding, according to news reports, that the group of people were going to have a good day today playing golf on King Island, but unfortunately due to tragedy they are not going to be able to do that and they will not be going back to their families or friends. It is a tragic accident. There were also 20 people working at JB Hi‑Fi who witnessed what happened. Thankfully they, and the travelling public, were not injured.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | WESTBOURNE GRAMMAR SCHOOL

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Westbourne Grammar School on its latest milestone. To mark and celebrate the school’s 150‑year achievement, a unique sculpture park was officially opened last Tuesday, which I had the pleasure of attending.