Last week saw the completion of the removal of St Albans railway crossings on Main and Furlong roads. I want to take the opportunity to thank all the construction workers for their hard work and the contribution they made to delivering the project safely and on time. I just want to say that we are grateful for their hard work and dedication.
This bill is not about attacking freedom of religion. I for one can call myself a practising Christian. Actually I am not a left‑winger; I am a right‑winger, and I do not believe this bill prohibits people from freely practising their religion.
While it is good to see that progress is being made, can the minister please inform me on when the principal for Taylors Hill Secondary College will be appointed?
Our Prime Minister has ripped off Victorians once again. At first Malcolm Turnbull failed to deliver on his promise to top up the funding from the lease of the port of Melbourne by 15 per cent, only delivering 9 per cent. Victorians were ripped off by $650 million. Now Mr Turnbull has indicated that the federal government will not contribute any funding whatsoever to the construction of the western distributor.
The MEF is an excellent organisation, and I will do what I can to assist the organisation in achieving its goal of developing an upswing in the contribution and employment of African‑Australians across a range of occupations and industries and to help our new migrants and new Australians coming from an African background...
Basically the bill provides some provisions to balance the rights of consumers and legal practitioners by providing that disciplinary action taken against a lawyer must not be recorded in the register until the time for lodging an appeal or review of the disciplinary action has passed — 90 days — or, if the action is subject to an appeal, after the appeal is determined.
The Premier made a commitment and a public statement that he will give the chief commissioner whatever resources he needs. That was not a shallow commitment; that was a fair dinkum commitment. He will deliver on that. One thing about the Premier of this state, Daniel Andrews, is that he does deliver on his commitments.
I had the pleasure last Sunday week with Luke Donnellan, the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, to celebrate the start of roadwork on the widening of the E. J. Whitten Bridge and the Calder Freeway — the section between Keilor Park Drive and Furlong Road.
It is a great time to be living in the west. After a 62‑year drought my club finally did it. The Western Bulldogs emerged as the victors in this year’s AFL Grand Final — and what a day it was.
Malcolm Turnbull is again ripping off Victorians while the Liberal‑Nationals state coalition is idly standing by. The Andrews Labor government has delivered on its election promise to lease the port of Melbourne. That is done and dusted. However, Malcolm Turnbull has broken his promise. He has failed to top up the funding by 15 per cent. By providing only 9 per cent he has effectively ripped off Victorians by $650 million.
I think it is very important for us to expect our police force to do their job. We need to give them the tools and the resources that they need to do so. That is what the Premier said some 12 months ago, and he has repeated that a number of times. That was confirmed by the chief commissioner: the resources are there. We will continue to provide further resources. Question time is approaching. With those comments, I finish up. I commend the bill to the house.
Could the minister advise me as to when the funding will be announced so that the much-needed funds are available to these groups in my electorate as soon as possible? Should we expect that all the different categories of funds will be announced at the same time?
Can the minister inform me how the family violence sector, victim survivors and the community in Western Metropolitan Region will be consulted in relation to the implementation of the royal commission's 227 recommendations?
It was great that the minister last week launched the Let's Count numeracy program for Victorian children who need it most. Educators, parents and carers have a big impact on children's education. We need to make sure that we give them the opportunity to engage in programs that deliver positive outcomes, in order to set children up for their lives. Given the importance of these programs I ask that the minister advise me on the specific areas in my electorate that will benefit from this program.
That has become the new tactic. Instead of doing the right thing by doing your job — which you are getting paid for handsomely, I might add — debating legislation which will have an effect on Victorians, who pay your wages...
...the only reason they are seeking to adjourn this bill is not that they have an issue with the bill itself, as Mr Elasmar was saying about the previous bill, but simply that they have issues with what the other house has decided to do. The Assembly has decided not to appoint someone or set a date aside to fill the casual vacancy, so they want to shut down the debate in this house and basically close it down. That is going on strike.
...the Andrews Labor government last week managed to reach an in‑principle agreement with the Health Workers Union for a new EBA, which includes 3.25 per cent over four years. This deal will lift the pay and conditions of 55 000 workers in the system.
...the Andrews Labor government is determined to ensure family violence agencies are able to offer women and children the support they need in my electorate and throughout Victoria.