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SPEAKING ON A BILL | LEGAL PROFESSION UNIFORM LAW APPLICATION AMENDMENT BILL 2016

I am afraid the opposition have lost their mojo. They have got nothing else to do apart from wasting taxpayers money, sitting here and waffling on and on. They have not offered a single reason why any of these bills should be adjourned. If you had offered one single reason, I would get it, but you offered none.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | LOCAL GOVERNMENT (ELECTORAL) REGULATIONS 2016

This motion has simply been put by the opposition to frustrate the process. The timing of it is not good at all, because as I said earlier, there are council elections scheduled for 2 October this year. It is unnecessary, and I urge members of the house to actually vote against the motion because it is the right thing to do. The last thing we want for the upcoming council elections is to add more confusion to the process. I hope the house will vote against the motion.

SPEAKING ON A BILL | TOBACCO AMENDMENT BILL 2016

I also rise to speak on the Tobacco Amendment Bill 2016. In doing so I want to congratulate the minister and her office for all of the good work that has been done over the last 15 months to bring this bill to the house. It shows the commitment of the Andrews Labor government in relation to this subject matter and how smoking is causing harm to people in Victoria.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | BRITAX WORKERS

I say to Britax: do not turn your back on Australian jobs. It is not too late to rethink your decision of outsourcing production to China and save the livelihood of workers.

MEMBERS STATEMENT | BRITAX WORKERS

I say to Britax: do not turn your back on Australian jobs. It is not too late to rethink your decision of outsourcing production to China and save the livelihood of workers.

ADJOURNMENT & RESPONSE | SOLAR ENERGY

Considering that my electorate makes up one of the highest percentages of solar panel owners in Victoria, the action I seek is for the minister to outline to me the impact the new feed‑in tariff will have on existing customers as of January next year.

ADJOURNMENT & RESPONSE | LAUNCHVIC

I have been keenly interested in the development of the Andrews Labor government’s LaunchVic fund as I believe it will do a great deal to enhance the current innovation ecosystem in Victoria and particularly in Western Metropolitan Region. We will all benefit from the creation of a more diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem, and I know the western suburbs of Melbourne look forward to the opportunities such an ecosystem can provide.

ADJOURNMENT & RESPONSE | LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM

Local government, though it is the lowest tier of government, serves an important role in Victoria and indeed is a vital part of my community... When will the directions paper be released so that my constituents can submit their thoughts on the government’s reforms?

ADJOURNMENT & RESPONSE | RIDESHARING REGULATION (UBER)

From my point of view I would be calling for Uber to have to meet the same requirements as are currently imposed on the taxi industry. There should be a proper level playing field to provide equity to taxi owners and drivers and ensure that citizens of Victoria enjoy the same levels of safety and competition.

ADJOURNMENT & RESPONSE | TAFE FUNDING

It is well known that previous Liberal cuts devastated TAFEs across Victoria – this forced many to drop vital programs and services or incur additional operating costs. Such programs are immensely important for giving vulnerable students, who face barriers to training, the best opportunity of getting the skills they need to maximise their opportunities in life.

CONSTITUENCY QUESTION & RESPONSE | RECONNECT PROGRAM

The Reconnect program received $20 million in the recent 2016-17 Victorian budget in order to support young early school leavers and the long-term unemployed. Can the minister update me on how the $960 000 boost in funding will exactly address disadvantage, reduce youth unemployment and promote equity in Melbourne's west?