SPEAKING ON A BILL | VICTORIAN INDUSTRY PARTICIPATION POLICY (LOCAL JOBS FIRST) AMENDMENT BILL 2018

Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan) — I will also be brief. I also rise to speak on the Victorian Industry Participation Policy (Local Jobs First) Amendment Bill 2018, and I will start off by congratulating the Andrews Labor government and Minister Carroll for bringing this bill to the house.

I just want to make a couple of comments in response to Mr Ondarchie’s comments earlier about bringing this bill in during the last quarter of this Parliament. The fact is that we have actually been implementing the bill; we have been doing these things since we got elected in November 2014. 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. Companies like Bombardier will be able to build trams and trains in Melbourne, and companies like OneSteel will be able to supply products for local projects. This bill will now make it mandatory for any future governments to take into account local content and local jobs for trainees and apprentices. I commend the bill to the house.

 

7 August 2018