We are talking about a time when the price of gold is at its highest ever and the profitability of these mines is actually going through the roof, which is a great thing.
It is great to actually have this bill in the house in light of the recent bushfire events where a lot of animals and species have been impacted and millions and millions have disappeared with the threat of being lost forever. So I think it is very good timing to introduce a bill like this to make sure we maintain biodiversity in Victoria.
I want to take this opportunity to pay my respects to these firefighters and again offer my condolences to their families and my appreciation of these people who made the ultimate sacrifice just to keep Victorians safe.
I lay on the table the final report from the Environment and Planning Committee on the inquiry into recycling and waste management, including appendices, extracts of proceedings and a minority report.
The issue of touting, particularly at the airport, has definitely caused a major problem. It ought to be fixed and the government will fix that
This project was commissioned in May 2016 and seeks to transform Stony Creek back into a natural waterway. This will provide the community with much-needed open space and increased connectivity.
I also rise to speak on the Building Amendment (Cladding Rectification) Bill 2019. The bill basically will enable Cladding Safety Victoria to administer the cladding rectification program which the government announced back in July 2019.
I rise to congratulate Racing Victoria on its recent announcement of a $25 million plan to improve the welfare of Victorian thoroughbred racehorses with an immediate focus on the wellbeing of post-racing horses
I am proud to be part of the Andrews Labor government that came in in 2014. We are now leading the nation when it comes to tackling climate change and delivering real action to set Victoria on a path to achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
In relation to the right of farmers to be able to operate their farms without being harassed, I do not support the activists going on farms. No-one has any right—and I do not care what the issue is—to go and basically invade.
Victoria has taken the lead when it comes to medicinal cannabis use in Australia. Leadership from the Andrews Labor government has led to the commonwealth allowing doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis and also removing a ban on the importation of medicinal cannabis.
I applaud the Andrews Labor government for its outstanding economic progress and for choosing to invest in the West.
This bill will actually do two things. One is it will give the owner-drivers a fair chance to be able to earn a living, and secondly, it will address the safety issues to make sure owner-drivers are not being put at risk and that they are not putting Victorian drivers and the rest of the community at risk.
I just want to echo the words of Ms Garrett, who elegantly described how this government is going about doing its business in delivering again and again and again for Victorians.
I note that yet again Victoria continues to lead on vital economic indicators relative to the rest of Australia. In the latest ABS data from the June quarter Victoria boasts the highest final demand growth out of the mainland states, at a growth rate of 1.9 per cent.
I also rise to speak on the Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2019. The bill will introduce a ban on all single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less.
Grand final weekend is a great time to be a Victorian.
We will get it built because that is what we do—we get things done.