This bill will act as the central planning guidance tool for the authorities involved, and they will know exactly what to do when particular emergencies hit. Those who take senior responsibility will understand their role, and others who have a role to play will know how they fit in, who their contact people are and so on.
I note that we are very fortunate in this country to have the opportunity to have long service work for any employer recognised in such a way that we can accrue long service leave.
I was pleased to visit Djerriwarrh Health Services in Bacchus Marsh to announce the $468 000 upgrade of the central sterile stock department at this important local hospital. This funding will improve processing, storage and distribution of sterile goods throughout patient care areas. This upgrade will occur alongside a major $9 million rebuild of the operating theatre suites at Djerriwarrh, which was also committed to by the Andrews government.
— Yesterday I again visited Bacchus Marsh to turn the first sod on the $2.4 million upgrade of the Gisborne Road and Holts Lane interchange. Over 5000 vehicles per day use this intersection, and these works will provide extra lanes to increase capacity, including a dedicated lane to enable traffic to access the Western Freeway. These works add to the Halletts Way upgrade, which is progressing well, adding new ramps to allow drivers to enter and exit the Western Freeway to provide quicker access to and from Melbourne. With Bacchus Marsh's population expected to more than double by 2041, the Andrews Labor government is continuing to invest in this area.
I am pleased to speak on the Electricity Safety Amendment (Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme) Bill 2018. As we have heard, it is about ensuring the safety of all people who buy electrical equipment and the safety of their homes.
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I am very pleased to see that the government has honoured the commitment made to the people of the Macedon area ahead of the last election via this bill. Those people will have the satisfaction of knowing that their neighbourhoods are now in a position to be protected. This concept can flow on to other communities within regional Victoria, and the bill notes other areas.
I will start by making the comment that there is nothing more challenging in our role as MPs or as members of the community than hearing stories about children who have been harmed in some way as a result of family violence, family neglect or whatever it is. Those issues then come before us through the media or through our doors into our electorate offices. Family members express concerns about children that they are aware of, or parents come before us when protective services have intervened to take their children away from them.
The Andrews Labor government has invested $12.5 million to install two kilometre-long overtaking lanes in each direction on the Midland Highway between Meredith and Bannockburn. This will also see the construction of flexible safety barriers along the entire length of the road to prevent run-off road crashes.
We know that over a long period of time, but particularly more recently, the number of people being indirectly hired through labour hire firms has increased and therefore employers do not have that direct relationship with the people they are employing on either a regular or temporary basis to undertake their work. We know that as a result of this there have been a number of complaints raised by people to each of us in our electorates and to a range of other people.
Over the past two weeks I have been pleased to visit all points of my electorate to announce six projects that will share in $600 000 funding for local youth initiatives.