It seems the standard practice of conservative governments — of Liberal-Nationals governments — is that when they come to power they want to make cuts. They do not like to spend on those things that the community sees as important. They do not like to see spending on education, on health and in so many other areas that are important to our community, and they just make cuts. Of course we saw that when the Baillieu government was elected in 2010. The first thing they did when they came to office was to say, 'No, we can't be spending so much on education. We can't be spending so much in a range of other areas' — in ambulance services and so on. In terms of some of the projects that Labor had proposed, they cut those too.
I do not know of any formal investigations regarding the member for Brunswick, and that is what this tirade seems to be about. I would ask you to bring the member back to speaking, if he can, on the subject of formal investigations and not just muckraking on a broad range of things that he might want to bring up. He should keep to the MPI which his side of the house has put forward.
Recently I visited the new prefabricated building modules now at the greenfield site of the Bonshaw Early Learning Centre. These will provide two kindergarten rooms catering for 66 three-year-old and four-year-old children. Fully funded by the Andrews government, local families will be excited about this $1.6 million kindergarten, with its modern spaces and play areas due to open at the start of next year.
Last Wednesday I visited the new kitchen at Ballan District Health and Care, which was provided with funding from the Andrews government. The kitchen currently prepares more than 2000 meals a week, catering for patients, aged-care residents, Meals on Wheels and all the children attending the Ballan Childcare Centre. The new kitchen will double its cooking capacity to 4000 meals per week and offer more food choices to aged-care residents, patients and staff.
Last Thursday I turned the first sod for the $750 000 upgrade of Mount Pleasant Kindergarten. Fully funded by the Andrews government, the project includes the addition of a second kindergarten room, which will double the number of kindergarten places from 33 to 66. Construction is expected to finish late next year and is great news for local families in Mount Pleasant.
Last Thursday I also visited the temporary home of the new Lucas fire brigade. The fire brigade is now fully operational and will be housed on the temporary site until the permanent $5.8 million fire station opens in 12 months. The station will be equipped for emergency medical response and operated by 25 career staff — great news for this area.
At the moment we find that Geoscience Australia is responsible for determining and regularly reviewing these offshore boundaries. At the moment it is undertaking a review of the Victorian federal offshore boundary, and next year it will come down with an outcome on new boundaries.
Last week I visited Damascus College Ballarat to advise principal Matthew Byrne and other school leaders that their school would be receiving $1 million from the Andrews Labor government's capital funding program for non-government schools. The $1 million will support a $2.5 million project to refurbish and extend some of the school's science rooms and the arts space. That will be well received by the school.
I was pleased to visit Ballarat Steiner School last week to share the news that they will receive $634 000 from the Andrews government for the construction of a new multipurpose building and for refurbishments to the current multipurpose space. This new building will be a great addition to the growing school.
Students have integrated a number of initiatives into the school, including creating a school veggie garden with composting, organising plastic-free wrapping days for school lunches, changing over to energy-saving light bulbs, placing signage beside light switches and taps promoting energy-efficient use and publishing articles about sustainability in the school newsletter.