Archives: June 2013

National Parks Amendment (Leasing Powers and Other Matters) Bill 2013

June 27, 2013

I am pleased to speak against this piece of legislation. I am not necessarily pleased to speak against legislation, but I feel the need to speak clearly against this proposed legislation.

Vocational education and training: TAFE funding

June 25, 2013

University of Ballarat school of education professor Erica Smith recently attended an international workshop in Europe focused on apprenticeships

Appropriation (2013-2014) Bill 2013

June 13, 2013

I am certainly pleased to speak in the debate on this appropriation bill. In commencing, I cannot help but make some comments in response to the contribution made by the member for Forest Hill, who is new to this place. He seems to be proudly stating that this is a AAA-rated budget. He really needs to reflect on the fact that in its 11 years the Labor government attracted AAA-rating status and surplus budgets every year.

Creswick Bowling Club: flood relief funding

June 11, 2013

I wish to raise an issue with the Treasurer. I would like the Treasurer to follow up on requests from the Hepburn Shire Council to meet with its representatives in relation to the Creswick Bowling Club. The club was washed out in September 2010 and then, sadly, again in January 2011, destroying both of its bowling greens and its clubhouse.

Rail: Ballarat services

June 11, 2013

A major achievement of the Bracks Labor government was the upgrading of rural and regional rail services across the state that were allowed to become run down under the former Kennett government, with some services being closed altogether.