My constituency question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. I ask the minister: what are the benefits of the western distributor to the residents of Ballarat and the surrounding region?
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I am pleased to add my comments with regard to this bill, which relates to health complaints. As we all know, a basic thing that all Victorians should be able to expect if they require and seek health support is that they can rely on getting good quality support and professional and sound health services wherever they are in Victoria.
White Night 2016 was a huge success, with record crowds flocking to Melbourne to witness this cultural spectacle across the city. While this event took place in Melbourne, two of the brightest lights shone from the work of local Ballarat Indigenous artists, which bookended the festival at either ends of the city.
As I was saying last night before the house adjourned, the Racing and Other Acts Amendment (Greyhound Racing and Welfare Reform) Bill 2015 is all about ensuring that we can keep a healthy greyhound racing industry that recognises that the wellbeing both of greyhounds and all animals is soundly addressed and that we have no more repeats of the live-lure scandal and dreadful activities that happened and came to public attention last year.
I, too, am pleased to have some time to speak on this legislation, the Children Legislation Amendment Bill 2016. I think that as a member of Parliament one of the most challenging areas that I deal with from day to day, when I am in my electorate office, is when parents, grandparents or other people have come to me with their concerns about the care of children that they are close to or who may be their children.
In the brief time I have left this evening I would like to add my words of support for this Racing and Other Acts Amendment (Greyhound Racing and Welfare Reform) Bill 2015, which, as we have heard from previous speakers on the bill, is put forward by this government to support the greyhound racing industry.
The families of the Scotsburn area faced a devastating bushfire on Saturday, 19 December, that destroyed many homes, farm property and livestock. I would like to thank our Country Fire Authority and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning firefighters who were at the fire front saving people and property on a very difficult day.
As somebody who is just undergoing, on my first occasion, having a new home built I am hoping I will have a very happy experience of that. Clearly that is the experience of the majority of people I know — that they have had good, positive experiences in building a home, albeit challenging experiences, with many decisions to make.