Archives: March 2016

Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment (A Stronger System) Bill 2015

March 24, 2016

I am pleased to add my comments in regard to the Integrity and Accountability Legislation Amendment (A Stronger System) Bill 2015. It is fair to say that the people of Victoria quite rightly expect their government and their government services and all people working across the state, but especially when they are working with public moneys, to show that in their dealings they are acting with integrity and that they are certainly acting soundly in the way that they go about their business.

Buninyong electorate

March 24, 2016

My question is to the Treasurer, and I ask: what will be the financial effect of the forthcoming lease of the port of Melbourne, and what will this mean for regional jobs and infrastructure in my electorate of Buninyong?

Parliamentary Budget Officer Bill 2016

March 24, 2016

I am certainly also pleased to add my comments in regard to this Parliamentary Budget Officer Bill 2016, which, as we have heard from other members of Parliament, appeared to have its genesis under the former government when it made a promise back in 2010 as it felt we should have a Parliamentary Budget Office. But we know that in its four years of office that did not happen.

Ballarat Secondary College

March 23, 2016

I was pleased to meet with year 12 student leaders at Ballarat Secondary College last Thursday to hear their views about the issues that are important to them. Many topics were discussed and great ideas shared about the challenges faced by young people.

Cottonwood Springs

March 23, 2016

On Monday I joined with the Minister for Regional Development and the director of Slades Beverages, Mr George Tan, to announce that the Andrews Labor government has contributed $50 000 towards the $650 000 investment by Cottonwood Springs to expand its water-bottling facilities in Dunnstown.

Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee: fuel drive-offs

March 9, 2016

I was pleased this morning to have presented before this house the Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee's first report on fuel drive-offs as they occur in Victorian fuel retail outlets.

Water policy

March 9, 2016

Thank you, Speaker. I am very pleased to be able to speak on this matter of public importance, because it does relate to a matter of public importance. However, I am surprised that the Leader of The Nationals has put this forward as his matter of public importance, and it is almost masochistic for him to do so, because I can speak very proudly from this side of the house about the difference between Labor and its policies that have supported Victoria through times of challenging water restrictions and the opposition members — who quite rightly are the opposition.

National Electricity (Victoria) Further Amendment Bill 2015

March 8, 2016

I am pleased to speak on the National Electricity (Victoria) Further Amendment Bill 2015. In listening to members on the other side in their contributions on this bill it perhaps does not surprise me, but it again disappoints me, that at no stage do they use the term 'climate change', because climate change is a central feature of the bill.