Archives: March 2017

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Miscellaneous Amendment Bill 2017

March 23, 2017

As we have heard, there are three main aims contained within this legislation. One is to see us get tougher on those who are trafficking ice or methamphetamines across our community. The second is to tighten controls around synthetic drugs, and the third is to facilitate opioid substitution therapy in police cells.

Probationary driving age

March 22, 2017

Mr HOWARD (Buninyong) presented report, together with appendices, extracts from proceedings, minority report and transcripts of evidence.

Tabled.

Ordered that report, appendices, extracts from proceedings and minority report be published.

Social Enterprise Strategy

March 22, 2017

I was pleased to join with the member for Wendouree at Ballarat Regional Industries (BRI) to launch the Victorian government's Social Enterprise Strategy. The work at Ballarat Regional Industries is a prime example of a social enterprise where people with disabilities are empowered by being provided with skills training and employment.

Buninyong electorate volunteers

March 22, 2017

These groups do a great job supporting their communities, undertaking great projects to assist local schools and the community. I was also pleased to see that there is some excellent work happening at Elaine Cricket Club, with local volunteers currently upgrading the clubrooms.

Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee: probationary driving age

March 22, 2017

We accepted overall that it would be inappropriate to lower the driving age overall. What the committee did agree on overall, though, was that there should be a genuine exemption system offered to 17-year-olds who could show just cause why they should have the opportunity to get their licence before they become 18.

Mount Clear Recreation Reserve change rooms

March 9, 2017

I was very pleased to meet with members of the Mount Clear Junior Football Netball Club and the Mount Clear Cricket Club to officially open the new Mount Clear Recreation Reserve change rooms. The Andrews government is proud to have provided $100 000 towards the construction of these fantastic new multi-use change rooms, which feature unisex umpire change facilities, a first aid and store room and other amenities.

Ballarat Lyric Theatre

March 9, 2017

Well done to the Ballarat Lyric Theatre on their season of Cats — another outstanding performance.

Matters of Public Importance

March 8, 2017

On a point of order, Speaker, the member has now been on his feet for nearly 3 minutes and I fail to see the relevance of what he has been speaking about to the matter of public importance, so I ask you to bring him back to the issues contained within the MPI.

Matters of Public Importance

March 8, 2017

On a point of order, Speaker, on the issue of relevance. The member has not yet explained how this line of attack that he is taking is relevant to this MPI. Clearly he is going way off the track of the government MPI in attacking a member of this house, and I would ask you to bring him back to the matter of public importance that is before the house.

Matters of Public Importance

March 8, 2017

On a point of order, Speaker, the member has just made a statement which cannot be founded on any fact, accusing a member of rorting her allowance when there has been no claim against the member for Macedon that she has done anything that is outside the rules of the allowance. I ask that you bring him back to the matter before the house. The member is not here to ask him to retract his statement, but I am sure she would have if she was here.

Matters of Public Importance

March 8, 2017

On a point of order, Speaker, the member has now been on his feet for over 3 minutes. He has in fact, since my last point of order, gone further in simply attacking a member of this house without explaining the connection to this government's affordability of housing statement or the penalty rates issue that are clearly the subject of the MPI before this house. The member in the time between my first point of order and this second point of order has clearly gone further astray from the matter of public importance and has clearly just gone down the path of an irrelevant issue, attacking a member of this house.

Matters of Public Importance

March 8, 2017

On a point of order, Speaker, this member has been on his feet for most of his 10 minutes, and in the last 2 minutes he has in no way related his speech to the MPI before this house. I ask you to bring him back to the MPI before this house. This is a disgraceful contribution and should not continue.

Housing Affordability and Penalty Rates

March 8, 2017

What this government has been working on for some time is real Victorians' concern that housing seems no longer to be affordable. The young families in my electorate are finding it more and more difficult to see how they are going to be able to buy their own home in the future. I am very pleased to see that this government is taking concrete action, as opposed to the federal government, which is not responding to the issues of housing affordability.

Building Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2016

March 7, 2017

This bill will ensure that when people build their first home, or even their second home, they can be much more confident in appointing a builder. I am very pleased that this government has worked methodically through the Victorian Auditor-General's report and has taken into account the other information that has come to its attention about rorts in the system or misuse of the building code in the past. It will ensure that we are doing the right thing by people who build in the future.