Archives: March 2018

Engineers Registration Bill 2018

March 29, 2018

As a commitment before the last election we said that we thought engineers, in line with nearly every other profession across this state, should be registered with an appropriate body so that people could always be confident of their credentials and their experience and so that there was a system in place whereby if people did the wrong thing in their profession, there was a way that they could be either deregistered or disciplined. It would ensure that we always have the best quality of work.

Harmony Fest

March 28, 2018

I would like to congratulate the City of Ballarat for organising a fantastic program of events to celebrate Harmony Fest last week. The theme for this year's event was 'All of Us', which recognises that everyone, irrespective of their culture or religion, has a role in shaping our community.

Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee: drug law reform

March 28, 2018

As members may note, this is a very extensive report of over 580 pages, containing quality research material as well as detailing the advice shared with us by many people from Victoria, from interstate and from overseas jurisdictions that we visited during the inquiry. The inquiry became very wideranging in an attempt to gain an overview of the experiences involving illicit and prescription drugs. We compared the approach taken here in Victoria with other jurisdictions.

Drug law reform

March 27, 2018

Mr Howard (Buninyong) presented report, together with appendices, extract from proceedings, summary booklet, minority report and transcripts of evidence.


Ordered that report, appendices, extract from proceedings, summary booklet and minority report be published.

Parks Victoria Bill 2018

March 27, 2018

The Labor government has acted with this bill, and I am especially keen to talk about it because it reminds me of how much we have done and how strongly focused we are in protecting our environment and not destroying our environment.

Emergency Management Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

March 8, 2018

This bill will act as the central planning guidance tool for the authorities involved, and they will know exactly what to do when particular emergencies hit. Those who take senior responsibility will understand their role, and others who have a role to play will know how they fit in, who their contact people are and so on.

Long Service Leave Bill 2017

March 7, 2018

I note that we are very fortunate in this country to have the opportunity to have long service work for any employer recognised in such a way that we can accrue long service leave.

Djerriwarrh Health Services

March 6, 2018

I was pleased to visit Djerriwarrh Health Services in Bacchus Marsh to announce the $468 000 upgrade of the central sterile stock department at this important local hospital. This funding will improve processing, storage and distribution of sterile goods throughout patient care areas. This upgrade will occur alongside a major $9 million rebuild of the operating theatre suites at Djerriwarrh, which was also committed to by the Andrews government.

Buninyong electorate roads

March 6, 2018

— Yesterday I again visited Bacchus Marsh to turn the first sod on the $2.4 million upgrade of the Gisborne Road and Holts Lane interchange. Over 5000 vehicles per day use this intersection, and these works will provide extra lanes to increase capacity, including a dedicated lane to enable traffic to access the Western Freeway. These works add to the Halletts Way upgrade, which is progressing well, adding new ramps to allow drivers to enter and exit the Western Freeway to provide quicker access to and from Melbourne. With Bacchus Marsh's population expected to more than double by 2041, the Andrews Labor government is continuing to invest in this area.

Electricity Safety Amendment (Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme) Bill 2018

March 6, 2018

I am pleased to speak on the Electricity Safety Amendment (Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme) Bill 2018. As we have heard, it is about ensuring the safety of all people who buy electrical equipment and the safety of their homes.