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  • West Gate Tunnel Project

    The West Gate Tunnel Project will provide a second river crossing, 4 additional lanes on the West Gate Freeway and more reliable trips into the city. It will slash congestion and reduce travel times - getting you home sooner and safer. It will also create 5,600 new jobs and provide an $11 billion boost to our economy.

  • More Train Services for the Werribee Line

    The Andrews Labor Government will add 10 new Werribee line train services in the peak, every week – to get people in Melbourne’s west home safer and sooner. The 10 new Werribee peak services build on the 10 new peak services added in 2015, and this year’s budget funded eight new off-peak services which will start next year.

  • $1.8 Billion Western Roads Package to Transform Suburban Roads

    Local residents and commuters in Wyndham will benefit from a huge package of 8 key road upgrade, including work on the Duncans Road Interchange, and 750 lane-kilometres of maintenance works that will cut travel times, improve road safety and better connect communities in this key growth corridor.

  • Melbourne Metro Rail Project

    The Melbourne Metro Rail Project will deliver nine-kilometres worth of tunnel, five new underground railway stations and the rail the best city in the world deserves. This will revolutionise the way we use Melbourne's rail network.

  • Werribee Electorate

    Information about the local electorate of Werribee which takes in a diverse range of communities and locales.

  • West Gate Tunnel Project

    The West Gate Tunnel Project will provide a second river crossing, 4 additional lanes on the West Gate Freeway and more reliable trips into the city. It will slash congestion and reduce travel times - getting you home sooner and safer. It will also create 5,600 new jobs and provide an $11 billion boost to our economy.

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MEMBERS STATEMENTS Karen language teaching

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (09:44:14) — I rise to inform the house about a recent celebration of the inaugural graduating class of Victorian certificate of education (VCE) Karen students. The event was held at the Victorian School of Languages (VSL) centre in Werribee. I also had the pleasure of officially launching the first VCE Karen textbook. In 2007, a little over 10 years ago, I had the opportunity to launch the first‑ever Karen classes. The Victorian School of Languages centre caters for the many multicultural communities in Werribee. The VSL and the Karen community should be proud of the pivotal role they have played in developing the year 12 Karen textbook, which is now available to Karen students across Australia. Victoria is the only place worldwide that formally teaches Karen to year 12 level. That should be a point of pride for our state and is further evidence of our rich cultural and linguistic heritage. I also acknowledge the tireless work of principal Frank Merlino, the Karen teachers and the Australian Karen Organisation for making the Karen textbook and its Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority accreditation possible. I commend the students for their hard work and wish them all the very best for the future.

MEMBERS STATEMENTS Karen language teaching

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (09:44:14) — I rise to inform the house about a recent celebration of the inaugural graduating class of Victorian certificate of education (VCE) Karen students. The event was held at the Victorian School of Languages (VSL) centre in Werribee. I also had the pleasure of officially launching the first VCE Karen textbook. In 2007, a little over 10 years ago, I had the opportunity to launch the first‑ever Karen classes. The Victorian School of Languages centre caters for the many multicultural communities in Werribee. The VSL and the Karen community should be proud of the pivotal role they have played in developing the year 12 Karen textbook, which is now available to Karen students across Australia. Victoria is the only place worldwide that formally teaches Karen to year 12 level. That should be a point of pride for our state and is further evidence of our rich cultural and linguistic heritage. I also acknowledge the tireless work of principal Frank Merlino, the Karen teachers and the Australian Karen Organisation for making the Karen textbook and its Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority accreditation possible. I commend the students for their hard work and wish them all the very best for the future.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE AND MINISTERS STATEMENTS Ministers statements: economy

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:32:23) — I rise to update the house on the strength of the Victorian economy. Recent state accounts data shows that in the 2016–17 financial year Victoria had the highest gross state product growth of all the states, well above anything achieved under the previous government, which watched Victoria go backwards. Today’s growth means one simple thing: jobs — 266 000 since this government took office and almost three times more than those opposite managed in four slow years. Every job, every project this government delivers reminds those opposite of four years of sloth and indolence. Our jobs growth is the highest it has been in more than a quarter of a century, but it does not happen on its own. Our approach is simple: invest in Victorians, invest in local jobs, create opportunities and, importantly, do what you say you will do, get on with it — and no dodgy side letters along the way. We have helped thousands of Victorians purchase their first home, we are upgrading and opening schools right cross Victoria and we are doing all this despite the efforts of those opposite. They opposed Back to Work — The SPEAKER — The member for Malvern is warned. Mr PALLAS — They opposed our tax cuts, and now they are resorting to stunts to stop crucial pieces of housing and public transport projects get underway. It is shameful behaviour — the Liberals forming a teal coalition with the Greens, restricting development in public transport — Mr Pesutto — On a point of order, Speaker, the Treasurer is accusing us of stunts over major projects. We have people from the member for Ivanhoe’s electorate in the gallery today and you call them stunts. They are just stunts to you. The SPEAKER — Order! The member for Hawthorn will resume his seat. The Treasurer to continue with his ministers statement. Mr PALLAS — Thank you, Speaker. On this side of the house we are investing in the infrastructure and services that Victorians need, and our infrastructure investment is almost double, at $9.6 billion, of those opposite. The always crabby Leader of the Opposition quipped recently that we should take the politics out of infrastructure. Well, we know he is good at dining on lobster but he has been floundering as a leader. Honourable members interjecting. The SPEAKER — I would ask the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, from his position of leadership in this place, to set a better example.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE AND MINISTERS STATEMENTS Ministers statements: economy

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:32:23) — I rise to update the house on the strength of the Victorian economy. Recent state accounts data shows that in the 2016–17 financial year Victoria had the highest gross state product growth of all the states, well above anything achieved under the previous government, which watched Victoria go backwards. Today’s growth means one simple thing: jobs — 266 000 since this government took office and almost three times more than those opposite managed in four slow years. Every job, every project this government delivers reminds those opposite of four years of sloth and indolence. Our jobs growth is the highest it has been in more than a quarter of a century, but it does not happen on its own. Our approach is simple: invest in Victorians, invest in local jobs, create opportunities and, importantly, do what you say you will do, get on with it — and no dodgy side letters along the way. We have helped thousands of Victorians purchase their first home, we are upgrading and opening schools right cross Victoria and we are doing all this despite the efforts of those opposite. They opposed Back to Work — The SPEAKER — The member for Malvern is warned. Mr PALLAS — They opposed our tax cuts, and now they are resorting to stunts to stop crucial pieces of housing and public transport projects get underway. It is shameful behaviour — the Liberals forming a teal coalition with the Greens, restricting development in public transport — Mr Pesutto — On a point of order, Speaker, the Treasurer is accusing us of stunts over major projects. We have people from the member for Ivanhoe’s electorate in the gallery today and you call them stunts. They are just stunts to you. The SPEAKER — Order! The member for Hawthorn will resume his seat. The Treasurer to continue with his ministers statement. Mr PALLAS — Thank you, Speaker. On this side of the house we are investing in the infrastructure and services that Victorians need, and our infrastructure investment is almost double, at $9.6 billion, of those opposite. The always crabby Leader of the Opposition quipped recently that we should take the politics out of infrastructure. Well, we know he is good at dining on lobster but he has been floundering as a leader. Honourable members interjecting. The SPEAKER — I would ask the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, from his position of leadership in this place, to set a better example.

UPGRADING NON-GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IN WERRIBEE DISTRICT

Hundreds of local students attending Catholic and independent schools in Werribee will benefit from better facilities and new and upgraded classrooms, thanks to the Victorian Government. Tim Pallas Member for Werribee, today announced that St Andrew’s Primary School and MacKillop Catholic Regional College in Werribee are two of 38 schools across Victoria sharing in almost $50 million to build classrooms and upgrade facilities as part of the Andrews Government’s Capital Funding Program for Non-Government Schools. St Andrew’s Primary School will receive $1,650,000 towards the refurbishment of their library to provide administration spaces, general learning areas and for the reconstruction of student amenities.   MacKillop Catholic Regional College will receive $2,000,000 towards the construction of 14 general learning areas and the refurbishment of general learning areas to provide for library and to provide staff work areas, and student services.   A total of 12 Independent schools and 26 Catholic Schools will share the almost $50 million to upgrade and expand their facilities under the fund’s third round – giving more Victorian families the opportunity to attend a great local school of their choice. The Victorian Government launched the $120 million Capital Funding Program for Non-Government Schools in 2015 to help expand and upgrade Catholic and Independent schools, matching the sectors’ investments in school infrastructure. The fund is part of a $2.5 billion Government investment over three years to build the Education State, giving every student access to a great local school with a great education. Victoria’s school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. One in three Victorian students attend Catholic and independent schools, making them a vital part of the state’s education system. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are delivering vital funding to help build and upgrade independent and Catholic schools across Victoria so they can make a real difference in the lives of more families.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re helping St Andrew’s Primary School and MacKillop Catholic Regional College complete their exciting upgrades, so that more local students can access first-rate local school facilities and get the education they need to thrive.”

UPGRADING NON-GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IN WERRIBEE DISTRICT

Hundreds of local students attending Catholic and independent schools in Werribee will benefit from better facilities and new and upgraded classrooms, thanks to the Victorian Government. Tim Pallas Member for Werribee, today announced that St Andrew’s Primary School and MacKillop Catholic Regional College in Werribee are two of 38 schools across Victoria sharing in almost $50 million to build classrooms and upgrade facilities as part of the Andrews Government’s Capital Funding Program for Non-Government Schools. St Andrew’s Primary School will receive $1,650,000 towards the refurbishment of their library to provide administration spaces, general learning areas and for the reconstruction of student amenities.   MacKillop Catholic Regional College will receive $2,000,000 towards the construction of 14 general learning areas and the refurbishment of general learning areas to provide for library and to provide staff work areas, and student services.   A total of 12 Independent schools and 26 Catholic Schools will share the almost $50 million to upgrade and expand their facilities under the fund’s third round – giving more Victorian families the opportunity to attend a great local school of their choice. The Victorian Government launched the $120 million Capital Funding Program for Non-Government Schools in 2015 to help expand and upgrade Catholic and Independent schools, matching the sectors’ investments in school infrastructure. The fund is part of a $2.5 billion Government investment over three years to build the Education State, giving every student access to a great local school with a great education. Victoria’s school building boom has delivered more than 1,000 school upgrades and 56 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. One in three Victorian students attend Catholic and independent schools, making them a vital part of the state’s education system. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are delivering vital funding to help build and upgrade independent and Catholic schools across Victoria so they can make a real difference in the lives of more families.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re helping St Andrew’s Primary School and MacKillop Catholic Regional College complete their exciting upgrades, so that more local students can access first-rate local school facilities and get the education they need to thrive.”

LIBERALS SECRET PLAN TO CUT VITAL SERVICES IN WERRIBEE

Matthew Guy and the Liberals planned ‘Commission of Audit’ will once again see funding ripped out of the Werribee electorate’s schools, hospitals, transport and other services if they win the next election A recent media report states: “If Matthew Guy wins the election and becomes premier next year, the opposition has promised to undertake a cost audit and a review within the first 100 days of forming government.” Sunday Herald Sun, 15 October 2017 If this isn’t enough Shadow Treasurer Michael O’Brien, has confirmed that frontline public sector workers are once again in Liberal Party sights as they seek to once again cut Victoria’s services. Attacking the Andrews Labor Government for having boosted the numbers of teachers, police officers, corrections officers and paramedics, Mr O’Brien bizarrely claimed this was bloating the public service. The Liberal Party just can’t help themselves, it’s part of their DNA – when in power they cut the services that hard working families across the Werribee electorate depend upon. The Liberal Party have form on this. When last in government, they smashed their way through our local services, including: Ripping almost $1 billion out of schools and axing the Educational Maintenance Allowance and School Start Bonus Slashing over $1 billion from TAFE Cutting funding to ambulances and hospitals that saw a blow out in local ambulance response times and hospital waiting lists Not even babies and young children were safe from Liberal cuts, with the whooping cough vaccination program cruelly cut. Now the Liberals and Matthew Guy want to do it all over again. Matthew Guy must make clear to people living in [electorate] which local frontline services will be subject to their razor gang – hard working locals deserve to know what services are set to be axed and whether their jobs are safe. What is on the Liberals chopping block? Will funding for the breakfast club at Westgrove Primary School be axed, are paramedics at Werribee Ambulance Station facing the sack, how many surgeries at Werribee Mercy are at threat and will the proposed level crossing removals at Werribee and Cherry Streets still take place? Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Matthew Guy with his cost audit, wants to cut the very services that locals across the Werribee electorate depend upon – cuts to local health, cuts to local education, cuts to local transport.”  “In stark contrast, Labor will always put people first in the Werribee electorate and make the investments needed to boost jobs and create the world class schools, hospitals and TAFEs we need.”

LIBERALS SECRET PLAN TO CUT VITAL SERVICES IN WERRIBEE

Matthew Guy and the Liberals planned ‘Commission of Audit’ will once again see funding ripped out of the Werribee electorate’s schools, hospitals, transport and other services if they win the next election A recent media report states: “If Matthew Guy wins the election and becomes premier next year, the opposition has promised to undertake a cost audit and a review within the first 100 days of forming government.” Sunday Herald Sun, 15 October 2017 If this isn’t enough Shadow Treasurer Michael O’Brien, has confirmed that frontline public sector workers are once again in Liberal Party sights as they seek to once again cut Victoria’s services. Attacking the Andrews Labor Government for having boosted the numbers of teachers, police officers, corrections officers and paramedics, Mr O’Brien bizarrely claimed this was bloating the public service. The Liberal Party just can’t help themselves, it’s part of their DNA – when in power they cut the services that hard working families across the Werribee electorate depend upon. The Liberal Party have form on this. When last in government, they smashed their way through our local services, including: Ripping almost $1 billion out of schools and axing the Educational Maintenance Allowance and School Start Bonus Slashing over $1 billion from TAFE Cutting funding to ambulances and hospitals that saw a blow out in local ambulance response times and hospital waiting lists Not even babies and young children were safe from Liberal cuts, with the whooping cough vaccination program cruelly cut. Now the Liberals and Matthew Guy want to do it all over again. Matthew Guy must make clear to people living in [electorate] which local frontline services will be subject to their razor gang – hard working locals deserve to know what services are set to be axed and whether their jobs are safe. What is on the Liberals chopping block? Will funding for the breakfast club at Westgrove Primary School be axed, are paramedics at Werribee Ambulance Station facing the sack, how many surgeries at Werribee Mercy are at threat and will the proposed level crossing removals at Werribee and Cherry Streets still take place? Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Matthew Guy with his cost audit, wants to cut the very services that locals across the Werribee electorate depend upon – cuts to local health, cuts to local education, cuts to local transport.”  “In stark contrast, Labor will always put people first in the Werribee electorate and make the investments needed to boost jobs and create the world class schools, hospitals and TAFEs we need.”

 

JOBS BOOM IN WYNDHAM HELPING LOCALS WORK CLOSER TO HOME

New jobs are allowing locals in growing Wyndham communities to work closer to where they live, new data shows. Fresh census data shows Wyndham is in the middle of an employment boom, with local jobs growing 44 per cent from 2011 to 2016. The data shows that jobs creation is outstripping dwelling creation. Some 19,296 jobs were added to the municipality – higher than the 16,219 dwellings built. Industries experiencing the strongest growth include transport, postal and warehousing (2,858 jobs), healthcare and social assistance (2,592 jobs) and retail trade (2,363 jobs). The data shows that the Andrews Labor Government’s focus on ensuring new communities in growth areas are properly connected with jobs and services is working. The Government’s Plan Melbourne is our blueprint for catering for population growth and retaining our liveability. Plan Melbourne aims to make the “20 Minute Neighbourhood” a reality for every Melburnian, where all of our everyday needs can be met with a 20-minute walk, cycle or public transport trip from home. The ABS data reveals there were 2.05 million jobs created in Greater Melbourne – and more than three quarters were outside of the central city. The Labor Government is building new communities in Melbourne’s west with the services and infrastructure families deserve. We recently unveiled Mt Atkinson, a 15,000 hectare precinct set to become home to 8,000 dwellings and 22,000 people over the next 15 years. Mt Atkinson will be a hive of jobs, with up to 19,000 long-term jobs in retail, commercial, industrial, office and education businesses. Supply is a cornerstone of housing affordability, which is why the Government is rezoning 100,000 lots of land in key growth areas in two years, and speeding up the time it takes for land to be shovel ready. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham is in the midst of a jobs boom – the data proves it. It means locals are spending less time on the roads commuting to and from work and more time doing the things they enjoy.” “We’re getting the planning right in growth areas, ensuring that new communities are built with great infrastructure and services and a wealth of employment options for locals.”

JOBS BOOM IN WYNDHAM HELPING LOCALS WORK CLOSER TO HOME

New jobs are allowing locals in growing Wyndham communities to work closer to where they live, new data shows. Fresh census data shows Wyndham is in the middle of an employment boom, with local jobs growing 44 per cent from 2011 to 2016. The data shows that jobs creation is outstripping dwelling creation. Some 19,296 jobs were added to the municipality – higher than the 16,219 dwellings built. Industries experiencing the strongest growth include transport, postal and warehousing (2,858 jobs), healthcare and social assistance (2,592 jobs) and retail trade (2,363 jobs). The data shows that the Andrews Labor Government’s focus on ensuring new communities in growth areas are properly connected with jobs and services is working. The Government’s Plan Melbourne is our blueprint for catering for population growth and retaining our liveability. Plan Melbourne aims to make the “20 Minute Neighbourhood” a reality for every Melburnian, where all of our everyday needs can be met with a 20-minute walk, cycle or public transport trip from home. The ABS data reveals there were 2.05 million jobs created in Greater Melbourne – and more than three quarters were outside of the central city. The Labor Government is building new communities in Melbourne’s west with the services and infrastructure families deserve. We recently unveiled Mt Atkinson, a 15,000 hectare precinct set to become home to 8,000 dwellings and 22,000 people over the next 15 years. Mt Atkinson will be a hive of jobs, with up to 19,000 long-term jobs in retail, commercial, industrial, office and education businesses. Supply is a cornerstone of housing affordability, which is why the Government is rezoning 100,000 lots of land in key growth areas in two years, and speeding up the time it takes for land to be shovel ready. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Wyndham is in the midst of a jobs boom – the data proves it. It means locals are spending less time on the roads commuting to and from work and more time doing the things they enjoy.” “We’re getting the planning right in growth areas, ensuring that new communities are built with great infrastructure and services and a wealth of employment options for locals.”

FUNDING BOOST FOR WERRIBEE VOLUNTEERS

Emergency Services in Werribee are receiving a welcome funding boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino recently announced the outcome of the 2017-18 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, delivering grants to 300 successful applicants. Successful services winning grants in Werribee electorate include: Little River CFA – $11,480 for new operational equipment Wyndham Vale CFA– $11,634 for new facility upgrades VF10 Werribee Coast Guard – $73,221 for new vehicles and appliances Emergency services volunteers across the state will share in $13 million in grants to help them keep Victorian communities safe. The program funds operational equipment, including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility upgrades. Across Victoria the grants package assists all our emergency services volunteer organisations, including: $9.55 million for volunteer CFA brigades $2.05 million for SES units More than $750,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs More than $320,000 for the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Almost $290,000 for other volunteer organisations Almost $50,000 to cover additional costs incurred by volunteers. The Labor Government is also allocating almost $2.5 million in state-wide initiatives. For more information about the grants, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website:  https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/ Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Emergency services in the Werribee electorate do an incredible job keeping the local community safe and they deserve nothing but the best equipment.” “This funding boost will help emergency services to help keep our community safe.”

FUNDING BOOST FOR WERRIBEE VOLUNTEERS

Emergency Services in Werribee are receiving a welcome funding boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino recently announced the outcome of the 2017-18 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, delivering grants to 300 successful applicants. Successful services winning grants in Werribee electorate include: Little River CFA – $11,480 for new operational equipment Wyndham Vale CFA– $11,634 for new facility upgrades VF10 Werribee Coast Guard – $73,221 for new vehicles and appliances Emergency services volunteers across the state will share in $13 million in grants to help them keep Victorian communities safe. The program funds operational equipment, including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility upgrades. Across Victoria the grants package assists all our emergency services volunteer organisations, including: $9.55 million for volunteer CFA brigades $2.05 million for SES units More than $750,000 for Life Saving Victoria clubs More than $320,000 for the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Almost $290,000 for other volunteer organisations Almost $50,000 to cover additional costs incurred by volunteers. The Labor Government is also allocating almost $2.5 million in state-wide initiatives. For more information about the grants, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website:  https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/ Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Emergency services in the Werribee electorate do an incredible job keeping the local community safe and they deserve nothing but the best equipment.” “This funding boost will help emergency services to help keep our community safe.”

COMMEMORATING THE SERVICE OF WERRIBEE VETERANS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping communities honour the sacrifice of our veterans, and giving their families the support they deserve. Tim Pallas MP today announced new ways the Labor Government is honouring the legacy of Werribee veterans, and giving their families new opportunities to study. The Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program provides funding of up to $30,000 for projects which honour or commemorate the sacrifice of veterans, and educate Victorians about their service and contribution to our nation and state. This could include new war memorials, commemorative events, public education projects and the preservation of wartime heritage. Grants are also available to provide funding to organisations to assist with the educational needs of veterans' dependants. Our veterans gave us all a great gift. They’ve earned our support for the rest of their lives. That’s why we’re working hard to protect their welfare and give their service the fitting commemoration it deserves. Applications close 11 December 2017. For more information or to apply online visit dpc.vic.gov.au/veterans. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re so proud of our veterans in the Werribee district. We have a significant wartime legacy, and it’s our duty to preserve these memories for future generations to cherish.” “This is about giving our veterans and their families the support they need to call Werribee home and teach others about how their service has helped shape our nation.”  Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans John Eren “Our veterans have selflessly protected us, so we have to do everything we can to protect them. They’ve earned it – for the rest of their lives.”     

COMMEMORATING THE SERVICE OF WERRIBEE VETERANS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping communities honour the sacrifice of our veterans, and giving their families the support they deserve. Tim Pallas MP today announced new ways the Labor Government is honouring the legacy of Werribee veterans, and giving their families new opportunities to study. The Victoria Remembers Minor Grant Program provides funding of up to $30,000 for projects which honour or commemorate the sacrifice of veterans, and educate Victorians about their service and contribution to our nation and state. This could include new war memorials, commemorative events, public education projects and the preservation of wartime heritage. Grants are also available to provide funding to organisations to assist with the educational needs of veterans' dependants. Our veterans gave us all a great gift. They’ve earned our support for the rest of their lives. That’s why we’re working hard to protect their welfare and give their service the fitting commemoration it deserves. Applications close 11 December 2017. For more information or to apply online visit dpc.vic.gov.au/veterans. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “We’re so proud of our veterans in the Werribee district. We have a significant wartime legacy, and it’s our duty to preserve these memories for future generations to cherish.” “This is about giving our veterans and their families the support they need to call Werribee home and teach others about how their service has helped shape our nation.”  Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans John Eren “Our veterans have selflessly protected us, so we have to do everything we can to protect them. They’ve earned it – for the rest of their lives.”     

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE AND MINISTERS STATEMENTS Ministers statements: employment initiatives

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:18:43) — I rise to update the house on the outstanding work of the Victorian public service and how it is creating jobs and helping grow the Victorian economy. As we know Victoria is the best performing of all the states: state final demand grew by 4.7 per cent, nearly twice the national average; we have created 280 000 jobs since we were elected; we have a AAA‑rated economy; and we have a strong surplus of $2.7 billion. So it is no surprise that yesterday the Auditor‑General indicated that Victoria’s budget is operating sustainably and Victoria is well‑positioned financially. How did we achieve this? Well, it does not take a pet shop galah or an adjunct professor to know the answer. We have invested in the services people need. We are building the infrastructure today that we are going to need for tomorrow, and of course, we have restored confidence back in the public service. That means we have also restored confidence in our economy. We have the highest level of consumer confidence on the mainland. While we have built confidence and restored jobs and services, those opposite took an axe to the public service. They cut services, they reduced infrastructure and of course they reduced infrastructure investment to a mere trickle. Compare that to the ongoing investment that we are making to schools, to hospitals, to our TAFE system, to our paramedics and to our police. The contrast could not be more stark. Indiscriminate cuts to the public service are mean‑spirited, and they never get the right outcome. They are a blunt tool, much like the member for Malvern. While we restore services and grow jobs, those opposite will keep slashing.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE AND MINISTERS STATEMENTS Ministers statements: employment initiatives

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:18:43) — I rise to update the house on the outstanding work of the Victorian public service and how it is creating jobs and helping grow the Victorian economy. As we know Victoria is the best performing of all the states: state final demand grew by 4.7 per cent, nearly twice the national average; we have created 280 000 jobs since we were elected; we have a AAA‑rated economy; and we have a strong surplus of $2.7 billion. So it is no surprise that yesterday the Auditor‑General indicated that Victoria’s budget is operating sustainably and Victoria is well‑positioned financially. How did we achieve this? Well, it does not take a pet shop galah or an adjunct professor to know the answer. We have invested in the services people need. We are building the infrastructure today that we are going to need for tomorrow, and of course, we have restored confidence back in the public service. That means we have also restored confidence in our economy. We have the highest level of consumer confidence on the mainland. While we have built confidence and restored jobs and services, those opposite took an axe to the public service. They cut services, they reduced infrastructure and of course they reduced infrastructure investment to a mere trickle. Compare that to the ongoing investment that we are making to schools, to hospitals, to our TAFE system, to our paramedics and to our police. The contrast could not be more stark. Indiscriminate cuts to the public service are mean‑spirited, and they never get the right outcome. They are a blunt tool, much like the member for Malvern. While we restore services and grow jobs, those opposite will keep slashing.