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WERRIBEE DISTRICT CLUBS TO BENEFIT FROM SPORTING GRANTS

The Manor Lakes Football Club, RSB Sports Pty Ltd and Wyndham Dragons Netball Club are among 512 grassroots sports clubs across the state sharing $815,000 in grants to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP today announced three clubs in the Werribee District that had successfully applied for funding in the first round of the Andrews Government’s 2018-19 Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $2,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5,000 to improve operational effectiveness. The grants include 18 to specifically boost Aboriginal participation in sport with funding for uniforms, equipment, skill development as well as travel for athletes, coaches, officials or teams that are required to travel to train or compete – whether it’s their local competition or an interstate Aboriginal sporting festival. In the Werribee District: The Wyndham Dragons Netball Club will use its grant to purchase uniform and equipment for their new U15 and U18 female teams to assist with female participation The RSB Sports Pty Ltd will also use its grant to purchase equipment such as soccer calls, cones, goals, cones, bibs and a whistle for children aged between two to twelve The Manor Lakes Football Club will use its grant by purchasing and undertaking the TDS community sports club solutions program to maximise the potential of the club to ultimately increase participation in active sport particularly in low participation groups The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Andrews Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities. Since coming to office, including this latest round of funding, the Andrews Government has provided more than 3,200 Sporting Club Grants to clubs across the state, totalling more than $4.4 million. We’re investing almost half a billion dollars in our 2018/19 Budget to ensure sport and active recreation goes from strength to strength. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren “Grassroots sports clubs are the heart and soul of local communities bringing people together and creating healthier, happier, and more united communities, and they’re the launching pad of our next generation of champions.”  “The Andrews Government is working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in the Werribee District the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.”

WERRIBEE DISTRICT CLUBS TO BENEFIT FROM SPORTING GRANTS

The Manor Lakes Football Club, RSB Sports Pty Ltd and Wyndham Dragons Netball Club are among 512 grassroots sports clubs across the state sharing $815,000 in grants to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP today announced three clubs in the Werribee District that had successfully applied for funding in the first round of the Andrews Government’s 2018-19 Sporting Club Grants Program. The grants provide clubs up to $1,000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $2,000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5,000 to improve operational effectiveness. The grants include 18 to specifically boost Aboriginal participation in sport with funding for uniforms, equipment, skill development as well as travel for athletes, coaches, officials or teams that are required to travel to train or compete – whether it’s their local competition or an interstate Aboriginal sporting festival. In the Werribee District: The Wyndham Dragons Netball Club will use its grant to purchase uniform and equipment for their new U15 and U18 female teams to assist with female participation The RSB Sports Pty Ltd will also use its grant to purchase equipment such as soccer calls, cones, goals, cones, bibs and a whistle for children aged between two to twelve The Manor Lakes Football Club will use its grant by purchasing and undertaking the TDS community sports club solutions program to maximise the potential of the club to ultimately increase participation in active sport particularly in low participation groups The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Andrews Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities. Since coming to office, including this latest round of funding, the Andrews Government has provided more than 3,200 Sporting Club Grants to clubs across the state, totalling more than $4.4 million. We’re investing almost half a billion dollars in our 2018/19 Budget to ensure sport and active recreation goes from strength to strength. Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren “Grassroots sports clubs are the heart and soul of local communities bringing people together and creating healthier, happier, and more united communities, and they’re the launching pad of our next generation of champions.”  “The Andrews Government is working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP “The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in the Werribee District the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.”

WYNDHAM SCHOOLS DELIVERING HEALTHY FOOD EDUCATION

The Andrews Labor Government is helping children in Wyndham develop lifelong healthy eating habits through Playground to Plate grants that help schools to set up kitchen gardens and boost healthy food education. Today, I visited Western English Language School in Manor Lakes to congratulate them on being one of the 100 Victorian schools awarded a grant as part of the Playground to Plate program. The program delivers $500,000 to help schools improve or establish a kitchen garden based on the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden philosophy. Kitchen gardens encourage kids to get involved with growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, seasonal, delicious food and improve the overall health and wellbeing of the school community. Western English Language School can now use the grant to build garden beds or buy gardening tools, or kitchen equipment to cook healthy and delicious meals. The funding will also support the Western English Language School to work towards health and wellbeing priorities identified in the Labor Government’s Achievement Program. The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation will support successful schools with their kitchen garden programs, and help them use programs like these to promote health and wellbeing across all children in Victoria. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP “Congratulations to Western English Language School which will receive funding to deliver kitchen garden programs to their school community.” “It’s an excellent opportunity for schools to teach gardening and cooking skills that emphasises the flavours as well as the health benefits of fresh, seasonal, delicious food.” “Developing a food culture that values health and wellbeing during childhood helps to ensure lifelong healthy decisions and actions and build healthy habits into the future.” Quotes attributable to Stephanie Alexander “The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is thrilled to be working in partnership with the Victorian Government to deliver the Playground to Plate grant scheme.” “This is a fantastic opportunity for schools to establish or enhance kitchen garden program infrastructure to support their delivery of pleasurable food education – helping students develop lifelong positive food habits through fun, hands-on learning.”

WYNDHAM SCHOOLS DELIVERING HEALTHY FOOD EDUCATION

The Andrews Labor Government is helping children in Wyndham develop lifelong healthy eating habits through Playground to Plate grants that help schools to set up kitchen gardens and boost healthy food education. Today, I visited Western English Language School in Manor Lakes to congratulate them on being one of the 100 Victorian schools awarded a grant as part of the Playground to Plate program. The program delivers $500,000 to help schools improve or establish a kitchen garden based on the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden philosophy. Kitchen gardens encourage kids to get involved with growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh, seasonal, delicious food and improve the overall health and wellbeing of the school community. Western English Language School can now use the grant to build garden beds or buy gardening tools, or kitchen equipment to cook healthy and delicious meals. The funding will also support the Western English Language School to work towards health and wellbeing priorities identified in the Labor Government’s Achievement Program. The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation will support successful schools with their kitchen garden programs, and help them use programs like these to promote health and wellbeing across all children in Victoria. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas MP “Congratulations to Western English Language School which will receive funding to deliver kitchen garden programs to their school community.” “It’s an excellent opportunity for schools to teach gardening and cooking skills that emphasises the flavours as well as the health benefits of fresh, seasonal, delicious food.” “Developing a food culture that values health and wellbeing during childhood helps to ensure lifelong healthy decisions and actions and build healthy habits into the future.” Quotes attributable to Stephanie Alexander “The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is thrilled to be working in partnership with the Victorian Government to deliver the Playground to Plate grant scheme.” “This is a fantastic opportunity for schools to establish or enhance kitchen garden program infrastructure to support their delivery of pleasurable food education – helping students develop lifelong positive food habits through fun, hands-on learning.”

MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE Government performance

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (14:16:54) — It gives me great pleasure to rise to totally dismiss in many respects the matter of public importance. This government and this Treasurer, might I correct the member for Warrandyte, have delivered the highest average surpluses in this state’s history. In so doing they have delivered the most substantial infrastructure program the state has ever seen, from $13.7 billion in this year’s budget compared to a $4.9 billion average. If you want to talk about a government making a substantial contribution to the terms under which Victorians live and operate then it ultimately comes down to this: are you prepared to get up and have a go for Victorians. The member for Warrandyte got up here today and all he did was essentially direct and call names at the Premier, which really goes back to the history of this man. He is the shadow minister for cost of living, which I am sure is a very senior and august role in his caucus. I am curious, however, what that has to do with the work that he is supposed to be doing with his Cost Watch truck, which is missing in action at the moment. We have missed it. There have been no Facebook entries since March 2017, but they are hard at work doing nothing — hardly working. But I digress, and so rather than engage in banalities with the opposition I will talk about the substantive action that the government has taken. Let us get into the substantive issues that the member for Warrandyte has raised. Employment: the best thing that the government can do to support Victorians with the cost of living is ensure that there are secure, full‑time jobs available to them. Since this government took office we have created 370 000 jobs. The security of employment and the opportunities to be able to go out and create work, and from that labour create wealth both within your community and your family, is what Labor governments do. There have been 233 000 full‑time jobs created as a consequence of this government’s efforts; 40 000 full‑time jobs was the total sum of jobs created by the coalition when they were last in government. So 40 000 compared to 233 000 put in economic terms is nothing short of pathetic. Under the coalition government we saw the unemployment rate rise to 6.7 per cent, and of course it is now down to 5 per cent. The youth unemployment rate hiked to 14.5 per cent at the same time that they slashed TAFE funding and cut jobs across Victoria. Under their watch 70 000 Victorians joined the unemployment queue. That was effectively their contribution; that was the care that they had for the plight of people struggling with the day‑to‑day costs they confront. The first and most important thing you have to do is give people the dignity of work and give them the dignity of showing you that governments rate that as the first and most important thing that they should do. Of course those opposite were asleep on their watch. They did nothing and delivered nothing certainly when it came to employment generation. On the issue of electricity costs, this year’s budget invested $48 million in the power saving bonus. All Victorians will receive $50 if they go on to the Victorian Energy Compare website. We know from experience that visiting this website will save people $330 in the first year alone on average. Big power companies of course rely on people not having the time or the capacity to look at the transparency around their billing structures, but this gives them that opportunity and it will reward them for exercising their rights as a consumer in the market environment. This comes on top of rebates that we have offered to consumers on standing offers or expired market offers — the rebates proposed by the big retailers. For non‑concession holders on standing offers where they have expired offers, somewhere between $250 and $400 will have to be paid back to them if the rebate was not in place. So here we are as a government looking at our capacity to do more. The utility relief grant cap, for example, had a $21.7 million increase, with $500 to $650 a year being provided to put power back in the hands of Victorian consumers, particularly those most in hardship due to unexpected electricity bills. We have also announced that a re‑elected Andrews Labor government will help Victorians save around $890 a year and put power back in the hands of Victorian households. Here we are four years into this term, but have we heard anything positive from the opposition about what they might do around how you can address power costs for households? Here is a real policy that this government is putting in place: $890 is likely to be saved off people’s power bills through the Victorian government’s solar homes program; 650 000 homes will be the subject of this relief over 10 years; and importantly for Victorians hurting from high prices we have allocated $68 million to get this program running immediately we take up government. Those who wish to take up the offer of access to solar panels will be able to do so without causing a distortion in the way that the market operates in anticipation of this program getting fully underway. Additionally for those houses that are currently unable to access solar panel discounts — we have not forgotten them either — we will make sure that a re‑elected Andrews government provides for 60 000 households to replace their old hot‑water systems with a new solar system and get $1000 cash back via a rebate. We are the government with a broad agenda. We are dealing with the impacts that the costs of electricity and power prices more generally are having on consumers, and we have put those into the public domain. We have said this is what we are going to do to help people who are struggling with increasing power prices. What have we heard from the opposition? The only policy we seem to have heard from the opposition is that they want to cut the Victorian renewable energy target, reducing supply and provoking probably further uncertainty for investors and the energy market. This is not the brains trust of the state of Victoria. They are certainly not people who should be given the responsibility of managing the state going forward in a policy sense. It is also important to note, if we look at gas prices in this debate, that those opposite have found a way to be on the wrong side of this issue more times than I thought would be mathematically possible. In September 2015 there were pending by‑elections in the seats of South‑West Coast and Polwarth. The opposition decided that they wanted a moratorium on onshore gas exploration until 2020 — that was their plan. Then in October last year they backflipped again and committed to scraping the legislated moratorium. You just cannot trust the Liberals on gas. Their position is up for sale, and whatever their lords and masters in Canberra tell them to do, they will step to attention. By supporting the same policy position that those opposite took credit for just six months beforehand, we have been accused of playing politics. We know who is playing politics, and we know who is not letting the science lead them on this. It is clear that this is an opposition that will take any opportunity to try and score cheap political points even if it means wiping history. It is Orwellian in its concept. They like to forget about their behaviour and their lack of action in government and the harsh costs that they inflicted upon consumers that this government is taking real and tangible action to address. The truly sad thing about those opposite is not that they are hypocrites but that they are also just plain wrong. On the evidence, we have onshore resources that would provide only about six months of gas capacity if taken by conventional means. If that is essentially what the opposition sees as a panacea in reducing gas prices, of course we know that the science does not lead us there. So to the flat‑earthers on that side, keep continuing with the chant but be clear about this: we will be led by the science, and ultimately we will get an outcome that serves the interests of Victorians well. As we know, Victoria produces almost twice as much gas as it consumes. One would have thought we should not have a supply‑side problem with gas from our offshore gas wells, but of course the federal government — people that members opposite do not want to criticise — are more than happy to continue this idea that the national reserve, the national asset, is shipped offshore without an effective domestic reserve being put in place. What does that mean? That means consumers are hit, that means that essentially industry is hit. People have been crying out for some leadership and at least for this federal government to do something that might address the imbalance in pricing. We are going shortly to be the world’s biggest exporter of natural gas. We are not far off it, and when that happens, we will still have a problem because essentially the commonwealth refuses to provide a domestic reserve and a surety for the needs of our consumers and our businesses. I want to turn now briefly to TAFE. Of course it is worth noting that in government those opposite took an axe to TAFE. They closed campuses, they cut jobs and they failed our young people. We, by alternative, have put money back into TAFE. In the 2018–19 budget we gave every Victorian every tool they need to undertake a quality, accredited TAFE qualification to get the skills and the jobs that they need in building our state. We have gone further than that. We know that the cost of training can act as a barrier to getting the right skills, so this year’s budget breaks down that barrier and invests $172 million to provide 30 priority TAFE courses and 18 preapprenticeship courses to young people to give them the opportunity to get a fee‑free education through TAFE and preapprentices. That means that we are investing in the future of young people. They will get jobs and they will be able to pay the costs that confront everybody in their livelihoods. We want to make sure that everyone gets this free, quality training, and we have provided some 30 000 new training places to provide for it. Now I want to turn briefly to homes and what we have done around the cost of housing in the state of Victoria. We have put forward a comprehensive Homes for Victorians package. We have abolished stamp duty costs for properties worth less than $600 000 for first home buyers. We have doubled the regional first home owners grant for new build properties to $20 000 and we are making long‑term leases a reality for Victorians, recognising that there is not one path by which you can have a place to call your home. Recently we have seen some 22 000 first‑time buyers right across the state take up this opportunity. We have also put in place rate capping as a government. We saw under the opposition council rates rise by 10 per cent in 2013 — 10.8 per cent, in fact — and 10.5 per cent in 2014, and they did absolutely nothing about it. So when we hear these four tiers of concern being expressed about the poor consumer being hard done by by government, let us recognise that this is a government that has actually taken tangible action. Whether it is on the housing side or whether it is on the gas or electricity side, we have taken a proactive approach to put in place measures to protect Victorians and to make sure that they are well served by a government that is focused on delivering to them. Of course there is our land release policy, which I am sure someone else will talk to because I am running out of time. But I will make this point. This is a government that has not wasted a day in its obligations and its opportunities to look after Victorians. Today, on a day when the Victorian economy is seen as the best performing economy in the nation through the national accounts release, what I have to do is spend my time dealing with this dross from an opposition who have no vision for the future.

MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE Government performance

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (14:16:54) — It gives me great pleasure to rise to totally dismiss in many respects the matter of public importance. This government and this Treasurer, might I correct the member for Warrandyte, have delivered the highest average surpluses in this state’s history. In so doing they have delivered the most substantial infrastructure program the state has ever seen, from $13.7 billion in this year’s budget compared to a $4.9 billion average. If you want to talk about a government making a substantial contribution to the terms under which Victorians live and operate then it ultimately comes down to this: are you prepared to get up and have a go for Victorians. The member for Warrandyte got up here today and all he did was essentially direct and call names at the Premier, which really goes back to the history of this man. He is the shadow minister for cost of living, which I am sure is a very senior and august role in his caucus. I am curious, however, what that has to do with the work that he is supposed to be doing with his Cost Watch truck, which is missing in action at the moment. We have missed it. There have been no Facebook entries since March 2017, but they are hard at work doing nothing — hardly working. But I digress, and so rather than engage in banalities with the opposition I will talk about the substantive action that the government has taken. Let us get into the substantive issues that the member for Warrandyte has raised. Employment: the best thing that the government can do to support Victorians with the cost of living is ensure that there are secure, full‑time jobs available to them. Since this government took office we have created 370 000 jobs. The security of employment and the opportunities to be able to go out and create work, and from that labour create wealth both within your community and your family, is what Labor governments do. There have been 233 000 full‑time jobs created as a consequence of this government’s efforts; 40 000 full‑time jobs was the total sum of jobs created by the coalition when they were last in government. So 40 000 compared to 233 000 put in economic terms is nothing short of pathetic. Under the coalition government we saw the unemployment rate rise to 6.7 per cent, and of course it is now down to 5 per cent. The youth unemployment rate hiked to 14.5 per cent at the same time that they slashed TAFE funding and cut jobs across Victoria. Under their watch 70 000 Victorians joined the unemployment queue. That was effectively their contribution; that was the care that they had for the plight of people struggling with the day‑to‑day costs they confront. The first and most important thing you have to do is give people the dignity of work and give them the dignity of showing you that governments rate that as the first and most important thing that they should do. Of course those opposite were asleep on their watch. They did nothing and delivered nothing certainly when it came to employment generation. On the issue of electricity costs, this year’s budget invested $48 million in the power saving bonus. All Victorians will receive $50 if they go on to the Victorian Energy Compare website. We know from experience that visiting this website will save people $330 in the first year alone on average. Big power companies of course rely on people not having the time or the capacity to look at the transparency around their billing structures, but this gives them that opportunity and it will reward them for exercising their rights as a consumer in the market environment. This comes on top of rebates that we have offered to consumers on standing offers or expired market offers — the rebates proposed by the big retailers. For non‑concession holders on standing offers where they have expired offers, somewhere between $250 and $400 will have to be paid back to them if the rebate was not in place. So here we are as a government looking at our capacity to do more. The utility relief grant cap, for example, had a $21.7 million increase, with $500 to $650 a year being provided to put power back in the hands of Victorian consumers, particularly those most in hardship due to unexpected electricity bills. We have also announced that a re‑elected Andrews Labor government will help Victorians save around $890 a year and put power back in the hands of Victorian households. Here we are four years into this term, but have we heard anything positive from the opposition about what they might do around how you can address power costs for households? Here is a real policy that this government is putting in place: $890 is likely to be saved off people’s power bills through the Victorian government’s solar homes program; 650 000 homes will be the subject of this relief over 10 years; and importantly for Victorians hurting from high prices we have allocated $68 million to get this program running immediately we take up government. Those who wish to take up the offer of access to solar panels will be able to do so without causing a distortion in the way that the market operates in anticipation of this program getting fully underway. Additionally for those houses that are currently unable to access solar panel discounts — we have not forgotten them either — we will make sure that a re‑elected Andrews government provides for 60 000 households to replace their old hot‑water systems with a new solar system and get $1000 cash back via a rebate. We are the government with a broad agenda. We are dealing with the impacts that the costs of electricity and power prices more generally are having on consumers, and we have put those into the public domain. We have said this is what we are going to do to help people who are struggling with increasing power prices. What have we heard from the opposition? The only policy we seem to have heard from the opposition is that they want to cut the Victorian renewable energy target, reducing supply and provoking probably further uncertainty for investors and the energy market. This is not the brains trust of the state of Victoria. They are certainly not people who should be given the responsibility of managing the state going forward in a policy sense. It is also important to note, if we look at gas prices in this debate, that those opposite have found a way to be on the wrong side of this issue more times than I thought would be mathematically possible. In September 2015 there were pending by‑elections in the seats of South‑West Coast and Polwarth. The opposition decided that they wanted a moratorium on onshore gas exploration until 2020 — that was their plan. Then in October last year they backflipped again and committed to scraping the legislated moratorium. You just cannot trust the Liberals on gas. Their position is up for sale, and whatever their lords and masters in Canberra tell them to do, they will step to attention. By supporting the same policy position that those opposite took credit for just six months beforehand, we have been accused of playing politics. We know who is playing politics, and we know who is not letting the science lead them on this. It is clear that this is an opposition that will take any opportunity to try and score cheap political points even if it means wiping history. It is Orwellian in its concept. They like to forget about their behaviour and their lack of action in government and the harsh costs that they inflicted upon consumers that this government is taking real and tangible action to address. The truly sad thing about those opposite is not that they are hypocrites but that they are also just plain wrong. On the evidence, we have onshore resources that would provide only about six months of gas capacity if taken by conventional means. If that is essentially what the opposition sees as a panacea in reducing gas prices, of course we know that the science does not lead us there. So to the flat‑earthers on that side, keep continuing with the chant but be clear about this: we will be led by the science, and ultimately we will get an outcome that serves the interests of Victorians well. As we know, Victoria produces almost twice as much gas as it consumes. One would have thought we should not have a supply‑side problem with gas from our offshore gas wells, but of course the federal government — people that members opposite do not want to criticise — are more than happy to continue this idea that the national reserve, the national asset, is shipped offshore without an effective domestic reserve being put in place. What does that mean? That means consumers are hit, that means that essentially industry is hit. People have been crying out for some leadership and at least for this federal government to do something that might address the imbalance in pricing. We are going shortly to be the world’s biggest exporter of natural gas. We are not far off it, and when that happens, we will still have a problem because essentially the commonwealth refuses to provide a domestic reserve and a surety for the needs of our consumers and our businesses. I want to turn now briefly to TAFE. Of course it is worth noting that in government those opposite took an axe to TAFE. They closed campuses, they cut jobs and they failed our young people. We, by alternative, have put money back into TAFE. In the 2018–19 budget we gave every Victorian every tool they need to undertake a quality, accredited TAFE qualification to get the skills and the jobs that they need in building our state. We have gone further than that. We know that the cost of training can act as a barrier to getting the right skills, so this year’s budget breaks down that barrier and invests $172 million to provide 30 priority TAFE courses and 18 preapprenticeship courses to young people to give them the opportunity to get a fee‑free education through TAFE and preapprentices. That means that we are investing in the future of young people. They will get jobs and they will be able to pay the costs that confront everybody in their livelihoods. We want to make sure that everyone gets this free, quality training, and we have provided some 30 000 new training places to provide for it. Now I want to turn briefly to homes and what we have done around the cost of housing in the state of Victoria. We have put forward a comprehensive Homes for Victorians package. We have abolished stamp duty costs for properties worth less than $600 000 for first home buyers. We have doubled the regional first home owners grant for new build properties to $20 000 and we are making long‑term leases a reality for Victorians, recognising that there is not one path by which you can have a place to call your home. Recently we have seen some 22 000 first‑time buyers right across the state take up this opportunity. We have also put in place rate capping as a government. We saw under the opposition council rates rise by 10 per cent in 2013 — 10.8 per cent, in fact — and 10.5 per cent in 2014, and they did absolutely nothing about it. So when we hear these four tiers of concern being expressed about the poor consumer being hard done by by government, let us recognise that this is a government that has actually taken tangible action. Whether it is on the housing side or whether it is on the gas or electricity side, we have taken a proactive approach to put in place measures to protect Victorians and to make sure that they are well served by a government that is focused on delivering to them. Of course there is our land release policy, which I am sure someone else will talk to because I am running out of time. But I will make this point. This is a government that has not wasted a day in its obligations and its opportunities to look after Victorians. Today, on a day when the Victorian economy is seen as the best performing economy in the nation through the national accounts release, what I have to do is spend my time dealing with this dross from an opposition who have no vision for the future.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE AND MINISTERS STATEMENTS Ministers statements: government achievements

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:33:12) — It gives me great pleasure to rise to update the house on the many focused investments being made by the Andrews Labor government as we deliver infrastructure, as we grow the economy and importantly as we create jobs. We grow, we invest; they cut, they slash. Yesterday we heard that the newly elected South Australian Liberal government has — wait for it — cut services and will be closing TAFEs. That sounds familiar. Honourable members interjecting. Mr PALLAS — Of course it does, because it is in their DNA. It is what they do, and it is what they will do again if they get the opportunity. Mr Clark — On a point of order, Speaker, the Treasurer may be embarrassed about talking about Victoria’s performance and want to talk about South Australia instead, but he does need to relate his remarks to his portfolio. He should not be debating issues, and I ask you to bring him back to compliance with sessional orders. The SPEAKER — I ask the Treasurer to come back to making a statement. Mr PALLAS — So, Speaker, we do know that when it comes to budgeting every dollar matters. And when it comes to budgeting, $3.5 million can buy quite a lot. In fact it is one‑fourteenth of the South Australian budget surplus. The updated bike path in Upfield is getting a $3.5 million upgrade to fix the existing path and remove bottlenecks. Meanwhile, speaking of bikes, the opposition leader spent $3.5 million taking Victorian taxpayers for a ride. The SPEAKER — Order! The Treasurer has been warned to make a ministers statement. Mr PALLAS — I was saying that $3.5 million goes a long way; $3.5 million is the amount that the police minister recently unveiled for a patrol vessel to keep Victorians safe on the water so there will be no aquatic getaways. Right across the state we are investing in schools. This year’s budget includes $3.5 million to upgrade the Sunbury Primary School. Maybe the opposition should think about going back to school and learning a bit about honesty.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE AND MINISTERS STATEMENTS Ministers statements: government achievements

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:33:12) — It gives me great pleasure to rise to update the house on the many focused investments being made by the Andrews Labor government as we deliver infrastructure, as we grow the economy and importantly as we create jobs. We grow, we invest; they cut, they slash. Yesterday we heard that the newly elected South Australian Liberal government has — wait for it — cut services and will be closing TAFEs. That sounds familiar. Honourable members interjecting. Mr PALLAS — Of course it does, because it is in their DNA. It is what they do, and it is what they will do again if they get the opportunity. Mr Clark — On a point of order, Speaker, the Treasurer may be embarrassed about talking about Victoria’s performance and want to talk about South Australia instead, but he does need to relate his remarks to his portfolio. He should not be debating issues, and I ask you to bring him back to compliance with sessional orders. The SPEAKER — I ask the Treasurer to come back to making a statement. Mr PALLAS — So, Speaker, we do know that when it comes to budgeting every dollar matters. And when it comes to budgeting, $3.5 million can buy quite a lot. In fact it is one‑fourteenth of the South Australian budget surplus. The updated bike path in Upfield is getting a $3.5 million upgrade to fix the existing path and remove bottlenecks. Meanwhile, speaking of bikes, the opposition leader spent $3.5 million taking Victorian taxpayers for a ride. The SPEAKER — Order! The Treasurer has been warned to make a ministers statement. Mr PALLAS — I was saying that $3.5 million goes a long way; $3.5 million is the amount that the police minister recently unveiled for a patrol vessel to keep Victorians safe on the water so there will be no aquatic getaways. Right across the state we are investing in schools. This year’s budget includes $3.5 million to upgrade the Sunbury Primary School. Maybe the opposition should think about going back to school and learning a bit about honesty.

 

35 NEW SERVICES FOR WERRIBEE LINE PASSENGERS

Passengers on the Werribee line will get an extra 35 services each week when the new metropolitan train timetable starts on Sunday 26 August 2018. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller said the new services will boost capacity and give more travel options in the afternoon and evenings. Under the new timetable, seven new off-peak services will run on the Werribee line each weekday, making space for an extra 1,000 passengers on each service. The new services, which build on the 10 extra services delivered in August 2017, will run before and after the evening peak to give passengers more options for travelling to and from the city on weekdays. Werribee line passengers will also benefit from the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing removal project, including partial duplication of the Altona Loop track, with finishing touches to the project expected to be completed towards the end of the year. Across the metropolitan train network, the new timetable will deliver 190 new and 957 extended services across the Mernda, South Morang, Werribee, Hurstbridge, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. Thirty-three new train drivers have been hired to operate the new timetable. The new timetable will help make public transport a convenient and attractive transport option in the lead up to the opening of the Metro Tunnel, which will create space to run more trains, more often, right across Melbourne. Bus connections to trains will be maintained, with adjustments made to bus times when the new train timetable begins if required. New timetables and route maps will be available from Thursday 26 July 2018 at ptv.vic.gov.au, on the PTV app, at staffed stations or by calling the Public transport call centre on 1800 800 007. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “We’re introducing 35 extra services each week to provide Werribee line passengers with more travel options to and from the city.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy MP “We’re also getting on with duplicating part of the Altona Loop track to make services more reliable.” Quotes attributable  to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller “This  new  timetable  will  improve  capacity  on  some  of  our  busiest  train  lines,  while  we  get  on  with  building  Metro  Tunnel,  which  will  free  up  space  to  run  even  more  services  on  the  Werribee  Line.”

35 NEW SERVICES FOR WERRIBEE LINE PASSENGERS

Passengers on the Werribee line will get an extra 35 services each week when the new metropolitan train timetable starts on Sunday 26 August 2018. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas, Member for Altona Jill Hennessy and Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller said the new services will boost capacity and give more travel options in the afternoon and evenings. Under the new timetable, seven new off-peak services will run on the Werribee line each weekday, making space for an extra 1,000 passengers on each service. The new services, which build on the 10 extra services delivered in August 2017, will run before and after the evening peak to give passengers more options for travelling to and from the city on weekdays. Werribee line passengers will also benefit from the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing removal project, including partial duplication of the Altona Loop track, with finishing touches to the project expected to be completed towards the end of the year. Across the metropolitan train network, the new timetable will deliver 190 new and 957 extended services across the Mernda, South Morang, Werribee, Hurstbridge, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. Thirty-three new train drivers have been hired to operate the new timetable. The new timetable will help make public transport a convenient and attractive transport option in the lead up to the opening of the Metro Tunnel, which will create space to run more trains, more often, right across Melbourne. Bus connections to trains will be maintained, with adjustments made to bus times when the new train timetable begins if required. New timetables and route maps will be available from Thursday 26 July 2018 at ptv.vic.gov.au, on the PTV app, at staffed stations or by calling the Public transport call centre on 1800 800 007. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “We’re introducing 35 extra services each week to provide Werribee line passengers with more travel options to and from the city.” Quotes attributable to Member for Altona Jill Hennessy MP “We’re also getting on with duplicating part of the Altona Loop track to make services more reliable.” Quotes attributable  to Member for Tarneit Telmo Languiller “This  new  timetable  will  improve  capacity  on  some  of  our  busiest  train  lines,  while  we  get  on  with  building  Metro  Tunnel,  which  will  free  up  space  to  run  even  more  services  on  the  Werribee  Line.”

AFTER-HOURS OUTREACH PROGRAM TO SUPPORT YOUTH IN WYNDHAM

Youth workers and police officers will target and prevent youth offending in Melbourne’s north-west and south as part of a 12-month pilot program funded by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas welcomed the announcement that will see a police officer paired with a youth worker every night in the Wyndham area. The $1.7 million Embedded Youth Outreach Program pilot is part of the Community Safety Statement 2018-19 and will see Youth Support and Advocacy Service youth workers working with police to identify what services will assist at-risk young people, and they’ll also make and case manage referrals. The program will operate outside business hours when police most commonly encounter at-risk young people. It will not only prevent offending but also hold young people to account for their actions and send a clear message, through the Government’s strong sentencing reforms, that criminal behaviour will not be tolerated. The program was funded in the 2018-19 Budget as part of a $15 million whole-of-government initiative to target youth offending and is in addition to 42 new Youth Specialist Officers, currently rolling out in local communities across Victoria, to divert young people from a life of crime. There are also more than 90 full-time Youth Resource Officers and Proactive Policing positions operating across Victoria, and $16 million Youth Crime Prevention Grants, helping to address offending behaviour and recidivism by young people. The Labor Government is also driving down youth offending through establishing Multi-Agency Panels, which bring together schools, community organisations, police and government departments. These panels have assisted more than 160 young people in Wyndham, Melton, Brimbank and Dandenong areas. Victoria Police’s Operation Wayward and Operation Regnant has made over 700 arrests in the past 14 months to crackdown on youth offending. These programs are part of the Labor Government’s continued investment in police which has seen more than $2 billion provided for 3,135 additional police officers, new powers, equipment and additional measures to hold young offenders to account. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “This pilot is about holding young people to account for their actions but also helping reduce youth offending by providing better access to services that minimise re-offending.” “This pilot program is an important one, helping break down barriers and engaging young people early to prevent youth crime in our community.” “This pilot is yet another example of how the Andrews Labor Government is delivering more police resources to Wyndham, alongside the 83 of new police allocated to the North West Metro Division 2 under our record boost to police recruitment.”

AFTER-HOURS OUTREACH PROGRAM TO SUPPORT YOUTH IN WYNDHAM

Youth workers and police officers will target and prevent youth offending in Melbourne’s north-west and south as part of a 12-month pilot program funded by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas welcomed the announcement that will see a police officer paired with a youth worker every night in the Wyndham area. The $1.7 million Embedded Youth Outreach Program pilot is part of the Community Safety Statement 2018-19 and will see Youth Support and Advocacy Service youth workers working with police to identify what services will assist at-risk young people, and they’ll also make and case manage referrals. The program will operate outside business hours when police most commonly encounter at-risk young people. It will not only prevent offending but also hold young people to account for their actions and send a clear message, through the Government’s strong sentencing reforms, that criminal behaviour will not be tolerated. The program was funded in the 2018-19 Budget as part of a $15 million whole-of-government initiative to target youth offending and is in addition to 42 new Youth Specialist Officers, currently rolling out in local communities across Victoria, to divert young people from a life of crime. There are also more than 90 full-time Youth Resource Officers and Proactive Policing positions operating across Victoria, and $16 million Youth Crime Prevention Grants, helping to address offending behaviour and recidivism by young people. The Labor Government is also driving down youth offending through establishing Multi-Agency Panels, which bring together schools, community organisations, police and government departments. These panels have assisted more than 160 young people in Wyndham, Melton, Brimbank and Dandenong areas. Victoria Police’s Operation Wayward and Operation Regnant has made over 700 arrests in the past 14 months to crackdown on youth offending. These programs are part of the Labor Government’s continued investment in police which has seen more than $2 billion provided for 3,135 additional police officers, new powers, equipment and additional measures to hold young offenders to account. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “This pilot is about holding young people to account for their actions but also helping reduce youth offending by providing better access to services that minimise re-offending.” “This pilot program is an important one, helping break down barriers and engaging young people early to prevent youth crime in our community.” “This pilot is yet another example of how the Andrews Labor Government is delivering more police resources to Wyndham, alongside the 83 of new police allocated to the North West Metro Division 2 under our record boost to police recruitment.”

JENNIE BARRERA AND WYNDHAM COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE RECEIVE TOP AWARDS AT VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS

Apprentices, trainees, teachers and training providers took centre stage at this year’s Victorian Training Awards on Friday night with Jennie Barrera receiving the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement while the Wyndham Community Education Centre received the Community Training Provider of the Year Award. Jennie Barrera has a long established history as an inspirational leader and community advocate. Her work supports the most vulnerable members of the community establishing education and training pathways into real jobs. The Victorian Training Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of organisations and individuals involved in vocational education and training across the state. The Lynne Kosky Memorial Award recognises Jennie as a leader in innovation within the Adult Community and Further Education Sector with her programs setting a quality benchmark for others to replicate across the state. Additionally, Tim Pallas has congratulated the Wyndham Community and Education Centre for their contribution and dedication to excellence in training. The Wyndham Community Education Centre is a not-for-profit organisation that has a broad range of adaptive educational and community programs. Their focus is across the western suburbs of Melbourne and Geelong. The organisation responds to disadvantaged learners, youth and refugees with tailored pre-accredited and accredited programs that provide pathways into further education or employment. In collaboration with industry, Wyndham Community and Education Centre created successful enterprises in the areas of hospitality, horticulture and bookkeeping. For instance, their Saffron Kitchen project provides on-the-job learning in a hospitality environment for people facing multiple barriers to employment. Their philosophy is that a young person's life-circumstances shouldn’t limit their opportunities. The gala prizewinning ceremony saw 13 winners selected from 39 finalists, with the winners receiving $5000 in prize money. Winners from eligible categories will represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney on 15 November. The Victorian Government has provided an additional $644 million through the 2018–19 Victorian State Budget to ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a job and share in Victoria’s prosperity. For more information on the winners, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/vta            Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas Member for Werribee “The Victorian Training Awards have a long and proud history. For 64 years, the Awards have set the standard to which students, teachers and training providers in the training sector aspire.”  “The Wyndham Community and Education Centre are well-deserved winners and highlights the fantastic work happening in the training system here in the Werribee electorate" “These prestigious awards recognise the very best practice and innovation in training - celebrating the key role our training sector plays in delivering real workplace skills that meet the needs of both workers and employers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney  “The Government’s record investment in Victoria’s training and TAFE system is benefiting apprentices, trainees, industries and communities, ensuring we have the skills needed to contribute to Victoria’s economy, build our infrastructure and forge strong communities.”

JENNIE BARRERA AND WYNDHAM COMMUNITY EDUCATION CENTRE RECEIVE TOP AWARDS AT VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS

Apprentices, trainees, teachers and training providers took centre stage at this year’s Victorian Training Awards on Friday night with Jennie Barrera receiving the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement while the Wyndham Community Education Centre received the Community Training Provider of the Year Award. Jennie Barrera has a long established history as an inspirational leader and community advocate. Her work supports the most vulnerable members of the community establishing education and training pathways into real jobs. The Victorian Training Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of organisations and individuals involved in vocational education and training across the state. The Lynne Kosky Memorial Award recognises Jennie as a leader in innovation within the Adult Community and Further Education Sector with her programs setting a quality benchmark for others to replicate across the state. Additionally, Tim Pallas has congratulated the Wyndham Community and Education Centre for their contribution and dedication to excellence in training. The Wyndham Community Education Centre is a not-for-profit organisation that has a broad range of adaptive educational and community programs. Their focus is across the western suburbs of Melbourne and Geelong. The organisation responds to disadvantaged learners, youth and refugees with tailored pre-accredited and accredited programs that provide pathways into further education or employment. In collaboration with industry, Wyndham Community and Education Centre created successful enterprises in the areas of hospitality, horticulture and bookkeeping. For instance, their Saffron Kitchen project provides on-the-job learning in a hospitality environment for people facing multiple barriers to employment. Their philosophy is that a young person's life-circumstances shouldn’t limit their opportunities. The gala prizewinning ceremony saw 13 winners selected from 39 finalists, with the winners receiving $5000 in prize money. Winners from eligible categories will represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney on 15 November. The Victorian Government has provided an additional $644 million through the 2018–19 Victorian State Budget to ensure all Victorians can access the training they need to get a job and share in Victoria’s prosperity. For more information on the winners, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/vta            Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas Member for Werribee “The Victorian Training Awards have a long and proud history. For 64 years, the Awards have set the standard to which students, teachers and training providers in the training sector aspire.”  “The Wyndham Community and Education Centre are well-deserved winners and highlights the fantastic work happening in the training system here in the Werribee electorate" “These prestigious awards recognise the very best practice and innovation in training - celebrating the key role our training sector plays in delivering real workplace skills that meet the needs of both workers and employers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney  “The Government’s record investment in Victoria’s training and TAFE system is benefiting apprentices, trainees, industries and communities, ensuring we have the skills needed to contribute to Victoria’s economy, build our infrastructure and forge strong communities.”

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO WERRIBEE

Small business operators in the Werribee area will be able to access support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Wednesday, 26 September 2018. The Victorian Government doubled its mobile support for small business in 2015, with a second Small Business Bus delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria for the past two years. The bus service provides advice from small business mentoring specialists skilled in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in operating small businesses and in senior business management roles. In 2017 more than 1,180 small businesses accessed free on-board mentoring, while a further 4,980 received assistance from information officers. This year’s touring program will take information and services to towns across the state, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The Small Business Bus will be located at Wedge Street Piazza, 94 Watton Street, Werribee, VIC 3030 from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, 26 September 2018. Free mentoring sessions on board the bus are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to book a session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face advice anywhere in Victoria.” “This program plays an important part in the commitment to providing Victorians with greater access to government support services to encourage business and jobs growth across the state.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Philip Dalidakis:  “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we have experienced a fourth year of uninterrupted business growth.”  “We understand that our small business community is the backbone of our local economies right across the state and the Small Business Bus is a fantastic program that brings expert services right to your doorstep.”

SMALL BUSINESS BUS BRINGS ADVICE ON WHEELS TO WERRIBEE

Small business operators in the Werribee area will be able to access support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Wednesday, 26 September 2018. The Victorian Government doubled its mobile support for small business in 2015, with a second Small Business Bus delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria for the past two years. The bus service provides advice from small business mentoring specialists skilled in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in operating small businesses and in senior business management roles. In 2017 more than 1,180 small businesses accessed free on-board mentoring, while a further 4,980 received assistance from information officers. This year’s touring program will take information and services to towns across the state, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The Small Business Bus will be located at Wedge Street Piazza, 94 Watton Street, Werribee, VIC 3030 from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, 26 September 2018. Free mentoring sessions on board the bus are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to book a session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas MP “The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face advice anywhere in Victoria.” “This program plays an important part in the commitment to providing Victorians with greater access to government support services to encourage business and jobs growth across the state.” Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Philip Dalidakis:  “Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we have experienced a fourth year of uninterrupted business growth.”  “We understand that our small business community is the backbone of our local economies right across the state and the Small Business Bus is a fantastic program that brings expert services right to your doorstep.”