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MINISTERS STATEMENTS: BUDGET 2019-20

Mr PALLAS (Werribee) (11:10:11): It gives me great pleasure to stand up to advise the house on the response to the Andrews government’s fifth budget that keeps our promises and delivers for all Victorians. Yesterday both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s confirmed that Victoria will..

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: EMPLOYMENT

Mr PALLAS (Werribee) (11:15:35): I rise to update the house on the jobs boom happening right now in the great state of Victoria. Since the government was elected in 2014 we have created over 455 000 new jobs. That is because we have invested in..

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: WERRIBEE AVENUE OF HONOUR

Mr PALLAS (Werribee) (09:40:29): I rise today to honour the Anzacs of the Werribee community. Their spirit of sacrifice and solidarity through wartime set an example for future generations to look out for one another and to provide support for those in need. The original..

OWNER DRIVERS AND FORESTRY CONTRACTORS AMENDMENT BILL 2019

Mr PALLAS (Werribee) (10:44:22): I move: That this bill be now read a second time. I ask that my second reading speech be incorporated into Hansard. The Bill amends the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005 (the Act) to improve the protections available to..

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: EMPLOYMENT

Mr PALLAS (Werribee) (11:31:17): I rise to update the house about the challenges facing Victorian workers and the work that this government is doing to protect them. Yesterday the Fair Work (Commonwealth Powers) Amendment Bill 2018 passed the other place to provide a greater level..

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: ECONOMY

Mr PALLAS (Werribee) (16:03:16): There are so many words that will be required to extol the virtues of the Victorian economy. I rise to update the house on how the Victorian economy is leading the nation again. CommSec’s State of the States report, released yesterday,..

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: NRL VICTORIA HARMONY FESTIVAL

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (09:38:39) — I rise to acknowledge to the house the success of the Harmony Festival, which was held at Chirnside Park in my electorate of Werribee on the weekend. I was honoured to be a part of the official opening of the..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE

It gives me great pleasure to speak about my recent visit to Wyndham Park Primary School to acknowledge the commencement of the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Now in its 15th year, the Premiers’ Reading Challenge continues to inspire more children to read, helping to build essential..

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:33:00) — It gives me great pleasure to rise to update the house on the government’s record of creating jobs right across the state of Victoria, but particularly in regional and rural Victoria. The regional unemployment rate now sits at an astoundingly low..

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: WERRIBEE ELECTORATE ENDEAVOUR AWARDS

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (09:46:01) — I rise to speak about the Endeavour Awards ceremony held at Parliament House on 25 February with secondary school students and their families from the Werribee electorate. These awards are about more than educational achievement; they are about a student’s character,..

PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS REGISTRATION BILL 2019

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (10:09:28) — I move: That this bill be now read a second time. I ask that my second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard. Incorporated speech as follows: Prior to the 2014 election, the Victorian Labor Government committed to ‘work with relevant stakeholders on..

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: LABOUR HIRE LICENSING SCHEME

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (12:23:37) — I rise to update the house on Victoria’s first ever labour hire licensing scheme. It is going to clean up the industry, and it is going to put the interests of workers first. It is based on a fundamental principle—that is,..

WEST GATE TUNNEL (TRUCK BANS AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT) BILL 2019

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (10:08:25) — I move: That this bill be now read a second time. I ask that my second-reading speech be incorporated into Hansard. Incorporated speech as follows: The Project In December 2017, the Government contracted Transurban to deliver the West Gate Tunnel Project…

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: WYNDHAM CITIZENS ACADEMY

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (09:38:56) — I rise to inform the house of the Wyndham Citizens Academy’s recent visit to Parliament. This exciting program is run by the Wyndham Community and Education Centre from my electorate of Werribee. Eleven leaders from local multicultural groups were treated to..

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:24:18) — It gives me great pleasure to rise to update the house on the assembly of the first two tunnel boring machines (TBMs)—personally I call them ‘excitement machines’. They are well underway, and Victoria’s long overdue alternative to the West Gate Bridge..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: PARK HOTEL COMMUNITY LUNCHEON

I rise to acknowledge the service of Nick and Connie Christou in my local electorate of Werribee. Nick and Connie are well known in Werribee. They own The Park Hotel in Watton Street — a local establishment that hosts events for people of all ages..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: YOUTH JUSTICE FACILITY SITE VISIT

I rise to report on the Andrews Government’s $288 million investment in my Werribee electorate. With the new Minister for Youth Justice Ben Carroll we visited the site to see the early works of the new Youth Justice Facility at Cherry Creek. It will be..

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: WESTERN SUBURBS HEALTH SERVICES

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (09:41:13) — I rise to update the house on substantial investments the Andrews Labor government has made towards world-class health care in my electorate of Werribee in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Late last year I had the pleasure of joining the then Minister for Health, the..