MEMBERS STATEMENT: MANOR LAKES P-12 COLLEGE
Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:37:32): I am delighted to update the house on my visit to Manor Lakes P–12 College last week to open their $10.9 million upgrade funded by the Andrews Labor government. This was a landmark day for the Manor Lakes community. When this government came to office in 2014, Manor Lakes P–12 College was one of many schools across the state that had been overlooked by the former Liberal government. With a rapidly expanding student population and no additional investment, this resulted in cramped classrooms and facilities. Manor Lakes P–12 College is now a very different school. Principal Steve Warner and the student leaders proudly showed me that their new secondary centre—a modern building fit for the 21st century with IT spaces, informal learning areas and breakout rooms—is a place of great pride for them. I am proud to say that these new facilities will be put to great use educating our future community leaders and even potential future politicians. I was therefore thrilled to visit students who participated in a mock parliamentary debate at the school and learned about the important role of this Parliament. They set an example perhaps we should follow. Thank you to the staff at the Parliament of Victoria for facilitating the session. I would also like to thank principal Steve Warner, student leaders and staff at Manor Lakes P–12 College for the tour of their new facilities, and good luck to all students completing their VCE exams this week.