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MINISTERS STATEMENTS: HEALTH FUNDING

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:40): I rise to update the house on the Andrews Labor government’s historic investment in our health system to keep Victorians safe during the insidious global COVID-19 pandemic. As Victorians have come to learn,..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: WYNDHAM COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

I rise to update the house on one of the many ways that the Andrews Labor government is supporting growing communities, such as my electorate of Werribee. The Growing Suburbs Fund is an initiative of the Andrews government and one which has supported many important..

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: SICK PAY GUARANTEE

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:13): It gives me great pleasure to talk about the Andrews Labor government’s continuing efforts to ensure that we reduce the harms of insecure work right across this state. Whether it be through the..

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:14): This government’s landmark Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System estimated that the economic cost of poor mental health to Victoria is around $14.2 billion a year. That includes a cost of $1.9 billion a..

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: HARRY VAN MOORST

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:35): I rise to acknowledge to the house the passing of well-known local identity Harry van Moorst. Harry was a fervent advocate for the environment and many social justice issues. A faculty member of..

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:24): It gives me pleasure to advise the house how Victoria is investing in reforms that put people and their wellbeing at the centre of service delivery. We know that early investment builds stronger,..

MINISTERS STATEMENTS: PORTABLE LONG SERVICE LEAVE

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:26): It gives me great pleasure to rise to address the house and to update you on the outstanding success of the Andrews Labor government’s portable long service leave scheme. Today I had the..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: COVID-19 VACCINATION

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:34): I rise to acknowledge the great efforts of the Werribee community in getting vaccinated and striving through the current challenges of the pandemic. The start of 2022 has undoubtedly been difficult for my..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: WYNDHAM PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:38): I rise to acknowledge to the house the team at the Wyndham Park Community Centre in my electorate of Werribee. Led by Greg and Christine, the amazing group of volunteers provide crucial support..

MINISTERS STATEMENT: REGIONAL ECONOMY

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:23): You may have heard from me recently that when I began as Treasurer the regional unemployment rate left to us by those opposite was 6.6 per cent, and the latest figure is now 3.3 per..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: WERRIBEE ELECTORATE SPORTING FACILITIES

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:38): I rise to update the house on my recent visit to see upgraded sporting facilities in my electorate of Werribee and officially open a new female-friendly sporting pavilion. The new pavilion is located..

MINISTERS STATEMENT: ECONOMY

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:13): It gives me great pleasure to update the house on the growing improvement in consumer and business confidence right across the state of Victoria. And can I say that this is a direct..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: MARK PENALUNA

Mr PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:39): I want to warmly acknowledge in this house the services of Mark Penaluna, CEO of the Werribee Football Club. Mark has recently been awarded a VFL life membership in recognition of his contributions as..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: ACKNOWLEDGING TEACHERS IN WERRIBEE DISTRICT

I acknowledge to the House some of our exceptional teachers in my electorate of Werribee. Teachers have displayed incredible resilience and commitment to their role in the support for students during the particularly challenging remote learning periods and return to the classroom. Some of Werribee’s..

MINISTERS STATEMENT: VICTORIAN HOMEBUYER FUND

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (13:15): It gives me great pleasure to update the house on how the government is helping more Victorians to buy their own homes, with the launch of the Victorian Homebuyer Fund. This is an..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) I acknowledge to the house the enthusiastic and rapid response to the Voices for Vaccine campaign from residents in my electorate of Werribee. Wyndham has been hit hard during several COVID outbreaks, in 2020..

MINISTERS STATEMENT: CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SUPPORT

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (13:10): On 2 October the Andrews Labor government announced a $196.6 million package of one-off cash grants for eligible construction businesses, including sole traders most affected by the recent building sector restrictions period. More than 70 000 construction..