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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..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: TONY CAHILL

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) I wish to acknowledge to the house the passing of Tony Cahill, a long-time comrade and resident of my electorate of Werribee. Tony was always an active member of the Labor Party. He was..

MINISTERS STATEMENT: EMPLOYMENT

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:48): I am pleased to update the house on the progress that the government is making towards its target of creating 400 000 jobs by 2025. As you know, last year we produced an ambitious target..

MINISTERS STATEMENT: COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:56): I am pleased to update the house on the actions that the Andrews Labor government is taking to help our helpers—the people who have helped secure the safety of our state during the..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: TOKYO OLYMPICS

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) I congratulate all our athletes who represented Australia in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this year—especially those from my electorate of Werribee and the wider Wyndham area. I’m sure there were many locals like..

MINISTERS STATEMENT: BUSINESS SUPPORT

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:33): This year alone the Andrews government has announced more than $1 billion in support to Victorian small- and medium-sized businesses and sole traders, including the business costs assistance program, the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund,..

MINISTERS STATEMENT: BUSINESS SUPPORT

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:17): Fairness is at the heart of everything that this government does. It is our principal motivator, and it is aimed at ensuring that every Victorian gets access to the equality of opportunity and..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: LEVEL CROSSING REMOVALS

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:46): I rise to update the house on the progress of the level crossing removal projects in Werribee and Wyndham. The level crossings at Werribee Street and Cherry Street were removed earlier this year,..

MINISTERS STATEMENT: BUSINESS SUPPORT

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:48): I am pleased to update the house on the state’s support for business and the government’s positive economic vision. I had hoped of course to get a ministerial or a question from those..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: ANDREW HERINGTON

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:40): I rise to pay tribute to Andrew Herington, who passed away unexpectedly on 24 April, aged 68. I once described Andrew as the greatest ratbag that the labour movement had produced in a generation…

MINISTERS STATEMENT: BUDGET 2021-22

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (11:19): I rise to update the house on the positive feedback to last week’s budget. Berry Street described it as a once-in-a-generation budget, while the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia said the..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: BUDGET 2021/22

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:39): Last week’s budget featured a number of new initiatives for the Werribee community. Soon local residents will enjoy a quicker commute thanks to funding in the budget for the commencement of the vital..

MEMBERS STATEMENT: WERRIBEE ELECTORATE SCHOOLS

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (09:36): I rise to update the house on my recent visit to Woodville Primary School and Wyndham Vale Primary School in my electorate of Werribee. Students at Woodville Primary School participated in the Andrews..

MINISTERS STATEMENT: ECONOMY

MR PALLAS (Werribee—Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Industrial Relations) (11:39): It is an exciting time to be a Victorian, with the state’s economy rebounding out of the pandemic with the fastest growth rate of any of the states. Business conditions are up, with..