Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (09:47:13) — For the 11th time in a row the Andrews Labor government has been given a total fail by Victorian small businesses. The latest Sensis Business Index delivered an F for the Minister for Small Business, Philip Dalidakis, and the Andrews government. Among the major criticisms levelled at the minister and his government were that they take too much notice of unions and do not provide support for small business. It is not surprising that some Labor MPs are pointing out that the ratings of Minister Dalidakis are worse than those recorded under the tenure of previous and sacked Labor small business minister Adem Somyurek.
Mr BURGESS — The Premier and Labor are implementing a plan right across the state to increase union membership and dramatically increase union donations to the Labor Party. On 22 October I was invited to address a rally of school cleaners on the front steps of Parliament House. The rally was to protest against the plan by the Andrews government to bully up to 700 small businesses out of business and hundreds if not thousands of their employees out of a job — all to increase the funding of the Labor Party through unionisation of the school cleaning process. Union organisers were sent out to schools to try to get membership and they only got 12, so the Premier decided he would change the game. He changed the rules so that from 30 June next year small businesses could not do the business.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (11:56:26) — (13 403) My constituency question is to the Minister for Emergency Services. What information can the minister provide around available options to secure a new station for the Baxter fire brigade in my electorate as it seeks to relocate and build such a new station. The Baxter Country Fire Authority building is nearly 50 years old, and the current site on the Baxter‑Tooradin Road is no longer suitable as an effective and modern‑day brigade service. The station is far too small and is located between two private residences. It has no room for expansion, there is no opportunity for a drive‑through facility to be provided and the very difficult situation of car parking for members’ cars is escalating every day. A new and significantly larger facility would ensure the Baxter fire brigade is better equipped to respond to emergencies now and well into the future. This brigade services Baxter and areas within Frankston and supports the surrounding suburbs of Langwarrin, Pearcedale, Summerville, Moorooduc and Mount Eliza.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (21:21:36) — I rise to speak on the euthanasia bill. The first thing I would like to do is thank my community for the advice that they have given me — for the consultations, for the letters, for the phone calls, for the emails and for sharing with me their deepest thoughts and fears and the things that they would like to see happen in our community and, probably more importantly, the things that they would like not to see happen in our community.
Taxi and hire car industry
Mr BURGESS — Last weekend I was approached by a Hastings constituent with concerns about the unjust treatment by the Andrews Labor government of taxi licence owners. My constituent was the owner of two taxi licences, which he said he paid a total of $300 000 for. He purchased the first licence in 1989 and the second in 2002 —
The SPEAKER — The member’s time has expired.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (09:47:03) — On 22 September I met with a group of Western Port residents regarding their concerns about potential power outages across Victoria this summer. The residents raised their concerns about the effect on them personally of power outages caused by the forced closure of Hazelwood power station in March of this year. They were most concerned, however, about what outages would mean for people dependent on electricity for survival and wellbeing.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (11:52:00) — (13 293) My constituency question is to the Minister for Health. I have been contacted by a number of my constituents regarding the need for increased dentistry services. One of my constituents has reported that she recently attended the dentistry service at Hastings Community Health after breaking a tooth. Because my constituent was not in constant pain she was told that she would be placed on a dental care waiting list and that it would take around 12 months. While my constituent is grateful for the support that she has been shown by the Hastings Community Health dentistry service, it is clear that it needs more funding. My constituent asks the state government to increase funding for the centre to help reduce the long waiting period for public dental health.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) — It is a pleasure to rise to speak on the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Amendment (Governance) Bill 2017. At the outset I would like to say that the opposition is supporting the proposed amendments tabled by the member for Box Hill, and I will go into those in a few moments.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) — It is a pleasure to rise and speak on the Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Bill 2017. Before getting into what I have to say in any great detail, I think it is apt to say that the opposition fully supports a move to renewables, but only fools would move to renewables before there is anything to back them up with. That is really the nub of the problem that we are facing here in Victoria. We are looking at having blackouts this coming summer that are not only going to expose businesses and families but also the most vulnerable in our community. That really is an unforgivable situation, particularly when you consider that this government is motivated almost totally by politics and ideology. In its attempt to hold onto seats that have been challenged by the Greens, it is trying to out‑green the Greens. In doing so it is putting Victoria, its economy, its families and its most vulnerable at very severe risk.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) — It is a pleasure to rise and speak on the Oaths and Affirmations Bill 2017. This bill is to modernise, repeal and re‑enact those provisions in the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1958 relating to oaths, affirmations, affidavits and statutory declarations, and it is to establish a scheme for the certification of copies of documents.