Another township within the Hastings Electorate has been targeted by an armed robbery in what is now the third incident in as many weeks.
The June Small Business Index survey of Victorian small businesses showed, for a tenth consecutive time, a negative trend in confidence towards the policies and direction of the Andrews Labor Government.
During today’s Question Time in the Legislative Council, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis was asked a very serious and direct question about Labor’s botched Young Street Frankston project and whether or not he planned to attend the upcoming meeting of traders on Monday 28 August.
Neale Burgess MP has announced that a Liberal Nationals Government will provide an additional $140 million to deliver world class community palliative care in Victoria.
This will be the largest investment of its kind in Australia.
The Stony Point train line has recorded some of the worst results for reliability and punctuality in the state, with the most recent figures showing the service is not meeting its targets.
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.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) — On 14 August a letter was sent to the Minister for Public Transport, the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, the Minister for Roads and Road Safety and the member for Frankston, calling on them to attend the next meeting of the Young Street Traders to be held on 28 August. Of course none bothered to attend.
Mr BURGESS — On 4 September I attended a rally with 30 to 40 Carrum residents to protest against plans by the Premier and the member for Carrum to close the level crossing at Eel Race Road in Carrum. Liberal candidate Donna Bauer has secured a commitment that a coalition government will either reopen or open that very important level crossing. Local residents and businesses have been telling the Andrews government and their local member that the closure of Eel Race Road will increase congestion near those streets and a section of the Carrum community will be cut off from their neighbouring friends, facilities and suburbs.