Mr BURGESS (Hastings) — I rise to open the batting for the opposition on the Small Business Commission Bill 2016. At the outset, the opposition has tried very hard to find something in this bill to support rather than just not oppose, because if there were something in this bill that actually worked for small business, then we would have been wholeheartedly supportive. Unfortunately the industry feedback really confirmed our view that the bill does not really do anything for small business. It does a number of things that will make sure that the Small Business Commission is busier; there is no doubt about that. At the outset, the opposition will not be opposing this bill, but it would have been an opportunity — I believe an opportunity that has been lost — for us to support a bill if for the first time this government was really going to do something that would help small business.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) — (11 961) My question is to the Minister for Police. The June quarter 2016 Victorian crime statistics show crime has continued to spiral out of control across Victoria. It is up 13.4 per cent in local government areas in the Hastings electorate, with the City of Casey up 17.7 per cent, the City of Frankston up 12.5 per cent and the Shire of Mornington Peninsula up 10 per cent. The statistics also indicate a startling leap of as much as 50 per cent in crime in townships across the Hastings electorate. The Premier and Minister for Police can do no better than claim that the epidemic of home invasions across our state, including in homes such as that of Lisa Stark and her family, are just a very small number, a disgraceful attitude from people tasked with keeping our community safe.
The petition of residents of Victoria draws to the attention of the House their collective concerns with respect to the proposed amendments to the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) — On 18 October I joined Brooke Skilton and many other Pearcedale Primary School parents and students to call on the Andrews government to install 40-kilometres-an-hour flashing speed signs around Pearcedale Primary School. While at the school I was presented with 500 petitions signed by concerned parents and community members calling for the urgent installation of the flashing signs at Baxter-Tooradin Road.
Support for the Andrews government amongst small and medium businesses has fallen to a record low according to the September Sensis Business Index survey. The latest survey of business confidence in the Andrews government saw an 11-point decline to a net balance of minus 24 this quarter, with 32 per cent of Victorian businesses believing that the Premier and his government actually work against them, compared with just 8 per cent that think they work for them.
On 16 October I was very pleased to present a congratulatory certificate to the 1st Somerville Scout Group in celebration of their 100th year of scouting.
My question is to the Minister for Police. The June quarter 2016 Victorian crime statistics show crime has continued to spiral out of control across Victoria.
My question is to the Acting Minister for Sport. During the term of the Liberal-Nationals government a commitment of $1 million was made to fund sporting facilities at the Langwarrin, Somerville and Pearcedale football, netball and cricket clubs.
The latest Victorian crime statistics have confirmed that crime is again a major concern across Victoria, including the Hastings electorate.
The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has today released a report on the impacts of Daniel Andrews’ Grand Final Eve public holiday.