Mr BURGESS — At last week’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearings we heard that the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis, has jetted around the world on an astonishing seven overseas junkets in the past year, charging taxpayers a whopping $209 000 for the cost of flights, accommodation and expenses. You would think that a person who has spent that much money would come back with a swathe of new initiatives and benefits for Victorian small businesses, yet apparently not one trip was dedicated to that portfolio. When pressed on the nature of these junkets, the minister said his department was looking into new and emerging trade relations, again hoping someone else would generate something that he could claim.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) — Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, no‑one in the freight and logistics industry — one worth more than $23 billion per year to our state — or no‑one with more than a passing interest in Victoria continuing as an international container port destination was surprised to read that Infrastructure Victoria has recommended to the Andrews Labor government that it should rule out Hastings as the state’s next container port. After all we must remember that until this Parliament forced them to stop, the Andrews Labor government was signing up to give the new purchaser of the port of Melbourne a 70‑year monopoly over ports in Victoria, meaning no‑one could build a second port in our state, regardless of how badly it was needed, until around 2085. That is blatant economic vandalism.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) — (12 772) My question is to the Minister for Public Transport. On behalf of my community the information I seek from the minister is an update through her department on the operations of the Stony Point line. This year I have received repeated complaints from constituents about trains not running due to faults with level crossings, replacement buses running late or slower than connecting train services and the need for additional train services. The Stony Point line is currently the only railway line operating daily on the Mornington Peninsula, and it is supported overwhelmingly by the community. My community relies heavily on this critically important service and want it properly maintained and running reliably and on time.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) — On 13 May I joined 100 Western Port basketball association protestors to send a strong message to the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and the Andrews government that the greater Somerville community wants its basketball stadium back. The stadium was destroyed by fire on 1 May 2016. It is high time council and the Andrews government worked together to provide certainty, funding and urgency for the Somerville community around the rebuilding of this vital piece of infrastructure. It was regrettable but unfortunately not surprising that the Andrews Labor government flatly refused to provide even one cent to assist with the rebuilding of the Somerville basketball stadium.
Mr BURGESS — I recently expressed outrage at the incredibly harsh decision of the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to increase rent tenfold for the local Hastings Club. The Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is trying to force the Hastings Club, which supports vital grassroots sports such as footy, cricket, netball and darts, to pay a ridiculous $42 000 per year rising to more than $52 000 in year 3, up from $4000 currently. This dramatic and unfair rent increase was imposed without any meaningful discussion or consultation, with council simply telling the club, ‘This is what your rent is going to be’.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) — (12 715) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, and the action I seek is for the minister to provide an urgent solution to the car parking and traffic chaos at Tyabb Primary School. I have been approached by many concerned constituents and parents over many years about parking and other general traffic issues at Tyabb Primary School. Over this period I have been working with the Tyabb school, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and VicRoads to improve parking and traffic conditions at the school, particularly on busy Mornington‑Tyabb Road. In the end, though, it comes down to how important the safety of Tyabb Primary School parents and students are to the Andrews government
“The Andrews Labor Government is hammering small business owners with ten new and ever increasing taxes on top of soaring energy costs.
BURGESS — On 25 January I was pleased to be able to attend this year's Luke Batty Memorial Shield T20 cricket match and see the Tyabb Cricket Club play the Victoria Police Cricket Club at Bunguyan Reserve, Tyabb, in support of the Luke Batty Foundation. This foundation helps women and children affected by the trauma of family violence. Congratulations to the sponsors and organisers on hosting another successful event.
BURGESS (Hastings) — I was pleased to join John Ballis, chief executive officer of Reclink Australia, in Hastings last Friday to announce the re-establishment of the Western Port Warriors football team and its invitation to rejoin the annual Reclink football fixture. The Western Port Warriors was and will be again an excellent Australian Rules football team for disadvantaged young people in the Hastings and Somerville areas. Reclink Australia will be raising funds through the 2017 Great Peninsula Paddle to be held on Australia Day to assist the re-establishment of the Warriors. The Western Port Warriors football team was a very popular football team that earned the support and admiration of the entire Hastings community. The team was coached by former police officer Andrew Brady, and such was the impact Andrew and his team had on the local community that Andrew, a decorated police officer, was recognised as the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council citizen of the year.
BURGESS (Hastings) — (12 123) My question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. Earlier this year I wrote to the previous minister after I was approached by a large number of constituents from Crib Point, Bittern and coastal villages, including areas of Cannons Creek, Warneet, Blind Bight and Tooradin, regarding their concerns about potential bushfire hazards