Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (16:05:01) — On the motion, it is always interesting to follow the Leader of the House and listen to her try and rewrite history. It is a regular occurrence. To say on one hand that she was going to get to this debate, that if we had time we were going to get to consideration in detail, but that it was the member for Bayswater that was standing up and taking up time is so disingenuous that certainly anyone reading Hansard really needs to read it in detail to understand exactly what the Leader of the House gets up to. She does it regularly. She will get up and she will verbal people and she will make an argument that really does not exist. Hopefully she is coming back — good — because she does this on a regular basis. She has already contradicted herself by saying that there was no agreement but then, harking back to Tuesday, that clearly there was an agreement and that she was making the point that we would do it if we had time.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (11:37:32) — (13 804) My question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. I am seeking information on behalf of my constituents on what assistance the Andrews government is able to provide to upgrade dangerous intersections in Somerville and Hastings. My Somerville constituents have for many years been required to run the gauntlet of Somerville’s double roundabout, situated at the intersection of Eramosa Road and Frankston‑Flinders Road, Somerville. This notorious combination of roundabouts, which is located in the heart of the town, also has the added complexities of the adjacent Stony Point railway line crossing and Grant Road. The roundabout has to contend with traffic entering from all sorts of roads. Further gridlock is created when trains cross.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (09:42:49) — After arguing the same case for years, I was not surprised to read an article in the Age with the heading, ‘A bridge too far: warning bigger ships won’t be able to reach port of Melbourne’. The article of 10 November begins:
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (11:49:49) — (13 720) My constituency question is to the Minister for Education. I am seeking information on behalf of the Tyabb Railway Station Primary School community on what assistance the Andrews government is able to provide for the building of a school hall. Currently Tyabb Railway Station Primary School has no school hall for its 120 students to use for assembly or to play indoor sport during the heat of summer or the depths of winter. The school completely lacks the large covered area a modern school needs and is expected to have. A hall would provide the school with a multi‑use educational and recreational facility for use in a whole range of areas such as sporting and meeting facilities for the various needs of pupils, parents, families and the local community. Tyabb Railway Station Primary School is rightfully very proud of its outstanding culture which promotes personal, social and academic development and its emphasis on developing positive and respectful relationships between all members of the school fraternity.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (09:55:50) — This government is synonymous with congestion. From its treacherous decision to betray Victorians by spending much of what it was going to cost to build the east–west link and then cancelling it, right down to bungling street projects so public transport can no longer access them, this government is one failure after another. After 12 months of bungling and incompetence from the member for Frankston and the Premier, the community of Frankston was promised Young Street would finally be back to normal by the end of October, but of course it was not.
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.