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.
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.
For the eleventh straight time, the Victorian Labor Government has recorded a negative result, with Victorian small businesses continuing to give the thumbs down to their policies.
As we mourn for the loss of a local 49-year old from our community in Hastings, it is a time to pause, reflect and remind ourselves of the importance of our local emergency service workers, both paid and volunteer.