Mr BURGESS (Hastings) — (12 910) My constituency question is to the Minister for Police. With armed robberies continuing to occur in townships throughout my community, including Baxter, Somerville and Pearcedale, I ask the minister on behalf of very concerned local businesses and residents who are now living in constant fear: when will you finally end your political game and open the Somerville police station?
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
BURGESS (Hastings) — A Daniel Andrews government is all about winners and losers. The latest example — —
Honourable members interjecting.
Mr BURGESS — Yes, in fact all of these statements this morning are examples of that. The latest example is this Labor government being determined to be the winner in inner-Melbourne seats under challenge from the Greens and, sadly, the losers are the people of the Latrobe Valley. As usual, the Premier does not care who loses as long as he wins.
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.