I was pleased to assist the Baxter Residents and Traders Progress Action Committee (BRATPAC) at its sausage sizzle on 5 May at the Baxter shopping centre as part of Baxter’s centenary celebrations the following day. Congratulations to the wonderful Baxter community on their township’s centenary and to those who serve Baxter residents as part of BRATPAC. A big thanks to all those local businesses whose generous donations made the barbecue possible.
Apprenticeship and Traineeship Employment Partners
Mr BURGESS — On 4 May I was pleased to attend the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Employment Partners (ATEP) community awards night at the Frankston RSL. In operation since 1987, ATEP is a not‑for‑profit, community‑based organisation employing around 200 apprentices and trainees and offering innovative career pathways to young people on the Mornington Peninsula and in the south‑eastern suburbs.
Mr BURGESS — For Anzac Day services this year I was privileged to lay wreaths at Langwarrin, Pearcedale and Crib Point, joining many hundreds of members of my community, young and old, to commemorate the Anzac tradition and recognise those who served our great country and its people. World War I was a state and nation‑shaping event, and 100 years on the sense of nationhood and identity amongst our people continues to grow.
Mr BURGESS — On another important matter, I would like to put on record my change of mind on the government’s exclusion zone laws. At the time the bill was debated I found the argument for keeping people with different views on such an emotional topic separate compelling, but my training as an officer of the court has prevailed in circumstances where my conscience should have. After discussing these laws with a range of people, including Kathy Clubb, it has become apparent to me just how damaging these laws are.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (09:39:23) — Unsurprisingly, the Labor member for Carrum has again been caught out in Parliament for misleading the Carrum community, this time about the Andrews government’s plans to build train stabling in the backyards of Kananook residents. Is there no limit to what this member will allow her government to do to Carrum residents? Carrum residents must be wondering where the person they elected to represent them has gone, why she is allowing the Premier to force the Eel Race Road closed, and why another Labor MP was able to say no to the Premier’s sky rail and get it underground instead, but she has just stepped out of the way and let him introduce it.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (19:08:21) — (14 335) My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Education, and the action I seek is that he provide an urgent solution to the myriad of issues facing Cranbourne South Primary School in my electorate. I have met with the school’s very passionate principal, Monique Corcoran, and its very strong school council on a number of occasions to hear their very serious concerns about the welfare and safety of their school community and the learning of their students.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (17:24:06) — It is a pleasure to rise after the member for Yan Yean. As always, the further she goes the further she stretches it. Again today she has done exactly the same thing, talking about how the Labor Party has always been the friend of workers.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (09:47:22) — Last week the shadow Minister for Police, Edward O’Donohue in the Council, and I attended the Somerville police station to do something that should never have been necessary. We were there to make it clear that if elected in eight months time, a Guy government would open the police station that was worked for by the Somerville community, paid for and built by the Liberal Party but heartlessly denied by the Premier and the Labor Party — people who would deny a community safety just to satisfy their own political agenda.
Mr BURGESS — I had the pleasure on 9 February to present the young student leaders at Somerville Rise Primary School with leadership badges. There are many budding young leaders at this school, and I was impressed at how each one of them was able to look me in the eyes as they shook my hand. That is a great sign for the future for them. They will make outstanding ambassadors for their school. I would especially like to thank Mrs Nicky Fammartino, the principal at Somerville Rise Primary School, for her invitation.
Mr BURGESS (Hastings) (09:42:36) — It was an honour to attend the annual Luke Batty Memorial Shield T20 cricket match on 25 January between the Tyabb All‑Stars and the Victoria Police Cricket Club. It was wonderful to see so many participants and spectators in attendance determined that they will never forget Luke’s tragic circumstances or our community’s commitment to putting an end to the scourge of domestic violence.