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.
I raise a matter for the Minister for Ports. The action I seek is for the minister to reverse Labor's policy position and commit to building a second container port at Hastings. Under a coalition government the port of Hastings meant thousands of jobs for our state, greater opportunities for our businesses, improved services, infrastructure for our community and respect and protection for our environment.
The Hastings electorate has been ignored during the Premier's first year in office. For 11 years under the Bracks and Brumby governments, budget after budget neglected our area.
It is an interesting opportunity to stand and speak today, far from being an enjoyable one, but it is one that I think we all need to express ourselves on and be heard in our communities and across the broader state and across the country because, as was indicated by several speakers today, we do face what can only be described as an epidemic and an epidemic of the worst kind, which is taking up to two women from our community every week.
The submarine HMAS Otama was left to rot in Western Port for close to 10 years by the Bracks and Brumby Governments. Immediately after winning government in 2010 I wrote to the new Minister for Environment and Climate Change to ask him to overturn the decisions of the past and give permission for the submarine to come ashore and be granted an actual home location.