Parliament

DIAMOND CREEK TRAIN STATION ROAD SAFETY

I want to raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and the action I seek is the delivery of additional road safety improvements in the Diamond Creek station precinct.

JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS REPORTS AMENDMENT BILL 2021

I am very proud to join the debate on the Judicial Proceedings Reports Amendment Bill 2021. I am really proud to join it because I have listened to almost every speaker in this debate from my office and for a short time in the chamber and I am enormously proud at the thought that has gone into the contributions by almost every speaker. These are not easy things to talk about. They are incredibly difficult. Every single one of us brings experience and knowledge of at least one victim in their lives, if not personally, and many, many of us that speak on these matters have personal experience. So I think of the courage of the people who are able to speak of their own experiences as members of Parliament from a personal standpoint but also for those that we represent and those that we speak up for, those that we give a voice to, and I want to thank every victim and every victim advocate for their courage in speaking their truths.

COMMERCIAL TENANCY RELIEF SCHEME BILL 2021

Before I was interrupted by the lunch break and question time I was pleased to be participating in the debate on the commercial tenancy relief scheme. This acknowledges that while we have made much progress, there will continue to be challenges for businesses in coming months. While I am on my feet I would like to particularly pay tribute to all small businesses in my electorate and their landlords that have worked cooperatively with them. I particularly want to acknowledge the township business associations. In Diamond Creek Anna Henderson does a great job in working with Diamond Creek businesses and Eltham businesses. The Hurstbridge Traders Association is a fantastic collaborative group. Also, there is the Whittlesea township business association and a similar organisation in Wallan. Businesses in Mernda and Doreen do not have an organised network like that, but I know that they have really played an important part in keeping community spirit up, as have all businesses across my electorate.

COMMERCIAL TENANCY RELIEF SCHEME BILL 2021

I take great pleasure in joining the debate on the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme Bill 2021, but we would all regret the circumstances that meant this bill was necessary due to the impacts of the world pandemic and its particular impacts in the state of Victoria. I do want to thank the Minister for Small Business for her tremendous frenetic activity in support of small business. Minister Pulford in the other place is a well-known champion of regional Victoria but also of small business, and I just wanted to thank her and the department, who have worked so hard around this.

COMMERCIAL TENANCY RELIEF SCHEME BILL 2021

I take great pleasure in joining the debate on the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme Bill 2021, but we would all regret the circumstances that meant this bill was necessary due to the impacts of the world pandemic and its particular impacts in the state of Victoria.

ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING COMMITTEE

It is a great privilege to rise today to speak on the report on what communities are doing to tackle climate change, which was investigated last year by the Environment and Planning Committee of the Legislative Assembly.

PAULA KAIROUZ PILLING

I also want to offer my sincerest condolences to the member for Kororoit, a dear friend of mine, longstanding of many decades, on the passing of her beautiful sister, Paula Kairouz Pilling.

BARBARA KIRKBRIDE

Today I would like to acknowledge the passing of a lovely constituent of mine, Barbara Kirkbride.

ENERGY LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2021

Ms Green (Yan Yean) (12:32): I am just absolutely delighted to join the debate on the Energy Legislation Amendment Bill 2021, and I note the fabulous Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change is sitting at the table, and she has just done an absolute power of work in this area, both in opposition and in government.

GOVERNMENT POLICY

I take great pleasure in joining the debate after the member for Shepparton.

YAN YEAN ELECTORATE SPORTS

Ms Green (Yan Yean) (10:03): I rise to congratulate the community sport leaders, our volunteers that keep community sport ticking along, and just to acknowledge how wonderful it is to have them back up and running now.

ROYAL COMMISSION INTO VICTORIA’S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM

I take great pleasure in joining the debate on the take-note motion on the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and following my dear friend the Minister for Youth Justice, who was speaking of her own personal experience. I was listening to the statistics she went through at the beginning of her contribution about people who are incarcerated, particularly our young people. Even the hardest of hearts could not hear those statistics and understand what a problem this is. If we are able to do better in mental health, we have such a golden opportunity to potentially empty so many of those jails and those justice centres that we run, because so many of those people are in there in the first place because they are ill. That is just a tragedy. The scourge of mental ill health is a tragedy.