Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Women) (09:40:16) — Happy International Women's Day. Many members of Parliament are making statements today about previous inductees into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
Debate resumed. Government amendments circulated by Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Industrial Relations) under standing orders.
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) (09:34:06) — I move: That I have leave to bring in a bill for an act to advance the treaty process between Aboriginal Victorians and the state by providing for the recognition of the Aboriginal Representative Body, enshrining the guiding principles for the treaty process and requiring the Aboriginal Representative Body and the state to work together to establish elements necessary to support future treaty negotiations and for other purposes.
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) (12:21:41) — I rise to speak on the motion that is before the house, which condemns the federal government for a funding proposal that short-changes our hospitals by over $2 billion, condemns the Leader of the Opposition for failing to stand up to Canberra on Victorian hospital funding, and notes the federal government owes Victoria $104 million for hospital services already being provided.
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) (11:32:48) — I thank the member for her question, and I welcome the opportunity to be able to discuss these extremely important issues here in the Parliament, because we all know that those opposite have not asked a single question in this space in the time that they have been sitting on the front benches, so I welcome the opportunity to be able to speak about these issues.
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence) (09:43:04) — As a local member for Sydenham and as the Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence, the experiences of women are at the forefront of my advocacy every day.
Ms Hutchins — On the point of order, Acting Speaker, the member was referring to the bill. In fact she said the word 'bill' as the point of order was taken. She was giving background, and she was referring to the bill. I think she should continue.
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) (09:42:40) — On Sunday I was privileged to be able to attend the very first Pink Stumps Day hosted by Sydenham Hillside Cricket Club.
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Industrial Relations) (14:40:53) — This government is committed to reconciliation and to the self-determination of Aboriginal people. Unlike those others, we have actually made sure there is a seat at the table for Aboriginal Victorians going forward, and I am very proud of the work that we have done in the treaty space.
Mr NARDELLA (Melton) (09:56:56) — Today I pass on my condolences to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Xavier and the wider family for the passing of former senator Steve Hutchins. Steve was a great family man, and he battled his illness for many years.