Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Industrial Relations) — I rise to make a section 85(5) statement in relation to the Long Service Leave Bill 2017, which is proposed to replace the Long Service Leave Act 1992.
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — The Andrews government is getting on with removing the Melton Highway level crossing, just a stone's throw away from Watergardens station. Recently the crossing was closed to put in place 24 beams, each weighing 76 tonnes and cast locally in Melton.
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) (By leave) — It is with great sadness that I speak to the condolence motion that was on yesterday. It is quite obvious that Fiona died too soon. I thank those opposite for the opportunity to speak today.
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Industrial Relations) — I move: That this bill be now read a second time. Speech as follows, except for statement under section 85(5) of the Constitution Act 1975, incorporated into Hansard under standing orders:
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — I move: That this bill be now read a second time. Speech as follows incorporated into Hansard under standing orders:
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Industrial Relations) — Certainly this bill goes to making the Long Service Leave Act more accessible, more modern, to the current workforce. It looks at making amendments to the leave entitlements under the act so that they are in line with the commonwealth Fair Work Act 2009 and the standards around parental leave being able to be taken up for two years without a break in continuous service when it comes to the entitlements of long service leave.
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) — It is with great honour that I rise to speak to the first bill that has been before this house with a traditional owners name to it, the Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Bill 2017. I would like to begin by paying my respects to the elders past and present of the Kulin nation, the traditional owners of the lands, the Wurundjeri, and to thank the elders who participated on 22 June and walked onto the floor of the Parliament.
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — I rise to talk about the young workers in my electorate of Sydenham that will be highly impacted by the transitional arrangements in relation to the recent cuts to penalty rates for workers in restaurants, cafes, bars and the retail sector.
Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — I rise to speak on the motion to take note of the budget papers. I am very, very pleased that this budget really delivers on the Andrews government's commitments in focusing on the things that matter to all Victorians: better schools for our kids, better health and hospital outcomes and more trains to get us home sooner.