Parliament

Office of Fiona Richardson

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Women) — Speaker, I think it is important to set the record straight. Some of the individuals that we are talking about have secured employment. I am not going to get into individual arrangements, but I can say nobody has been sacked in these..

Sydenham electorate schools

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) — I am proud to have campaigned with local parents to secure funding for the new secondary school in my electorate after four years of neglect by the previous Liberal government, who sat on their hands achieving nothing in the west while..

Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Amendment Bill 2016

Mr CLARK (Box Hill) — The opposition supports these amendments by the Legislative Council. Indeed the major ones were ones that we initiated to make clear that when the minister did nominate an alternative body to take the place of a body specified in the act that replacement..

Residential Tenancies Amendment (Long-term Tenancy Agreements) Bill 2017

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — I am very pleased to rise to speak to the Residential Tenancies Amendment (Long-term Tenancy Agreements) Bill 2017, and I acknowledge the work that was done by the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, who has done a power..

Long Service Leave Bill 2017

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. I wish to make statements under section 85(5) of the Constitution Act 1975 of the reasons..

Melton Highway level crossing

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. Despite strong..

Hon. Fiona Richardson, MP

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. I was unable to..

Long Service Leave Bill 2017

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: Background This bill seeks the repeal of the current Long Service Leave Act,..

Local Government (Central Goldfields Shire Council) Bill 2017

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: This bill will dismiss the Central Goldfields Shire Council in response to the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate’s report Protecting Integrity: Central Goldfields..

Long Service Leave Bill 2017

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..

Australia Day

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — Can I reassure the residents of both Yarra and Darebin and residents in other councils that may be considering going down this track of making this change around the council-deemed celebrations on that day that they have the absolute right and..

Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Bill 2017

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..

Penalty rates and fair pay

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…

Budget papers 2017-18

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..

Ministers statements: penalty rates

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Industrial Relations) — I rise to inform the house of terrible developments for hundreds of thousands of workers in the state of Victoria. Now that the Queen’s Birthday public holiday has passed, workers in the fast-food, hospitality, retail and pharmacy sectors will have their..

Road infrastructure

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — I rise to commend the excellent work of the Victorian Labor government in undertaking to build the infrastructure that Victorians need after four long years of neglect and incompetence by the Baillieu-Napthine government. Labor’s investments in the CityLink-Tullamarine Freeway widening, M80 improvements..

Firefighters enterprise bargaining agreement

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Industrial Relations) — How absolutely offensive and ironic that those opposite want to talk about equity in the workplace. When they were in government, the words ‘equal pay’ and ‘access to flexibility’ were not even in their vocabulary. From the former minister for industrial..

Community safety

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — I recently had the privilege of visiting the Keilor Downs and Caroline Springs police stations to meet with officers and senior officers to talk through improvements to community safety. The Victorian government is improving community safety by making investments where they..