City of Greater Geelong Amendment 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 amend the City of Greater Geelong Act 1993 to reform the method of election of the mayor of Greater Geelong..

Ministers statements: penalty rates

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Industrial Relations) — I rise to inform the house that I have written to the Fair Work Commission after they requested parties assist in designing transitional arrangements for penalty rate cuts. There is no way to soften the blow when it comes to cutting..

Calder Freeway

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — Tragedy struck in my electorate last Friday, 17 March, when a tip truck and dog collided with four other cars. In fact the truck drove straight over the top of one car on the inbound section of the Calder Freeway near Kings..

Ministers statements: penalty rates

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Industrial Relations) — I rise to inform the house about some very important matters in my industrial relations portfolio, in particular some recent developments that I am very disappointed to announce to the house — the fact that the Fair Work Commission is looking to..

Housing affordability and penalty rates

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — Speaker, I take the opportunity to congratulate you on your election as Speaker. You are doing an awesome job so far. I rise to talk about the matter of public importance (MPI) that has been put before the house by the..

Ministers statements: Equal Workplaces Advisory Council

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Industrial Relations) — I rise to update the house on the establishment of the Equal Workplaces Advisory Council on this International Women’s Day. I take this chance to congratulate all the women in the chamber who are here today and wish them, along with..

International Women’s Day

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — On International Women’s Day I want to take time out to thank and acknowledge the working women in the Sydenham electorate. To the workers — the women nurses, doctors, carers, admin staff, cleaners, pathologists, health professionals and volunteers — at the Sunshine Hospital..

Ministers statements: penalty rates

Ms HUTCHINS (Minister for Industrial Relations) — I rise to advise the house of the disappointing further news around the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut penalty rates, affecting Victorian workers in this state. We are considering making a further submission to the commission on the transitional provisions..

Ministers statements: My School data

MINISTER HUTCHINS (Minister for Industrial Relations) — I would like to update the house on a new initiative, and that is today’s release of the My School data, which has a direct impact on how many schools are doing an excellent job of getting the most..

Greater Gender Diversity for Councils

MINISTER HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — This International Women’s Day I am calling on all councils to support greater gender diversity in the forthcoming elections. The Andrews government is urging women from across Victoria to consider standing as candidates this October to ensure our councils..

Family Violence

Minister HUTCHINS (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) — It is my privilege to speak on this take-note motion addressing the prevention of family violence and in particular to respond to the address to this Parliament by Rosie Batty and other very well presented and well-spoken activists on..

Academy of Sport, Health and Education

MINISTER HUTCHINS (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) — Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Academy of Sport, Health and Education, better known as ASHE, in Shepparton. ASHE was established in 2005 in conjunction with the Rumbalara Football Netball Club and the University of Melbourne…

Members statements: Bushfires

MINISTER HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — Every year the community prepares for the harsh realities of fire season. Unfortunately this year it was a situation faced by those in the Otway Ranges. As we are all aware, bushfires on Christmas Day and beyond had a..

Acknowledgement of Country

HUTCHINS (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) — I move: That the house authorises the Speaker to give an acknowledgement of country each sitting Tuesday. I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which this Parliament stands and the people of the Kulin nation. I..

Helen Bushell

HUTCHINS — I would also like to recognise the services of Helen Bushell, who turned 93 on 10 April. She has given her life to Australian kiting, has been a keen supporter of this kite festival and, with her extensive kite collection, has represented Australia at international..

Sydenham Kite Festival

HUTCHINS (Minister for Local Government) — I rise to talk about the Sydenham Kite Festival, which was held in my electorate just a few weeks ago. It was the fifth annual festival, and is completely run by volunteers. I want to congratulate Annie Ang and Matthew..

Local Government Amendment (Fair Go Rates) Bill 2015

Minister Hutchins (Minister for Local Government) introduced a bill for an act to amend the Local Government Act 1989 and the Essential Services Commission Act 2001 to provide for a mechanism to set a cap on the increases in rate revenue that can be levied by a council..

Principal for a Day – Parkwood Green Primary School

Natalie Hutchins (Minister for Local Government) — I recently participated in the principal for a day program at Parkwood Green Primary School, a fantastic primary school in my electorate which has 1241 students and is one of the biggest single-site primary schools in Victoria. I had big shoes..