Pink Stumps Day

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. It was held in my electorate at the Hillside Recreation Reserve, where the women’s team faced off against Westmeadows Cricket Club. I am pleased to report that the event was a resounding success, raising money for the McGrath Foundation to support breast cancer care and education. I thank the players involved, in particular Olivia Liron, Catherine Morrow, Kerry Scandolera, Lara Srbinovski, Anna Calabretta, Sophie Barlas, Michelle Morrow, Vicki Kokkinidis, Caitlyn Twentyman, Hannah, Maddison Lorimer and Maryanne Marsh along with the club secretary, Bernard Morrow, and the cricket team coordinator, George Barlas.

I am also happy to confirm that the Sydenham Hillside women were victorious in their game against Westmeadows, but their respect on the day for the people that they honoured — cancer survivors and their families — was very encouraging. I encourage the Hillside Sydenham community to get behind this cause and donate. Certainly the Victorian government is investing in our local health, with investment in the new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital. We have invested $3.45 billion more than the Liberals did in their last term of government — an increase of 20 per cent in our health budgets despite federal government health cuts.