Government Business May 2017

MR DIMOPOULOS (Oakleigh) — It gives me great pleasure to speak in support of the government business program. It is budget week — don’t we love it? Budget week on this side of the house is very, very exciting because we are delivering on the commitments we made to the Victorian people. It is a hive of activity. I was not here in the Baillieu-Napthine years, but I can imagine that on their side of the house there was an eerie silence around budget time when they were scouring their documents to see if there was anything for their electorates, and they were told by ministers, ‘No, no, maybe next year’. Well, that year never came.

On this side of the house, though, budget week is a busy week, but it does not mean that we cannot get on with the rest of the government business program. As the Leader of the House said, we have very important bills. We have got the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Public Order) Bill 2017 and we have got the Family Violence Protection Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2017. These are very, very vital bills in two areas of public policy where we have made a marked difference to the situations that prevailed before we came to office.

I will take my cue from the Leader of the House, who said that she would keep her contribution short to enable the house to get on with the government business program. However, I need to pick up the member for Box Hill on a comment, which I think was something like, ‘These matters’ — referring to the members for Tarneit and Melton — ‘cannot go unattended to’. I do not know where the member for Box Hill has been in the last few weeks. I think they have been very well attended to. The entire Parliament has focused on them. The Speaker and the President have, as they should in their capacities as Presiding Officers, protected the integrity of the Parliament. They have dealt with these matters, and the Premier has responded appropriately. So for the member for Box Hill to say that they have not been attended to is a fig leaf for him wanting to get back onto the front pages of the newspapers.

In my community’s voice, in my office and on the streets in the last few weeks what people have actually cared about, I say to the member for Box Hill, is the stuff that is in the budget documents. It is the $60 billion of investment in the quality of the Victorian peoples’ lives. On that basis, and on the basis of keeping it short, I commend the government business program to the house.

Government Business May 2017