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NEW SCIENCE WING OPENS FOR SUNBURY STUDENTS

Staff and students at Sunbury College now have the state-of-the-art science facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino joined Member for Sunbury Josh Bull at Sunbury College today to open their new $3.5 million science wing, marking the completion of a 2014 election commitment from the Labor Government The redevelopment – designed by PMDL Architecture and built by 2Construct – provides specialised practical, theory and prep rooms as well as general learning spaces, collaborative areas and a staff workroom. The Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State, setting targets across all learning areas, including seeing 33 per cent more 15-year-olds achieving the highest levels of achievement in science literacy by 2025. Sunbury College also secured $4.8 million in funding for Stage 2 works through the 2016-17 Victorian State Budget, which will see the existing library converted into a creative arts wing featuring spaces for media, digital arts, visual communications and music. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This brand-new science wing will be an incredible boost for Sunbury College students.” “We need more young Victorians to discover a passion for science and these facilities will inspire a love for science at Sunbury College.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “It’s fantastic to see students at Sunbury College putting their new science facility to use. This is all part of keeping our commitment Sunbury college and the broader community.” “This science wing will equip them with the knowledge and skills to thrive in school and beyond.”

NEW SCIENCE WING OPENS FOR SUNBURY STUDENTS

Staff and students at Sunbury College now have the state-of-the-art science facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino joined Member for Sunbury Josh Bull at Sunbury College today to open their new $3.5 million science wing, marking the completion of a 2014 election commitment from the Labor Government The redevelopment – designed by PMDL Architecture and built by 2Construct – provides specialised practical, theory and prep rooms as well as general learning spaces, collaborative areas and a staff workroom. The Labor Government is transforming Victoria into the Education State, setting targets across all learning areas, including seeing 33 per cent more 15-year-olds achieving the highest levels of achievement in science literacy by 2025. Sunbury College also secured $4.8 million in funding for Stage 2 works through the 2016-17 Victorian State Budget, which will see the existing library converted into a creative arts wing featuring spaces for media, digital arts, visual communications and music. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This brand-new science wing will be an incredible boost for Sunbury College students.” “We need more young Victorians to discover a passion for science and these facilities will inspire a love for science at Sunbury College.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “It’s fantastic to see students at Sunbury College putting their new science facility to use. This is all part of keeping our commitment Sunbury college and the broader community.” “This science wing will equip them with the knowledge and skills to thrive in school and beyond.”

HELP SHAPE SUNBURY’S NEW COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

A new community hospital for Sunbury is a step closer, with local families contributing to the services it will provide. Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today announced Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull will chair the Sunbury Community Consultation Committee, which will give the community a say over the future of the hospital. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $675 million to build or upgrade 10 new community hospitals close to major growth areas in Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Sunbury, Torquay, the City of Whittlesea, the Eltham area, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend. Community Consultation Committees are being established so carers, patients, families and volunteers can work with health service providers to ensure each hospital meets the particular needs of locals. The Sunbury hospital will be an expansion of the Sunbury Day Hospital and will provide a greater range of public urgent care services after hours including diagnostic services such as x-ray, ultrasound and CT scans, pharmacy and pathology. These additional services will sit alongside the existing day surgery, chemo and dialysis services available on site. Construction is expected to start in 2022 and finish by 2023. Western Health operates the Sunbury Day Hospital which has been treating patients since February 2011. Development will be done in partnership with local community health services and Western Health. The Sunbury Community Consultation Committee will include approximately 15 representatives from the local community as well as key organisations such as local councils and health services providers. The EOI process to sit on the Committee will open in the coming weeks. For more information visit www.vhhsba.vic.gov.au/health-infrastructure/community-hospitals-program Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull “When a loved one gets sick, people want to know that the very best care is just around the corner. Community hospitals will improve access to the care locals need, when and where they need it.” “It’s really important that these hospitals are shaped by the communities they serve, because each area is different. We want to make sure Sunbury locals get a say – this advisory group will do that.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos “We’re delivering billions of dollars in funding to ensure our hospitals can treat more patients than ever in the world-class new facilities that doctors and nurses need.” “These hospitals will reduce unnecessary travel and wait times at larger hospitals, while helping people get the care they need in their own community.”

HELP SHAPE SUNBURY’S NEW COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

A new community hospital for Sunbury is a step closer, with local families contributing to the services it will provide. Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos today announced Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull will chair the Sunbury Community Consultation Committee, which will give the community a say over the future of the hospital. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $675 million to build or upgrade 10 new community hospitals close to major growth areas in Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Sunbury, Torquay, the City of Whittlesea, the Eltham area, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend. Community Consultation Committees are being established so carers, patients, families and volunteers can work with health service providers to ensure each hospital meets the particular needs of locals. The Sunbury hospital will be an expansion of the Sunbury Day Hospital and will provide a greater range of public urgent care services after hours including diagnostic services such as x-ray, ultrasound and CT scans, pharmacy and pathology. These additional services will sit alongside the existing day surgery, chemo and dialysis services available on site. Construction is expected to start in 2022 and finish by 2023. Western Health operates the Sunbury Day Hospital which has been treating patients since February 2011. Development will be done in partnership with local community health services and Western Health. The Sunbury Community Consultation Committee will include approximately 15 representatives from the local community as well as key organisations such as local councils and health services providers. The EOI process to sit on the Committee will open in the coming weeks. For more information visit www.vhhsba.vic.gov.au/health-infrastructure/community-hospitals-program Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull “When a loved one gets sick, people want to know that the very best care is just around the corner. Community hospitals will improve access to the care locals need, when and where they need it.” “It’s really important that these hospitals are shaped by the communities they serve, because each area is different. We want to make sure Sunbury locals get a say – this advisory group will do that.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos “We’re delivering billions of dollars in funding to ensure our hospitals can treat more patients than ever in the world-class new facilities that doctors and nurses need.” “These hospitals will reduce unnecessary travel and wait times at larger hospitals, while helping people get the care they need in their own community.”

Constituency questions – Sunbury Community Hospital

Mr J BULL (Sunbury) (11:49:23): (150) My question is for the Minister for Health. What is the latest information on plans for a new community hospital in Sunbury? Prior to the last election the Andrews Labor government announced that a community hospital would be built at the site of the Sunbury Day Hospital as part of a massive $675 million statewide investment. This was extremely warmly welcomed by local Sunbury residents and residents from surrounding towns—places like Riddell, Romsey and Gisborne, in the member for Macedon’s electorate. The Sunbury community understands the importance of quality health care and knows it is only the Andrews Labor government who delivers on health and gets things done. I look forward to the minister’s response, and I thank her for her commitment to my community.

Constituency questions – Sunbury Community Hospital

Mr J BULL (Sunbury) (11:49:23): (150) My question is for the Minister for Health. What is the latest information on plans for a new community hospital in Sunbury? Prior to the last election the Andrews Labor government announced that a community hospital would be built at the site of the Sunbury Day Hospital as part of a massive $675 million statewide investment. This was extremely warmly welcomed by local Sunbury residents and residents from surrounding towns—places like Riddell, Romsey and Gisborne, in the member for Macedon’s electorate. The Sunbury community understands the importance of quality health care and knows it is only the Andrews Labor government who delivers on health and gets things done. I look forward to the minister’s response, and I thank her for her commitment to my community.

PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES AMENDMENT BILL 2019

Mr J BULL (Sunbury) (12:54:04): Clearly the opposition knows far more than the government does about its own processes. Ms Spence interjected. Mr J BULL: That is right. They certainly know how to pick talent, member for Yuroke. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to speak on the Parliamentary Committees Amendment Bill 2019. Victorians, people across this country and right across the globe deserve governments, parliaments and democracies that place them at the centre of policymaking and lawmaking decisions. They deserve laws that are drafted with sound analysis, thorough research and that are based on evidence and science. One of the ways the government, indeed the Parliament, can make its best decisions and therefore be at its most democratic is through the parliamentary committee process, a very important process. We have just heard some comments about that process. I am going to come back to the lead speaker from the opposition a little later in my contribution. I am sure that all members on both sides of the house would agree that some of the work we are able to do on committees is very important work. Some of the research, the analysis and the time to review and look into matters that you may not otherwise get a sound analysis or sound piece of reflection on, if you like, would not happen without the work of parliamentary committees. Last term I had the opportunity to serve on the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee, with you, Acting Speaker Kilkenny; and the house committee. I also chaired the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee. These committees provide great opportunities for that research and analysis and to investigate issues that are required to be looked at by the Parliament. What is important though is that these committees are constantly reviewed and that we reflect on the way they operate and how responsive they are to the needs of local communities, in the city, in the suburbs, in the regions and right across our state. This bill is important because it looks at the way in which the parliamentary committees operate and many of those important issues that have already been canvassed. The primary purpose of this bill is to update and modernise the structure and duplication of committees. There is no doubt that there are issues that get referred to various committees across both sides of Parliament that do need that sound analysis, but what we need to be careful of is ensuring that a lot of this work is not duplicated. This bill will amend the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003 by abolishing four policy‑focused joint house committees, reducing the number of joint house committees from nine to five. Three new standing committees of the Legislative Assembly will be established through amendments to the standing orders. The bill will amend the Parliamentary Salaries and Superannuation Act 1968. We know that there are important measures to ensure that the process, the dynamics and the way that the Parliament deals with our committee process are looked at. This bill is an important bill for the government. It is an important bill because we want to ensure that the best system of committees is in place. We know that some of the joint house committees will be abolished. The Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills, Environment Committee, the Natural Resources Committee and Regional Development Committee, the Family and Community Development Committee and the Law Reform and the Road and Community Safety Committee will go. There will be the establishment of the Standing Committee on the Economy and Infrastructure, the Standing Committee on the Environment and Planning and the Standing Committee on Legal and Social Issues. We know that the new standing committees will have the power to inquire into and report on any proposal and any matter or thing connected with the department or their related agencies. There is nothing in this legislation that prohibits a matter from going to a committee in the first place with a referral. I take the point from those opposite around ensuring that the balance of committees is right, but it is my view and the government’s view that this balance is right. I want to take the opportunity in the limited time that I have available to thank the hardworking parliamentary staff who support members of Parliament on parliamentary committees. Certainly I am sure you will agree that the volume of work that is undertaken by our parliamentary staff—our research officers, those that support the library—is an extensive amount of work. The sheer volume of data and research and the time that it takes for matters to come to a committee is extraordinarily large. I want to note that work, acknowledge that work and thank all those staff for the work that has been done. I would not want to be getting the wind‑up on this very important piece of legislation, but I am very pleased to commend this bill to the house. Sitting suspended 1.00 p.m. until 2.01 p.m.

PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEES AMENDMENT BILL 2019

Mr J BULL (Sunbury) (12:54:04): Clearly the opposition knows far more than the government does about its own processes. Ms Spence interjected. Mr J BULL: That is right. They certainly know how to pick talent, member for Yuroke. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to speak on the Parliamentary Committees Amendment Bill 2019. Victorians, people across this country and right across the globe deserve governments, parliaments and democracies that place them at the centre of policymaking and lawmaking decisions. They deserve laws that are drafted with sound analysis, thorough research and that are based on evidence and science. One of the ways the government, indeed the Parliament, can make its best decisions and therefore be at its most democratic is through the parliamentary committee process, a very important process. We have just heard some comments about that process. I am going to come back to the lead speaker from the opposition a little later in my contribution. I am sure that all members on both sides of the house would agree that some of the work we are able to do on committees is very important work. Some of the research, the analysis and the time to review and look into matters that you may not otherwise get a sound analysis or sound piece of reflection on, if you like, would not happen without the work of parliamentary committees. Last term I had the opportunity to serve on the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee, with you, Acting Speaker Kilkenny; and the house committee. I also chaired the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee. These committees provide great opportunities for that research and analysis and to investigate issues that are required to be looked at by the Parliament. What is important though is that these committees are constantly reviewed and that we reflect on the way they operate and how responsive they are to the needs of local communities, in the city, in the suburbs, in the regions and right across our state. This bill is important because it looks at the way in which the parliamentary committees operate and many of those important issues that have already been canvassed. The primary purpose of this bill is to update and modernise the structure and duplication of committees. There is no doubt that there are issues that get referred to various committees across both sides of Parliament that do need that sound analysis, but what we need to be careful of is ensuring that a lot of this work is not duplicated. This bill will amend the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003 by abolishing four policy‑focused joint house committees, reducing the number of joint house committees from nine to five. Three new standing committees of the Legislative Assembly will be established through amendments to the standing orders. The bill will amend the Parliamentary Salaries and Superannuation Act 1968. We know that there are important measures to ensure that the process, the dynamics and the way that the Parliament deals with our committee process are looked at. This bill is an important bill for the government. It is an important bill because we want to ensure that the best system of committees is in place. We know that some of the joint house committees will be abolished. The Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills, Environment Committee, the Natural Resources Committee and Regional Development Committee, the Family and Community Development Committee and the Law Reform and the Road and Community Safety Committee will go. There will be the establishment of the Standing Committee on the Economy and Infrastructure, the Standing Committee on the Environment and Planning and the Standing Committee on Legal and Social Issues. We know that the new standing committees will have the power to inquire into and report on any proposal and any matter or thing connected with the department or their related agencies. There is nothing in this legislation that prohibits a matter from going to a committee in the first place with a referral. I take the point from those opposite around ensuring that the balance of committees is right, but it is my view and the government’s view that this balance is right. I want to take the opportunity in the limited time that I have available to thank the hardworking parliamentary staff who support members of Parliament on parliamentary committees. Certainly I am sure you will agree that the volume of work that is undertaken by our parliamentary staff—our research officers, those that support the library—is an extensive amount of work. The sheer volume of data and research and the time that it takes for matters to come to a committee is extraordinarily large. I want to note that work, acknowledge that work and thank all those staff for the work that has been done. I would not want to be getting the wind‑up on this very important piece of legislation, but I am very pleased to commend this bill to the house. Sitting suspended 1.00 p.m. until 2.01 p.m.

 

Constituency questions – Sunbury Road Upgrades

Mr J. BULL (Sunbury) (11:52:31) — (14 019) My question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. Minister, what are the construction and design time lines for the $5.4 million safety upgrade of Sunbury Road between the Tullamarine Freeway and Oaklands Road? Last week I was thrilled to announce that as part of the upgrade the road would be widened. This is a vital upgrade and incredibly important for a growing community. There were 13 crashes recorded along this section of road in a five-year period to 2014, which includes one head-on crash resulting in a fatality, seven crashes involving serious injuries and five other crashes causing injury. I look forward to this upgrade, and I thank the minister for his commitment to Sunbury and this important project.

Constituency questions – Sunbury Road Upgrades

Mr J. BULL (Sunbury) (11:52:31) — (14 019) My question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. Minister, what are the construction and design time lines for the $5.4 million safety upgrade of Sunbury Road between the Tullamarine Freeway and Oaklands Road? Last week I was thrilled to announce that as part of the upgrade the road would be widened. This is a vital upgrade and incredibly important for a growing community. There were 13 crashes recorded along this section of road in a five-year period to 2014, which includes one head-on crash resulting in a fatality, seven crashes involving serious injuries and five other crashes causing injury. I look forward to this upgrade, and I thank the minister for his commitment to Sunbury and this important project.

Members statements – AUSTRALIAN CHINESE EVENTS COMMITTEE

Mr J BULL (Sunbury) (13:53:13): It was terrific to represent the Premier and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs at the Australian Chinese Events Committee gala charity ball on Saturday night. Significant funds were raised to support the Pancare Foundation, whose purpose is to increase survival and provide support to people affected by pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer often has no symptoms, so it is not usually found until the advanced stage, contributing to a low survival rate. Currently it is the eighth most common type of cancer in Australia and the fifth most common cause of death from cancer. Pancreatic cancer is projected to be the second‑leading cause of cancer‑related deaths by 2030. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of those who came along on the night to support such a worthy cause.

Members statements – AUSTRALIAN CHINESE EVENTS COMMITTEE

Mr J BULL (Sunbury) (13:53:13): It was terrific to represent the Premier and the Minister for Multicultural Affairs at the Australian Chinese Events Committee gala charity ball on Saturday night. Significant funds were raised to support the Pancare Foundation, whose purpose is to increase survival and provide support to people affected by pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer often has no symptoms, so it is not usually found until the advanced stage, contributing to a low survival rate. Currently it is the eighth most common type of cancer in Australia and the fifth most common cause of death from cancer. Pancreatic cancer is projected to be the second‑leading cause of cancer‑related deaths by 2030. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of those who came along on the night to support such a worthy cause.

Members Statement – SOLAR HOMES PACKAGE

Mr J BULL: It is terrific to see that rebates are now available for solar hot‑water systems as part of this government’s Solar Homes package, a terrific package that puts the power back in the hands of Victorians whilst being good for the planet. Households can now claim up to $1000 rebate for solar hot‑water systems and reduce their electricity costs by between $160 and $400 a year with systems installed on or after 19 August 2018. This is part of a broader package, a terrific package offered by the Andrews Labor government, and we are thrilled to be able to deliver it.

Members Statement – SOLAR HOMES PACKAGE

Mr J BULL: It is terrific to see that rebates are now available for solar hot‑water systems as part of this government’s Solar Homes package, a terrific package that puts the power back in the hands of Victorians whilst being good for the planet. Households can now claim up to $1000 rebate for solar hot‑water systems and reduce their electricity costs by between $160 and $400 a year with systems installed on or after 19 August 2018. This is part of a broader package, a terrific package offered by the Andrews Labor government, and we are thrilled to be able to deliver it.

Adjournment debate – DIGGERS REST RAILWAY STATION

Mr J BULL (Sunbury) (19:06:28): (79) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport. The action I seek is for the minister to visit Diggers Rest railway station in my electorate and discuss options for improved facilities. This government has a strong record of investing in infrastructure for today and decades to come, whether that be Melbourne Metro, removing 75 level crossings, the airport rail link or the Suburban Rail Loop—the list goes on. These are projects that will create thousands of jobs and set our state up for generations to come. In the conversations that I have had with my local community and representations that have been made by residents, it is clear that the Diggers Rest train station is a growing station according to patronage. This is a fabulous community. I look forward to the minister’s visit and thank her for her consideration of this matter.

Adjournment debate – DIGGERS REST RAILWAY STATION

Mr J BULL (Sunbury) (19:06:28): (79) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport. The action I seek is for the minister to visit Diggers Rest railway station in my electorate and discuss options for improved facilities. This government has a strong record of investing in infrastructure for today and decades to come, whether that be Melbourne Metro, removing 75 level crossings, the airport rail link or the Suburban Rail Loop—the list goes on. These are projects that will create thousands of jobs and set our state up for generations to come. In the conversations that I have had with my local community and representations that have been made by residents, it is clear that the Diggers Rest train station is a growing station according to patronage. This is a fabulous community. I look forward to the minister’s visit and thank her for her consideration of this matter.