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More Police And An Even Stronger Focus On Family Violence

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering more police to major regional centres and Melbourne’s growing outer suburbs – as well as more family violence officers than ever before – with another 709 officers due to hit the beat over the next year. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville today joined Deputy Commissioner Rick Nugent to announce the 2019-20 police allocation, which includes an additional 207 family violence officers. Ms Neville will officially open the Centre of Learning for Family Violence today, an $11.5 million purpose-built training facility that will help ensure more police officers are better trained and more effective in responding to family violence. Family violence takes up an enormous amount of police time, with officers attending a family violence incident every seven minutes across the state. In 2018, more than 18 per cent of all recorded offences were related to family violence, compared to less than 5 per cent 10 years ago. 300 general duties officers will also be added to boost Victoria Police’s ranks, with a focus on regional areas such as Mildura, Swan Hill, Bairnsdale, Sale, Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast, Ballarat and Morwell. The areas of Casey, Greater Dandenong, Hume and Melton will also receive new general duties police. Specialist police are also being boosted with 93 new officers to strengthen transit and public safety, intelligence and covert support, state emergency and support commands, and legal services. An extra 105 police will be allocated to the frontline to support parental leave, while 25 PSOs will be rolled out to support safety across the transport network and at key events. The Labor Government’s $2 billion investment and roll out of new police is the single biggest uplift to Victoria Police in its history and has seen 1950 more police officers working across the state since 2014. The 709 new police will be progressively deployed to communities from May 2019 to April 2020. The resourcing boost is part of Labor’s record community safety investment that is giving police the resources, powers and laws it needs to keep Victoria safe. This investment is already making a difference with the latest independent crime statistics showing Victoria’s crime rate has fallen for the seventh quarter in a row. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville “We’re investing in Victoria Police by delivering more police to more communities than ever before to ensure our hardworking officers have the equipment, the tools and the training they need to keep the state safe.” “We’re seeing a relentless focus by police on crime and community safety, with record numbers of arrests, a decreasing crime rate and stronger community policing – but there’s still more to do.” “Family violence is Victoria’s number one law and order issue – which is why we’re training even more officers with the skills they need to respond to family violence.”

More Police And An Even Stronger Focus On Family Violence

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering more police to major regional centres and Melbourne’s growing outer suburbs – as well as more family violence officers than ever before – with another 709 officers due to hit the beat over the next year. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville today joined Deputy Commissioner Rick Nugent to announce the 2019-20 police allocation, which includes an additional 207 family violence officers. Ms Neville will officially open the Centre of Learning for Family Violence today, an $11.5 million purpose-built training facility that will help ensure more police officers are better trained and more effective in responding to family violence. Family violence takes up an enormous amount of police time, with officers attending a family violence incident every seven minutes across the state. In 2018, more than 18 per cent of all recorded offences were related to family violence, compared to less than 5 per cent 10 years ago. 300 general duties officers will also be added to boost Victoria Police’s ranks, with a focus on regional areas such as Mildura, Swan Hill, Bairnsdale, Sale, Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast, Ballarat and Morwell. The areas of Casey, Greater Dandenong, Hume and Melton will also receive new general duties police. Specialist police are also being boosted with 93 new officers to strengthen transit and public safety, intelligence and covert support, state emergency and support commands, and legal services. An extra 105 police will be allocated to the frontline to support parental leave, while 25 PSOs will be rolled out to support safety across the transport network and at key events. The Labor Government’s $2 billion investment and roll out of new police is the single biggest uplift to Victoria Police in its history and has seen 1950 more police officers working across the state since 2014. The 709 new police will be progressively deployed to communities from May 2019 to April 2020. The resourcing boost is part of Labor’s record community safety investment that is giving police the resources, powers and laws it needs to keep Victoria safe. This investment is already making a difference with the latest independent crime statistics showing Victoria’s crime rate has fallen for the seventh quarter in a row. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville “We’re investing in Victoria Police by delivering more police to more communities than ever before to ensure our hardworking officers have the equipment, the tools and the training they need to keep the state safe.” “We’re seeing a relentless focus by police on crime and community safety, with record numbers of arrests, a decreasing crime rate and stronger community policing – but there’s still more to do.” “Family violence is Victoria’s number one law and order issue – which is why we’re training even more officers with the skills they need to respond to family violence.”

RECOGNISING SUNBURY’S EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS

Residents in the Sunbury and Gladstone Park region are being encouraged by Member for Sunbury to nominate an outstanding early childhood teacher or organisation for a Victorian Early Years Award. Now in their 14th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards recognise the crucial work early childhood professionals do towards improving the lives of young children. Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull today encouraged families, early childhood professionals and early years support organisations to nominate themselves or others who are dedicated to helping young children to learn and thrive. Award winners in each category will receive up to $15,000 to continue their exceptional work in kindergartens, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state. The awards celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven award categories, including supporting parents, transition to school and the early childhood teacher of the year. Early childhood is the foundation for lifelong wellbeing and learning, which is why the Victorian Government is committed to strengthening the services delivered to children and their families. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. This is why, in an Australian first, the Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion over the next decade to deliver a full 15 hours per week of three-year-old kindergarten, to be progressively rolled out from 2020. Nominations close at midnight on 24 May 2019. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the National Gallery of Victoria in October. For more information or to submit a nomination, see: www.education.vic.gov.au/veya   Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP “The Seat of Sunbury is home to many passionate and caring early childhood teachers and educators, and exceptional early years services.” “The Victorian Early Years Awards are a well-deserved opportunity to celebrate the people, organisations and services that help Victorian children to get the best start in life.”

RECOGNISING SUNBURY’S EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS

Residents in the Sunbury and Gladstone Park region are being encouraged by Member for Sunbury to nominate an outstanding early childhood teacher or organisation for a Victorian Early Years Award. Now in their 14th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards recognise the crucial work early childhood professionals do towards improving the lives of young children. Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull today encouraged families, early childhood professionals and early years support organisations to nominate themselves or others who are dedicated to helping young children to learn and thrive. Award winners in each category will receive up to $15,000 to continue their exceptional work in kindergartens, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state. The awards celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven award categories, including supporting parents, transition to school and the early childhood teacher of the year. Early childhood is the foundation for lifelong wellbeing and learning, which is why the Victorian Government is committed to strengthening the services delivered to children and their families. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. This is why, in an Australian first, the Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion over the next decade to deliver a full 15 hours per week of three-year-old kindergarten, to be progressively rolled out from 2020. Nominations close at midnight on 24 May 2019. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the National Gallery of Victoria in October. For more information or to submit a nomination, see: www.education.vic.gov.au/veya   Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP “The Seat of Sunbury is home to many passionate and caring early childhood teachers and educators, and exceptional early years services.” “The Victorian Early Years Awards are a well-deserved opportunity to celebrate the people, organisations and services that help Victorian children to get the best start in life.”

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.