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Members Statements – Sunbury Lions Football Netball Club

Mr J. BULL — I would like to congratulate the Sunbury Lions under-18 girls football side on winning back-to-back premierships on the weekend. They fought back to level the game at half-time, kicking against the wind, and got over the line against Keilor, which was a terrific effort by all involved.

Members Statements – Sunbury Lions Football Netball Club

Mr J. BULL — I would like to congratulate the Sunbury Lions under-18 girls football side on winning back-to-back premierships on the weekend. They fought back to level the game at half-time, kicking against the wind, and got over the line against Keilor, which was a terrific effort by all involved.

HELPING SUNBURY KIDS TO STAY SAFE IN THE SUN

Students and other Victorians will be better protected from the sun’s damaging rays thanks to new grants being made available by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP announced the latest round of the School Shade Grants Program – and encouraged local schools to apply. The Community Shade Grants Program is also returning, for community groups such as sports clubs. The programs make sure that more Victorians than ever can access much-needed shade when the hot sun hits hard thanks to new shade sails or newly-planted trees. The Labor Government is giving a big $10 million boost to the programs, paving the way for about 1,000 schools and community groups to install shade over the next four years. As part of the boost, schools and community groups will be able to share in $2 million for other protective measures such as hats and sunscreen. Shade structures are the best defence from dangerous UV rays, but should always be used alongside other sun protection measures such as sunscreen and protective clothing. Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three people diagnosed by the age of 70. In 2017, melanoma was the fourth most common cancer in Victoria, with 2,993 invasive melanomas diagnosed and 270 deaths. The five-year survival rate for Victorians diagnosed with invasive melanoma was at 90 per cent in 2013-16. The Labor Government’s Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-20 sets out an ambitious target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer over a decade. To apply for a grant visit www2.health.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos “We all love spending time outdoors on nice sunny days, but the sun’s UV can be dangerous and deadly if we don’t protect ourselves.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP “Our grants programs have helped hundreds of schools and community groups provide the protection Victorians need to prevent cancer.” “We were delighted to give White Hill Primary School students the shade they need so they can enjoy the outdoors – and now we’re encouraging more schools and community groups to follow suit.”  

HELPING SUNBURY KIDS TO STAY SAFE IN THE SUN

Students and other Victorians will be better protected from the sun’s damaging rays thanks to new grants being made available by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP announced the latest round of the School Shade Grants Program – and encouraged local schools to apply. The Community Shade Grants Program is also returning, for community groups such as sports clubs. The programs make sure that more Victorians than ever can access much-needed shade when the hot sun hits hard thanks to new shade sails or newly-planted trees. The Labor Government is giving a big $10 million boost to the programs, paving the way for about 1,000 schools and community groups to install shade over the next four years. As part of the boost, schools and community groups will be able to share in $2 million for other protective measures such as hats and sunscreen. Shade structures are the best defence from dangerous UV rays, but should always be used alongside other sun protection measures such as sunscreen and protective clothing. Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in three people diagnosed by the age of 70. In 2017, melanoma was the fourth most common cancer in Victoria, with 2,993 invasive melanomas diagnosed and 270 deaths. The five-year survival rate for Victorians diagnosed with invasive melanoma was at 90 per cent in 2013-16. The Labor Government’s Victorian Cancer Plan 2016-20 sets out an ambitious target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer over a decade. To apply for a grant visit www2.health.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos “We all love spending time outdoors on nice sunny days, but the sun’s UV can be dangerous and deadly if we don’t protect ourselves.” Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP “Our grants programs have helped hundreds of schools and community groups provide the protection Victorians need to prevent cancer.” “We were delighted to give White Hill Primary School students the shade they need so they can enjoy the outdoors – and now we’re encouraging more schools and community groups to follow suit.”  

GETTING ON WITH DELIVERING MORE CAR PARKS FOR SUNBURY

The Andrews Labor Government and Hume City Council are working together to assess the best options for car parking in Sunbury. Last year the Andrews Labor Government committed to build 300 new car parks at the Sunbury Station by extending the multi deck car park on the western side of the station. Recent discussions with the Hume City Council have provided a second option, that has the potential to deliver hundreds of new shopper and trader car parks on top of the 300 committed to by the Andrews Labor Government. The second option involves building a multi-deck carpark on the corner of Station Street and Evans Street, to the south of the station. The Andrews Labor Government and the City of Hume will now work closely, undertaking site assessments and environmental and technical investigations to get the best outcome for the local community. In addition to this work, the Andrews Labor Government is getting on with removing the dangerous and congested Gap Road level crossing, with planning work and site investigations also underway. The Level Crossing Removal Authority will be carrying out site investigations from now until September and will work closely with the City of Hume to better understand how we can deliver the car parks and remove the level crossing. Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “In partnership with the City of Hume we have an opportunity that delivers 300 new commuter spaces and could deliver hundreds more car parks for local shoppers and traders.” “This new opportunity has great potential and we will now do the planning work to make sure that we get the best outcome for the local community.”  Quotes attributable to Hume City Council Mayor, Cr Carly Moore “The Sunbury community have told us on numerous occasions they want more car parking in the Sunbury Town Centre and we think we can work with the State Government to achieve that.”  “Sunbury is a fast growing community and we are committed to working with the community to achieve the best outcomes.”  

GETTING ON WITH DELIVERING MORE CAR PARKS FOR SUNBURY

The Andrews Labor Government and Hume City Council are working together to assess the best options for car parking in Sunbury. Last year the Andrews Labor Government committed to build 300 new car parks at the Sunbury Station by extending the multi deck car park on the western side of the station. Recent discussions with the Hume City Council have provided a second option, that has the potential to deliver hundreds of new shopper and trader car parks on top of the 300 committed to by the Andrews Labor Government. The second option involves building a multi-deck carpark on the corner of Station Street and Evans Street, to the south of the station. The Andrews Labor Government and the City of Hume will now work closely, undertaking site assessments and environmental and technical investigations to get the best outcome for the local community. In addition to this work, the Andrews Labor Government is getting on with removing the dangerous and congested Gap Road level crossing, with planning work and site investigations also underway. The Level Crossing Removal Authority will be carrying out site investigations from now until September and will work closely with the City of Hume to better understand how we can deliver the car parks and remove the level crossing. Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull “In partnership with the City of Hume we have an opportunity that delivers 300 new commuter spaces and could deliver hundreds more car parks for local shoppers and traders.” “This new opportunity has great potential and we will now do the planning work to make sure that we get the best outcome for the local community.”  Quotes attributable to Hume City Council Mayor, Cr Carly Moore “The Sunbury community have told us on numerous occasions they want more car parking in the Sunbury Town Centre and we think we can work with the State Government to achieve that.”  “Sunbury is a fast growing community and we are committed to working with the community to achieve the best outcomes.”  

SUNBURY LOCALS TO SHAPE NEW COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

The Andrews Government is getting on with delivering a flagship community hospital in Sunbury and making sure locals have a big say over the services it will offer. Member for Sunbury Josh Bull MP today announced the Community Consultative Committee for the Sunbury Community Hospital. The Labor Government is delivering on its $675 million election commitment to build or upgrade 10 community hospitals in Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Sunbury, Torquay, the City of Whittlesea, the Eltham area, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend. Community consultative committees have been established for locals to work with councils and health experts to ensure each community hospital best serves the needs of local families. Chaired by Member for Sunbury Josh Bull MP, the Sunbury Community Hospital Community Consultative Committee includes 14 members and will give locals a say over the future of their community hospital, ensuring services can deliver the very best care and outcomes, closer to home. The Sunbury Community Hospital Consultative Committee members are: Yvonne Layton Billie Harris Helen Spencer Simone Meyer Colin Pocock Melissa Davis Jean Rau Steve Gibbs Erin Collard David Sharpe Russell Harrison Phillip Ripper Hector Gaston The range of services offered at the community hospital will be tailored to our local community, with a strong focus on better integrating acute and community health and human services under one roof. Community hospitals will offer services such as day surgery, renal dialysis, specialist appointments, allied health including physiotherapy and speech pathology, after-hours health care with access to pathology and imaging, women’s and children’s health and chronic disease management. Services may also include community mental health, alcohol and drug services and public dental depending on the needs of the local community. Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull MP “We’re getting on with building the Sunbury Community Hospital because locals should be able to easily access the care they need, close to home, when they need it.” “When a loved one gets sick in the middle of the night, families deserve the peace of mind of knowing that the very best care is just around the corner.” “It is critical these hospitals are shaped by their communities. We understand how important it is that locals get a real say on what health services they need and that’s exactly what this advisory group will do.”

SUNBURY LOCALS TO SHAPE NEW COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

The Andrews Government is getting on with delivering a flagship community hospital in Sunbury and making sure locals have a big say over the services it will offer. Member for Sunbury Josh Bull MP today announced the Community Consultative Committee for the Sunbury Community Hospital. The Labor Government is delivering on its $675 million election commitment to build or upgrade 10 community hospitals in Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Phillip Island, Sunbury, Torquay, the City of Whittlesea, the Eltham area, Point Cook and Fishermans Bend. Community consultative committees have been established for locals to work with councils and health experts to ensure each community hospital best serves the needs of local families. Chaired by Member for Sunbury Josh Bull MP, the Sunbury Community Hospital Community Consultative Committee includes 14 members and will give locals a say over the future of their community hospital, ensuring services can deliver the very best care and outcomes, closer to home. The Sunbury Community Hospital Consultative Committee members are: Yvonne Layton Billie Harris Helen Spencer Simone Meyer Colin Pocock Melissa Davis Jean Rau Steve Gibbs Erin Collard David Sharpe Russell Harrison Phillip Ripper Hector Gaston The range of services offered at the community hospital will be tailored to our local community, with a strong focus on better integrating acute and community health and human services under one roof. Community hospitals will offer services such as day surgery, renal dialysis, specialist appointments, allied health including physiotherapy and speech pathology, after-hours health care with access to pathology and imaging, women’s and children’s health and chronic disease management. Services may also include community mental health, alcohol and drug services and public dental depending on the needs of the local community. Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury Josh Bull MP “We’re getting on with building the Sunbury Community Hospital because locals should be able to easily access the care they need, close to home, when they need it.” “When a loved one gets sick in the middle of the night, families deserve the peace of mind of knowing that the very best care is just around the corner.” “It is critical these hospitals are shaped by their communities. We understand how important it is that locals get a real say on what health services they need and that’s exactly what this advisory group will do.”

 

MAKING PET ADOPTION MORE TRANSPARENT

Victorians can now find out where their new pet has come from, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s new Pet Exchange Register which comes into effect on 1 July. Member for Sunbury District, Josh Bull MP today announced the start of the Register with new traceability laws coming into effect, making it easier to detect and crack down on illegal puppy farms. From Monday, all advertisements of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens for sale or free rehoming will need to include a source number linked to a person, breeder, business, rescue group, foster network, or shelter. The Pet Exchange Register will give Victorians peace of mind that their new furry family member has been bred ethically with animal welfare as a priority, allowing them to find out exactly where it’s come from. All Victorians are encouraged to check the validity of the source number in advertisements on the Pet Exchange Register before buying or adopting a new pet. If there’s no source number – report the ad, and don’t buy the pet. The launch of the Register builds on the Labor Government’s puppy farm legislation – with pet shops no longer permitted to sell dogs or cats unless they are from a registered shelter, pound or voluntarily-registered foster carer. In addition, breeders are banned from owning a pet shop or shelter. For more information, to enrol or to report concern about a pet advertisement, visit per.animalwelfare.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury District, Josh Bull MP: “We know that Victorians really care about the welfare of their pets – and we’re really proud to be making animal breeding more transparent to detect and shut down illegal breeding.” “It’s all about making sure pet owners know where their new family member is coming from, making sure pets are happy and healthy when they go to their new homes, and giving Victorians peace of mind that they’re not propping up backyard breeders and dodgy pet shops.”  

MAKING PET ADOPTION MORE TRANSPARENT

Victorians can now find out where their new pet has come from, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s new Pet Exchange Register which comes into effect on 1 July. Member for Sunbury District, Josh Bull MP today announced the start of the Register with new traceability laws coming into effect, making it easier to detect and crack down on illegal puppy farms. From Monday, all advertisements of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens for sale or free rehoming will need to include a source number linked to a person, breeder, business, rescue group, foster network, or shelter. The Pet Exchange Register will give Victorians peace of mind that their new furry family member has been bred ethically with animal welfare as a priority, allowing them to find out exactly where it’s come from. All Victorians are encouraged to check the validity of the source number in advertisements on the Pet Exchange Register before buying or adopting a new pet. If there’s no source number – report the ad, and don’t buy the pet. The launch of the Register builds on the Labor Government’s puppy farm legislation – with pet shops no longer permitted to sell dogs or cats unless they are from a registered shelter, pound or voluntarily-registered foster carer. In addition, breeders are banned from owning a pet shop or shelter. For more information, to enrol or to report concern about a pet advertisement, visit per.animalwelfare.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury District, Josh Bull MP: “We know that Victorians really care about the welfare of their pets – and we’re really proud to be making animal breeding more transparent to detect and shut down illegal breeding.” “It’s all about making sure pet owners know where their new family member is coming from, making sure pets are happy and healthy when they go to their new homes, and giving Victorians peace of mind that they’re not propping up backyard breeders and dodgy pet shops.”  

Upgraded to Sunbury Recycled Water Plant officially opened

Today the member for Sunbury Josh Bull officially opened the upgraded Sunbury Recycled Water Plant. The opening signifies the completion of work on the $53 million government funded upgrade, the largest ever capital works project in Western Water’s history. The project was announced by the Minister for Water, the Hon. Lisa Neville in February 2016, with construction commencing in October 2016. The community was engaged extensively throughout the project. A project reference group was formed to provide input before and during construction and residents near the plant received progress letters and newsletters. Regular updates also were published to Western Water’s website and social media accounts. The upgrade has been undertaken by Downer Pty Ltd, who were awarded the design, build, operate and maintain contract. Over 250,000 personnel hours were spent upgrading the plant. This included contractors, subcontractors and operations staff. The Sunbury Water treatment plan provides around 800 ML of Class B water per year, to irrigate sporting fields, the golf course, wineries and other agricultural uses in Sunbury and Diggers Rest. This upgrade maintains the capacity of this plant to supply recycled water to these important local assets. Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP: “The upgrade has increased the volume of wastewater the plant is able to treat from 5.6 to 9.2 million litres a day, catering to the Sunbury and Diggers Rest communities, which are expected to grow significantly in the years ahead. Quotes attributable to Western Water Managing Director Jeff Rigby: “The plant is more energy efficient and there is better odour control, better management of wet weather flows to site and improved stormwater treatment.  

Upgraded to Sunbury Recycled Water Plant officially opened

Today the member for Sunbury Josh Bull officially opened the upgraded Sunbury Recycled Water Plant. The opening signifies the completion of work on the $53 million government funded upgrade, the largest ever capital works project in Western Water’s history. The project was announced by the Minister for Water, the Hon. Lisa Neville in February 2016, with construction commencing in October 2016. The community was engaged extensively throughout the project. A project reference group was formed to provide input before and during construction and residents near the plant received progress letters and newsletters. Regular updates also were published to Western Water’s website and social media accounts. The upgrade has been undertaken by Downer Pty Ltd, who were awarded the design, build, operate and maintain contract. Over 250,000 personnel hours were spent upgrading the plant. This included contractors, subcontractors and operations staff. The Sunbury Water treatment plan provides around 800 ML of Class B water per year, to irrigate sporting fields, the golf course, wineries and other agricultural uses in Sunbury and Diggers Rest. This upgrade maintains the capacity of this plant to supply recycled water to these important local assets. Quotes attributable to Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull MP: “The upgrade has increased the volume of wastewater the plant is able to treat from 5.6 to 9.2 million litres a day, catering to the Sunbury and Diggers Rest communities, which are expected to grow significantly in the years ahead. Quotes attributable to Western Water Managing Director Jeff Rigby: “The plant is more energy efficient and there is better odour control, better management of wet weather flows to site and improved stormwater treatment.  

Constituency questions – Performance data for ambulance response times in Hume

Mr J BULL (Sunbury) (11:45:10): (516) My question is for the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services. What is the latest information on performance data for ambulance response times in the Hume local government area in my electorate? Members would recall that under the Liberals lives were at risk because ambulances were not arriving at critical emergencies fast enough. I also want to take this opportunity to remind an incoming federal government that Victoria has not received its fair share of hospital funding over the past five years, further putting lives at risk. I would also like to take this opportunity to put on record my thanks to our hardworking paramedics, our doctors, our nurses—Jenny Orr is one of those and she is here today—and also all of the health professionals for continuing to do an outstanding job in health and emergency services across our state. I look forward to the minister’s response.

Constituency questions – Performance data for ambulance response times in Hume

Mr J BULL (Sunbury) (11:45:10): (516) My question is for the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services. What is the latest information on performance data for ambulance response times in the Hume local government area in my electorate? Members would recall that under the Liberals lives were at risk because ambulances were not arriving at critical emergencies fast enough. I also want to take this opportunity to remind an incoming federal government that Victoria has not received its fair share of hospital funding over the past five years, further putting lives at risk. I would also like to take this opportunity to put on record my thanks to our hardworking paramedics, our doctors, our nurses—Jenny Orr is one of those and she is here today—and also all of the health professionals for continuing to do an outstanding job in health and emergency services across our state. I look forward to the minister’s response.

SALE OF LAND AMENDMENT BILL 2019

Mr J BULL (Sunbury) (16:53:01): I am very pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to debate on the Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2019. I think the previous speaker, the member for Footscray, raised some very important points in her contribution, significantly around planning and around housing, and this bill goes a long way, I do believe, to making the system fairer for those getting into the housing market. I also had the opportunity to hear the important contributions from the members for Cranbourne and Tarneit. I do believe in their contributions they mentioned that this was the first time they had had an opportunity to speak on bills in this house. Just listening to those very important contributions it is clear that they are very much champions of their local communities, even in the early stages of our second term in government. I was reflecting on those speeches and thinking how impressive they were, certainly in comparison to my first bill speech. This bill will be well supported in my community and I believe right across the state. Primarily this bill is about fairness, and this government stands for fairness no matter your background, no matter your faith and no matter your ethnicity. This government understands how hard Victorians work and how hard Victorians strive to support their families to live a healthy, productive life in the local community. As so many members have mentioned this afternoon, this state is of course growing at a rapid rate, and why wouldn’t it be. There are so many good reasons to come to this terrific state of Victoria. There are new jobs—exciting jobs—and an incredible record of infrastructure like the big projects as part of our big, bold agenda such as removing level crossings, the Melbourne Metro project, the West Gate Tunnel, the north-east link and the airport rail link. These huge, innovative, exciting projects are going to make a significant difference to this state. I thank the member for Frankston for his assistance and for his incredibly hard work in his community. Look, the list goes on. We heard earlier today in question time some information about the Solar Homes package, an important package that is going to make a significant difference to Victorians right across the state. This bill does so much for those buying new properties. Speaking about growth, we know what an extraordinary amount of projects are in the pipeline, and these—including this being a terrific arts, culture and major events capital of the nation—are reasons why people are coming to Victoria each and every day. They are coming to communities like mine, to growth corridor communities, in Sunbury but also places like Cranbourne and Tarneit. These are new communities that are growing very, very quickly. This bill—and I know the member for Forest Hill is very determined to glean some more information on this bill—is fundamentally important for those communities, for growth corridor communities, because it enhances a range of protections that apply to buying a first home. I listened to the member for Ivanhoe in his contribution, and he did discuss that really important and significant decision of buying a home. It is an incredibly important financial decision for individuals, for couples and for families. In many respects buying a home is the biggest financial investment people will make in their lives, and it is incredibly important that there are safeguards and a range of measures that protect these buyers. Many Victorians, whether they are born here, whether they come here from another state or whether they come here from overseas expect and deserve these safeguards and this surety when looking at the housing market. It is why today’s bill is so important and why I wholeheartedly support this bill. Currently there exist a set of rules and a set of circumstances that in many respects put the buyer last, certainly in some electorates, whether they be my electorate of Sunbury or electorates like Yuroke—I can see the member for Yuroke over there listening intently—Yan Yean, Cranbourne, Tarneit or Melton. These are a significant growth corridors, and this is why this bill is incredibly important. As we have heard this afternoon the Sale of Land Act 1962 will be amended to prevent developers from unfairly rescinding signed residential, off-the-plan contracts under sunset clauses in order to take advantage of increased property prices that would otherwise benefit purchasers. The bill will also address predatory conduct in the alternative housing finance sector by prohibiting unaffordable and high-risk terms contracts for lower value residential property and rent-to-buy arrangements, closing the regulatory gap that has enabled unregulated and problematic land banking schemes to flourish, strengthening the existing offence of fraudulently concealing material facts about a property for sale with the intention of inducing another person to buy that property and restricting public auctions of land from being conducted before 1.00 p.m. on Anzac Day, an important provision that I think is well supported right across the state. Off-the-plan contracts, as you would well be aware, commonly include a clause enabling the vendor to terminate or end the contract if the plan of subdivision for the relevant development has not been registered by a specified date. These matters have received a great deal of press in recent times and have certainly been raised with me as the local member. Some contractors may also allow a purchaser to end the contract if the plan has not been registered by a specific date, and this is also of note. The bill will amend the Sale of Land Act 1962 to prevent vendors from ending a residential off-the-plan contract pursuant to a sunset clause without the purchaser’s consent, or alternatively express permission will be required of the Supreme Court. The term 'sunset clause’ is defined to be a clause that enables rescission of an off-the-plan contract if either the relevant plan of subdivision is not registered by a specific date or an occupancy permit has not been issued in respect of the lot by a specific date. Disappointingly, some developers appear to have deliberately in the past delayed the construction of these projects, and this is simply not fair and not right. This is an important change, a change that, as I mentioned earlier in my contribution, I think will be supported in my community and right across the state. As the member for Footscray mentioned in her contribution—and it is my belief—the majority of those within the industry are striving to do the right thing, but where this bill is fundamentally important is in providing those safeguards for those that are buying off the plan, in making sure that the rug is not pulled out from under them and in making sure that there is certainty and security and an opportunity for those who are very determined and very passionate about becoming home owners, which is a very important process in someone’s life. As I mentioned earlier, it is a significant financial decision and a very important step for individuals, for couples and for families. This bill goes to the heart of fairness in this state, of protections, of safeguards and of making sure that the government is providing policy settings that close down on dodgy developers and land bankers, making sure that those that are taking the significant leap of faith to buy off the plan have that very important safeguard in place. It would be a very frightening and worrying scenario to be faced with this situation, and I do believe that this is a very important piece of legislation, because it gives people the opportunity to put fairness back into the industry. I commend the bill to the house.

SALE OF LAND AMENDMENT BILL 2019

Mr J BULL (Sunbury) (16:53:01): I am very pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to debate on the Sale of Land Amendment Bill 2019. I think the previous speaker, the member for Footscray, raised some very important points in her contribution, significantly around planning and around housing, and this bill goes a long way, I do believe, to making the system fairer for those getting into the housing market. I also had the opportunity to hear the important contributions from the members for Cranbourne and Tarneit. I do believe in their contributions they mentioned that this was the first time they had had an opportunity to speak on bills in this house. Just listening to those very important contributions it is clear that they are very much champions of their local communities, even in the early stages of our second term in government. I was reflecting on those speeches and thinking how impressive they were, certainly in comparison to my first bill speech. This bill will be well supported in my community and I believe right across the state. Primarily this bill is about fairness, and this government stands for fairness no matter your background, no matter your faith and no matter your ethnicity. This government understands how hard Victorians work and how hard Victorians strive to support their families to live a healthy, productive life in the local community. As so many members have mentioned this afternoon, this state is of course growing at a rapid rate, and why wouldn’t it be. There are so many good reasons to come to this terrific state of Victoria. There are new jobs—exciting jobs—and an incredible record of infrastructure like the big projects as part of our big, bold agenda such as removing level crossings, the Melbourne Metro project, the West Gate Tunnel, the north-east link and the airport rail link. These huge, innovative, exciting projects are going to make a significant difference to this state. I thank the member for Frankston for his assistance and for his incredibly hard work in his community. Look, the list goes on. We heard earlier today in question time some information about the Solar Homes package, an important package that is going to make a significant difference to Victorians right across the state. This bill does so much for those buying new properties. Speaking about growth, we know what an extraordinary amount of projects are in the pipeline, and these—including this being a terrific arts, culture and major events capital of the nation—are reasons why people are coming to Victoria each and every day. They are coming to communities like mine, to growth corridor communities, in Sunbury but also places like Cranbourne and Tarneit. These are new communities that are growing very, very quickly. This bill—and I know the member for Forest Hill is very determined to glean some more information on this bill—is fundamentally important for those communities, for growth corridor communities, because it enhances a range of protections that apply to buying a first home. I listened to the member for Ivanhoe in his contribution, and he did discuss that really important and significant decision of buying a home. It is an incredibly important financial decision for individuals, for couples and for families. In many respects buying a home is the biggest financial investment people will make in their lives, and it is incredibly important that there are safeguards and a range of measures that protect these buyers. Many Victorians, whether they are born here, whether they come here from another state or whether they come here from overseas expect and deserve these safeguards and this surety when looking at the housing market. It is why today’s bill is so important and why I wholeheartedly support this bill. Currently there exist a set of rules and a set of circumstances that in many respects put the buyer last, certainly in some electorates, whether they be my electorate of Sunbury or electorates like Yuroke—I can see the member for Yuroke over there listening intently—Yan Yean, Cranbourne, Tarneit or Melton. These are a significant growth corridors, and this is why this bill is incredibly important. As we have heard this afternoon the Sale of Land Act 1962 will be amended to prevent developers from unfairly rescinding signed residential, off-the-plan contracts under sunset clauses in order to take advantage of increased property prices that would otherwise benefit purchasers. The bill will also address predatory conduct in the alternative housing finance sector by prohibiting unaffordable and high-risk terms contracts for lower value residential property and rent-to-buy arrangements, closing the regulatory gap that has enabled unregulated and problematic land banking schemes to flourish, strengthening the existing offence of fraudulently concealing material facts about a property for sale with the intention of inducing another person to buy that property and restricting public auctions of land from being conducted before 1.00 p.m. on Anzac Day, an important provision that I think is well supported right across the state. Off-the-plan contracts, as you would well be aware, commonly include a clause enabling the vendor to terminate or end the contract if the plan of subdivision for the relevant development has not been registered by a specified date. These matters have received a great deal of press in recent times and have certainly been raised with me as the local member. Some contractors may also allow a purchaser to end the contract if the plan has not been registered by a specific date, and this is also of note. The bill will amend the Sale of Land Act 1962 to prevent vendors from ending a residential off-the-plan contract pursuant to a sunset clause without the purchaser’s consent, or alternatively express permission will be required of the Supreme Court. The term 'sunset clause’ is defined to be a clause that enables rescission of an off-the-plan contract if either the relevant plan of subdivision is not registered by a specific date or an occupancy permit has not been issued in respect of the lot by a specific date. Disappointingly, some developers appear to have deliberately in the past delayed the construction of these projects, and this is simply not fair and not right. This is an important change, a change that, as I mentioned earlier in my contribution, I think will be supported in my community and right across the state. As the member for Footscray mentioned in her contribution—and it is my belief—the majority of those within the industry are striving to do the right thing, but where this bill is fundamentally important is in providing those safeguards for those that are buying off the plan, in making sure that the rug is not pulled out from under them and in making sure that there is certainty and security and an opportunity for those who are very determined and very passionate about becoming home owners, which is a very important process in someone’s life. As I mentioned earlier, it is a significant financial decision and a very important step for individuals, for couples and for families. This bill goes to the heart of fairness in this state, of protections, of safeguards and of making sure that the government is providing policy settings that close down on dodgy developers and land bankers, making sure that those that are taking the significant leap of faith to buy off the plan have that very important safeguard in place. It would be a very frightening and worrying scenario to be faced with this situation, and I do believe that this is a very important piece of legislation, because it gives people the opportunity to put fairness back into the industry. I commend the bill to the house.