Parliament

VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING

I rise to update the house on the first six months of Victoria’s historic voluntary assisted dying laws. I want to thank the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board, chaired by Her Honour Betty King, for their hard work and great care in producing the board’s second report, tabled in this Parliament yesterday. These nation-leading laws are giving Victorians with an incurable illness a compassionate choice over the timing and manner of their death and relief from their suffering.

AMBULANCE SERVICES

I rise to inform the house of the government’s continued investment in Victoria’s ambulance services. Earlier this month the first upgraded dual-crew service commenced in the northern Victorian town of Rochester.

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS

I rise to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government is taking every measure to ensure that the Victorian community is kept safe and informed with the latest information following the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak.

BUSHFIRE RECOVERY INITIATIVES

I rise to inform the house of how the Andrews Labor government is supporting the health and wellbeing of Victorians impacted by our recent bushfires. There is no greater priority to our government than supporting our communities through the bushfire season and on the long road to recovery.

Condolences – Bushfires

Whilst this summer’s bushfire season is not yet over and fires continue to ravage the landscape, I want to acknowledge the significant impact of this season’s devastating bushfires. I want to pay my respects to the families of the five people who lost their lives in Victoria and the 29 people who lost their lives in New South Wales, the ACT and South Australia. I express my deepest condolences to their families and their friends.

Condolences – HON. JOHN CAIN

It is with enormous pride but great sadness that I rise to join in the tributes to Victoria’s 41st Premier and its longest serving Labor Premier, the late John Cain. John Cain led Labor to victory three times, and I am grateful to him for the enormous legacy he has left to our state but also to the Labor Party.

PHILLIP ISLAND URGENT CARE CENTRE

Last Friday I was honoured to join with the local member for Bass, Jordan Crugnale, to cut the ribbon on Phillip Island’s new urgent care centre, part of this government’s $7 billion pipeline of health infrastructure projects across Victoria, delivering the largest health build program in Victorian history.

AMBULANCE SERVICES

I rise to inform the house on the success of the Andrews Labor government’s dedicated stroke ambulance, the first of its kind in Australia

E-CIGARETTES

I rise to update the house on the Andrews Labor government’s new campaign to raise awareness of the risks associated with e-liquids after alarming information revealed that these products are becoming more deadly.

GOVERNMENT ACHIEVEMENTS

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Danslide, my team have set me a challenge to summarise the year in health and ambulance services in 2 minutes, so start the clock.

REGIONAL HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE FUND

Today I rise to update the house on the Andrews Labor government’s landmark Regional Health Infrastructure Fund, the largest fund of its kind in Victoria’s history.

INFANT JAUNDICE

I rise to update the house on how the Andrews Labor government’s investment in innovative programs in Victoria is allowing new mums and bubs to bond and have the best start to life.

BREAST SCREENING

I rise to inform the house of what the Andrews Labor government is doing to ensure Victorian women with breast cancer can access diagnosis and treatment quicker.

FOOTSCRAY HOSPITAL

I rise to inform the house on yet another major milestone for the landmark new Footscray Hospital project. Following an extensive global search, the Andrews Labor government has now shortlisted three experienced consortia to build the $1.5 billion project—the single biggest ever hospital project in Victoria’s history.

MARCH FOR THE BABIES

Australia is home to many migrants who have come to this country to escape political dictatorship and repression, and in fact my parents’ own homeland suffered from a fascist dictatorship in the 1970s.

SCHOOL SHADES GRANT PROGRAM

I rise to update the house on a very exciting announcement—and that is, the opening of round 4 of the school and community shade grants programs.

CANCER TREATMENT SERVICES

I rise to update the house about a revolutionary new cancer treatment service now being provided in Victoria to children and young adults.