Ministers statements: employment initiatives

Mr CARROLL (Minister for Industry and Employment) (11:21:07) — I rise to update the house on the number of strategic projects and jobs started under the Andrews Labor government — 93 strategic projects are underway under our government versus those opposite’s eight. Seventy‑five thousand new jobs are being created in our record infrastructure programs. The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, I know, is particularly proud of what we are doing with the Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre. Can anyone tell me where the new visitor centre is located? Can the Leader of the Opposition tell me? If he will not, I will. Ventnor Road is where the new Phillip Island visitor centre is going to be located.

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER — Order! The member for Ringwood will resume her seat.

Mr CARROLL — I do not know how the penguins would have gone when he tried to turn the Bass Coast into the Gold Coast, but under our government we are actually mandating local content, in fact 93 per cent.

In four years 3500 apprentices are not only shaping our city but shaping their own lives as well. Manufacturing has grown for 17 consecutive months, the best record in two decades. But our Jobs Victoria program is all about putting people facing barriers to employment into work, just like the women in the Liberal Party. Jobs Victoria is about looking after everyone. The Leader of the Opposition has been out spruiking population growth today while he is having a fire sale of 104 Exhibition Street. Whether you want to call it Kroger’s Castle or Mantach’s Museum given the number of skeletons in the closet there, we know his —

Mr Hodgett — On a point of order, Speaker: Minister, are you okay?

The SPEAKER — The minister to continue.

Mr CARROLL — An interjection from one of the four Davids! You have got to be a David to get on the front bench there, Speaker.

Mr Foley — On a point of order, Speaker, in the last few weeks we have had R U OK? Day. It is a serious mental health movement, and I would ask the honourable member to consider very carefully the degeneration of language he has used there to belittle people with mental health issues and through it add to the stigma and discrimination that one in five people in our society suffer through mental health illnesses. The honourable member should know better than that, and I would ask him to withdraw his comments.

The SPEAKER — Order! I ask the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to withdraw.

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER — I apologise. There is no point of order.

Mr CARROLL — Whether it is supporting Alcoa workers or my good friend the member for Williamstown who should be congratulated on the support he gave to the auto industry, under the Andrews Labor government we will not leave anyone behind. We put people to work, and we will continue to do so.