Ministers statements: government achievements

Mr CARROLL (Minister for Industry and Employment) (12:26:13) — I rise to update the house on how the Victorian economy is booming thanks to the Andrews Labor government’s record investment in infrastructure, skills and training. Victoria’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in seven years. The member for Warrandyte — there he is — should know too that youth unemployment is the lowest it has been in five years. Isn’t that a good one for the tactical genius? Since 2014 the Victorian economy has grown by more than 370 000 jobs. Confidence is up. Investment is up. Manufacturing is up. The only other thing that is up is the Liberal Party headquarters — 104 Exhibition Street is up —

Mr Merlino — For sale.

Mr CARROLL — Yes, he has got his back to me. It is a capital city 1 zoning — no changes needed there.

Mr Merlino — No kitchen table required.

Mr CARROLL — No kitchen table required. It is good to see the member for Malvern is also up today. The party of WorkChoices is out there today having a go at the construction workers. We will stand with them — our more than $50 billion of economic activity, supporting TAFE, 3500 apprentices getting their start, just like the member for Kew is getting his start on the other side. They are interested in one apprentice. We are interested in 3500, making new careers —

Mr Clark — On a point of order, Speaker, the minister seems to want to talk about anything but his portfolio —

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER (12:27:49) — Order! The member for Warrandyte can leave the chamber for the period of 1 hour.

Honourable member for Warrandyte withdrew from chamber.

Mr Clark — The minister seems to want to speak about anything but his portfolio responsibilities. I ask you to bring him back to compliance with sessional orders and making a statement about matters relevant to his portfolio.

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER — Order! The minister will come back to making a ministers statement.

Mr CARROLL — We will always put local jobs first. We will always put local businesses first. We are getting the job done — $50 billion, the lowest unemployment rate in seven years, the lowest youth unemployment rate —

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER (12:28:28) — The member for Ferntree Gully can leave the chamber for the period of 1 hour.

Honourable member for Ferntree Gully withdrew from chamber.

Mr CARROLL — He calls me Potsie. I mean, seriously. At least Potsie had mates. I would not be quoting Happy Days if I were you. The only bloke that is happy is the member for Malvern because he is the only —

Honourable members interjecting.

Mr CARROLL — I would not be quoting Happy Days if I were you, mate. Get on there and purchase Exhibition Street.