MINISTERS STATEMENTS – Infrastructure Projects



Ministers statements: infrastructure projects

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Mr CARROLL (Minister for Industry and Employment) (11:42:00) — I rise to update the house on the number of jobs created, thanks to our investment in the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project. The member for Kew would appreciate that apprentices are the backbone of our economy. They are also the backbone of our training system. They are the future of our workforce, and that is why in 2016 we introduced the Major Projects Skills Guarantee to mandate that 10 per cent of work on our major projects goes to apprentices, trainees and engineering cadets. I was very pleased to be with the Premier today and the Minister for Public Transport to meet some of these engineering cadets and some of these young people, who are not only getting an opportunity to shine and to shape our city but working on a project that is truly 21st century, that is a game changer for this state.

We are very proud of the work that is going on under our Major Projects Skills Guarantee. When you think about the Metro Tunnel, there are 7000 jobs, with almost 2000 already underway; 800 apprentices, with 80 apprenticeships underway right now; 88 per cent local content —

Mr Andrews — A trainee over there.

Mr CARROLL — We have got a trainee over there. The fifth Beatle over there did not get an invite to the wedding on the weekend. I thought he would be sitting behind John Major, but I did not see him there. Everyone wants to talk about industry 4.0. We are getting on with the job.

When you think about jobs, we are doing everything we can. But what I really enjoyed today was when I opened up the Age. Now, LinkedIn is a very important resource. Barrie Macmillan is still on LinkedIn, but I do not know why he is still on LinkedIn. The Leader of the Opposition loves him; he is his favourite bagman.

Honourable members interjecting.

Mr Clark — On a point of order, Speaker, I think most of the house is struggling to follow the train of thought that the minister is pursuing, but whatever it may be it seems to have very little to do with his portfolio and seems to be way out of compliance with sessional orders. I ask you to bring him back to complying.

The SPEAKER — Order! The minister needs to make a ministers statement.

Mr CARROLL — We are trying to follow their train of thought — questions today on Brighton, Caulfield and Prahran. They know something that we do not. I would like to find out what it is.

Mr Clark — On a point of order, Speaker, the minister has, as with previous ministers this week, been defying your rulings, and I do ask you to caution him and other ministers to ensure they comply with sessional orders.

The SPEAKER — Order! I do ask ministers and all members of this house to comply with sessional orders when they are asking and answering questions and making statements.

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