Victorian Employment Policy

Mr CARROLL (Minister for Industry and Employment) (12:53:18) — I rise to inform the house about the Andrews government’s Local Jobs First policies and how they are helping young people get their start in their careers on some of our most significant city-shaping projects. Under those opposite there were four wasted years. When we came to government we knew we had to get the economy growing again and strengthen it. Our infrastructure program alone speaks for itself: 88 strategic projects in three and a half years versus their eight, an incredible $50 billion of infrastructure investments under the Andrews Labor government versus only eight strategic projects under them.

It was a pleasure to join the Premier at Rod Laver Arena today. It is what you would have to consider to be one of the most active assets in the whole state. There has been a lot of talk of lazy assets lately — clearly assets focused on Exhibition Street. But we know Rod Laver Arena, one of the icons of Melbourne and often a place of fierce battle that would make the Cormack Foundation blush, is a place where we are seeing record investments and —

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER — Order!

Mr Clark — On a point of order, Speaker, the minister is yet again commencing to depart from making a ministers statement and to debate issues.
I ask you to warn him of his obligation to comply with sessional orders and to return to making a ministers statement.

The SPEAKER — The minister did momentarily move away from making a statement. I ask the minister to make a ministers statement.

Mr CARROLL — Under our record infrastructure investments we are shaping the city for the 21st century. I want to mention the member for Oakleigh and that wonderful announcement we saw on the weekend, with those level crossings finally gone all the way from Carnegie to Hughesdale. He is to be congratulated, as is the Minister for Public Transport, for that wonderful project that has got Victoria moving again.

We are also making sure we leave no Victorian behind through our social procurement framework. This policy complements our infrastructure program. It ensures Victorians at risk, women experiencing family violence, Aboriginal Victorians and some of the most disadvantaged members of our community also get an opportunity to shape our city and work on a project that is fit for the 21st century. We are leaving no stone unturned as we get on with the job. After four years of sleep mode we have got record infrastructure, and we are making sure apprentices and everyone comes along for the ride.