Labour Day Dinner & International Women’s Day 2020 – Members Statements

SPEAKER: The Member for Wendouree. Ms ADDISON: Thank you Speaker, Last Friday night the Ballarat Regional Trades Hall Council held its annual Labor Day dinner to celebrate 162
years of hard won working conditions by the labour movement and to honour champions of the union movement. I wish to congratulation Allan Townsend of the ANMF, Brian Martin of the IEU and Rhonda Richardson of the ASU
on being awarded Life Membership of the Ballarat Regional Trades Hall Council. This is recognition of their great contribution
to unionism in Ballarat and Trades Hall Well done to AMWU Delegate Ross Kenna from
McCains and CPSU Delegate Meaghan Smith from the SRO on their inspiring speeches about
their experiences as union delegates work at work sites I would also like to congratulate the next
generation of union activists including Cameron McIntire of HACSU and Edward Drew of the CPSU for their nominations of the Athan McCraw Young Activist of the Year award. Well done to Secretary Brett Edgington on
organising a great event and thank you to all the Unions who attended and support this important event. Happy International Women’s Day to all the
wonderful women in this Parliament, the Wendouree electorate and across Victoria. This is an important day to celebrate the
achievements of women and encourage everyone to continue to work towards gender equality. I am proud to be a part of the Andrews Labor
Government, that is made up 48% women and is the first Cabinet to have 50% women’s
representation. We are changing attitudes towards and outcomes
for Victoria women.

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