EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD MEMBERS STATEMENTS Tuesday, 4 August 2015 Mr WELLS (Rowville) — This statement calls on the Premier to live up to his promise to create 100 000 full‑time jobs for Victorians within two years of coming to office. All we have seen from the Andrews government is full‑time jobs dropping away. This jobs freeze is no surprise really, when the government axes major projects and hikes up tax on businesses and the former Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade resigns in disgrace. By June this year Victoria had 9500 fewer full‑time jobs than in December 2014, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. The Premier’s new public holidays — Dan’s Days Off — will cost our economy an extra $898 million every year, with increased wage payments of up to $286 million each year. The pressure of paying extra wages will force many businesses to shut on those public holidays and will jeopardise an estimated 350 000 casual jobs. Business in my electorate of Rowville has been slugged with an enormous hike in the fire services levy. In suburbs like Rowville and Lysterfield commercial fire services levy rates have risen in 2015–16 from 88 cents to 99 cents for every $1000 of capital improved value. Industrial rates have risen even higher, from $1.32 to $1.484 in 2015–16. All this is just to raise $42 million to cover excessive union pay claims. With small business employing around half of Victoria’s private sector jobs, the Premier must ensure that small business is focused. The DEPUTY SPEAKER — Order! The honourable member’s time has expired.