Mr PETER SIDGREAVES (Camden) (14:59): My question is addressed to the Minister for Skills and Training, and Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology. Given this week is National Careers Week, will the Minister update the House on how the New South Wales Government is working with the Commonwealth to invest in fee-free training and help people get the skills they need for the jobs they want?
The SPEAKER: The Minister will be heard in silence.
Mr Greg Warren: Point of order—
The SPEAKER: I will hear the point of order before the Minister commences.
Mr Greg Warren: My point of order is taken under Standing Order 128 (2). It is clearly a question that is offering an opinion and it is also way too long. Based on your previous ruling against the member for Coogee, Mr Speaker, I ask you to consider the decisions that are being made and the precedents being set. Clearly the Leader of the House is doing everything he can to disrupt proceedings.
The SPEAKER: I have heard enough from the member for Campbelltown. The question is in order. I will hear from the Minister. I call the member for Newcastle to order for the first time.
Mr ALISTER HENSKENS (Ku-ring-gai—Minister for Skills and Training, and Minister for Science, Innovation and Technology) (15:00): I thank the member for Camden for his strong interest in skills and training—and, of course, it is very appropriate given that it is National Careers Week. This is an important opportunity to highlight what the New South Wales Government is doing to help secure a brighter future so that young people, or not-so-young people, can get a first job, a new job or a better job. In November we launched Careers NSW. Careers NSW is a whole-of-life, one-stop shop for everyone in our State to help people unlock their potential by empowering them to make informed decisions about their career path.
I am pleased to report that the local government areas of the member for Camden and the member for East Hills and those of the young students in the gallery have been responding in droves to Careers NSW, to get information about how they can get a new job, a first job or a better job. It was great to see so many of those opposite—who are so loud today—at National Careers Week investigating what their possibilities will be after next March, when they will be working somewhere other than in this place.
The SPEAKER: I call the member for Wollongong to order for the second time.
Mr ALISTER HENSKENS: It was great to be in Liverpool yesterday with the Premier and the member for Holsworthy at the site of the new Liverpool Hospital, where we met some of the young people who are benefiting from New South Wales’ fee-free training boom. We announced that there are over 200,000 enrolments in JobTrainer across the State, close to 60 per cent of whom are women. This is a great program, jointly funded by the New South Wales and Federal governments. When we invest in infrastructure, we create jobs. Those infrastructure projects require skilled workers and our Government is funding a suite of fee-free training programs to help people get the skills they need for the jobs they want.
I tell you what, it is not a great career move to ever stab your boss in the back. You do not need professional help to know that. Speaking of Liverpool, it is interesting when we think of what happened to the member for Liverpool, the member for Blue Mountains and the member for Swansea when their boss got stabbed in the back. It is not a great career move, not a great way—
Mr Ron Hoenig: Point of order—
The SPEAKER: What is the point of order?
Mr Ron Hoenig: My point of order is taken under Standing Order 129. The Minister is no longer anywhere near relevant to the question that was asked of him. He was relevant for most of it.
The SPEAKER: The Minister’s time has expired.