Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Ms GARRETT (Eastern Victoria) (09:59:42): It was a delight, in my capacity as Parliamentary Secretary for Jobs, to attend on several occasions the extraordinary, spectacular Victorian air show. Once again Victoria has delivered an incredible international event at Avalon. Hundreds of thousands of spectators enjoyed the amazing skills of pilots and their planes, which was wonderful for our community, but more importantly the air show is a huge opportunity for businesses from around the world and defence organisations to showcase the latest in defence technology, aerospace technology and STEM, and this year there was a particular focus on STEM careers and education, and a further focus on women in STEM. We know that we have a major problem there, with only 17 per cent of women in STEM careers. It was terrific to meet many of these businesses with our newly appointed defence industry advocate, John O’Callaghan, who is already making a very significant contribution to growing our defence industry here. In my wonderful capacity of wearing both hats, I also met some local Eastern Victoria Region participants; for example, Latrobe City Council, who is working very well with local businesses to showcase how the council is working with engineering and local science/technology to create an aviation centre of excellence in the Latrobe Valley.