Mary Wooldridge MP

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North East Link Data Collection

Friday, June 09, 2017

Constituency Question

My constituency question is to the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and I ask: will the Minister give an assurance that the data being collected by the North East Link Authority and other state government road bodies will be used only by those entities and not find its way into Labor Party databases? The North East Link Authority is currently promoting a comprehensive online survey, with the information from residents helping prepare the business case for the link. At the same time the government, through the Level Crossing Removal Authority, is promoting other road construction programs and is urging residents to sign up for newsletters. For instance, the Level Crossing Removal Authority is currently seeking nominations from the community to represent their local area during the track duplication and the Lower Plenty Road level crossing removal.

I want to make sure that the information residents provide to these authorities stays with them and does not find its way into Labor Party databases. This data should not be used for the government's political purposes. The government has form in this area. VicRoads held community consultations on the long-awaited upgrade of Bolton Street in Eltham in late 2015, yet public advertisements of the event gave the member for Eltham's contact details as the RSVP and residents who attended were told a copy of their personal details would also go to the local member's office. This is unacceptable, and we need to make sure that residents' privacy is maintained.

The promotional material for the community consultation sessions

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