Mary Wooldridge MP is Opposition Leader in the Legislative Council, Liberal Leader in the Legislative Council and Shadow Minister for Health.
We return in 2017 to exactly where we finished off in 2016: a youth justice system in crisis; crime at all-time highs; a broken desalination plant, while heavy rains hit Victoria; and a government that spent the summer on holidays while Victoria suffered a lack of leadership at the most testing times.
A Victorian Parliamentary Internâ€™s report into Elthamâ€™s traffic issues echoes Eltham residents concluding that the North East Link would provide a significant and lasting reduction in congested areas in Eltham and the broader north east. The report further suggests that building the road should be an immediate priority.
Vicki Ward is playing catchup asking residents about their concerns of Main Road and Leane Drive. The Liberal Government identified this part of the road as a safety issue over two years ago and promised $1.5 million to install traffic lights at that dangerous intersection. Labor should match out promise.â€‹
St Vincent's Care Services and CatholicCare have invested millions to renovate 60 units in Eltham to house 120 Syrian refugees: women, children and couples with a child. This is an important initiative which will help them settle, get a renting history and integrate into Victoria's welcoming, safe and peaceful way of life.
Residents have told me there needs to be serious consideration of a north-east link, a closer look at the Grand Boulevard Intersection, and greater concern for pedestrian safety - especially if the result is an increase in traffic past the primary school. You can download my submission to VicRoads here.
Traffic bottlenecks along Rosanna Road, Fitzsimons Lane in Eltham and the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen Road are all in the top 10 problem areas in its 2016 survey. The RACV has called for an integrated master plan to be developed for traffic management for the North East.
Daniel Andrews' petty decision to block the appointment of a democratically elected Member of Parliament is unprecedented in any Australian parliament. There is no justification for the Premier to deny constituents of Northern Victoria a representative in Parliament.
Revelations today Labor has sent out numerous appeals seeking donations on the issue of same sex marriage shows that when it comes to rank hypocrisy, Daniel Andrews has no peer.
The Legislative Council has today passed a coalition motion that the 60,000 CFA volunteers in Victoria be supported in their call to keep CFA operations under the control of the CFA CEO and Chief Fire Officer.