Mary Wooldridge MP is Shadow Minister for Innovation, Jobs and Trade, Shadow Minister for Training and Skills, and Shadow Minister for Higher Education.
Daniel Andrews and his Government are failing Eltham residents with their half-funded plan to upgrade Bolton Street. While the Government congratulates itself for finally beginning this long overdue project, it is steadfastly refusing to do anything to relieve the massive congestion Eltham residents face daily.
The average person in Eltham earns $790 a week - $146 more than the average Victorian, they live with their partner in a house with two kids and pay $2000 a month on their mortgage ($272 more than the rest of Victoria), their house has three bedrooms and they own two cars.
Since the government's announcement of $5 million of planning works for the duplication of the railway line from Greensborough to Eltham will the Minister for Public Transport guarantee that Eltham's famous timber trestle bridge is preserved in any plans for the duplication of the Hurstbridge rail line from Greensborough to Eltham?
Drug offences have risen nearly 66 per cent in Nillumbik and over 57 per cent in Banyule since this government was elected. In particular there has been a very dramatic rise in methamphetamine offences, with Banyule recording a 332 per cent rise since 2014 and Nillumbik an increase of 280 per cent. Drug taking has serious impacts like violent crime and aggravated burglary issues, as well of course as the direct impact on the individuals themselves.
Today's announcement of body cameras for paramedics is the fifth re-announcement in 6 months by the Andrews Government. Daniel Andrews first announced this with much fanfare on 18 December 2016 and then again on 23 February 2017, 27 February 2017 and 13 June 2017.
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?
With this transition to the anaesthetic nursing staff, the problem is that there is still no paediatric surgery happening as a result of these services being withdrawn. The waiting lists are growing and there is a significant cost of agency staff. I seek a commitment from the Minister for Health for Safer Care Victoria to investigate these circumstances.
The failure to commit necessary funding by Daniel Andrews and Vicki Ward is significantly delaying the much needed redevelopment of the Eltham North Reserve.
Why has the government slashed $25 million per year to 10 outer suburban councils including Nillumbik for community-based projects? The shire under the leadership and the mayoralty of Peter Clarke is producing a budget with no rate rise. The council is also looking to repay all of its $13.8 million debt over the next four years while making significant investments.
Ordinary Victorians are required to repay money to the state and they are often subject to penalty interest currently set by the Attorney-General at 9.5 per cent per annum. Is the member for Melton required to pay penalty interest on his repayment scheme?