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A typical Labor budget

Record Taxes, Soaring Crime, Increased Congestion, Declining Educational Standards and Skyrocketing Public Sector Wages I am pleased to have this opportunity to makesome comments on the take-note motion on the Appropriation (2017–2018)Bill 2017. Indeed it is probably better late than never because it seems like avery long time ago that the Treasurer stood up in this place. It is ironic that theMinister for Finance, who of course has a significant role in the preparation ofthe

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Central Goldfields Shire Dismissal

This is a bill of course to dismiss the Central Goldfields Shire Council. Central Goldfields is a municipality of some 1530-plus square kilometres and has a population of around about 12 500, of whom 7500 are resident in the main township of Maryborough. It is 180 kilometres north-west of Melbourne. It has a relatively low population densityand an annual budget in the region of $26 million, I believe, and assets of some $282 million. It

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Crime Tsunami Continues

On another matter, recently released figures confirm the impact of Victoria’s crime tsunami on insurance claims. Home burglaries claims have grown by almost 30 per cent in the past two years, which compares very unfavourably with New South Wales, which has seen an increase of only 2 per cent in the same period. Amazingly, in the last 12 months, burglary claims have totalled $72 million in Victoria, compared with only $61 million in New South

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Minister Uninformed on Peninsula Planning Issues

I raise a matter for the Minister for Planning, and the action I seek is that he take immediate action to ensure that his recent changes to the general residential zone within the Mornington Peninsula planning scheme are suspended until such time as the Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy 2017 is completed and implemented and an implementation plan for changes to the general residential zone is agreed. On 7 June I asked a question

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UFU Campaign – Feedback for the Premier

Earlier this month I was copied into an email to the Premier from a constituent. In the email the constituent wrote: I wish to make it known that I didn’t appreciate the flyer handed to me in my shopping in Main Street by career firefighters in full uniform whilst on the public payroll. It was union propaganda, you and your team must be aware of the many voters who are very wary of your management

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Main Street Crossing – A Question for the Minister

My question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. I refer particularly to Main Street in Mornington and the southern section between the Nepean Highway corner and the first pedestrian crossing, which is more than 800 metres distant. The section carries a very high volume of traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian, but there is no means for pedestrians to move from one side of the road to the other. Centrelink is located at

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Committee Question but No Answers – What is this Government Trying to Hide?

It is a pleasure to rise this morning to again make some comments on the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee Report on the 2015–16 Financial and Performance Outcomes, which was tabled in May of this year, and indeed I had the opportunity to make some comments on this report in June. In those comments I referred particularly to what I view as an unacceptable practice which has developed under this government to either not respond

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Peninsula Public Transport – Time for a Review

I rise this afternoon to address the issue of public transport on the Mornington Peninsula. Public transport in my electorate does not consist of trams, trains and buses. With the exception of the excellent and well-loved Mornington Railway Preservation Society steam service, our public transport consists solely of buses. The coalition government, as part of the metropolitan rail development plan, committed to extend the Frankston railway line to Baxter. My understanding is that that decision

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Portarlington Ferry Service – At What Cost?

My question is on behalf of a constituent. On 16 November the Minister for Water announced the continuation of the ferry service from Portarlington to Docklands. Further, this year’s budget revealed that the government was evaluating a market-led proposal which may result in the government providing funding of $5 million over three years to facilitate a trial. While potential forward expenditure is identified in the budget, expenditure in the 2016–17 year and earlier years is

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Peninsula Link Signage – Simply not good enough!

I raise a matter this evening for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and the action I seek is that the minister act to correct the absence of appropriate exit signage for Mount Eliza and Mount Martha from Peninsula Link. Earlier this year I wrote to the minister and requested his assistance in resolving these signage issues, and in the correspondence I noted a number of matters that I will summarise for the house.

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