Mary Wooldridge MP is Opposition Leader in the Legislative Council, Liberal Leader in the Legislative Council and Shadow Minister for Health.
It has been 469 days since the Legislative Council first passed a motion compelling the Leader of the Government, Gavin Jennings, to provide documents relating to the Port of Melbourne.
After 365 days of Labor it is clear that Victorians did not get the government they were promised. Prior to the election we saw very clear commitments, promises and spin, and what we have seen since is all talk and no action, no delivery and no outcomes, and Victorian families are feeling it.This house and the Victorian community, when reflecting on the first year of the Andrews Labor government, can detail so many failures, so many areas where the rhetoric has not matched the reality, so many areas where Victorian families have been failed as a result of the Andrews Labor government.
Daniel Andrews' reckless and unnecessary decision to install an Grand Final Parade Holiday is costing this state - $852 million in one day, to be precise. Ignoring 95% of public submissions and the regulatory impact statement as well as causing businesses to close and prices to rise is no way to govern for Victoria.
With Daniel Andrews and Labor, we've had six months of all talk, no action. Daniel Andrews is leading a government focused on fighting itself and not producing a plan for economic growth to bring jobs and prosperity for Victoria. We are witnessing a government in panic mode. When you look back at the last six months, you can see why.
The 2015-2016 Budget handed down by Labor has left Eltham residents in the dark by either neglecting or only partially funding the major commitments, which they took to the last election. This budget has placed education funding, vital road upgrades like Bolton Street on the never never.
Daniel Andrews reckless, politically-motivated decision to end the East West Link contract will cost Victorian taxpayers around $800-900 million, and will scrap the biggest road project in the fastest growing city in Australia.
Daniel Andrews and Labor have failed to comply with an order of the Victorian Parliament by refusing to table the documents in relation to the West Gate Distributor, which were required by 12PM today. Daniel Andrews promised openness and transparency in releasing information before the election and has instead exercised secrecy and suppression.
The first 100 days of a Daniel Andrews Labor Government have been characterized by lies, confusion, excuses and spin. Victorians ought to be very concerned by Labor's reckless management of their hard earned dollars and the ramifications this has for our great state.
Acknowledging the diverse representation and the important role as the House of Review, the Legislative Council has voted to support Victorian Coalition amendments to improve the operations of the House (the Sessional Orders).