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  • West Gate Tunnel Project

    The West Gate Tunnel Project will provide a second river crossing, 4 additional lanes on the West Gate Freeway and more reliable trips into the city. It will slash congestion and reduce travel times - getting you home sooner and safer. It will also create 5,600 new jobs and provide an $11 billion boost to our economy.

  • More Train Services for the Werribee Line

    The Andrews Labor Government will add 10 new Werribee line train services in the peak, every week – to get people in Melbourne’s west home safer and sooner. The 10 new Werribee peak services build on the 10 new peak services added in 2015, and this year’s budget funded eight new off-peak services which will start next year.

  • $1.8 Billion Western Roads Package to Transform Suburban Roads

    Local residents and commuters in Wyndham will benefit from a huge package of 8 key road upgrade, including work on the Duncans Road Interchange, and 750 lane-kilometres of maintenance works that will cut travel times, improve road safety and better connect communities in this key growth corridor.

  • Melbourne Metro Rail Project

    The Melbourne Metro Rail Project will deliver nine-kilometres worth of tunnel, five new underground railway stations and the rail the best city in the world deserves. This will revolutionise the way we use Melbourne's rail network.

  • Werribee Electorate

    Information about the local electorate of Werribee which takes in a diverse range of communities and locales.

  • West Gate Tunnel Project

    The West Gate Tunnel Project will provide a second river crossing, 4 additional lanes on the West Gate Freeway and more reliable trips into the city. It will slash congestion and reduce travel times - getting you home sooner and safer. It will also create 5,600 new jobs and provide an $11 billion boost to our economy.

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JOBS VICTORIA A ROARING SUCCESS

The Andrews Labor Government has helped more than 6,000 Victorian jobseekers find work through the landmark Jobs Victoria program. Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll joined Member for Werribee Tim Pallas at Werribee Open Range Zoo today to meet four long-term jobseekers who have been supported into work through Jobs Victoria. The four women from Sudan, Charity, Margaret, Rieta and Salwa, were placed at Werribee Zoo by Jobs Victoria partners Westgate Community Initiative Group and Wyndham Community & Education Centre. They all received support to develop their resumes, and work preparation and mentoring services, which enabled them to successfully gain employment in customer service and in the kitchen at Werribee Zoo. Since arriving in Australia in 2002, Charity had only been able to secure intermittent work to support herself and her daughter, despite having completed tourism qualifications. Thanks to the support, Charity is now working as a Customer Service Greeter alongside Margaret, who has a diploma in hospitality but had been unable to secure ongoing, permanent work. Rieta and Salwa arrived in Australia mid-2000s and are now working as kitchen hands at Werribee Zoo and have since gained further qualifications. The highly successful Jobs Victoria program provides targeted support to job seekers, helping them get job-ready and connecting them with employers. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 included a $21 million boost for Jobs Victoria, which will help an additional 2,000 long-term jobseekers into work – so they can share in the state’s strong economy. Jobs Victoria partners have placed 850 jobseekers in work across Western Metropolitan Melbourne, including more than 230 young Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll “We’re making sure that every Victorian has the chance to benefit from our state’s strong economy.” “Unlike the national jobs programs, which have a one size fits all approach, Jobs Victoria is delivering tailored assistance to motivated jobseekers and is helping employers to find the workers they need.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These two Jobs Victoria partners have done some amazing things in the west - helping long term jobseekers find secure work.” “We’ll always support Victorians looking to find work and that’s exactly what we’ve done with Charity, Margaret, Rieta and Salwa at Werribee Zoo.”

JOBS VICTORIA A ROARING SUCCESS

The Andrews Labor Government has helped more than 6,000 Victorian jobseekers find work through the landmark Jobs Victoria program. Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll joined Member for Werribee Tim Pallas at Werribee Open Range Zoo today to meet four long-term jobseekers who have been supported into work through Jobs Victoria. The four women from Sudan, Charity, Margaret, Rieta and Salwa, were placed at Werribee Zoo by Jobs Victoria partners Westgate Community Initiative Group and Wyndham Community & Education Centre. They all received support to develop their resumes, and work preparation and mentoring services, which enabled them to successfully gain employment in customer service and in the kitchen at Werribee Zoo. Since arriving in Australia in 2002, Charity had only been able to secure intermittent work to support herself and her daughter, despite having completed tourism qualifications. Thanks to the support, Charity is now working as a Customer Service Greeter alongside Margaret, who has a diploma in hospitality but had been unable to secure ongoing, permanent work. Rieta and Salwa arrived in Australia mid-2000s and are now working as kitchen hands at Werribee Zoo and have since gained further qualifications. The highly successful Jobs Victoria program provides targeted support to job seekers, helping them get job-ready and connecting them with employers. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 included a $21 million boost for Jobs Victoria, which will help an additional 2,000 long-term jobseekers into work – so they can share in the state’s strong economy. Jobs Victoria partners have placed 850 jobseekers in work across Western Metropolitan Melbourne, including more than 230 young Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll “We’re making sure that every Victorian has the chance to benefit from our state’s strong economy.” “Unlike the national jobs programs, which have a one size fits all approach, Jobs Victoria is delivering tailored assistance to motivated jobseekers and is helping employers to find the workers they need.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These two Jobs Victoria partners have done some amazing things in the west - helping long term jobseekers find secure work.” “We’ll always support Victorians looking to find work and that’s exactly what we’ve done with Charity, Margaret, Rieta and Salwa at Werribee Zoo.”

Members Statement: Education funding

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (09:43:48) — I am delighted to inform the house of the opportunities that the Andrews Labor government is providing students in my electorate of Werribee and in greater Wyndham. The 2018 budget invests $96.8 million to build Point Cook south senior secondary college, Wyndham South (Riverwalk) primary school and Davis Creek primary school. That follows on from funding in last year’s budget to build the new Truganina East P–9 and the new Sanctuary Lakes P–9. This is all about meeting demand in Wyndham and ensuring kids can have a great local education. I am also pleased that both the Wyndham South primary and Davis Creek primary will have an early childhood centre co‑located on site, as this is an issue of significant concern within the community. The 2018–19 budget also prepares students to gain practical skills for the jobs of the future. The Wyndham Tech School will soon benefit thousands of Wyndham students, with specialised education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills. We are also making TAFE free for 30 priority courses and 18 preapprenticeship courses to ensure that cost is never a barrier to acquiring good skills for a good job. We are getting things done and making things fair.

Members Statement: Education funding

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (09:43:48) — I am delighted to inform the house of the opportunities that the Andrews Labor government is providing students in my electorate of Werribee and in greater Wyndham. The 2018 budget invests $96.8 million to build Point Cook south senior secondary college, Wyndham South (Riverwalk) primary school and Davis Creek primary school. That follows on from funding in last year’s budget to build the new Truganina East P–9 and the new Sanctuary Lakes P–9. This is all about meeting demand in Wyndham and ensuring kids can have a great local education. I am also pleased that both the Wyndham South primary and Davis Creek primary will have an early childhood centre co‑located on site, as this is an issue of significant concern within the community. The 2018–19 budget also prepares students to gain practical skills for the jobs of the future. The Wyndham Tech School will soon benefit thousands of Wyndham students, with specialised education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills. We are also making TAFE free for 30 priority courses and 18 preapprenticeship courses to ensure that cost is never a barrier to acquiring good skills for a good job. We are getting things done and making things fair.

Ministers statements: Geelong city deal

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:33:44) — I rise to update the house on the progress of the Geelong city deal. Like a Dickensian novel, it is a tale of two budgets. In Victoria it is the best of times. The Victorian budget of 2018–19 invests $153.2 million towards the deal. It is an investment towards building the convention centre, progressing the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan and of course advancing the strategy to revitalise Geelong. So these are critical investments that will transform Geelong and the Shipwreck Coast. It is going to mean more investment, more visitors and more jobs. A big shout‑out to the members for Bellarine, Geelong and Lara for their continued advocacy for this vital investment. These investments are investments in the Geelong community, and they are ones that they have been calling out for for quite some time. Recently the Committee for Geelong had this to say: they saw the funding that we had put in our budget as funding towards strategically important projects. They went on to say that of course what is needed is a federal government investment, which brings me to the second part of this tale: the worst of times. Last night the Turnbull government again failed the people of Geelong and the south‑west by not funding their share of the city deal. This comes at a time when the commonwealth have indicated their support for a city deal for Geelong, but it is a support in principle only. On 17 January we had the Prime Minister sign up to a city deal. They have been able to do one for Sydney, Townsville and Launceston, but of course they have let down the people of Geelong. We will not give up until this matter is resolved.

Ministers statements: Geelong city deal

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:33:44) — I rise to update the house on the progress of the Geelong city deal. Like a Dickensian novel, it is a tale of two budgets. In Victoria it is the best of times. The Victorian budget of 2018–19 invests $153.2 million towards the deal. It is an investment towards building the convention centre, progressing the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan and of course advancing the strategy to revitalise Geelong. So these are critical investments that will transform Geelong and the Shipwreck Coast. It is going to mean more investment, more visitors and more jobs. A big shout‑out to the members for Bellarine, Geelong and Lara for their continued advocacy for this vital investment. These investments are investments in the Geelong community, and they are ones that they have been calling out for for quite some time. Recently the Committee for Geelong had this to say: they saw the funding that we had put in our budget as funding towards strategically important projects. They went on to say that of course what is needed is a federal government investment, which brings me to the second part of this tale: the worst of times. Last night the Turnbull government again failed the people of Geelong and the south‑west by not funding their share of the city deal. This comes at a time when the commonwealth have indicated their support for a city deal for Geelong, but it is a support in principle only. On 17 January we had the Prime Minister sign up to a city deal. They have been able to do one for Sydney, Townsville and Launceston, but of course they have let down the people of Geelong. We will not give up until this matter is resolved.

KEEPING OUR CULTURALLY DIVERSE SENIORS ACTIVE & VITAL

Organisations that support senior Victorians across the state are being encouraged to apply for the 2018 Participation for Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors grants program, which are now open. The grants available through the Participation for CALD Seniors Grants Program are worth $300,000 this year, with organisations eligible for funding of up to $10,000 for projects that specifically encourage culturally diverse seniors to connect with their communities. The Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said seniors from CALD backgrounds are often refugees or migrants who are at higher risk of social isolation because of barriers such as language, limited mobility, poor health, lack of confidence and lack of knowledge of available supports and activities. Since 2011, the program has funded more than 300 projects, helping thousands of culturally-diverse seniors to connect with their community, taking part in activities such as group outings, English classes, fitness classes, and cultural celebrations with traditional dance and music. The projects have also focused on improving communication links for older people at risk of isolation, teaching them how to use Facebook and set up social media groups. The funded organisations will be supported by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria to get their projects up and running. Applications close 1 June, 2018 and grant recipients will be announced in August.   For more information on the grants go to www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/get-involved Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The CALD highlight and raise awareness of the breadth of community supports and activities available across our state for all seniors, from all backgrounds to help them lead happy, fulfilling lives.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “I encourage the relevant groups or organisations, to take part so we can continue the great work of previous grant recipients in helping isolated CALD seniors participate more fully in our community life.”

KEEPING OUR CULTURALLY DIVERSE SENIORS ACTIVE & VITAL

Organisations that support senior Victorians across the state are being encouraged to apply for the 2018 Participation for Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Seniors grants program, which are now open. The grants available through the Participation for CALD Seniors Grants Program are worth $300,000 this year, with organisations eligible for funding of up to $10,000 for projects that specifically encourage culturally diverse seniors to connect with their communities. The Member for Werribee Tim Pallas said seniors from CALD backgrounds are often refugees or migrants who are at higher risk of social isolation because of barriers such as language, limited mobility, poor health, lack of confidence and lack of knowledge of available supports and activities. Since 2011, the program has funded more than 300 projects, helping thousands of culturally-diverse seniors to connect with their community, taking part in activities such as group outings, English classes, fitness classes, and cultural celebrations with traditional dance and music. The projects have also focused on improving communication links for older people at risk of isolation, teaching them how to use Facebook and set up social media groups. The funded organisations will be supported by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria to get their projects up and running. Applications close 1 June, 2018 and grant recipients will be announced in August.   For more information on the grants go to www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au/get-involved Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “The CALD highlight and raise awareness of the breadth of community supports and activities available across our state for all seniors, from all backgrounds to help them lead happy, fulfilling lives.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “I encourage the relevant groups or organisations, to take part so we can continue the great work of previous grant recipients in helping isolated CALD seniors participate more fully in our community life.”

 

BOOST FOR LANDCARE GRANTS IN WERRIBEE ELECTORATE

The Andrews Labor Government is helping environmental groups in the Werribee electorate to protect and restore Victoria’s land and environment. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that environmental volunteer groups can now access grants up to $20,000 as part of the 2018/19 Victorian Landcare Grants. Start-up grants of $500 are also available for new and existing groups to help with operating costs and provide a base for Landcare and community-based natural resource management in the local area. The grants are available to Landcare, Friends of Coastcare and other environment volunteer groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring our land and environment. This funding will be delivered through Victoria’s 10 catchment management authorities, who will coordinate applications from Landcare and other environmental volunteer groups and networks. The Labor Government also supports Landcare with funding for 78 facilitators, 10 regional coordinators and communications including the Victorian Landcare magazine, Victorian Landcare awards and Landcare Gateway website. The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Labor Government’s long-term plan to protect our environment. For more information on the grants go to environment.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants are supporting the community and volunteer groups in the local area give back to the environment.” “Since it started more than 30 years ago, Landcare has made a vital contribution to Wyndham’s environment and we’re helping them continue to deliver this important work.”

BOOST FOR LANDCARE GRANTS IN WERRIBEE ELECTORATE

The Andrews Labor Government is helping environmental groups in the Werribee electorate to protect and restore Victoria’s land and environment. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that environmental volunteer groups can now access grants up to $20,000 as part of the 2018/19 Victorian Landcare Grants. Start-up grants of $500 are also available for new and existing groups to help with operating costs and provide a base for Landcare and community-based natural resource management in the local area. The grants are available to Landcare, Friends of Coastcare and other environment volunteer groups to support the important work they do in protecting and restoring our land and environment. This funding will be delivered through Victoria’s 10 catchment management authorities, who will coordinate applications from Landcare and other environmental volunteer groups and networks. The Labor Government also supports Landcare with funding for 78 facilitators, 10 regional coordinators and communications including the Victorian Landcare magazine, Victorian Landcare awards and Landcare Gateway website. The Victorian Landcare Grants support the implementation of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Labor Government’s long-term plan to protect our environment. For more information on the grants go to environment.vic.gov.au/grants. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “These grants are supporting the community and volunteer groups in the local area give back to the environment.” “Since it started more than 30 years ago, Landcare has made a vital contribution to Wyndham’s environment and we’re helping them continue to deliver this important work.”

SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH FREEZA GRANTS

The Andrews Labor Government is unlocking the latest round of FReeZA grants to give young people in the Werribee electorate the chance to design and host their own youth-oriented events. Some $7.2 million will go towards continuing the successful FReeZA program, which has seen thousands of activities – like live band gigs, art exhibitions and BMX exhibitions – held across Victoria over the past 20 years. All events are drug, alcohol and smoke-free and aimed at creating an opportunity for young people to come together and learn new skills in staging events. Eligible local governments and community organisations will receive grants of up to $73,500 for regional providers and $72,000 for metropolitan providers. Aside from participating and performing in events, young people are encouraged to get involved in the organisation of FReeZA activities, giving them the opportunity for skills development and workplace experience to lead to employment or future education pathways. Each year, more than 150,000 young people attend more than 400 FReeZA events all over Victoria. The FReeZA program is just one way that the Andrews Labor Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria is being actioned, providing an opportunity for young people to influence policy, services and programs that affect them. Applications for the FReeZA 2019-21 grant round are scheduled to close on Friday, 15 June, 2018. For further information about the FReeZA program and for details on how to apply for a grant, visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au/get-involved. Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos “Just last month Melbourne was declared the live music capital of the world – and FReeZA is a great way of getting young people into the scene.” “These are events for young people, by young people.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “FReeZA has been creating opportunities for young Victorians for more than two decades – and creating some of the best events for young people we’ve seen.” “I encourage the Wyndham City Council and other community organisations in the local area to apply for a grant to support both young locals and the community in general.”

SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH FREEZA GRANTS

The Andrews Labor Government is unlocking the latest round of FReeZA grants to give young people in the Werribee electorate the chance to design and host their own youth-oriented events. Some $7.2 million will go towards continuing the successful FReeZA program, which has seen thousands of activities – like live band gigs, art exhibitions and BMX exhibitions – held across Victoria over the past 20 years. All events are drug, alcohol and smoke-free and aimed at creating an opportunity for young people to come together and learn new skills in staging events. Eligible local governments and community organisations will receive grants of up to $73,500 for regional providers and $72,000 for metropolitan providers. Aside from participating and performing in events, young people are encouraged to get involved in the organisation of FReeZA activities, giving them the opportunity for skills development and workplace experience to lead to employment or future education pathways. Each year, more than 150,000 young people attend more than 400 FReeZA events all over Victoria. The FReeZA program is just one way that the Andrews Labor Government’s Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement in Victoria is being actioned, providing an opportunity for young people to influence policy, services and programs that affect them. Applications for the FReeZA 2019-21 grant round are scheduled to close on Friday, 15 June, 2018. For further information about the FReeZA program and for details on how to apply for a grant, visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au/get-involved. Quotes attributable to Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos “Just last month Melbourne was declared the live music capital of the world – and FReeZA is a great way of getting young people into the scene.” “These are events for young people, by young people.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “FReeZA has been creating opportunities for young Victorians for more than two decades – and creating some of the best events for young people we’ve seen.” “I encourage the Wyndham City Council and other community organisations in the local area to apply for a grant to support both young locals and the community in general.”

SAVING LIVES – MORE DEFIBS FOR SPORTS CLUBS IN WERRIBEE ELECTORATE

The Andrews Labor Government is giving more grassroots clubs in the Werribee electorate another chance to own life-saving defibrillators and receive emergency training. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced sport and recreation clubs across the Werribee electorate have one final opportunity to apply to the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program. Since 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than 1,100 defibrillators to local clubs – one hundred more than our initial commitment because we know they save lives. In March, a recreational cyclist was successfully revived using the Otway Districts Football Netball Club’s defibrillator – delivered thanks to this live saving program. In a life threatening sudden cardiac arrest – every second counts, and bystanders play a vital role. The chance of surviving a cardiac arrest decreases by 10 per cent every minute that passes without defibrillation. This new round will provide more opportunity for clubs in the Werribee electorate to get hold of defibrillators so that they are on top of their game when it comes to helping players and spectators, or even a passer-by when they need it most. The use of public defibrillators for cardiac arrests has soared four-fold from 2.8 per cent in 2006/07 to 11 per cent in 2015/16. Along with sporting clubs, community organisations delivering active recreation programs are encouraged to apply, and those clubs who already have a defibrillator are urged to register them with Ambulance Victoria. Clubs that have a defibrillator over eight years old should also consider applying to the program to replace their ageing defibrillator with a new unit, delivering greater reliability and reduced maintenance costs. For more information or to apply online visit sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Record numbers of people in the Werribee electorate are signing up to play the sports they love – so we want more of our clubs to have the right equipment and training in case an emergency strikes.” “Our defibrillator roll out has been a huge success, and I urge all sports clubs in the local area to apply now for this life-saving equipment and skills.”     Quote attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren  “My cardiac arrest changed my life. I know only too well just how important it is to have a defibrillator nearby.”  9

SAVING LIVES – MORE DEFIBS FOR SPORTS CLUBS IN WERRIBEE ELECTORATE

The Andrews Labor Government is giving more grassroots clubs in the Werribee electorate another chance to own life-saving defibrillators and receive emergency training. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced sport and recreation clubs across the Werribee electorate have one final opportunity to apply to the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program. Since 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than 1,100 defibrillators to local clubs – one hundred more than our initial commitment because we know they save lives. In March, a recreational cyclist was successfully revived using the Otway Districts Football Netball Club’s defibrillator – delivered thanks to this live saving program. In a life threatening sudden cardiac arrest – every second counts, and bystanders play a vital role. The chance of surviving a cardiac arrest decreases by 10 per cent every minute that passes without defibrillation. This new round will provide more opportunity for clubs in the Werribee electorate to get hold of defibrillators so that they are on top of their game when it comes to helping players and spectators, or even a passer-by when they need it most. The use of public defibrillators for cardiac arrests has soared four-fold from 2.8 per cent in 2006/07 to 11 per cent in 2015/16. Along with sporting clubs, community organisations delivering active recreation programs are encouraged to apply, and those clubs who already have a defibrillator are urged to register them with Ambulance Victoria. Clubs that have a defibrillator over eight years old should also consider applying to the program to replace their ageing defibrillator with a new unit, delivering greater reliability and reduced maintenance costs. For more information or to apply online visit sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Record numbers of people in the Werribee electorate are signing up to play the sports they love – so we want more of our clubs to have the right equipment and training in case an emergency strikes.” “Our defibrillator roll out has been a huge success, and I urge all sports clubs in the local area to apply now for this life-saving equipment and skills.”     Quote attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren  “My cardiac arrest changed my life. I know only too well just how important it is to have a defibrillator nearby.”  9

Ministers statements: road infrastructure projects

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (12:41:28) — It gives me great pleasure to rise to update the house about the Victorian government’s last Victorian budget delivering significant investments to reduce congestion. They are investments that are made possible by our strong economy and of course our AAA‑rated economy. Our economy leads the nation. Our jobs growth leads the nation. In fact one in 10 jobs in the economy today did not exist more than three and a half years ago. Indeed nearly $1 of every $7 in the Victorian economy — the GSP of the state — did not exist three and a half years ago. That is what growth looks like. For the past three and a half years we have been getting things done, including providing $110 million to get the north‑east link ready to go to market. Infrastructure Victoria describes the north‑east link as ‘the priority road project’. The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry calls the project the missing piece of Victoria’s transport puzzle. And of course RACV describes it as their top priority. How bad it must feel then that the Leader of the Opposition has been so clearly out‑positioned and undermined by the Prime Minister only days after he made his captain’s pick to abandon this vital project and instead focus on a zombie road that does not stack up. We have already had one referendum on the east–west link. Victorians know exactly what happened when the member for Malvern tried to blackmail Victorians with his shameful side letter. I do not know what makes the Leader of the Opposition think they will support it when it comes at the expense of this most urgently needed road. So I cannot wait. If they want a regurgitation of the last vote on east–west, then — The SPEAKER — Order! The Treasurer has concluded his statement.

Ministers statements: road infrastructure projects

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (12:41:28) — It gives me great pleasure to rise to update the house about the Victorian government’s last Victorian budget delivering significant investments to reduce congestion. They are investments that are made possible by our strong economy and of course our AAA‑rated economy. Our economy leads the nation. Our jobs growth leads the nation. In fact one in 10 jobs in the economy today did not exist more than three and a half years ago. Indeed nearly $1 of every $7 in the Victorian economy — the GSP of the state — did not exist three and a half years ago. That is what growth looks like. For the past three and a half years we have been getting things done, including providing $110 million to get the north‑east link ready to go to market. Infrastructure Victoria describes the north‑east link as ‘the priority road project’. The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry calls the project the missing piece of Victoria’s transport puzzle. And of course RACV describes it as their top priority. How bad it must feel then that the Leader of the Opposition has been so clearly out‑positioned and undermined by the Prime Minister only days after he made his captain’s pick to abandon this vital project and instead focus on a zombie road that does not stack up. We have already had one referendum on the east–west link. Victorians know exactly what happened when the member for Malvern tried to blackmail Victorians with his shameful side letter. I do not know what makes the Leader of the Opposition think they will support it when it comes at the expense of this most urgently needed road. So I cannot wait. If they want a regurgitation of the last vote on east–west, then — The SPEAKER — Order! The Treasurer has concluded his statement.