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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • $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.

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WERRIBEE CLCS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR $7.1M IN GRANTS

Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas is urging local community legal centres to apply for a share in $7.1 million of grants under the Andrews Labor Government. Grants are available from the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund, the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund, and the Community Legal Centre Family Violence Fund over two years to help centres deliver assistance and services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians. Each of Victoria’s 50 community legal centres are eligible to apply for up to $50,000 per grant fund each year. Community legal centres have the opportunity to apply for a part of: more than $2 million from the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund, which supports critical programs and free legal services for Victorians who can’t afford a lawyer more than $2.4 million from the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund, which helps community legal centres provide specialist family violence duty lawyers in the Magistrates’ Court more than $2.6 million from the Community Legal Centre Family Violence Fund, which helps agencies provide support to family violence victims and faster access to legal services. The latest funding is in addition to $5.7 million already invested in community legal centre grants by the Labor Government since 2014. The grants help to support more than 100,000 Victorians each year on a range of legal matters, including family violence proceedings, family law, disputes and fines. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided almost $25 million in new funding over four years to help community legal centres continue to provide a range of free legal services. Applications close at midnight on Monday, 28 August. For more information, visit clcgrants.smartygrants.com.au. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “Community legal centres play a vital role in helping disadvantaged Victorians get legal advice, support and representation in times of hardship.” “These grants will help ensure community legal centres can continue to deliver crucial assistance to people in need, including family violence victims.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Community legal centres are on the frontline when it comes to supporting some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community, including family violence victims.” “I urge all local legal centres in Werribee to consider applying for these grants to ensure they can continue to provide these valuable services to our community.”

WERRIBEE CLCS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR $7.1M IN GRANTS

Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas is urging local community legal centres to apply for a share in $7.1 million of grants under the Andrews Labor Government. Grants are available from the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund, the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund, and the Community Legal Centre Family Violence Fund over two years to help centres deliver assistance and services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians. Each of Victoria’s 50 community legal centres are eligible to apply for up to $50,000 per grant fund each year. Community legal centres have the opportunity to apply for a part of: more than $2 million from the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund, which supports critical programs and free legal services for Victorians who can’t afford a lawyer more than $2.4 million from the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund, which helps community legal centres provide specialist family violence duty lawyers in the Magistrates’ Court more than $2.6 million from the Community Legal Centre Family Violence Fund, which helps agencies provide support to family violence victims and faster access to legal services. The latest funding is in addition to $5.7 million already invested in community legal centre grants by the Labor Government since 2014. The grants help to support more than 100,000 Victorians each year on a range of legal matters, including family violence proceedings, family law, disputes and fines. The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided almost $25 million in new funding over four years to help community legal centres continue to provide a range of free legal services. Applications close at midnight on Monday, 28 August. For more information, visit clcgrants.smartygrants.com.au. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “Community legal centres play a vital role in helping disadvantaged Victorians get legal advice, support and representation in times of hardship.” “These grants will help ensure community legal centres can continue to deliver crucial assistance to people in need, including family violence victims.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Community legal centres are on the frontline when it comes to supporting some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community, including family violence victims.” “I urge all local legal centres in Werribee to consider applying for these grants to ensure they can continue to provide these valuable services to our community.”

NEW DEFIBS BREATHE LIFE INTO WERRIBEE SPORTING CLUBS

Werribee sporting clubs are set to take their game up a notch when it comes to dealing with an emergency on and off the park with a new defibrillator and training package from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas, today announced that Manor Lakes Football Club, Werribee Auskick and Werribee Softball Association are amongst 301 successful applicants across the state to receive the package from the third round of the new Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program. The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the roll out of 1,000 life-saving defibrillators to clubs and facilities Victoria. Our roll out has been a huge success – delivering almost 900 defibrillators to clubs. That means there are still over 100 defibrillators and training packages still up for grabs. Defibrillators at local sports clubs keep players safe, spectators protected, and are a vital tool for the community. In a life threatening sudden cardiac arrest – every second counts, and bystanders play a critical role. Without a defibrillator close by, the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest is somewhere between two and five per cent. When a defibrillator is used within the first few minutes, the rate of survival can rise to 70 per cent.    The great news is that more bystanders than ever are stepping in to save lives. 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. The new devices will appear on Ambulance Victoria’s database, so that triple zero operators will be able to direct callers to the new devices available when emergency strikes. For more information about the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program or how to apply online for future rounds, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas   “The local Werribee community is proud of Manor Lakes Football Club, Werribee Auskick and the Werribee Softball Association and their efforts to make their environment more safe and enjoyable for all.” “This funding will help more clubs to have the right equipment and training in case an emergency strikes.” 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.”

NEW DEFIBS BREATHE LIFE INTO WERRIBEE SPORTING CLUBS

Werribee sporting clubs are set to take their game up a notch when it comes to dealing with an emergency on and off the park with a new defibrillator and training package from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas, today announced that Manor Lakes Football Club, Werribee Auskick and Werribee Softball Association are amongst 301 successful applicants across the state to receive the package from the third round of the new Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program. The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the roll out of 1,000 life-saving defibrillators to clubs and facilities Victoria. Our roll out has been a huge success – delivering almost 900 defibrillators to clubs. That means there are still over 100 defibrillators and training packages still up for grabs. Defibrillators at local sports clubs keep players safe, spectators protected, and are a vital tool for the community. In a life threatening sudden cardiac arrest – every second counts, and bystanders play a critical role. Without a defibrillator close by, the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest is somewhere between two and five per cent. When a defibrillator is used within the first few minutes, the rate of survival can rise to 70 per cent.    The great news is that more bystanders than ever are stepping in to save lives. 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. The new devices will appear on Ambulance Victoria’s database, so that triple zero operators will be able to direct callers to the new devices available when emergency strikes. For more information about the Defibrillators for Sporting Clubs and Facilities Program or how to apply online for future rounds, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas   “The local Werribee community is proud of Manor Lakes Football Club, Werribee Auskick and the Werribee Softball Association and their efforts to make their environment more safe and enjoyable for all.” “This funding will help more clubs to have the right equipment and training in case an emergency strikes.” 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.”

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: WERRIBEE AMBULANCE SERVICES

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) — I rise to inform the house of and to acknowledge the improvements in ambulance response times in my electorate of Werribee. The Andrews Labor government has invested a record $500 million to improve ambulance response times, and the community are seeing the benefits of this investment. Recent data in the last quarter to June has seen a major improvement across the state. In my electorate 84.4 per cent of ambulances are now arriving within 15 minutes for code 1 emergencies, an increase from 72.5 per cent at the same time last year. My electorate has an additional team of paramedics based at Wyndham Vale‑Manor Lakes providing an extra 14 full‑time paramedics. The emergency department at Werribee Mercy Hospital has also received additional funding enabling fast‑track listing for patients, thus freeing up paramedics, which allows ambulances to be out on the road again promptly. It is heartwarming to hear firsthand the benefits to families due to the record funding provided by the Andrews government. A constituent in my electorate recently contacted my office to praise the prompt and effective response of our new paramedics based at Wyndham Vale‑Manor Lakes in treating their son for a sporting injury. Between the positive stories coming out of the electorate and the hard data, it is clear that the Andrews government is getting it done by providing record funding for health care and for ambulance services.

MEMBERS STATEMENTS: WERRIBEE AMBULANCE SERVICES

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) — I rise to inform the house of and to acknowledge the improvements in ambulance response times in my electorate of Werribee. The Andrews Labor government has invested a record $500 million to improve ambulance response times, and the community are seeing the benefits of this investment. Recent data in the last quarter to June has seen a major improvement across the state. In my electorate 84.4 per cent of ambulances are now arriving within 15 minutes for code 1 emergencies, an increase from 72.5 per cent at the same time last year. My electorate has an additional team of paramedics based at Wyndham Vale‑Manor Lakes providing an extra 14 full‑time paramedics. The emergency department at Werribee Mercy Hospital has also received additional funding enabling fast‑track listing for patients, thus freeing up paramedics, which allows ambulances to be out on the road again promptly. It is heartwarming to hear firsthand the benefits to families due to the record funding provided by the Andrews government. A constituent in my electorate recently contacted my office to praise the prompt and effective response of our new paramedics based at Wyndham Vale‑Manor Lakes in treating their son for a sporting injury. Between the positive stories coming out of the electorate and the hard data, it is clear that the Andrews government is getting it done by providing record funding for health care and for ambulance services.

MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE: LIBERAL PARTY

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) — I rise to discuss the crisis that is enveloping the Victorian Liberal Party. In moral, political and financial terms the people who now fill the opposition benches are nothing short of feckless pygmies who are morally compromised. This crisis confronts them on a number of fronts. Firstly, they are financially incompetent, and they have now beggared themselves after failing to beggar the state of Victoria in four moribund years. Secondly, they are morally bankrupt and only too willing to meet organised crime figures and lie to Victorians in their desperate fundraising efforts. Finally, they are running short on any substantive policy ideas to the point that they are now discussing their ideas for horticultural policy with the Calabrian Mafia! In reports in the Herald Sun online on 6 August it was detailed that the Victorian Liberal Party is experiencing severe financial difficulties. The great money managers themselves face severe financial problems. They are expected to run a cash deficit of $1.8 million for the previous financial year ... We know of course that the Leader of the Opposition has a great penchant for eating lobster and of course having lobster with mobsters. For a party that has constantly trumped their economic and financial management capabilities, they can barely keep their own house in order. We know, for example, that the National Australia Bank has knocked back the Victorian branch of the Liberal Party when they sought to increase the mortgage on their own building, and they now face the embarrassing prospect of selling their own building so they can keep the lights on. Those opposite are seemingly fixated on surpluses as a gold standard of financial management, but when it comes to their own organisation they are, from their own presentation to their administrative committee, months away from financial collapse if reports are to be believed ... So when it comes to the Liberal Party and their own finances, you have seen more rigorous accounting by footy clubs. They are borrowing against their share portfolio while running up millions of dollars in debt in this financial year. They are, in short, an absolute shambles. But this is not even the high point of the fiscal bungling. When they were in government we know that they saw unemployment skyrocket from 4.8 per cent to 6.7 per cent when they left office. Well over 60 000 more Victorians were left unemployed by the time the opposition had finished their reign of ineptitude. Gross state product (GSP) growth had languished below population growth for their last two years in government, dropping to a ridiculous low of 0.8 per cent. They saw debt nearly double in their four short years in government — four short years that seemed to last an eternity to those people in this state who depended upon competent government. Under the Andrews Labor government more than a quarter of a million more Victorians are now gainfully employed. Business confidence and, might I say, business conditions have markedly improved under this government. Our GSP growth and our state final demand are once again the envy of the nation. Our consumer sentiment is the highest in the nation, and our building approvals remain strong. These numbers really tell another story, and an important one at that. It is a story about a government that is focused on only one thing, and that thing is constantly striving to improve the lives of the Victorian people. From record spends in health and education to the biggest infrastructure investment that this state has seen and to the biggest investment in Victoria Police that this state has ever seen, we are a government that is not wasting a single day. So do not let anyone tell you that those opposite are superior economic managers, because the facts do not lie. They bungled the state’s finances and led a government that was as lazy as it was dodgy. They claim to be a party of government, but they cannot even come to an agreement with their own fundraising body and are instead resorting to litigation to release funds. Their time in government was marked by cruel cuts to education and health. Ambulance wait times blew out — we know that. They decimated the public service in pursuit of a puritanical free market ideology, and in the process they gutted Victoria’s valuable resource — our people. When presented with the opportunity to lay down a positive marker for Victoria’s future, being Fishermans Bend, the Leader of the Opposition’s eyes lit up with dollar signs. He could not help but take up the opportunity. His decision to rezone the largest urban renewal area in Australia in the blink of an eye was nothing more than an exercise in filling the pockets of his mates at the expense of ordinary Victorians. Then again, this type of decision‑making was hardly surprising given the rezoning of land at Ventnor. It should not really come as a surprise that for whatever reason he decided to take a meeting with a man who the ABC has described as the alleged head of Melbourne’s Mafia. Tony Madafferi is a man who was known to the Victorian Liberal Party, and he should have been of acute interest to the Leader of the Opposition’s office after the 2013 imbroglio involving another fundraiser thrown by the same people. As the Deputy Premier noted in his remarks today, Tony’s brother, Frank, was granted a visa by the Howard government and was later arrested and jailed for drug trafficking. It is entirely possible that the opposition under the leadership of the member for Bulleen is more hostile to honest, hardworking Victorians than they are to known criminal figures who happen to be known Liberal Party donors. Let us not forget that, as reported extensively by the media, the Leader of the Opposition has apparently been warned before about his close association with members of the underworld. You would think that one warning would be sufficient to send a shiver up the spine of anyone, but I guess that only holds true if you actually have a spine and the principles to go with it. The simple truth is this: if you commit the same mistake more than once, it can no longer be considered a mistake. It is a conscious decision, and it is a pattern of behaviour. The fundamental point here is that transcripts made a liar of the Leader of the Opposition on the very same day the story broke. On a number of details he sought to deceive the Victorian people and to minimise his liability for what he had done, but he committed the sin of being deeply disingenuous. Nobody believes that you meet with the Mafia to simply have an even‑tempered discussion about horticultural policy or about the Melbourne fruit and vegetable markets. Whether it is Fishermans Bend, whether it is Ventnor or whether it is his penchant for eating lobster and drinking Grange, finally we know that the Leader of the Opposition and his Liberal Party are happy to play fast and loose with organised crime figures when there might be some cash on the table for them. The Leader of the Opposition stands up in this house and screams about tackling crime, but when it comes to cash being involved he will meet with mobsters. In short, his convictions and his posturing are all disposable to him.

MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE: LIBERAL PARTY

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) — I rise to discuss the crisis that is enveloping the Victorian Liberal Party. In moral, political and financial terms the people who now fill the opposition benches are nothing short of feckless pygmies who are morally compromised. This crisis confronts them on a number of fronts. Firstly, they are financially incompetent, and they have now beggared themselves after failing to beggar the state of Victoria in four moribund years. Secondly, they are morally bankrupt and only too willing to meet organised crime figures and lie to Victorians in their desperate fundraising efforts. Finally, they are running short on any substantive policy ideas to the point that they are now discussing their ideas for horticultural policy with the Calabrian Mafia! In reports in the Herald Sun online on 6 August it was detailed that the Victorian Liberal Party is experiencing severe financial difficulties. The great money managers themselves face severe financial problems. They are expected to run a cash deficit of $1.8 million for the previous financial year ... We know of course that the Leader of the Opposition has a great penchant for eating lobster and of course having lobster with mobsters. For a party that has constantly trumped their economic and financial management capabilities, they can barely keep their own house in order. We know, for example, that the National Australia Bank has knocked back the Victorian branch of the Liberal Party when they sought to increase the mortgage on their own building, and they now face the embarrassing prospect of selling their own building so they can keep the lights on. Those opposite are seemingly fixated on surpluses as a gold standard of financial management, but when it comes to their own organisation they are, from their own presentation to their administrative committee, months away from financial collapse if reports are to be believed ... So when it comes to the Liberal Party and their own finances, you have seen more rigorous accounting by footy clubs. They are borrowing against their share portfolio while running up millions of dollars in debt in this financial year. They are, in short, an absolute shambles. But this is not even the high point of the fiscal bungling. When they were in government we know that they saw unemployment skyrocket from 4.8 per cent to 6.7 per cent when they left office. Well over 60 000 more Victorians were left unemployed by the time the opposition had finished their reign of ineptitude. Gross state product (GSP) growth had languished below population growth for their last two years in government, dropping to a ridiculous low of 0.8 per cent. They saw debt nearly double in their four short years in government — four short years that seemed to last an eternity to those people in this state who depended upon competent government. Under the Andrews Labor government more than a quarter of a million more Victorians are now gainfully employed. Business confidence and, might I say, business conditions have markedly improved under this government. Our GSP growth and our state final demand are once again the envy of the nation. Our consumer sentiment is the highest in the nation, and our building approvals remain strong. These numbers really tell another story, and an important one at that. It is a story about a government that is focused on only one thing, and that thing is constantly striving to improve the lives of the Victorian people. From record spends in health and education to the biggest infrastructure investment that this state has seen and to the biggest investment in Victoria Police that this state has ever seen, we are a government that is not wasting a single day. So do not let anyone tell you that those opposite are superior economic managers, because the facts do not lie. They bungled the state’s finances and led a government that was as lazy as it was dodgy. They claim to be a party of government, but they cannot even come to an agreement with their own fundraising body and are instead resorting to litigation to release funds. Their time in government was marked by cruel cuts to education and health. Ambulance wait times blew out — we know that. They decimated the public service in pursuit of a puritanical free market ideology, and in the process they gutted Victoria’s valuable resource — our people. When presented with the opportunity to lay down a positive marker for Victoria’s future, being Fishermans Bend, the Leader of the Opposition’s eyes lit up with dollar signs. He could not help but take up the opportunity. His decision to rezone the largest urban renewal area in Australia in the blink of an eye was nothing more than an exercise in filling the pockets of his mates at the expense of ordinary Victorians. Then again, this type of decision‑making was hardly surprising given the rezoning of land at Ventnor. It should not really come as a surprise that for whatever reason he decided to take a meeting with a man who the ABC has described as the alleged head of Melbourne’s Mafia. Tony Madafferi is a man who was known to the Victorian Liberal Party, and he should have been of acute interest to the Leader of the Opposition’s office after the 2013 imbroglio involving another fundraiser thrown by the same people. As the Deputy Premier noted in his remarks today, Tony’s brother, Frank, was granted a visa by the Howard government and was later arrested and jailed for drug trafficking. It is entirely possible that the opposition under the leadership of the member for Bulleen is more hostile to honest, hardworking Victorians than they are to known criminal figures who happen to be known Liberal Party donors. Let us not forget that, as reported extensively by the media, the Leader of the Opposition has apparently been warned before about his close association with members of the underworld. You would think that one warning would be sufficient to send a shiver up the spine of anyone, but I guess that only holds true if you actually have a spine and the principles to go with it. The simple truth is this: if you commit the same mistake more than once, it can no longer be considered a mistake. It is a conscious decision, and it is a pattern of behaviour. The fundamental point here is that transcripts made a liar of the Leader of the Opposition on the very same day the story broke. On a number of details he sought to deceive the Victorian people and to minimise his liability for what he had done, but he committed the sin of being deeply disingenuous. Nobody believes that you meet with the Mafia to simply have an even‑tempered discussion about horticultural policy or about the Melbourne fruit and vegetable markets. Whether it is Fishermans Bend, whether it is Ventnor or whether it is his penchant for eating lobster and drinking Grange, finally we know that the Leader of the Opposition and his Liberal Party are happy to play fast and loose with organised crime figures when there might be some cash on the table for them. The Leader of the Opposition stands up in this house and screams about tackling crime, but when it comes to cash being involved he will meet with mobsters. In short, his convictions and his posturing are all disposable to him.

 

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE AND MINISTERS STATEMENTS: POLICE RESOURCES

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) — I rise to advise the house of the government’s continuing investment in tackling the causes of crime and making sure that our police are resourced in the best possible way. In last year’s budget of course we invested over $2 billion in keeping Victorians safe through the community safety statement, and almost $2 billion in tackling family violence in Victoria. This is about taking police into the 21st century. It is about a sophisticated approach to keeping the community safe. The Leader of the Opposition says that he has solutions to lower the cost of living, but really, he only has one solution — to lower his own cost of living by getting the Calabrian Mafia to pay for his lobster dinner. Victorians expect that their leaders are genuine and that they do what they say they will do. When this government said it is serious about crime, serious about tackling crime, it made the largest‑ever investment in policing ... The best way to support Victorians and to reduce economic inequality is to help them get into work, and that is exactly what this government is doing. We have created over 250 000 jobs — a quarter of a million jobs — since taking office, while those opposite have focused on the job of demolishing lobster and Grange in nefarious company. It is only Labor that has invested the additional funding for police to fight crime ... Only Labor that is serious about investing in additional frontline police — over 3000 additional police. They will have the resources to adequately enforce our consorting laws, and they will make sure that those people keep appropriate company.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE AND MINISTERS STATEMENTS: POLICE RESOURCES

Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) — I rise to advise the house of the government’s continuing investment in tackling the causes of crime and making sure that our police are resourced in the best possible way. In last year’s budget of course we invested over $2 billion in keeping Victorians safe through the community safety statement, and almost $2 billion in tackling family violence in Victoria. This is about taking police into the 21st century. It is about a sophisticated approach to keeping the community safe. The Leader of the Opposition says that he has solutions to lower the cost of living, but really, he only has one solution — to lower his own cost of living by getting the Calabrian Mafia to pay for his lobster dinner. Victorians expect that their leaders are genuine and that they do what they say they will do. When this government said it is serious about crime, serious about tackling crime, it made the largest‑ever investment in policing ... The best way to support Victorians and to reduce economic inequality is to help them get into work, and that is exactly what this government is doing. We have created over 250 000 jobs — a quarter of a million jobs — since taking office, while those opposite have focused on the job of demolishing lobster and Grange in nefarious company. It is only Labor that has invested the additional funding for police to fight crime ... Only Labor that is serious about investing in additional frontline police — over 3000 additional police. They will have the resources to adequately enforce our consorting laws, and they will make sure that those people keep appropriate company.

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Code 1 ambulance response times across Victoria hit 81 per cent in the last quarter – an improvement of six percentage points on the same period last year and the best June quarter result on record. The Andrews Labor Government’s elective surgery blitz has also delivered, with an end of year waitlist of 36,839 - a phenomenal result given two additional health services have been added to the list last year. If these services had not been added, our waitlist would be the lowest on record and 1,747 lower than last year’s record result. Despite record demand for emergency, elective surgery and ambulance services, more Victorians are receiving faster care across the system. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today released the latest ambulance and hospital performance data. Locally, Werribee Mercy Hospital has: Seen 9,385 people in emergency between April and June 2017 compared to 9,129 in the same period in 2016. Treated 100 per cent of the 24 category 1 emergency patients immediately on arrival between April and June 2017. Received 1,577 ambulance arrivals in the June quarter and 90.2 per cent of ambulance patients were transferred with 40 minutes compared to 80.9 per cent for the same period in 2016. Reduced the number of patients on the elective surgery waiting list from 782 to 618 over the past three months. Provided operations for 97 per cent of all elective surgery patients within the benchmark times in the June quarter, well above the state average of 90 per cent. In the Wyndham City Council, ambulance response times are improving, with 84.4 per cent of ambulances now arriving within 15 minutes for Code One emergencies, up from 72.5 per cent compared to the same time last year. That means the average response time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code One emergency in the Wyndham City Council has improved from 13:15 minutes to 11:22 minutes. In the Melton City Council, ambulance response times are improving, with 80.4 per cent of ambulances now arriving within 15 minutes for Code One emergencies, up from 69.9 per cent compared to the same time last year. That means the average response time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code One emergency in the Melton City Council has improved from 13:45 minutes to 11:36 minutes. Improved performance across the state is a result of reforms over the past 18 months and the Labor Government's $500 million plan to improve ambulance responses times, employ 450 paramedics, buy new vehicles and build more ambulance stations to meet the growing needs of the Victorian community. Our record investments in health and hospitals are also delivering better care, sooner for Victorians.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy “We are making sure more Victorians – no matter where they live – get the care they need faster.” “Our ambulance and health services are in the frontline giving patients the first class care they need and deserve, when they need it.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our paramedics are getting to patients faster - when only minutes stand between life or death for some of our patients. “Our elective surgery blitz is making a real difference with more patients coming off waiting lists and into the operating theatre sooner.”

MORE WERRIBEE MERCY PATIENTS TREATED SOONER

Code 1 ambulance response times across Victoria hit 81 per cent in the last quarter – an improvement of six percentage points on the same period last year and the best June quarter result on record. The Andrews Labor Government’s elective surgery blitz has also delivered, with an end of year waitlist of 36,839 - a phenomenal result given two additional health services have been added to the list last year. If these services had not been added, our waitlist would be the lowest on record and 1,747 lower than last year’s record result. Despite record demand for emergency, elective surgery and ambulance services, more Victorians are receiving faster care across the system. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today released the latest ambulance and hospital performance data. Locally, Werribee Mercy Hospital has: Seen 9,385 people in emergency between April and June 2017 compared to 9,129 in the same period in 2016. Treated 100 per cent of the 24 category 1 emergency patients immediately on arrival between April and June 2017. Received 1,577 ambulance arrivals in the June quarter and 90.2 per cent of ambulance patients were transferred with 40 minutes compared to 80.9 per cent for the same period in 2016. Reduced the number of patients on the elective surgery waiting list from 782 to 618 over the past three months. Provided operations for 97 per cent of all elective surgery patients within the benchmark times in the June quarter, well above the state average of 90 per cent. In the Wyndham City Council, ambulance response times are improving, with 84.4 per cent of ambulances now arriving within 15 minutes for Code One emergencies, up from 72.5 per cent compared to the same time last year. That means the average response time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code One emergency in the Wyndham City Council has improved from 13:15 minutes to 11:22 minutes. In the Melton City Council, ambulance response times are improving, with 80.4 per cent of ambulances now arriving within 15 minutes for Code One emergencies, up from 69.9 per cent compared to the same time last year. That means the average response time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code One emergency in the Melton City Council has improved from 13:45 minutes to 11:36 minutes. Improved performance across the state is a result of reforms over the past 18 months and the Labor Government's $500 million plan to improve ambulance responses times, employ 450 paramedics, buy new vehicles and build more ambulance stations to meet the growing needs of the Victorian community. Our record investments in health and hospitals are also delivering better care, sooner for Victorians.   Quotes attributable to Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy “We are making sure more Victorians – no matter where they live – get the care they need faster.” “Our ambulance and health services are in the frontline giving patients the first class care they need and deserve, when they need it.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas “Our paramedics are getting to patients faster - when only minutes stand between life or death for some of our patients. “Our elective surgery blitz is making a real difference with more patients coming off waiting lists and into the operating theatre sooner.”

HELPING WERRIBEE KIDS BECOME MATHS MASTERS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping pre-schoolers and their families in the Werribee electorate improve their maths skills through a new early years’ program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that early childhood educators at a number of local kindergartens will participate in Let’s Count training, where they will learn practical tips and get access to best-practice resources to help them develop children’s maths skills. Several Kindergartens will participate in the Let’s Count program including: College Road Kindergarten Community Children Wyndham Vale Heathdale Kindergarten Iramoo Kindergarten The Manor Kindergarten Thomas Chirnside Kindergarten Vista Way Kindergarten Wyndham Vale Kindergarten Let’s Count helps early years’ educators engage families and their children in counting, measuring and identifying patterns. The program also helps parents and carers to introduce maths to children in a fun, simple way that can be incorporated into everyday life. Commencing in Semester 2, Let's Count will be rolled out across regional Victoria including in Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Camperdown, Corio, Lilydale, Maryborough, Melbourne, Melton, Seymour, Warrnambool, Wedderburn, and Werribee. About 500 educators in funded kindergartens will participate in the program over three years, and will help an estimated 14,000 pre-schoolers and their families. Let’s Count was developed by Charles Sturt University Professor Bob Perry, Monash University Associate Professor Ann Gervasoni and The Smith Family to help children develop skills and a positive attitude towards maths before they begin primary school. The knowledge and skills that children develop in the early years are crucial for later in life. In 2015, a longitudinal evaluation of the Let’s Count program showed it dramatically improved children’s maths skills, with children who participated in the program performing better across a range of mathematical tasks than children not involved in the program. We are making Victoria the Education State – this starts with giving every child a strong start in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “Let’s Count gives early childhood educators and parents simple and effective ways to make maths more interesting and fun for kids.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “It is great to see the introduction of Let’s Count in Werribee to encourage parents, carers and pre-school educators to help kids see that learning is fun and engaging.”

HELPING WERRIBEE KIDS BECOME MATHS MASTERS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping pre-schoolers and their families in the Werribee electorate improve their maths skills through a new early years’ program. Member for Werribee Tim Pallas today announced that early childhood educators at a number of local kindergartens will participate in Let’s Count training, where they will learn practical tips and get access to best-practice resources to help them develop children’s maths skills. Several Kindergartens will participate in the Let’s Count program including: College Road Kindergarten Community Children Wyndham Vale Heathdale Kindergarten Iramoo Kindergarten The Manor Kindergarten Thomas Chirnside Kindergarten Vista Way Kindergarten Wyndham Vale Kindergarten Let’s Count helps early years’ educators engage families and their children in counting, measuring and identifying patterns. The program also helps parents and carers to introduce maths to children in a fun, simple way that can be incorporated into everyday life. Commencing in Semester 2, Let's Count will be rolled out across regional Victoria including in Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Camperdown, Corio, Lilydale, Maryborough, Melbourne, Melton, Seymour, Warrnambool, Wedderburn, and Werribee. About 500 educators in funded kindergartens will participate in the program over three years, and will help an estimated 14,000 pre-schoolers and their families. Let’s Count was developed by Charles Sturt University Professor Bob Perry, Monash University Associate Professor Ann Gervasoni and The Smith Family to help children develop skills and a positive attitude towards maths before they begin primary school. The knowledge and skills that children develop in the early years are crucial for later in life. In 2015, a longitudinal evaluation of the Let’s Count program showed it dramatically improved children’s maths skills, with children who participated in the program performing better across a range of mathematical tasks than children not involved in the program. We are making Victoria the Education State – this starts with giving every child a strong start in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “Let’s Count gives early childhood educators and parents simple and effective ways to make maths more interesting and fun for kids.” Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas  “It is great to see the introduction of Let’s Count in Werribee to encourage parents, carers and pre-school educators to help kids see that learning is fun and engaging.”

NEW PEAK HOUR SERVICES FOR WERRIBEE LINE PASSENGERS

The Andrews Labor Government will add 10 more train services in the peak, every week on the Werribee line from 27 August. Member for Altona Jill Hennessy, Member for Werribee Tim Pallas and Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today announced the timetable for the new morning and evening peak services, which will reduce waiting and crowding at the busiest times. A new morning service will leave Werribee at 8.15am and an extra evening service will leave Flinders Street at 5.18pm – getting more people home quicker at the end of the day. On top of this, 37 daily services that currently stop at Newport will be extended to stop at all stations between Laverton and Flinders Street, making it quicker and easier to get to and from the city. Nineteen trains to Altona that currently originate at Newport will run from Flinders Street, while 18 services from Werribee will be extended to the city, stopping all stations between Laverton and Flinders Street. These are the last of the remaining shuttle services introduced by the former Liberal Government, which force passengers to transfer at Newport to get to the city, and to get back home at the end of the day. Detailed planning is also underway to duplicate around 800 metres of track on the Altona Loop, as part of removing the dangerous level crossing at Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North. This will improve reliability and reduce the likelihood of trains bypassing the loop due to network disruptions. The new timetable released today adds 30 weekly peak time services across the Werribee, Craigieburn and Sunbury lines from August – creating space for around 27,000 extra trips each week. The Labor Government has invested nearly $4 billion in new trains since it came to office, including 19 new X’Trapolis trains and 65 new High-Capacity Metro Trains. The Labor Government is also getting on with building the Metro Tunnel, removing dangerous and congested level crossings and installing new high-tech signalling to run more trains, more often. The timings of buses that connect with trains will be adjusted to reflect the train new timetable. The new timetables are available at ptv.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Jill Hennessy, Member for Altona District “We promised to give Altona Loop passengers back the direct city services the Liberals took away – and that’s what we will do next month, as well as adding extra services.” Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee District “We’re adding new services while we get on with building the Metro Tunnel and removing dangerous level crossings so people in Werribee and across Victoria can get home safer and sooner.” Quotes attributable to Wade Noonan, Member for Williamstown District “These extra services will create room for more passengers in the morning and evening peak, getting more people where they need to go.”

NEW PEAK HOUR SERVICES FOR WERRIBEE LINE PASSENGERS

The Andrews Labor Government will add 10 more train services in the peak, every week on the Werribee line from 27 August. Member for Altona Jill Hennessy, Member for Werribee Tim Pallas and Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan today announced the timetable for the new morning and evening peak services, which will reduce waiting and crowding at the busiest times. A new morning service will leave Werribee at 8.15am and an extra evening service will leave Flinders Street at 5.18pm – getting more people home quicker at the end of the day. On top of this, 37 daily services that currently stop at Newport will be extended to stop at all stations between Laverton and Flinders Street, making it quicker and easier to get to and from the city. Nineteen trains to Altona that currently originate at Newport will run from Flinders Street, while 18 services from Werribee will be extended to the city, stopping all stations between Laverton and Flinders Street. These are the last of the remaining shuttle services introduced by the former Liberal Government, which force passengers to transfer at Newport to get to the city, and to get back home at the end of the day. Detailed planning is also underway to duplicate around 800 metres of track on the Altona Loop, as part of removing the dangerous level crossing at Kororoit Creek Road in Williamstown North. This will improve reliability and reduce the likelihood of trains bypassing the loop due to network disruptions. The new timetable released today adds 30 weekly peak time services across the Werribee, Craigieburn and Sunbury lines from August – creating space for around 27,000 extra trips each week. The Labor Government has invested nearly $4 billion in new trains since it came to office, including 19 new X’Trapolis trains and 65 new High-Capacity Metro Trains. The Labor Government is also getting on with building the Metro Tunnel, removing dangerous and congested level crossings and installing new high-tech signalling to run more trains, more often. The timings of buses that connect with trains will be adjusted to reflect the train new timetable. The new timetables are available at ptv.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Jill Hennessy, Member for Altona District “We promised to give Altona Loop passengers back the direct city services the Liberals took away – and that’s what we will do next month, as well as adding extra services.” Quotes attributable to Tim Pallas, Member for Werribee District “We’re adding new services while we get on with building the Metro Tunnel and removing dangerous level crossings so people in Werribee and across Victoria can get home safer and sooner.” Quotes attributable to Wade Noonan, Member for Williamstown District “These extra services will create room for more passengers in the morning and evening peak, getting more people where they need to go.”