QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE AND MINISTERS STATEMENTS Ministers statements: government achievements
Mr PALLAS (Treasurer) (11:33:12) — It gives me great pleasure to rise to update the house on the many focused investments being made by the Andrews Labor government as we deliver infrastructure, as we grow the economy and importantly as we create jobs. We grow, we invest; they cut, they slash. Yesterday we heard that the newly elected South Australian Liberal government has — wait for it — cut services and will be closing TAFEs. That sounds familiar.
Honourable members interjecting.
Mr PALLAS — Of course it does, because it is in their DNA. It is what they do, and it is what they will do again if they get the opportunity.
Mr Clark — On a point of order, Speaker, the Treasurer may be embarrassed about talking about Victoria’s performance and want to talk about South Australia instead, but he does need to relate his remarks to his portfolio. He should not be debating issues, and I ask you to bring him back to compliance with sessional orders.
The SPEAKER — I ask the Treasurer to come back to making a statement.
Mr PALLAS — So, Speaker, we do know that when it comes to budgeting every dollar matters. And when it comes to budgeting, $3.5 million can buy quite a lot. In fact it is one‑fourteenth of the South Australian budget surplus. The updated bike path in Upfield is getting a $3.5 million upgrade to fix the existing path and remove bottlenecks. Meanwhile, speaking of bikes, the opposition leader spent $3.5 million taking Victorian taxpayers for a ride.
The SPEAKER — Order! The Treasurer has been warned to make a ministers statement.
Mr PALLAS — I was saying that $3.5 million goes a long way; $3.5 million is the amount that the police minister recently unveiled for a patrol vessel to keep Victorians safe on the water so there will be no aquatic getaways. Right across the state we are investing in schools. This year’s budget includes $3.5 million to upgrade the Sunbury Primary School. Maybe the opposition should think about going back to school and learning a bit about honesty.