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Victorian Politics

Peter Maltezos's picture
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http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/victoria-state-election-2014/victoria-...

2014 state election

Clear win for Labor!

What would this mean for new Victorian infrastructure in the next four years?

What should be prioritised?

Should the East West Link contracts be torn up?

Which version of the Melbourne Metro will we get, if any?

Are we really going to see the removal of 50 Level Crossings?

 

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What should be prioritised?

Without doubt the Melbourne Metro. It has been earmarked as 'Ready to proceed' by IA for many years, and will go a long way into turning our aging train system into a true rapid transport network. The hard part will be getting TA (I cant say his name, its like Voldemort), the self proclaimed infrastructure PM, to let us keep the $3 billion meant for the EW Link.

Should the East West Link contracts be torn up?

Absolutely. Daniel Andrews won't actually need to do any tearing up - they will be deemed illegal by the courts. As it is the courts' job to decide the legality and enforceability of contracts, this negates any perceived sovereign risk.

Which version of the Melbourne Metro will we get, if any?

The Labor party have been steadfast in their position of saying they will build the MM in its original form. The Libs MRL was nothing more than a publicity stunt, with no passenger numbers or CBRs done for it before it was slingshotted into the May budget at the last minute. As to when we'll get it, that obviously depends on federal government funding. Here's hoping for one term Tony!

Are we really going to see the removal of 50 Level Crossings?

Given that the planning for about 10-15 of them is already underway under the previous government, the next few years worth should be delivered as promised without much drama. The true test will come in years 3 and 4. As this will be leading up to the next election, I think they will have no choice but to honour this promise. However with the Greens already making noises about blocking the PoM sale, the funding source for the level crossing removals, its going to be fun times ahead.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
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Exciting times ahead!

Thanks for the reply Martin.

Let's hope that Dan the Man doesn't disappoint us.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-04/matthew-guy-to-lead-liberals/5940300

Matthew Guy elected as new Liberal Party leader in Victoria

Humbled and overwhelmed: Mr Guy with his wife Renae and three sons after been named Liberal leader.

ABC News: Alison Savage

Former planning minister Matthew Guy has been elected to lead the Victorian Liberal Party.

He defeated Michael O'Brien in the vote during a caucus meeting which ran for more than an hour at Parliament House.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-04/daniel-andrews-sworn-in-as-victori...

Daniel Andrews sworn in as Victorian Premier, unveils ministerial portfolios

Daniel Andrews shakes hands with Governor Alex Chernov after being sworn in.

AAP: Julian Smith

Daniel Andrews has been officially sworn in as the 48th Victorian Premier and revealed the Government's ministerial team.

Mr Andrews took the oath of office in front of Governor Alex Chernov at Government House.

"As Premier of the State of Victoria I will at all times and in all things discharge the duties of my office according to law," he said in his oath.

James Merlino was sworn in as Deputy Premier and Education Minister, after serving as Mr Andrews's deputy in opposition.

• Richard Wynne is the new Planning minister.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
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Link to PREMIER OF VICTORIA media centre page:

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre

​Great for the latest news/propaganda (depending on your side of politics).

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Peter Maltezos's picture
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http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/justin-madden-appointed-vba-deputy-chief-c...

Justin Madden Appointed VBA Deputy Chief Commissioner

Friday 18 September 2015

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has welcomed a new Deputy Chief Commissioner to the Victorian Building Authority, Justin Madden.

Mr Madden served in the Victorian Parliament in both the upper and lower houses from 1999 until 2014, as the Member for the former Doutta Galla Province and the Member for Essendon.

During his tenure, Mr Madden served as Minister across portfolios including Planning, Sport and Recreation, Youth Affairs and was the Minister for the Commonwealth Games under the Bracks and Brumby governments.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
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....Interesting that we are seen as the progressive state, no surprise actually:

http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/victoria-says-y...

A big 'yes' from the 'progressive state'

NOVEMBER 15 2017 - 5:02PM Noel Towell, Adam Carey, Nino Bucci, James Massola

Victorians resoundingly voted "yes" in the same-sex marriage postal survey, with only two of the state's 37 electorates bucking the trend and rejecting reform.

Victoria's "yes" vote of 65 per cent was the highest of any of the states, more than 3 per cent above the national average.

Only the Australian Capital Territory embraced same-sex marriage more enthusiastically.

More than 3.3 million Victorians completed their surveys, with about 2.15 million ticking the "yes" box.

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https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/andrews-is-on-the-home-strai...

Andrews is on the home straight, but victory isn't certain
Tony Walker 5 November 2018

With Tuesday's equine contest almost out of the way, Victorians will soon be focusing on another horse race in which the top-weight is starting a short-priced favourite.

While it does not seem likely, it is not beyond possibility that Premier Daniel Andrews will find the going a bit more challenging than might be anticipated when Victorians go to the polls on November 24.

Form and polls have been on Labor’s side with a bloodied and divided state Liberal Party binding its wounds for the contest, but in politics these days not much can be taken for granted.

Andrews is backed to win with Labor at 1.45 versus the Coalition’s 3.75, according to Sportsbet, but in a two-horse race anything is possible.

An Age-commissioned ReachTel poll taken in the first week of October had Labor ahead of the Coalition 52-48. This is a bit too close for comfort as far as Labor is concerned.

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https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/wipeout-for-the-liberals-as-...

Wipeout for the Liberals as Andrews surges to victory on huge red wave
24 November 2018 — 9:11pm Noel Towell, Benjamin Preiss & Adam Carey

Daniel Andrews and Labor have crushed their political opponents in Saturday’s state election, charging back into power in a landslide victory.

By 8.55pm on Saturday, Opposition Leader Matthew Guy had phoned Mr Andrews to concede defeat and congratulate the re-elected Premier on his victory.

At the time of that call, Labor was set for victory in 60 electorates in the 88-seat lower house, a gain of 14 seats.

In the cabaret room of Mulgrave's Village Green Hotel packed with elated Labor volunteers and staff members, Daniel Andrews said voters had given the government’s ambitious infrastructure agenda a massive endorsement.

“They have in record numbers at the same time rejected the low road of fear and division,” he said. “And for that, I am very, very proud.”

The room erupted in booming cheers and applause as Mr Andrews declared his government the most progressive in Australia.

“We are the most progressive state in the nation,” he said.

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