Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan): I rise to congratulate Ged Kearney on her phenomenal win in the Batman by-election. It is exciting to have the first nurse in the federal Parliament. Ged is not a career politician; she is a true working-class Australian, and the federal Labor Party caucus is all the better for having her in it. Ged’s campaign spoke about the real issues that matter to everyday Australians — health, education and jobs. The people of Batman have also called the Greens out on their grubby campaign tactics, and they have rejected them. The Greens need to move out of the way and allow us to go ahead with projects such as the West Gate tunnel, or else they will face similar rejections to Batman for a long time to come.

27 March 2018