Mr MELHEM (Western Metropolitan)  — I rise to commend the incredible work being done by the Andrews Labor government in Victoria. This government is delivering for all Victorians and our economy is thriving. Under the Andrews Labor government 370 000 jobs have been created since the election in 2014, with 234 300 of these jobs being full-time. The unemployment rate has plunged from the 6.7 per cent inherited from the Liberals to around 5 per cent now.

We are seeing a record investment in education. The 2018–19 budget alone invested $1.25 billion into Victoria’s schools. In total over 70 new schools are being built across the state and more than 1200 are receiving vital upgrades. Our TAFE sector is also being revitalised after the Liberal Party decimated it when they were in charge. This government is making 30 priority courses free and is creating over 30 000 new training places in Victoria.

Victorians are also getting the health care they deserve, with billions of dollars in extra investment for hospitals and health services, and this is paying off. Our ambulance response times are the fastest they have ever been, and our elective surgery waiting list is the smallest it has ever been.

That is without even mentioning the unparalleled investment in road and rail infrastructure: the Metro rail tunnel, the West Gate tunnel, level crossing removals, the north-east link, the regional rail revival, a suburban roads package and an airport rail link, and over $100 billion worth of infrastructure investment in the pipeline.

This government is getting things done. I congratulate this government on everything it has achieved so far, and I am proud to be a member of the most progressive government in Australia. This government truly delivers for all Victorians.


23 August 2018