The Wonthaggi desal plant has sustained damage that will prevent the plant from being turned on.
On 19 June 2007 Labor announced the construction of a desalination plant and it was reported that water bills would double to fund it.
It was later revealed the true cost to taxpayers of the plant and water order could be up to $24 billion.
Daniel Andrews was a member of the Labor Cabinet that oversaw the construction of the desal project.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Water Peter Walsh:
Daniel Andrews sat around the cabinet table when the decision was made to waste $24 billion on a desal plant we do not need and now does not work.
Only a Labor Government would condemn our children and grandchildren to pay off a $24 billion desal white elephant we cannot use and do not need.
While they’re on holidays the Andrews Government continues to lurch from one crisis to another.
Only days after Daniel Andrews’ team went in to damage control mode over the latest youth justice crisis, now they’re again in damage control patching up the desal plant.
Daniel Andrews is ending the year with a crime crisis, a youth justice crisis and now a desal crisis. What a year.
On Saturday 17 December the ‘ Holiday Time Campaign’ was formally launched by Councillor Antonella Celi of the Mornington Peninsula Shire, along with the Member for Nepean the Hon. Martin Dixon MP and Mathew McQuinn of the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
Supporting the initiative were the Rosebud CFA, Mornington SES, Surf Live Saving Victoria (Rosebud and McCrae), Local Area Commander, Inspector Nigel McGuirewhite and members from the State Highway Patrol.
The foundation ‘Little Blue Dinosaur’ started the campaign after tragically losing their four year old son, Tom McLaughlin, when he stepped onto the road whilst on holiday at the beach.
The aim of the ‘Holiday Time’ campaign is to prevent this from happening again. This is done by the placement of colourful road safety banners and signs at key tourist hot spots and thoroughfares to appeal to drivers and pedestrians alike to ‘Slow Down, Kids Around’ and to ‘Hold My Hand’.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire will be the first shire within Victoria where the campaign has been used on such a large scale. The campaign is designed to raise awareness with 168 signs and five overpass banners.
The shire will be giving away free wristbands and bumper stickers for children and families, which will be available from the Rosebud Shire Office and the Rosebud Foreshore camping office. The Shire was successful in obtaining a TAC Community Road Safety Grant to implement this project.
In the last week Daniel Andrews has copied five law and order policies from the Liberal Nationals.
Good ideas should be above partisan politics so it is a good thing that Daniel Andrews has now copied some of our law and order policies.
The five Liberal Nationals policies copied this week include ‘no body, no parole’; ‘banning cash for scrap’; keeping Craig Minogue behind bars, giving police the power to acquire DNA from suspects and a specific offence for drive by shootings.
There remain many problems with Daniel Andrews’ approach to law and order and the Liberal Nationals are committed to working constructively with Daniel Andrews on new ideas to make Victoria safe again.
The latest New South Wales crime statistics today report that crime in almost every major category has declined steadily over the past two years.
This is in stark contrast to Victoria’s crime figures that show a 13.4% increase in the last year alone.
Whilst robberies are down nearly 20% in New South Wales, they are up 14.2% in Victoria. While breaking and enter into a dwelling is down 6.2% in New South Wales it is up 10.4% in Victoria, and motor vehicle theft has fallen 11.1% in New South Wales whilst rising 30.3% in Victoria.
While Daniel Andrews has spent the last two years weakening bail laws, cutting frontline police numbers, closing police stations and turning youth justice into a revolving door system, New South Wales has been getting tough on crime.
Crime trends in Victoria are getting worse compared to New South Wales because Daniel Andrews has spent two years sitting on his hands, being an apologist for criminal behaviour.
New South Wales is becoming safer because unlike Victoria, it has a Government that doesn’t just talk tough on community safety, it acts tough.
No matter how many panicked and hurried announcements the Andrews Government makes, it is clear that Daniel Andrews simply cannot be trusted to keep Victoria safe.
From 2011-12 to 2015-16 youth offenders committing offences in category “breaches of orders” increased by 193%.
- 10-14 year olds: Breaches of orders up from 262 to 1,764 (up 573%)
- 15-19 year olds: Breaches of orders up from 2,696 to 8,730 (up 224%)
- 20-24 year olds: Breaches of orders up from 5,062 to 13,027 (up 157%)
TOTAL: Breaches of orders up from 8,020 to 23,521 (up 193%)
Source: Crime Statistics Agency, How has youth crime in Victoria changed over the last 10 years?
Confirmation that electricity prices are about to go up by around 10% means that Daniel Andrews is either a liar or he’s incompetent.
First he introduced a new tax which forced Hazelwood to close its doors, then he promised electricity prices would only go up 4% and now we find out it’s really 10% in just the next six months.
On the Neil Mitchell program on 3 November 2016, Daniel Andrews said: “Any increase will cause pressure on household budgets, I acknowledge that. But the numbers are more in the order of 4% or 85 cents a week.”
Once again, like his promise that scrapping the East West Link contract wouldn’t cost a cent, Daniel Andrews has either lied or got his calculations terribly wrong.
This increase to electricity costs means households will have to pay an average of $160 more on their annual bill.
It will also cost a lot more for businesses who will ultimately pass the increase on to their customers.
This is a flow on effect, it’s from just about anybody that uses power all the way through so it’s your local coffee store, your butcher, your baker, every store that uses power will have to either try and sell more coffee and bread or pass it on to consumers.
Today’s power price rises are just the beginning with more increases in store for energy customers with the full impact of Hazelwood’s closure in March 2017 still to flow through.
Industry has made it absolutely clear today that the responsibility of power price rises rests with the Andrews Labor Government and their damaging energy policies to increase the tax on coal by $252 million and implement a go-it-alone Victorian renewable energy target.
Victorian families are already dealing with high cost of living pressures, and because of Daniel Andrews they will be forced to tighten the belt further with Christmas right around the corner.
In their attempt to deflect attention from this price hike, the Andrews Labor Government has put out 18 press releases today, none of which address the electricity cost hike.
Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings, has today announced $350,000 towards grants for community projects that seek to preserve and share local history for the benefit of all Victorians.
The Local History Grants Program, managed by Public Record Office Victoria, is now accepting applications of up to $15,000.
The program is about putting our dedicated community organisations first, who do such a great job of collecting and preserving Victoria’s fascinating history.
Last year saw seventy-one community groups across Victoria share in the funding for historical projects and publications. These included the digitisation of Victorian records, the development of guided historic walking tours in Cornish Hill and Campbell’s Creek and the restoring of historic costumes from Bendigo.
Victoria’s diverse history is a real drawcard for visitors, with a total of 6.5 million people visiting a museum, gallery, heritage site or monument within our state in 2015-16. This has grown by 18.7 per cent over the last financial year and has been growing at 7.6 per cent over the last five years.
You can submit your application online via www.prov.vic.gov.au.
Applications close at 5pm on 31 January 2017.
Quote attributable to Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings
“Community projects that capture Victoria’s diverse history are important to help inform us about our development as a society, culture and people.”
“With these grants, we are ensuring our state’s history is protected for future generations.”
“This is also about putting people first, given the importance of our historical past in attracting visitors to our museums, galleries and other historic sites and boosting local jobs.”
Quotes attributable to Public Record Office Director and Keeper of Public Records Justine Heazlewood
“Thanks to last year’s local history grant funding, we have been able to support a great number of community projects across a range of areas.”
“With this year’s grants program, we look forward to again helping Victorian community groups tell our diverse history, much of which may otherwise have gone untold without this support.”
Groundline Australia has been awarded a grant to develop a new method for replacing bare-wire powerlines under the Andrews Labor Government’s Powerline Bushfire Safety program.
The project aims to develop a conductor to replace bare-wire powerlines that will reduce the risk of bushfires and potentially enable a safer alternative technology for use across the state’s electricity network.
The work will be done in collaboration between the Bendigo engineering firm, manufacturer Amokabel, Swinburne University and electricity retailer United Energy.
The Labor Government is providing $291,000 to Groundline Australia to kick start the project.
There is approximately 90,000km of mostly bare-wire high voltage electrical lines across Victoria that this innovation could be applied to, significantly reducing the risk of bushfires.
The ability to fit a treated conductor onto existing infrastructure with minimal impact on the current installation methods will improve efficiency, reduce costs and put Victoria at the forefront of innovation.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“We’re putting people first by reducing the risk of bushfires that start from powerlines.”
“This means that our bare-wire powerlines can be replaced sooner to improve safety and reduce overall costs.”
Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“I’m thrilled to see local engineering firm Groundline Australia focusing on next-generation innovation to help keep Victorians safe.”
New health performance data reveals that patients in Frankston are waiting longer in emergency departments and on elective surgery waiting lists since Daniel Andrews came to Government.
The proportion of patients being treated in appropriate times at the Frankston Hospital emergency department has deteriorated since Daniel Andrews came into office, with more than 3,600 patients (21%) not receiving emergency treatment within the clinically recommended timeframe, in the last quarter alone.
The number of patients on the elective surgery waiting list has grown by 28% under Daniel Andrews’ leadership – blowing out to 1,809 patients and the proportion treated on time has dropped to 77%.
The Category 3 elective surgery waiting list has grown by a massive 45% since 2014 – reaching 691 patients.
Specialist Wait Clinics
Frankston patients being referred to specialists can wait more than one and half years for a consultation with some orthopaedic/musculoskeletal patients waiting 588 days for their appointment.
Comments from Shadow Minister for Health Mary Wooldridge:
“Before the election Daniel Andrews claimed the health system was in crisis and that he would fix it, but the reality is quite the opposite.”
“In Frankston patients are waiting longer for treatment in the emergency department and for their elective surgery since Daniel Andrews became Premier.”
“Labor claimed at the election that they would ‘find out how Frankston Hospital can treat more people and run more efficiently’, so Daniel Andrews must explain why Peninsula Health patients are waiting longer for urgent surgery.”
“Daniel Andrews is breaking promises and neglecting the health needs of families in Frankston.”