Category Archives: Media Releases

Frankston patients continue to wait under Daniel Andrews

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.

Emergency Department

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.

Elective Surgery

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.”

Western Distributor

Revelations in Senate Estimates today show what Victorians suspected all along, the only winner from the Western Distributor is Transurban, whilst the big losers are taxpayers and motorists in the eastern and south-eastern suburbs.

Mr Mike Mrdak the Secretary of the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development told Senate Estimates today that there was no evidence to support Daniel Andrews’ claim that the Western Distributor will relieve congestion and that the Andrews Government has not made available all of its analysis of the project.

Whilst sending the bill to Malcolm Turnbull with one hand, Daniel Andrews has refused to provide the supporting documentation that the Federal Government required to make a full assessment of the project.

Daniel Andrews is condemning Victorian motorists to more than a decade of extra tolls worth $30 billion to Transurban to pay for a project that his own hand-picked infrastructure advisors refuse to endorse and the Commonwealth Government says could further gridlock Melbourne.

Only Daniel Andrews could find a way to spend $1.2 billion to not build the East West Link and then spend $5.5 billion on a road that will make congestion worse.

 

Criminals running rampant under Daniel Andrews

 Reports today of three men on the run after a brazen crime spree through Melbourne’s south-east is further evidence that Daniel Andrews’ law and order policies are failing Victoria.

 Every day Victorians are waking to yet another story about criminals running rampant in our streets following the weakening of our justice system by Daniel Andrews.

 Victorians are experiencing record crime and are living in fear.

For the year to March 2016, total crime has risen in Kingston by 19.8% in just one year under Daniel Andrews with theft up 17.5% and burglary/ break and enter up 27.1%.

 Despite this, under Daniel Andrews police stations are closing and frontline police numbers have been cut.

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 Victorians have a right to feel safe in their homes and on our streets.

Fast Facts: Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

 

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Planning for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre first commenced in 2009. It has been an important project for Victorians of both Coalition and Labor Governments.

In 2011 the Coalition Government appointed Plenary Health to build the VCCC. An additional floor (the 13th) was negotiated within the total project budget to house Peter Mac Private.

One of Daniel Andrews’ first acts as Premier was to scrap Peter Mac Private, against the will of the Board of Peter Mac and with no explanation other than that the VCCC wasn’t to be for “greedy profit making”.

This is despite the fact that Daniel Andrews is supporting the establishment of private Cardiac wards at the new, public Victorian Heart Hospital.

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre has now opened with an empty 13th floor.

Daniel Andrews’ decision to scrap Peter Mac Private has resulted in the loss of:

  •  42 inpatient beds and 4 operating theatres
  •  $20m in philanthropic donations
  •  $24 million in capital investment
  •  An enhanced ability to attract and retain leading cancer specialists

This decision has meant that Peter Mac cannot:

  •  Treat an additional 10,000 cancer patients per year
  •  Increase the number and range of clinical trials
  •  Offer choice to the 38% of current Peter Mac patients who are private, freeing up public beds for the most needy

Peter Mac’s ghost floor

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“Today the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre has opened with an empty 13th floor.

In 2011 the Coalition Government appointed Plenary Health to build the VCCC. An additional floor (the 13th) was negotiated within the total project budget to house Peter MacCallum Private.

One of Daniel Andrews’ first acts as Premier was to scrap the 42 bed Peter Mac Private, against the will of the Board of Peter Mac and with no explanation other than that the VCCC wasn’t to be for “greedy profit making”.

This decision has meant that Peter Mac cannot treat an additional 10,000 cancer patients per year, increase the number and range of clinical trials nor offer choice to the 38% of current Peter Mac patients who are private, freeing up public beds for the most needy.

Peter Mac is a much loved institution that saves lives and Daniel Andrews has put politics ahead of people with cancer.”

 

Victorian families are living in fear under Daniel Andrews

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The release of the ABS’ victim of crime statistics shows that crime is out of control in Victoria under Daniel Andrews.

Under Daniel Andrews’ watch, in just one year armed robberies have gone up 14%. And robberies of people’s homes are up 44%.

Despite this shocking crime wave, Daniel Andrews has allowed police stations to close and the number of front line police at stations to be cut.

Shadow Minister for Police Ed O’Donohue visited the Point Cook Residents Association to hear first-hand the concerns of residents following several home invasions that have left them living in fear.

Victorians are too afraid to drive alone at night, arming themselves with cricket bats, and considering forming vigilante groups because there are not enough police to protect them.

Victorians have a right to feel safe in their homes and on our streets. Daniel Andrews’ cuts to police resources and a soft approach to justice are endangering families.

Back to Work closed for business

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Labor’s failed ‘Back to Work’ scheme will be closed for business as of next Monday.

Under this secretive government, the closure announcement was nowhere to be found on the Premier’s website, but buried on the State Revenue Office website. http://www.sro.vic.gov.au/ckfinder/userfiles/files/MediaRelease_110716.pdf

Despite promising to deliver 100,000 full-time jobs in Victoria within two years of coming to office, Daniel Andrews’ flagship jobs program has tanked.

On the Government’s own figures, fewer than 12,100 total positions have been supported.

After spending $40 million dollars of its pledged $100 million, the Back to Work scheme has closed its doors, leaving $60 million of unallocated funds.

Of the $40 million that has been spent, evidence has been provided to the Liberal Nationals Coalition that suggests serious rorting has occurred.

The Coalition has very real concerns about the eligibility and the accountability of these payments. We will be writing to the Auditor-General to seek a full investigation into where this money has gone and whether the scheme has met the probity standards Victorians should expect.

Under Daniel Andrews and his hapless Treasurer, Labor’s ‘Back to Work’ has proven to be a failure of public policy, a waste of public money and another broken promise to the people of Victoria.

 

FAST FACTS – TOP 5 QUESTIONS THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO ANSWER ON THE BACK TO WORK SCHEME

Given that the $100 million scheme is “now fully subscribed but only $40 million has been spent on almost 16,000 payments, what has the final $60 million been spent on?

Source: http://www.sro.vic.gov.au/ckfinder/userfiles/files/MediaRelease_110716.pdf

  • Given that organisations claiming Back to Work Scheme payments “are not required to provide evidence verifying your claim” how many payments made since the scheme began on 1 July 2015 have been audited?

Source: http://www.sro.vic.gov.au/back-work/claim-your-back-work-payment

  • Data shows the majority of payments have been paid to organisations employing apprentices and trainees.  Is this because “apprentices and trainees are eligible for payment straight away, and no period of ‘training’ or ‘work placement’ is required to receive the payment”?

Source: pg. 5 http://aen.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015-back-to-work-gtav-presentation-18-nov.pdf

  • How many employees hired between 1 July 2015 and 31 December 2015 (the first six months of the Back to Work Scheme) remain in employment at those companies today?
  • Given the Andrews Government spent $711,553 in just one month (June 2015) to advertise the Back to Work Scheme, how much was spent on advertising in the 2015/16 financial year?Coalition media release

Car-jackings

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The Liberal Nationals Coalition welcomes the Government matching our commitment to introduce new offences of car-jacking and aggravated car-jacking with maximum jail terms of 15 and 25 years respectively.

However, we question why it has taken so long, after the Coalition has already introduced legislation.

It is yet another example of Daniel Andrews playing belated catch up on law and order and community safety.

Under Daniel Andrews total crime is up over 12% and car-jackings have increased by a staggering 80% while home invasions and gang violence have spiralled out of control.

Despite this, frontline police numbers have been cut and police stations have either been closed or had their opening hours cut, with the latest under threat being the new Forest Hill Police Station.

Jetty Road Overpass being ignored by Government

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Meeting with teachers, parents and students at the end of the Freeway. Note the overpass ramp in the background – all we need is the overpass!

Last year I conducted a petition in the local areas to ask for the Jetty Road overpass to be completed, connecting the Mornington Peninsula Freeway to the Arterial Road by crossing over the Jetty Road Intersection.

This intersection has become increasingly dangerous since the completion of Peninsula Link and the subsequent increase in traffic flows.

The petition gathered over 1200 signatures in a few weeks and I have since raised the issue in Parliament and with the Roads Minister Luke Donnellan.

In the most recent correspondence from the Minister dated 30th May 2016 (download here), Mr Donnellan suggests that funding is not a priority due to the ‘historical safety record’ at this intersection however I am sure like me, you would prefer to see a solution before there was any such serious or tragic incident.

As you can see, if we are to ever get this overpass constructed then I will need your help and the best thing you can do is to write or email direct to the Minister and ask him, before there is a serious accident, to:

  1. Undertake an immediate full costing of the overpass/grade separation at the Jetty Rd end of the freeway
  2. Commit funds to the design of this overpass from within the current budget
  3. Commit funds to the construction of this overpass in next year’s budget

The Ministers contact details are as follows, and you are welcome to CC me into any correspondence you send.

Email: luke.donnellan@minstaff.vic.gov.au

Mail: Hon Luke Donnellan, Minister for roads and Road Safety, Level 22, 1 Spring St Melbourne Vic 3000

Letter from Minister Donnellan to Martin Dixon MP

Jetty Road Overpass Petition