This week in State Parliament – 10 November 2016

In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs questioned the Premier about the higher power prices families and businesses will face, and the risks of power shortages and blackouts, due to the closure of Hazelwood power station.

We also exposed the failure of the government to do anything to fight to prevent the sudden closure of Hazelwood and keep the jobs of the 1,000 Hazelwood workers, given Hazelwood’s closure is in line with longstanding Labor policy.

We demanded the Premier disclose the full extent of the rorting by his disgraced former Corrections Minister, Steve Herbert, following Mr Herbert’s sudden resignation after claiming $192.80 was the only cost incurred on chauffeuring his pet dogs on just “one and possibly two” occasions.

We highlighted the long delays that have occurred in a promised new parole case management system, and in repairing and upgrading the Melbourne Remand Centre after the prison riot, under the government’s revolving door of four Corrections Ministers in just ten months.

We questioned why the government declared Grand Final eve and Easter Sunday to be public holidays, but not Christmas Day.

We also opposed a new legislative provision that will give the government sweeping powers to impose new VicRoads fees for services not previously charged for, after the government failed to give any proper explanation of what new fees it planned.