Narre Warren electorate: government performance

Christmas is just around the corner, and the residents of my electorate have a wish list which does not include anything unreasonable. All the residents of my electorate want for Christmas is: the duplication of Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road from Pound Road to Thompsons Road so that people can spend less time stuck in traffic and more time with their families; more beds for Casey Hospital so that our fantastic local hospital can keep pace with strong population growth in the community; the reinstatement of Take a Break funding, cut by the Baillieu government, so that our community’s occasional care centres continue to serve local families who need the service; a reversal of the Baillieu government’s decision to cut TAFE funding so that Chisholm TAFE is not forced to cut staff at Christmas; 500 new car-parking spaces at Narre Warren station, as promised but not delivered by the Baillieu government; a toilet and staff at Hallam station — yes, a toilet at a railway station, which is not too much to ask — —

Honourable members interjecting.

Ms GRALEY — We were doing that.

Finally the residents of my electorate want a reversal of the Baillieu government’s decision to cut $48 million of VCAL (Victorian certificate of applied learning) coordination funding so that good education, training and employment options continue to be available for our young people.

December is the month that Santa Claus visits, but just days before Christmas the Minister for Education will be making a visit to Narre Warren South P-12 College in relation to his massive cuts to the VCAL program. I sincerely hope he has some good news to deliver to the college, given these cuts have resulted in a waiting list of 200 for the VCAL program at the college. I think this Christmas, however, the Minister for Education will be the Grinch.

The SPEAKER — Order! The member’s time has expired.