Schools For Our Kids
Public education has fallen behind in Victoria.
Labor introduced laws that say that for every $1 we invest in public schools, we must give 25c to private schools, regardless of whether they need it or not. This completely undermines our public school system and goes against the agreed Gonski principles of needs-based funding. The Liberals and Nationals voted for these laws and they passed.
I’ve worked closely with community groups to successfully campaign for new schools in North Melbourne and Docklands. But the short-sighted Labor Government has proposed only primary schools, and is yet to provide a timeline for their construction. Docklands needs a P-12 school urgently.
Labor's policies have decimated TAFEs and the previous Liberal Government slashed $1.2 billion from the sector. The Greens will stand up for education and advocate to restore funding for public TAFE.
Inner Melbourne has the highest number of public housing residents in the country, but our public housing has deteriorated to crisis levels through lack of investment from the old parties. All Victorians should have access to adequate housing.
The waiting list for public housing in Victoria is over 80,000 people long, and people who are homeless or escaping family violence can wait for several years. Under Labor, waiting times for public housing went up 54%. I believe in a fair society, so we need to invest in appropriate maintenance, security and more housing. We oppose the Government's sell offs of public housing.
Protecting Our Hospitals
Our health system is under pressure - with hospital waiting lists ballooning.
The federal Liberals want to cut $20 billion from health and education in Victoria. The old parties have been cutting hospital funding for years. We will stand up to these cruel cuts to health.
The Greens will also invest much more in preventative health, to save lives, money and keep people healthy. This means banning smoking in outdoor areas, banning junk food advertising targeting kids, and addressing the scourge of problem gambling.
Integrity in Politics
Corrupt MPs should be investigated by the police, not other MPs. Our anti-corruption laws need real teeth.
When the Greens introduced anti-corruption laws in 2012, Liberal and Labor MPs said we don't need 'serious misconduct' laws. The Greens are the only party willing to make members of parliament face the same laws as the public who elect them.
After a long campaign, new donations rules have passed parliament. Unfortunately, the government still refuses to ban donations from big developers and gambling interests. We will continue our campaign to ban the corrupting influence of these donations to political parties. Property developers and gambling interests don’t donate to political parties for fun. We need to tighten our electoral laws to ban donations from property developers and gambling interests to candidates as well as introduce real-time disclosure of all political donations.