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MY TRACK RECORD

The people of Melbourne have had a huge impact on the Victorian Parliament.

With your support, we’ve achieved some amazing things across a number of key areas, including:

Climate Change

  • Campaigning for the retirement of Hazelwood, Australia’s dirtiest coal power plant – it was retired in 2017. We’re now working with the local community on the transition to the clean economy.
  • Topping up the weakened Federal target by securing a Victorian Renewable Energy Target.
  • Campaigning alongside farmers and locals to ban fracking in Victoria. We’ve also achieved a four-year moratorium on all onshore gas.

Environment

  • Winning funding for 130 rangers to protect our National Parks.
  • Putting the Great Forest National Park on the map to stop logging which endangers the Leadbeater’s possum, and protect our water catchments. This is now a big issue for voters.
  • Introduced a bill to ban plastic bags and introduce a container deposit scheme for packaging like drink cans and bottles, which was unfortunately not supported by the government or opposition.
  • Campaigning against the damaging use of public beaches for racehorse training, which threatens the endangered Hooded Plover.
  • Voting to stop cattle grazing and prevent large developments in national parks.

Social Justice

  • Reforming renter's rights, including giving renter's the right to have a pet and make minor modifications to their homes.
  • Securing $6 million of funding for African and migrant job seekers.
  • Securing 3000 new public TAFE places for asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Introducing a Bill to decriminalise peaceful begging on the street – to be voted on in 2017.
  • Achieving Dying with Dignity legislation for the terminally ill, after a ten-year campaign of sustained pressure.
  • Defending workers’ Christmas Pay, which we stopped the government from cutting.
  • Passing new donations rules to cap big donations to political parties. We also introduced a bill to ban donations from property developers – unfortunately it was voted down by the old parties.
  • Moving an inquiry into retirement housing, bringing to light the exploitation of elderly citizens.
  • Amending the ‘Back to Work’ Bill to ensure transparency and equal benefits for refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Electing the first Aboriginal woman to enter the Victorian Parliament.
  • Defeated the City of Melbourne's callous and punitive homeless ban
  • Secured $37 million for legal assistance to people facing barriers to justice.

Liveable Melbourne

  • Defeating the terrible East-West toll road, and converting the purchased housing to social housing.
  • Campaigning successfully for two new primary schools for Docklands and North Melbourne (but now we need new secondary schools!).
  • Winning $22 million for safer cycling and better bike infrastructure.
  • Protecting Melbourne’s heritage, especially against dodgy developers, by supporting tougher legislation.
  • Getting funding reinstated for vital housing and homelessness services.
  • Blocking the dodgy privatisation of the Port of Melbourne, which unfortunately eventually passed with the government and opposition working together.
  • $1.3 Million for an upgrade of Racecourse Road, for better safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and all road users.
  • Helping hundreds of residents with important local issues.
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