Posted on 25. Nov, 2011 in Clayton Update

Families in the Clayton electorate have been let down by the Baillieu Government, which has failed to deliver on its promise to fully fund the building of the Monash Children’s Hospital  for the community, Member for Clayton Hong Lim said today.

Mr Lim said the Baillieu Government’s first year in government had been spent reviewing projects, cutting services and failing to deliver on key election commitments.

“In 12 months, the Baillieu Government has done nothing to improve services such as health and education for families,” Mr Lim said.

“Voters put their trust in Mr Baillieu at the last election and he has failed them by not delivering.

“Instead, residents are still waiting for Mr Baillieu to deliver on his promise of matching Labor’s commitment to build the Monash Children’s Hospital by 2014.

The 2011 Liberal budget allocated only $8.5 million dollars this financial year and only $60 million over 4 years. The total cost of the project is $250 million.

Mr Lim said instead of taking action to improve basic services, the Baillieu Government was taking action to slash millions of dollars from services.

“The Government has cut almost $500 million from the health budget and almost $500 million from the education budget,” Mr Lim said.

“The Government has walked away from delivering Take-a-Break occasional childcare, failed to deliver even one extra bed, one extra nurse or one extra doctor.

“The Liberal Government has also slashed funding for VCAL coordinators effecting Westall Secondary College, South Oakleigh Secondary College and Minaret College in Springvale, all located in the Clayton electorate.

“In transport, the Government has ignored the Department of Transport’s railway crossing elimination priority list which lists Clayton atnumber 7 but fully funded crossings rated 223 and 394 with planning monies allocated for other crossings down the list.

“Residents have seen Mr Baillieu walk away from important environmental measures such as encouraging investment in solar and wind energy while dropping Victoria’s carbon emission reduction target.

“He has failed to create a jobs plan while cost of living continues to rise, in fact jobs were not mentioned once during the Treasurer’s budget speech.

“It’s time the Premier started explaining to our local community why he has let them down.”

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