Heidi Victoria MP

Hon Heidi Victoria MLA

Member for Bayswater District

  • Shadow Minister for Arts and Culture
  • Shadow Minister for Tourism and Major Events
  • Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs

Bayswater District MP Heidi Victoria has slammed the Andrews Government for presenting a State Budget that delivered nothing new for Bayswater, Boronia, The Basin and Wantirna, but taxes the area at record levels.

Ms Victoria said the Government had increased its tax take a whopping 35% since its election, by introducing or increasing 12 different taxes, but wasn’t interested in delivering anything in Melbourne’s outer east.

“This budget shows that the Andrews Government doesn’t know that our part of the world exists. We have traffic congestion, we have record crime, we have schools in need, we have sporting reserves with insufficient change rooms, and many other issues, but despite these matters being raised in Parliament repeatedly, the Government shovels all its money into its favoured suburbs,” Ms Victoria said.

“The Government has not seen fit to deliver even one new project into the Knox part of my electorate. There’s nothing for Miller Park, there’s no pedestrian crossing for The Basin, nothing for Guy Turner Reserve and nothing for our schools.  They haven’t matched our commitment on Marie Wallace Reserve for female footy and cricket facilities, nothing for the Bayswater Scouts, and the list goes on.

At the 2014 election Peter Mitchell asked Daniel Andrews “do you promise Victorians here tonight that you will not increase taxes or introduce any new taxes?” Daniel Andrews replied “I make that promise, Peter, to every single Victorian.”

12 taxes have either been introduced or increased since.

The tax take has increased 35% under Labor. That represents over $3,000 per household in Knox in tax, and costs of living like electricity prices have skyrocketed.

“Every one of us is paying a lot more, but we are paying more so Labor can build its pet projects elsewhere.  Add that to the waste of paying $1.3b to not build East West Link! This is a dud budget for Knox, by a dud Labor government,” Ms Victoria said.

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Heidi Victoria

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Bayswater District

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BAYSWATER VIC 3153

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