In the interests of transparency, accuracy and fairness we have published the Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan’s Valedictory speech (4 April) to the House of Representatives yesterday as provided by Hansard.
The commanding return to office of the Andrews [Labor] government emphatically reaffirms that Labor is the natural ruling party in Victoria. By the time the state’s next election is due in November 2022, Labor will have presided over Spring Street for three-quarters of the previous four decades.
Labor has swept to power in a crushing defeat so far winning 52 (of 88) Lower House seats in the Victorian State Election.
As seen in the seat of Wentworth, where Kerryn Phelps nudged out 117 years worth of Liberal domination, Independents from across the country are rising up on a tide of public opinion – which is calling for progressive change.
The Victorian Liberal Party has promised to take a tough stance on crime if elected on 24 November, with proposals including mandatory minimum sentencing for repeat offenders of serious crimes (including murder, rape, aggravated home invasions, aggravated burglaries and car-jackings) and an overhaul of the bail system.