Minister for Families and Children (9.8.2017)

Written on the 9 August 2017

9 August 2017

COUNCIL 

Members statements 

GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)

 

It did not take long into the parliamentary winter break before it was revealed that the Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos had in fact misled Parliament after saying that pizzas had not been delivered to Parkville and Malmsbury.

In fact it was revealed through FOI that young offenders were treated to $15 000 . . .

Mr Morris On a point of order, President, I am sorry to interrupt but I cannot see a minister in the house.

The PRESIDENT The minister has to be in sight.

Ms CROZIER May I start again?

The PRESIDENT Yes.

Ms CROZIER Thank you.

 

President. It did not take long into the parliamentary winter break when it was revealed that the Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, had in fact misled Parliament after saying that pizzas had not been delivered to Parkville and Malmsbury.

In fact it was revealed through FOI that young offenders were treated to $15 000 in takeaway food and that 50 takeaway feeds for the year were given to young offenders.

That is about one takeaway feed each week. With rising energy prices and the increase in taxes of over 20 per cent that Daniel Andrews has burdened Victorian households and businesses with, most Victoria families will be questioning the real priorities of the Andrews government and how it is that young offenders are getting so many takeaway meals on such a regular basis.

So while the cost of living for Victorians goes up, so too for the Victorian taxpayer does the cost of youth justice under Jenny Mikakos.

The true costs however are unknown because Jenny Mikakos and Daniel Andrews, despite their promises to the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee, have not made known the cost of the botched court cases to Victorians. Well, we are still waiting on those costs. If there was nothing to hide, then let Victorians know. But how can you trust a word this Premier says?

After all, he told Victorians just before the 2014 election that there would be no new taxes and that the eastwest link contract was not worth the paper it was written on. Victorians know that not to be true, because $1.2 billion of taxpayers money was wasted. Victorians also know that this is a man who takes advice and support from Peter Marshall and John Setka, whose conduct, character and association with others say it all. It is something that Mr Andrews should explain.


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