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Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Page: 2055

Mr CREWTHER (Dunkley) (13:59): It was my pleasure last week to host both the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health in Dunkley to discuss our job creation policies and our vision for the local area. The Prime Minister and I visited Bata Shoes in Mornington to discuss the impact of the coalition's pro-business jobs growth policies and the export opportunities we have created. Bata have recently gone from 50 to 73 employees and produce 450,000 boots per year—an example of the 1,100 jobs created in the economy every day under the Turnbull government. We also visited Frankston station to discuss with members of the public the importance of the electrification and duplication of Metro rail to Baxter. I was encouraged by the Prime Minister's support and I hope that we will soon see the $4 million federal funded business case for the project put out to tender by the state government, who are currently just sitting on the funds, like they are with many other infrastructure projects across Victoria.

On Friday, the Committee for Greater Frankston also hosted the Minister for Health to discuss the proposed health hub around Monash University Peninsula Campus and Frankston Hospital. We have fantastic health and wellbeing assets, and many of Monash Peninsula's facilities are focused on health. Dunkley has the opportunity to become a centre for health education, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with the Minister for Health to see this project and federal funding for this project come to fruition.

The SPEAKER: In accordance with standing order 43, the time for members' statements has concluded.