With 40,855 speeches made in the 52 days Parliament has sat since the Andrews Government was elected, the average MP has made 319 contributions – approximately 6 each day.
However, Cranbourne’s Jude Perera has made just 8 speeches, Clarinda’s Hong Lim has made 24, Frankston’s Paul Edbrooke has made 78, Mordialloc’s Tim Richardson 95, Narre Warren South’s Judith Grayley 95 and Carrum’s Sonya Kilkenny making 102. All are well below the 319 average, totalling just 492 between the 7 of them.
Mr Perera is the least vocal MP in the Victorian Parliament, excluding two MPs elected in by-elections October 31 last year. Mr Lim is only two places behind Mr Perera.
By contrast Upper House Liberal Gordon Rich-Phillips has spoken 2376 times, and Ms Peulich has spoken 1861 times.
Quotes attributed to Inga Peulich MLC, Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region:
“The silence is deafening from our local Labor MPs. It is little wonder that residents are seeing so little action.
“Whilst I know Mr Perera has been unwell, his eight contributions have been on six days – six days he could have made more of.
“He is representing one of the fastest growing areas of Melbourne - an area that is facing a jobs crisis, an area that is in traffic gridlock, an area where there’s been a 20% jump in crime, and has many other significant needs.
“You have to wonder if there’s a lack of interest, or whether they’re all keeping a low profile with voters angry at the $1.1 billion they spent to not build a road, as the investigations into electoral rorting continue, and with so many other fiasco’s underway.