My question is to the Leader of the Government, Mr Jennings. On 18 February, I addressed a constituency question to Minister Horne specifically about the urgent need for action to fix the atrocious rail line and services between Wodonga and Melbourne. That was just two days before the tragic Wallan derailment. As I am still awaiting her answer, I’ll quote from her reply to another question of mine last year which said “there has been a significant improvement in performance on the North East corridor due to additional investment by the Victorian Government”.

Minister: in light not only of the Wallan disaster, but also many other serious recent problems on the line, is that comment of hers still an accurate reflection of the Government’s thinking on this subject – and, if so, why?