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On 29 November 2010, Ted Baillieu became the 46th Premier of Victoria, after the Liberal National Coalition received a large swing towards it, netting the Coaltion the 15 seats needed to win government.

After 11 years of Labor and Victoria’s population growing by around 100,000 a year, the total number of government schools in Victoria were fewer than at the end of the Kennett Government. This, with other issues, led to the Baillieu Government being elected on a vision to fix the problems and build the future.

Some of the achievements of the Baillieu Government are;

– the introduction of IBAC Victoria’s anti-corruption agency responsible for preventing and exposing public sector corruption and police misconduct;

– the introduction of planning reforms, giving greater planning powers back to councils;

– Protective Services Officers (PSO’s) on train stations from 6pm until the last train;

– the largest increase in police numbers during a single term of government;

– halved Ambulance membership fees for families;

– largest single investment in special and autistic school capital works in more than a decade;

– abolished suspended sentences for all serious crimes in higher courts and abolished home detention;

– cut stamp duty for first home buyers, pensioners and young farmers;

– extended the 17.5% annual electricity concessions from 6 months to 12 months;

– started construction of the $1b new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, the $630m Bendigo Hospital and $447.5m Box Hill Hospital;

– fully funded redevelopment of Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital;

– fully funded new purpose-built Monash Children’s hospital, and;

– reduced public housing waiting lists by more than 10%.

Ted Baillieu resigned as Premier on 6 March 2013 and from the Parliament at the 2014 Victorian Election.

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