The people of Mulgrave have a choice to make in the by-election this Saturday, 18 November. Only a vote for Eden Foster and Labor will ensure strong representation in government. Foster will continue to deliver for locals.

Only Labor has delivered what Mulgrave needs and deserves – because only Labor gets things done. We introduced Free Kinder to save families up to $2,500 per child on fees yearly and ensure our kids get the best start for the best life. We know you can’t get a first-rate education in a second-rate classroom, so we’ve upgraded local schools across the electorate.

When you or someone you love is sick, there’s nothing more important than getting the best care close to home. That’s why we’ve hired more than 26,000 extra healthcare workers; only we have built or upgraded 22 hospitals across Victoria – including the Victorian Heart Hospital in Clayton. Upgrades are also coming for Monash Medical Centre and Dandenong Hospital. Across our city and state, we deliver the road and rail projects locals need. We’ve opened extra lanes on the Monash Freeway to get people in the south-east home sooner and safer. We’re building the Metro Tunnel to run more trains more often and removing dangerous and congested level crossings, including three, right here in Noble Park.

We’ve brought back the State Electricity Commission to put power back in the hands of Victorians. The new SEC will deliver government-owned renewable energy, driving down power bills and helping create 59,000 jobs. Only Labor will keep supporting our multicultural communities. We’ll ensure communities continue to join with family and friends to celebrate cultural festivals and events representing their heritage and incredible impact on Australia.

We know the next generation must stay connected to their heritage, culture and language, and to ensure that, we are funding bilingual kinders and multicultural storytimes while expanding community language schools.

We have a proud history of supporting the Greek Australian community, including through the Antipodes Lonsdale Street Festival and the Glendi Festival in Oakleigh. We invested $2.5 million toward the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria Youth and Seniors Centre.

We’ve supported Greek aged care and community centres across Melbourne, including $250,000 for the Fronditha Care Support Hub in Mulgrave.

The former Premier and Member for Mulgrave, Daniel Andrews, strongly advocated for his electorate and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Greek community. Andrews fostered Victoria’s special relationship with Greece; he called for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures and backed the Open Horizons: Ancient Greek Journeys and Connection exhibition at Melbourne Museum, from Greece’s National Archaeological Museum. He supported digitising the archives of Neos Kosmos so the proud history of Melbourne’s Greek community could be preserved.

Labour’s Candidate for Mulgrave, Eden Foster, has a former premier’s support and endorsement of her proven record of fighting and delivering for her community.

A proud Mulgrave local who grew up in Springvale and Noble Park, Eden Foster has served her community as a councillor and Mayor of the City of Greater Dandenong. She is a qualified clinical psychologist who has worked to support young people in local secondary schools. She volunteers at her local church and for Young Vinnies, where she started the Noble Park branch in 2013.

The people of Mulgrave deserve a determined and decisive local representative in the Allan Labor Government who will keep delivering for them.

And only a vote for Eden Foster and Labor will make it happen.

Lee Tarlamis OAM MP is the Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region and Government Whip in the Legislative Council

Lee Tarlamis OAM (centre with sports jacket) with Eden Foster, and Friends of Refugees team of volunteers. Photo: LinkedIn