Tim Pallas

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Tim Pallas
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Tarneit
Assumed office
25 November 2006
Preceded by Mary Gillett
Personal details
Born (1960-01-07) 7 January 1960 (age 54)
Political party Australian Labor Party

Timothy Hugh Pallas (born: 7 January 1960) is an Australian politician. He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 2006, representing the electorate of Tarneit. He served as the state Minister for Roads and Ports and Minister for Major Projects until 2010.

Before politics[edit]

Pallas, a former trade union official with the National Union of Workers, was the chief of staff to Premier of Victoria Steve Bracks before entering politics.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

He first contested the open preselection for the federal seat of Melbourne Ports in 1998, but was defeated by Michael Danby. He subsequently challenged senior minister Andre Haermeyer for preselection for the state seat of Kororoit in 2001, but was again unsuccessful.

In 2005, Pallas challenged incumbent backbencher Mary Gillett for preselection in the safe seat of Tarneit, and with Bracks' backing, was successful. He was easily elected at the 2006 state election, and was immediately appointed to Cabinet, being assigned the roads and ports portfolio.

In 2010, Pallas courted controversy when whilst launching a road safety campaign he called Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton a "dickhead". Hamilton had been caught by police engaging in an act of 'hoon driving' in a $160,000 Mercedes on the previous Friday night.[1]

During his ministry, he implemented a number of measures to improve traffic flow on the major Victorian freeways including the Monash CityLink West Gate Upgrade. In February, he launched a $5 million study into traffic flow along Hoddle Street between CityLink and the Eastern Freeway.[2] The study had been previously announced in the Victorian Transport Plan in 2008.[3] In March, he approved a ban on trucks using the right-hand lane on busy sections of three-lane freeways.[4][5][6] The RACV had campaigned for the ban for two years, attracting support from an "overwhelming 83% of motorists [it] surveyed".


  1. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/new-road-safety-campaign/story-e6frf7jo-1225846731084
  2. ^ Unattributed (2010-02-13). "$5m to study Hoddle St chaos". Herald Sun. p. 22. 
  3. ^ Peter Rolfe (2008-12-07). "Plan for Hoddle express". Herald Sun. p. 3. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  4. ^ Lucas, Clay (2010-03-04). "Trucks banned from freeway lane". The Age. p. 3. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  5. ^ Gardiner, Ashley (2010-03-04). "Trucks told to keep left". Herald Sun. p. 11. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  6. ^ Farago, Peter (2010-03-04). "Truckies face fines if they're caught driving in fast lane — Right now wrong". Geelong Advertiser. p. 4. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 

External links[edit]

Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Mary Gillett
Member for Tarneit
Succeeded by