|Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
25 November 2006
|Preceded by||Mary Gillett|
|Born||7 January 1960|
|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.
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.
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. The study had been previously announced in the Victorian Transport Plan in 2008. In March, he approved a ban on trucks using the right-hand lane on busy sections of three-lane freeways. The RACV had campaigned for the ban for two years, attracting support from an "overwhelming 83% of motorists [it] surveyed".
- Unattributed (2010-02-13). "$5m to study Hoddle St chaos". Herald Sun. p. 22.
- Peter Rolfe (2008-12-07). "Plan for Hoddle express". Herald Sun. p. 3. Retrieved 2011-01-17.
- Lucas, Clay (2010-03-04). "Trucks banned from freeway lane". The Age. p. 3. Retrieved 2010-04-19.
- Gardiner, Ashley (2010-03-04). "Trucks told to keep left". Herald Sun. p. 11. Retrieved 2010-04-19.
- 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.
- Tim Pallas at re-member
- Preselection Koroit
- Presleection Melbourne Ports
- Parliament of Victoria profile page
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