Victoria's lawmakers have begun the new parliamentary year with a look in the rear view mirror, fondly remembering former premier John Cain.
But woes around the construction of the West Gate Tunnel are looming over the Andrews government as the first Victorian sitting week of 2020 continues.
The day after a state memorial service was held for Mr Cain, who died two days before Christmas, MPs took to their feet to remember him in the chamber where he served for 16 years.
Mr Cain was Victoria's longest-serving Labor premier, leading the state from 1982-90.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said a "sense of social justice" ran through Mr Cain, who made a mark advancing the rights of workers and women, protecting the environment and children, building infrastructure and reforming democratic institutions.
"In so many ways, we are indebted to John Cain," he told parliament on Tuesday.
Mr Andrews said in his retirement, Mr Cain was forthcoming with his views about whether the current leader was performing at his best, but only because he held others to his own standards.
"He had earned the right to have views and to put them to you with force," he said.
Among Mr Cain's achievements that Victorian Opposition Leader Michael O'Brien praised were his reforms to freedom of information measures, driven by his passion for accountability and transparency.
The FOI system has now fallen into "disrepair", he said, urging the Andrews government to turn things around in a "living tribute" to the former leader.
"Allow the disinfectant of sunshine to once again shine on its operations," he said.
While Tuesday's sitting is focused solely on the condolence motion for Mr Cain, drama over the construction of Melbourne's West Gate Tunnel continues to be a thorn in the government's side.
Mr Andrews would not ruling out spending extra to ensure the tunnel is built, but insisted on Tuesday there is no need.
Toll road giant Transurban is delivering the alternative route for the city's heavily-congested West Gate Bridge with joint venture builders CPB Contractors and John Holland.
But the builders last week tried to terminate their subcontract over an issue with soil contamination at the site, including its disposal.
The state government has stressed it is up to Transurban and the builders to resolve their differences.
Wednesday's parliamentary sitting will focus on Victoria's devastating bushfires and the efforts of emergency service workers to deal with them.
The Victorian Greens have called for Thursday's sitting to be dedicated to what more the state can do to tackle climate change.