Posted on 15. Jul, 2014 .
The Napthine Government supports a massive price slug on families who reduce their energy use. A major Australian energy retailer, Simply Energy, is imposing a $51-a-year ‘supply levy’ on all Victorian solar customers. Napthine Government Energy Minister, Russell Northe, backs the price rise. It leaves the way open for other retailers to follow suit, affecting […]
Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by admin.
Victoria’s jobs crisis continues to worsen under Denis Napthine with the unemployment rate jumping to 6.5 per cent, well above the national average of 6 per cent. The Labour Force figures, released by the ABS today, show that Victoria suffered the ‘largest absolute decrease in seasonally adjusted employment’. More than 53,000 Victorians have become unemployed […]
Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by admin.
If the Abbott Government tears up Australia’s anti-discrimination laws, an Andrews Labor Government will reinstate them in Victoria. Federal Attorney-General George Brandis recently proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act that would legalise racist insults and remove protection from discrimination. The Federal Act allows for the anti-discrimination laws to be effectively revived under Victorian legislation, […]
Denis Napthine’s centrepiece project is falling apart. According to leaked internal reports, the $8 billion East West Tunnel will be a financial disaster. According to media reports, a government study found that, even if the cheapest and most destructive version of the project is attempted, it will still run ‘at a loss’. Since its announcement, […]
An Andrews Labor Government will require hospitals to report publicly on violent incidents in Victorian health services. Victoria’s hard-working doctors, nurses, paramedics and mental health workers have, for too long, risked their health and safety at work. Labor will also undertake an audit of security staff in public hospitals. The Napthine Government has refused to […]
Posted on 01. Jul, 2014 by admin.
The body responsible for providing key advice to the Napthine Government on the East West Tunnel has handed down a scathing report that slams the Government’s handling of the project. The Planning Assessment Panel says the whole process was rushed, remains incomplete, and lacks key information such as traffic modelling. The result is ‘angst and […]
The Auditor General has slammed the Napthine Government’s handling of its botched rail scheme, in a report released today. The report into the ‘Impact of Increased Scrutiny of High Value High Risk Projects’ says the Napthine Government’s rail projects are poorly planned and lack important details, assessments and a business case. It has identified that […]
Posted on 26. Jun, 2014 by admin.
Denis Napthine and the Liberals are ripping off water bill payers, the Government watchdog revealed. The Auditor-General has found that the percentage of water bills meant to be reserved for environmental projects is instead going straight into Government coffers. The $500 million* collected through the Environmental Contribution Levy since 2010 was meant to support local […]
Manufacturing jobs continue to fall under Denis Napthine and the Liberals. Australian Bureau of Statistics manufacturing figures released today show the full-time employment in the industry crashed 9.7 per cent, with 24,000 jobs lost in the 12 months to May. At the same time, Queensland gained 2,900 full-time manufacturing jobs, an increase of 2.1 per […]
Posted on 17. Jun, 2014 by admin.
Young and vulnerable Victorians are being hit the hardest by the Napthine Government’s $1.2 billion cuts to TAFE and training, the Vocational Education and Training Market report for 2013 has revealed. The report said enrolments for 15 to 19 year olds and young apprentices have plummeted at a time of record youth unemployment. Student numbers […]
Posted on 17. Jun, 2014 by admin.
The Napthine Government’s $2 million Rowville Rail Study has shelved Rowville’s rail link and recommended scrapping key local bus services. This costly study was supposed to improve public transport in Rowville, but it’s done the opposite: Rowville Rail will never get built and local buses may be scrapped. Before the last election, the Napthine Government […]
Posted on 12. Jun, 2014 by admin.
Victoria’s youth unemployment crisis has worsened under Denis Napthine. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show Victoria’s youth unemployment is the worst on the mainland, sitting at 21.1 per cent for 15-19 year olds. Youth unemployment continues to run high as the Napthine Government takes an axe to education and training budgets reducing retraining opportunities for […]
According to the Auditor General, the Napthine Government is “unable to demonstrate high levels of integrity or value for money” after it sacked thousands of public sector workers and outsourced jobs to private contractors. The Auditor-General condemned the Napthine Government for its failing and inefficient processes of so-called appointments, engagements and consultancies with private providers. […]
Denis Napthine failed the test of leadership and voted to keep the rorting Member for Frankston, Geoff Shaw, in Parliament and reward him with a $160,000 bonus. Victorian Labor moved to end the dysfunctional circus and immediately expel Geoff Shaw from Parliament. Instead Denis Napthine ordered his MPs to continue the protection racket and voted […]
Victoria’s failed Health Minister, David Davis, has disputed Victorian Labor’s analysis of Tony Abbott’s budget cuts, even though it was based on the formula used on the Victorian Department of Health’s website. Mr Davis has repeatedly refused to detail the effects of Tony Abbott’s cuts on Victorian hospitals. However, in 2013, Mr Davis produced modelling […]
Posted on 12. Jun, 2014 by admin.
A report tabled in the Victorian Parliament today has revealed that traffic congestion will get worse because the Napthine Government has failed to review traffic management. The Auditor-General’s report, entitled ‘Using ICT to Improve Traffic Management’, said Melbourne’s traffic woes will intensify as VicRoads only has the capacity to review traffic signals once every 20 […]
A scathing Auditor-General’s report has found that prison overcrowding is wasting police time and resources and making our community unsafe. Prisoners are being held in suburban police lockups for longer than the 14-day maximum because prisons are too crowded. According to the Auditor-General, one prisoner was detained in 14 separate locations, moved by transport contractors […]
Posted on 06. Jun, 2014 by admin.
Denis Napthine’s fake train punctuality performance data is driven by trains skipping stations. Minister for Public Transport, Terry Mulder confirmed that trains are skipping stations to produce deceptive monthly figures. Over the last couple of months, Melbourne’s metropolitan train lines have continually experienced signalling, service and timetabling faults, leaving thousands of commuters stranded and delayed. […]
Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are finding it harder to access important Government services, the state’s powerful watchdog says. An Auditor-General’s report said bureaucratic confusion and gridlock under the Napthine Government has overwhelmed the migrant support system, creating a barrier for thousands. “Under Denis Napthine, the support system is inefficient and newly-arrived families aren’t getting […]
Denis Napthine wants a renewable energy scheme to fund non-renewable energy. The Napthine Government’s submission on the Renewable Energy Target (RET) says that gas projects should be included in the scheme. Gas is not a renewable source of energy. Denis Napthine’s submission echoes a recent proposal by NSW Federal MP Angus Taylor, who also worked […]
The Napthine Government opposes an increase to the minimum wage, despite the Fair Work Commission awarding an $18.70 increase to the lowest paid Victorians yesterday. The Napthine Government, in its submission, warned the Commission to be ‘cautious’ when considering an increase for our lowest paid, despite the spiralling cost of living and the government’s increases […]
Local communities are outraged as Denis Napthine plans to take more police off the streets and close local police stations. The release of the Victoria Police Blue Paper signals a significant reduction of frontline services. Police are struggling under Denis Napthine. He broke his promise to increase the number of local police officers and crime […]
Posted on 02. Jun, 2014 by admin.
Monash Medical Centre Clayton has failed on its key emergency department treatment target. National Health Performance data shows that at Monash Medical Centre only 65% of patients were treated and discharged from the emergency department within four hours of arrival, failing the nationally agreed target of 75%. But Monash Medical Centre is not alone – […]
Denis Napthine isn’t speaking up against the Abbott Government’s widely expected cut to the job-creating Renewable Energy Target (RET). More than a dozen wind farm projects have been put on hold while the future of the RET is in doubt. 6379 jobs are at risk, including 700 jobs in Mr Napthine’s electorate alone. Governments across […]
Posted on 28. May, 2014 by admin.
Victoria’s family violence emergency is getting worse, with new Victoria Police crime statistics showing a six per cent increase in the 12 months to March 2014. Victoria needs a Royal Commission into family violence, now more than ever. The 21,000 victims will have faced endless waiting lists, an underfunded support network, a police force under […]
Posted on 28. May, 2014 by admin.
Victoria Police crime statistics confirm crime has risen each and every year under Denis Napthine and the Liberals. The Napthine Liberal Government is doing nothing about the real causes of crime and Denis Napthine and the Liberals are making it harder for police to do their job. The Napthine Government’s so-called ‘tough on crime’ stance […]
Denis Napthine must tell Victorians which police stations he will close under new plans to take police from the frontline at local stations. Police Minister Kim Wells this morning confirmed he supported frontline police being removed from local stations and to be placed in taskforces. Taskforce policing is not new and under the Liberal Napthine […]
Posted on 26. May, 2014 by admin.
Denis Napthine’s budget surplus has been revealed to be smoke and mirrors. The Abbott Government is planning to hand over $1 billion of the $3 billion contribution to the East West Tunnel before 30 June, allowing Denis Napthine to turn a $65 million deficit into a $935 million surplus for 2013-14. But a Federal Government […]
Denis Napthine has cut the state’s Youth Employment Scheme, at the height of Victoria’s youth unemployment crisis. Minister for Employment, Louise Asher, today admitted the Liberal Government reduced the number of traineeships in the scheme from 450 to 280 and slashed the amount of funding from $4500 to $500 per traineeship. Australian Bureau of Statistics […]
A record number of Victorian families have had their power switched off and now face the debt collector, due to rising power bills. Denis Napthine isn’t doing enough for vulnerable or low-income families, and isn’t making sure power companies are using alternative collection methods so payments are met fairly. Gas and electricity companies are obligated […]
It’s official: Denis Napthine’s botched Fire Services Property Levy has siphoned too much money from hardworking farmers. Today, the Napthine Liberal Government was forced into an embarrassing backflip, announcing a reduction in the amount farmers have to pay for the Levy. Every few months, the Government tries to patch up this botched and mismanaged Levy. […]
Denis Napthine has abandoned the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET), which helps people save energy and save money on their bills. The announcement was made just minutes before Energy Minister Russell Northe was to appear before a parliamentary budget hearing, in a clear attempt to avoid scrutiny. Increased power bills are hurting low income families. […]
Posted on 21. May, 2014 by admin.
A Victorian Labor Government will create a licensing system for labour hire companies to ensure that only properly accredited operators can provide third-party labour (employees) to Victorian workplaces. Labor will require labour-hire companies to be licensed before they can engage workers and deploy them to host employers. Any labour-hire company seeking a licence will need […]
Posted on 20. May, 2014 by admin.
Family violence prevention in the Cities of Greater Dandenong, Kingston and Monash will get the attention and support they deserve under a Labor Government, State Member for Clayton, Hong Lim, said. Labor recently announced it would establish Australia’s first Royal Commission into family violence if it wins the State Election in November. Family violence is […]
Victorian Labor will crack down on puppy farms and introduce tough new measures to support animal welfare. Labor will provide the RSPCA with additional resources to tackle puppy farms and toughen up their inspectorate capacity. Labor will also work with the RSPCA and local councils to address this issue. Labor will amend the code of […]
Posted on 16. May, 2014 by admin.
Denis Napthine’s $1.2 billion cuts from the Victorian TAFE sector have claimed another victim with the merger of Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute. The merger of the 160 year old Bendigo institution with automotive training giant Kangan TAFE, is another indicator that regional TAFEs are under threat. In PAEC today, Minister for Higher Education, Nick […]
Victorian hospitals can’t cope under State and Federal Liberal Governments. Hospitals across the state were relying on increased funding from the Commonwealth, after Denis Napthine cut $831 million from the health system. Denis Napthine’s Budget projected a 4.5 per cent increase in hospital funding, arguably not enough to cover the expected growth in demand, due […]
The Napthine Government couldn’t locate a single dollar of Gonski funding in the State Budget. Now we know why: There isn’t any. Denis Napthine and Tony Abbott will never deliver their promised $5.4 billion in Gonski funding. The National Agreement has been abandoned. The funding has been cut. The Napthine Government, in last week’s State […]
Posted on 14. May, 2014 by admin.
Victorian hospitals are going to be slammed by the $50 billion cut from health across the country in Tony Abbott’s budget of broken promises. Tony Abbott promised not to cut funding to health before last year’s federal election, but the federal budget shows that the Victorian health budget is being raided, and it won’t improve […]