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MARKET-LED PROPOSALS: VICTORIA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Posted on 20. Feb, 2015 by .

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Victoria will be open for business – and open to the private sector’s innovative ideas to create more jobs – under Guidelines for Market-Led Proposals released by the Andrews Labor Government. Under the previous Government, there was no transparent process for the State to consider unique, job-creating ideas proposed by the market, and no appropriate […]

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WISHING EVERYONE A PROSPEROUS & HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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Wishing everyone a prosperous and happy Lunar New Year. 新年快乐 ! Chúc Mừng Nǎm Mới ! There are lots of activities happening in the city. Check them out @ http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/cny/Pages/cny.aspx

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EAST WEST CON DEEPENS: LIBERAL SLEIGHT OF HAND FOR EVO

Posted on 12. Feb, 2015 by .

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Treasurer Tim Pallas today revealed yet another East West Link fraud committed by the Liberals, costing Victorians almost $100 million. The design of the project, including seven road viaducts, would have left the newly built Evo apartments in West Parkville marooned in the middle of an interchange. After acknowledging that the Evo apartments weren’t eligible […]

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Tony Abbott Stalls On Tourist Visa Reforms For China

Posted on 12. Feb, 2015 by .

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Tony Abbott is ignoring one of our key international visitor markets by failing to simplify visa processing for Chinese visitors. The Abbott Government must fast track visa reforms to streamline visa processing, making it easier for Chinese visitors to come to Australia. China is our most valuable inbound market with enormous growth potential and is […]

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Victorian Kids And Parents Need Kinder Funding Certainty

Posted on 10. Feb, 2015 by .

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The Abbott Government must commit to continuing funding for 15 hours of kindergarten for Victoria’s children. In a rush late last year, the Federal Government extended the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education by just twelve months. Under the Agreement, the Victorian Government funds 10 hours of kindergarten and the Federal […]

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Victorians Most Generous For Organ Donation

Posted on 10. Feb, 2015 by .

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Victorians are the most generous in the country for donating their organs after death. Setting a national record, 117 generous Victorian donors and their families donated 369 organs last year. These donations helped 352 Australians to receive a life changing organ transplant last year, an increase of 23 per cent on 2013. However, organ donation […]

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CAMPAIGN TO REMIND WOMEN TO SCREEN FOR BREAST CANCER

Posted on 09. Feb, 2015 by .

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Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today launched a BreastScreen Victoria advertising campaign, encouraging Victorian women to register for breast screening. More than 4000 Victorian women are diagnosed with breast cancer and almost 700 women die from the disease every year, yet Victoria’s breast screen participation rate remains steady at 54 per cent. The campaign, which […]

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VET FUNDING REVIEW TO FIX TAFE SYSTEM

Posted on 09. Feb, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government today announced a comprehensive, independent review of the funding of Victoria’s vocational education and training (VET) system, which the Liberals left in a state of turmoil. Announcing the details of the VET Funding Review, Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert said the election commitment would provide a more sustainable model […]

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TIME RUNNING OUT TO SUPPORT OUR NAVAL SHIPYARD INDUSTRY

Posted on 09. Feb, 2015 by .

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Minister for Industry, Lily D’Ambrosio, today visited BAE Systems in Williamstown to receive an update on the future of naval shipbuilding in the state. According to media reports, Mr Abbott agreed last night to allow South Australian companies to compete for the Future Submarines project, as part of a desperate bid to save his own […]

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BETTER CARE FOR OUR VULNERABLE KIDS

Posted on 09. Feb, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government is taking immediate steps to improve the safety and wellbeing of Victorian children and young people in care. Under the former Liberal Government, our most vulnerable were left to fend for themselves. This Labor Government will strengthen the out-of-home care system and invest to ensure better care for Victoria’s vulnerable children […]

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EXTENT OF LIBERAL CUTS TO TAFE AND TRAINING REVEALED

Posted on 06. Feb, 2015 by .

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Savage funding cuts to the training system by the former Liberal Government have short-changed the future of thousands of Victorians, the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services has confirmed. The Report shows Victoria spent just $9.36 per hour on vocational training in 2013 – the lowest of any state or territory and down from $11.36 […]

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VICTORIAN WIND FARMS TO HELP POWER CANBERRA

Posted on 06. Feb, 2015 by .

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The Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio, today congratulated two Victorian wind farm companies for winning the right to help power the Australian Capital Territory. The Windlab Systems and RES companies were two of three successful bidders at an ACT Government wind farm auction, announced today by the ACT Government. Windlab Systems is an […]

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VICTORIANS FORCED TO WAIT TOO LONG FOR TREATMENT

Posted on 04. Feb, 2015 by .

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Under the Liberals, Victorians waited too long for emergency treatment and elective surgery, the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services has confirmed. In 2013-14, almost half a million Victorians waited more than four hours in emergency departments for treatment, failing to meet the national target. This represents around a third of the total number of […]

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WORKSAFE RESTORED BECAUSE WORKPLACE SAFETY MATTERS

Posted on 23. Jan, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government has restored the world-renowned Worksafe name after the Liberals trashed it in a costly and failed corporate rebranding exercise. Minister for Finance, Robin Scott, today announced that Victorian WorkCover Authority will immediately return to the WorkSafe banner. Since it was launched in 2001, WorkSafe has made its mark through powerful awareness […]

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URGENT STEPS TO FIX MINE FIRE SAFETY AND KEEP VALLEY SAFE

Posted on 23. Jan, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to reduce the risk of fires in coal mines. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Resources Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing to announce that there are new requirements for mine operators to carry out risk assessments and develop fire management plans that will be […]

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ABBOTT GOVERNMENT CALLED ON TO RULE OUT ATTACK ON VICTORIAN WORKERS

Posted on 23. Jan, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government has called on the Abbott Federal Government to rule out an attack on the pay and conditions of Victorian workers, following the accidental release of five Productivity Commission issues papers. The papers, the result of a review ordered by Tony Abbott into workplace relations, deal with the minimum wage, penalty rates, […]

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FREE WHOOPING COUGH VACCINE FOR VICTORIAN PARENTS

Posted on 20. Jan, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government will reintroduce free whooping cough vaccines for expectant parents and parents of newborns, a program axed in 2012 under the former Liberal Government. The Labor Government is concerned about the significant increase in cases of pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, and will immediately commence a thorough tender process to procure the […]

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NOTHING OFF LIMITS IN FAMILY VIOLENCE ROYAL COMMISSION

Posted on 19. Jan, 2015 by .

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Premier Daniel Andrews today announced the proposed Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the most dangerous and prevalent form of violence perpetrated against women. The Premier was joined by the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson, CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria, Fiona McCormack, and CEO of Our Watch, […]

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CRICKET AUSTRALIA MULTICULTURAL MEDIA LAUNCH

Posted on 19. Jan, 2015 by .

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With Judy Huang Radio 3CW at Cricket Australia’s Multicultural Media Launch. I raised the vexed issue of getting Chinese Australian interested in this iconic Aussie sport. It would be fantastic to see an Chinese Australian playing as part Australian national team at the next World Cup tournament!!!!!

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PREMIER ANNOUNCES STRONG TEAM TO ASSIST MINISTERS

Posted on 23. Dec, 2014 by .

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It has been a great honour to be appointed the Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Asia Engagement in the Andrews Labor Government. I am truly humbled by my appointment and look forward to the challenge. Media Release by the Premier:- The Parliamentary Secretaries were chosen by the Premier. The team, which includes returning Members […]

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LABOR TO SUPPORT YOUNG DRIVERS AND PROTECT YOUNG LIVES

Posted on 10. Nov, 2014 by .

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An Andrews Labor Government will make the largest ever investment in driver training and education for our kids, Calyton MP and Labor candidate for Clarinda Hong Lim said today.   Mr Lim said Labor’s Road Safety Starts Early, a $146 million plan to arm kids with the skills and support they need to become safe […]

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JUNCTION OVAL THE NEW HOME OF VICTORIAN CRICKET UNDER LABOR

Posted on 10. Nov, 2014 by .

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An Andrews Labor Government will make St Kilda’s iconic Junction Oval the new home of Victorian Cricket with a major redevelopment. Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews joined Victorians Aaron Finch and Meg Lanning, captains of Australia’s Twenty20 teams, at Junction Oval to make the historic announcement. With Labor’s $25 million investment, Junction Oval will stand side-by-side […]

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LIBERALS FALL FLAT IN BALLARAT

Posted on 09. Nov, 2014 by .

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The Liberals rolled into Ballarat today – complete with busloads of seat-fillers shipped in from Melbourne – but the showcase could only be described as a ‘failure to launch’.   A desperate Denis Napthine adopted one of Labor’s plans to reduce youth unemployment but did not mention the word ‘TAFE’ once in his entire speech. […]

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LIBERAL RAIL PLAN QUIETLY DISAPPEARS FROM VIEW

Posted on 06. Nov, 2014 by .

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“The Napthine Liberal government’s grand plan for improvements on the Cranbourne / Pakenham rail line has collapsed and the ‘spare no expense’ signs trumpeting their credentials have been removed to avoid embarrassment,” Hong Lim MP, Labor candidate for Clarinda said today. “Last year the Victorian Liberal government accepted an unsolicited bid by a rail consortium […]

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FOUR YEARS OF THE LIBERALS LEAVES VICTORIA IN EMPLOYMENT CRISIS

Posted on 06. Nov, 2014 by .

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Another 1000 Victorians became unemployed under the Liberals last month, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal. Victoria’s unemployment rate remained at 6.8 per cent – 0.6 per cent above the national average and 1.9 per cent above the rate the Liberals inherited. Under Denis Napthine and the Liberals, 65,300 more Victorians have become unemployed. Quotes […]

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LABOR WILL TAKE THE POLITICS OUT OF PLANNING

Posted on 06. Nov, 2014 by .

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An Andrews Labor Government will review the botched planning zones imposed on councils and allow communities to have their say. The Napthine Government has distorted growth and planning by forcing intensive high-rise development in some areas, while locking up leafy Liberal suburbs. Under Labor’s plan, new planning zones will be reviewed with a full report […]

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NAPTHINE HITS TAXPAYERS WITH $10 MILLION AD BILL

Posted on 05. Nov, 2014 by .

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The Liberals’ ‘Moving Victoria’ advertisements have cost taxpayers almost $10 million over an eight month period, analysis finds. In recent months, Denis Napthine’s dishonest advertisements have appeared on television, radio, newspapers, online, billboards, train interiors, trucks, taxis and street furniture. Labor’s analysis reveals the Napthine Government wasted approximately $9,243,374 on the Moving Victoria campaign between […]

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LABOR TO MAKE VICTORIA ‘THE EDUCATION STATE’

Posted on 05. Nov, 2014 by .

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An Andrews Labor Government will work towards making Victoria’s education system the best in the country, making Victoria ‘The Education State’. In recognition of this goal, Labor will direct VicRoads to print ‘Victoria – The Education State’ on number plates for registered vehicles. Opposition Leader, Daniel Andrews, made the announcement at the site of the […]

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LABOR WILL END LIBERAL ADVERTISING BLITZ

Posted on 05. Nov, 2014 by .

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An Andrews Labor Government will end Denis Napthine’s dishonest multi-million dollar advertising blitz on imaginary Liberal projects. Under Labor, television advertising will be limited to health and safety, community wellbeing and behavioural change. The Premier will issue advertising guidelines and the Auditor-General will have oversight. Reasonable examples of Government television advertising include TAC, anti-smoking campaigns, […]

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NEW JOBS, BETTER LIVES: VICTORIA TO LEAD THE WORLD

Posted on 03. Nov, 2014 by .

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Victoria will lead the world in medical technology under an Andrews Labor Government, researching cures for chronic disease and developing devices that change lives.   Labor will fund Australia’s first research and education centre for biomedical engineering, bringing together doctors, scientists and researchers at one of Victoria’s leading hospitals.   Labor’s $60 million investment in […]

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MUSIC WORKS: SUPPORTING LOCAL ACTS AND LOCAL JOBS

Posted on 03. Nov, 2014 by .

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Declaring Victoria the “music capital of Australia”, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews today announced Music Works: a $22.2 million package to boost development of the local rock music industry and support local jobs. Mr Andrews joined Shadow Minister for Arts and Youth Affairs, Martin Foley, at Melbourne’s legendary Sing Sing Recording Studios in Cremorne to make […]

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NO MORE PLUNDERING: LABOR WILL PRESERVE GREEN WEDGES

Posted on 28. Oct, 2014 by .

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An Andrews Labor Government will lock down the boundaries of Melbourne’s green wedges, ending the Napthine Government’s incursions into our open landscapes.   Labor’s Shadow Planning Minister, Brian Tee, made the announcement at the Green Wedge Coalition Annual General Meeting at Parliament House today. Green wedge boundaries will be preserved for the life of a […]

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ONLY LABOR WILL REBUILD CHELTENHAM SECONDARY COLLEGE

Posted on 09. Oct, 2014 by .

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Victorian Labor will upgrade the Cheltenham Secondary College, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Education, James Merlino, announced.   Mr Merlino joined Labor Member for Clayton, Hong Lim, Labor Candidate for Mordialloc, Tim Richardson and Labor Candidate for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos, to deliver the good news to parents and teachers.   Labor’s […]

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LIBERALS CUT MORE JOBS FROM CAR INDUSTRY

Posted on 30. Sep, 2014 by .

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The Liberals have done it again, ripping half a billion dollars from the car industry and helping drive 100,000 Victorians out of work.   New laws introduced into Federal Parliament last week would defund the Automotive Transformation Scheme, cutting $500 million over four years.   Modelling conducted by the University of Adelaide has estimated that […]

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NAPTHINE’S PLAN WILL DESTROY POINT NEPEAN NATIONAL PARK

Posted on 24. Sep, 2014 by .

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Labor has serious concerns about the Napthine Government’s plans for a $100 million development at Point Nepean National Park.   The proposed development at Point Nepean, announced earlier this year, is the first process since the Napthine Government re-wrote laws to allow private development of national parks.   What the process at Point Nepean has […]

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LIBERALS IGNORE CRISIS IN ADULT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Posted on 23. Sep, 2014 by .

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The latest Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board annual report shows the crisis in the sector is deepening.   The 2013-14 report shows a $1.1 million loss for the ACFE Board after an $11 million cut in state government funding. ACFE returned a $9.4 million surplus in 2012-13.   Despite their viability plummeting, Napthine […]

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LEVY SHOULD HELP FIGHT FIRES, NOT FIREFIGHTERS

Posted on 23. Sep, 2014 by .

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Denis Napthine is syphoning funds from the Fire Services Property Levy to take firefighters to court.   The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) annual report revealed the massive increase in fees for costly lawyers and consultants.   The MFB Chief Executive Officer confirmed the expenditure. As a result, Denis Napthine and Kim Wells are spending less […]

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MEMBERS STATEMENT – STATE PARLIAMENT THURSDAY 18 SEPTEMBER -CHANNEL 31

Posted on 19. Sep, 2014 by .

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The recent decision of federal Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull to kill the free-to-air Channel 31 community TV station and force it into online operation is tantamount to plunging a stake into the heart of multicultural Australia. For the members of many ethnic community groups, Channel 31 is the lifeline connecting them to their cultural […]

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