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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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NAPTHINE’S AMBULANCE FEE HIKE HURTS CLAYTON ELECTORATE PENSIONERS

Posted on 18. Sep, 2014 by .

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Pensioners in the Clayton electorate may be hit with thousand dollar ambulance bills under the Napthine Government. Previously, the Victorian Government provided pensioners and health care card holders with free non-emergency ambulance patient transport in clinically necessary cases. Under the changes, pensioners who don’t have ambulance cover will have to foot the bill for transfer […]

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NAPTHINE’S AMBULANCE CRISIS LEAVES TRIPLE-0 IN STRIFE

Posted on 18. Sep, 2014 by .

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Victorians needing emergency treatment are being left to wait – from the moment they dial Triple-0. The Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) annual report, tabled in Parliament today, reveals that Triple-0 dispatch times have slipped because so many ambulances are unable to respond. Only 77.1 per cent of ambulances were dispatched within the benchmark time […]

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NAPTHINE HIDES AMBULANCE DATA AS HOSPITALS MELT DOWN

Posted on 18. Sep, 2014 by .

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Denis Napthine’s Health Minister, David Davis, refused to release ambulance data on a day when Victoria’s health system was in complete meltdown. Mr Davis failed to comply with a direction of the Parliament to provide a list of local ambulance response times by midday on Wednesday. For 24 hours from noon on Tuesday, nine major […]

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EVIDENCE MOUNTS AFTER DEADLY MORWELL FIRE

Posted on 15. Sep, 2014 by .

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Labor has called for the inquiry into the Morwell mine fire to be re-opened, following more evidence that the fire had a deadly impact on the town’s population. The evidence, presented to media by respected statistician Adrian Barnett, shows the mortality rate in Morwell during the time of the fire was significantly higher than usual. […]

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LABOR’S LIFELINE FOR CFA STATIONS WILL SAVE LIVES

Posted on 15. Sep, 2014 by .

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Emergency Medical Response (EMR) will be implemented at all integrated CFA stations under an Andrews Labor Government. Under EMR, firefighters are dispatched at the same time as paramedics to attend to cardiac arrests and non-breathing patients. Labor will fund specialist training so firefighters can provide basic life support and give CPR. Defibrillators will be installed […]

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DENIS NAPTHINE’S EMPLOYMENT CRISIS CONTINUES

Posted on 11. Sep, 2014 by .

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Under Denis Napthine, Victoria is going backwards and unemployment is getting worse. Our state is in a jobs crisis. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal that the unemployment rate is now 6.8 per cent, 1.9 points higher than when the Liberals took office in December 2010. It is the eleventh month in a row that […]

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IT’S YOUR CHOICE: BETTER PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND LOCAL ROADS OR A DUD TUNNEL

Posted on 11. Sep, 2014 by .

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Victorians will have a clear choice at the next election. Better public transport and local roads or an $8 billion dud tunnel. Victorian Labor has obtained legal advice and the message is clear: any contract signed before an election, for a project that’s facing Supreme Court challenge, cannot be entered into safely. A Labor Government […]

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LABOR TO FUND WOMEN’S SPORTS CHANGE ROOMS

Posted on 08. Sep, 2014 by .

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Victorian Labor will establish a $10 million grant fund to build and upgrade women change rooms and facilities at sports clubs, around the State. For too long, women’s change rooms have been an afterthought when developing sports facilities. Labor will work with local clubs, sports organisations and Local Government to make them a priority. Many […]

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LABOR TO BUILD HUNTINGDALE BUS INTERCHANGE

Posted on 08. Sep, 2014 by .

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Labor will build the Huntingdale Bus Interchange and make commuting safer and easier for Monash students and staff, Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews announced today. Mr Andrews joined Labor Member for Oakleigh, Ann Barker, Labor Candidate for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos, and Shadow Minister for Public Transport, Jill Hennessy, to announce Labor’s $5 million plan. […]

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LIBERALS’ SECRET DEAL THROWS KINDER FUTURE IN DOUBT

Posted on 05. Sep, 2014 by .

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The Abbott Government has granted a short-term reprieve to kindergarten funding, but parents and staff are worried that the last-minute fix won’t last. The decision to extend funding for 15 hours of kinder for four-year-olds is a cynical move, designed to take the volatile issue off the election agenda in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. Parents […]

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NAPTHINE’S TAFE CUTS FUELLING YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS

Posted on 05. Sep, 2014 by .

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Denis Napthine’s TAFE and training cuts are fuelling a youth unemployment crisis across Victoria. The Victorian Training Market Half Year Report shows that training enrolments among unemployed students and young people are dropping alarmingly. The report revealed students aged 15 to 19 in Government subsidised training dropped by 27 per cent from 2012 to 2014. […]

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CRIME UP IN THE CLAYTON ELECTORATE – ANOTHER NAPTHINE FAILURE

Posted on 27. Aug, 2014 by .

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Crime has risen again in Clayton electorate under Denis Napthine. Denis Napthine and the Liberals are making it harder for local police to do their job. Crime rates have increased every year since the Napthine Government was elected and the drugs crisis has worsened. Labor’s Ice Intervention will include an Ice Action Taskforce to deliver […]

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VICTORIAN LABOR’S ICE INTERVENTION TO CONFRONT ICE EPIDEMIC

Posted on 27. Aug, 2014 by .

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An Andrews Labor Government will lay down the first steps to tackle the ice epidemic confronting Victoria’s suburbs and regional and rural towns. Labor’s Ice Intervention will include an Ice Action Taskforce to deliver an Ice Action Plan within the first 100 days of an Andrews Labor Government, $15 million for new drug and booze […]

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LABOR WILL PROVIDE 1000 DEFIBS TO VICTORIAN SPORTS CLUBS

Posted on 18. Aug, 2014 by .

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An Andrews Labor Government will provide 1000 defibrillators to Victorian sporting clubs and facilities to improve survival rates for people who enter cardiac arrest. During a cardiac arrest, the chance of survival decreases by 10 per cent for every minute without defibrillation. Labor’s plan will make sure a defibrillator is near, so action can be […]

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SUBURBAN UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS GETS WORSE UNDER NAPTHINE – SOUTH EAST 8.3%

Posted on 15. Aug, 2014 by .

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The Australian Bureau Statistics has revealed a major jump in suburban unemployment, but Denis Napthine still doesn’t have a jobs plan. Unemployment has jumped to 6.9 per cent, the highest rate since February 2009, but is much higher in some regions. Some of the areas hardest hit are: • Melbourne’s South East, up 2.7 per […]

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VICTORIANS PUNISHED FOR SAVING ENERGY AND REDUCING BILLS

Posted on 15. Jul, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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UNEMPLOYMENT JUMPS AS JOBS CRISIS WORSENS UNDER NAPTHINE

Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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VICTORIAN LABOR WILL SAVE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS

Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by .

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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, […]

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EAST WEST TUNNEL GOES SOUTH

Posted on 08. Jul, 2014 by .

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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, […]

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LABOR TO ACT ON HOSPITAL VIOLENCE

Posted on 01. Jul, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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NAPTHINE’S EAST – WEST TUNNEL BOTCHED EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

Posted on 01. Jul, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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WATCHDOG SLAMS NAPTHINE’S BOTCHED RAIL SCHEME

Posted on 26. Jun, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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NAPTHINE SYPHONS ENVIRONMENT LEVY FROM WATER BILLS

Posted on 26. Jun, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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MANUFACTURING JOBS PLUMMET UNDER NAPTHINE

Posted on 19. Jun, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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YOUNG AND VULNERABLE HIT HARDEST BY NAPTHINE’S TAFE CUTS

Posted on 17. Jun, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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NAPTHINE’S $2 MILLION STUDY SCRAPS RAIL LINK AND LOCAL BUSES

Posted on 17. Jun, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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DENIS NAPTHINE FAILS TO ACT ON YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS

Posted on 12. Jun, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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WATCHDOG SLAMS NAPTHINE ON JOB CUTS, INEFFICIENCY

Posted on 12. Jun, 2014 by .

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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. […]

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NAPTHINE VOTES TO KEEP GEOFF SHAW IN PARLIAMENT

Posted on 12. Jun, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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HEALTH MINISTER DAVIS DISPUTES HIS OWN DATA

Posted on 12. Jun, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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VICTORIA’S TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE TO WORSEN UNDER NAPTHINE

Posted on 12. Jun, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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MORE COPS BABYSITTING PRISONERS UNDER NAPTHINE

Posted on 12. Jun, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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DENIS NAPTHINE SKIPS DETAIL ON FAKE PUNCTUALITY TRAIN DATA

Posted on 06. Jun, 2014 by .

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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. […]

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MIGRANTS, REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS LEFT OUT

Posted on 05. Jun, 2014 by .

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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 […]

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