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PREMIER & PUBLIC TRANSPORT MINISTER VISIT CLAYTON RAIL CROSSING

Posted on 07. May, 2015 by .

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Today Premier Daniel Andrews and Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan were welcomed to Clayton by Clarinda MP Hong Lim to view the Clayton Road level crossing and to announce that this was one of nine crossings on the Cranbourne / Pakenham line that will be removed. The state government acknowledges that Melbourne’s most dangerous and […]

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CAMBODIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DELEGATION

Posted on 07. May, 2015 by .

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On Wednesday 6 May in Parliament, I joined the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Adem Somyurek and met the Cambodian Chamber of Commerce delegation, visiting Australia seeking new markets for their growing agricultural products.

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CHINESE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL’S PARLIAMENT TOUR

Posted on 06. May, 2015 by .

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Minister for Finance and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, yesterday took time from his busy Budget day to welcome a delegation of school principals from China who plan to send more students to our schools strengthening Victorian-China education, cultural and economic relationship.

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WINGS FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PARLIAMENT TOUR

Posted on 06. May, 2015 by .

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Last night in Parliament the Premier greeted a group of 40 international Chinese Students from the Wings Foundation (“Leadership with Social Responsibility”). The government welcomed the fact that every two of the more than 130,000 international Chinese students create a Victorian job and also recognises that they have been exploited by unscrupulous employers and landlords…and […]

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A WELCOMING AND HARMONIOUS VICTORIA

Posted on 06. May, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government is investing $74 million to bolster multicultural affairs and social cohesion as well as ensuring Victorians of all backgrounds feel at home. Victoria leads Australia in multicultural affairs and social cohesion. We embrace, respect and celebrate our diversity, because it makes our society and economy stronger. Our openness and diversity attracts […]

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THE ANDREWS LABOR GOVERNMENT IS GETTING ON WITH IT

Posted on 05. May, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government is building the projects our state needs to get people home to their families safer and sooner, and keep Victoria number one for new visitors. The 2015-16 Victorian Budget commits up to $22 billion in infrastructure, eclipsing the $2.7 billion spend in the previous Government’s first year in 2011-12. It includes […]

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NOW SHOWING: LABOR INVESTS TO GROW LOCAL SCREEN INDUSTRY

Posted on 05. May, 2015 by .

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The 2015-16 Victorian Budget has provided $4.9 million in funding to the state’s screen sector, supporting more productions that will grow the industry and create jobs. The Budget will provide the largest allocation to the creative industries since 2009-10, with the latest screen initiatives part of the $202 million allocation. Victoria’s screen industry will be […]

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MUSIC WORKS SECURED TO SUPPORT LOCAL ACTS AND LOCAL JOBS

Posted on 05. May, 2015 by .

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The 2015-16 Victoria Budget secures Victoria as the music capital of Australia, investing $12.2 million in Victoria’s music sector to support young and emerging musicians and live music venues, boosting tourism and creating jobs. The Music Works package includes a range of initiatives to boost the development of the local music industry. The Budget provides […]

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PARENTS AND COMMUNITY SAVE KINDERS FROM CUTS

Posted on 04. May, 2015 by .

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Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, today thanked early learning organisations, local government and parents after the Abbott Government offered funding for 15 hours of kindergarten for Victorian four year olds. The offer follows a long period of lobbying, after the Abbott Government refused to commit to the 15 hours of kindergarten to support […]

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$2 BILLION FOR TRAINS, TRAMS AND JOBS IN VICTORIA

Posted on 04. May, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government will invest $2 billion to kick start a long-term plan for train and tram manufacturing in Victoria, securing existing jobs in the industry and creating new jobs. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, today to launch Trains, Trams, Jobs 2015-2025 – Victorian Rolling Stock Strategy. The Strategy […]

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AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR TO CAMBODIA VISITS CAMBODIAN COMMUNITY IN SPRINGVALE

Posted on 01. May, 2015 by .

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On Thursday 30 April, the Cambodian community in Victoria was honoured by the visit of H.E. Allison Burrows, the Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, to the Cambodian Association of Victoria in Springvale to provide the community with her mid-term briefing – a tradition that has been held by successive Australian Ambassadors to Cambodia. Normally newly appointed […]

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ANZAC DAY – LEST WE FORGET

Posted on 25. Apr, 2015 by .

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Lest We Forget IN GALLIPOLI, Billy Sing was known as the “assassin”, with 150 confirmed kills and claims of twice that number with his Lee-Enfield rifle. He was a decorated war hero who died in a Brisbane boarding house at the age of 57, still suffering from the wounds he suffered in the Dardanelles and […]

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SMALL BUSINESS BUS TO BRING ADVICE ON WHEELS TO CLAYTON & SPRINGVALE

Posted on 04. Apr, 2015 by .

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Small business operators in the Clayton and Springvale areas can access free mentoring, support and information about Victorian Government services when the Small Business Bus visits Clayton on Tuesday 14 April and Springvale on Wednesday 15 April 2015. Minister for Small Business, Adem Somyurek, said the Andrews Labor Government is doubling its mobile support for […]

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TWO LEVEL CROSSING REMOVALS, A REBUILT CLAYTON STATION AND 37 NEW TRAINS

Posted on 31. Mar, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government will remove Clayton and Centre Road level crossings, rebuild Clayton station and purchase 37 new, high capacity trains for the Cranbourne-Pakenham line. Local Labor MP Hong Lim welcomed the investment in the Clayton area saying it would ease congestion, reduce travel times and improve public transport for local residents. Mr Lim […]

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LIBERALS’ CRANBOURNE-PAKENHAM CON REVEALED

Posted on 31. Mar, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government will not proceed with the Liberals’ Cranbourne-Pakenham con. The proposal, which was brought to the previous government as a complex unsolicited bid by a private sector consortium, didn’t go far enough and couldn’t even deliver what the Liberals had promised. The previous Liberal Government spruiked and publicly committed to the proposal […]

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The Rt Hon John Malcolm Fraser AC, 1930 – 2015

Posted on 20. Mar, 2015 by .

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I was honoured to have met former Prime Minister Fraser in November 1981 to discuss Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees arriving in Australia and to gain funding support to assist them over coming language barriers. He stood up and gave great support to people fleeing their homelands during terrible times and needs to be remembered for […]

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VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT CRACKING DOWN ON LOW QUALITY TRAINING PROVIDERS

Posted on 20. Feb, 2015 by .

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Member for Clarinda, Hong Lim said the Andrews Labor Government is keeping its commitment to crack down on low quality vocational education and training (VET) providers that misuse government funds. Mr Lim welcomed the Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert’s announcement today of an urgent review that will restore student and employer confidence in […]

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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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Royal Commission Terms of Reference announcement

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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