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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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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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