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ABBOTT AND NAPTHINE TO TAKE KNIFE TO HOSPITALS AGAIN

Posted on 31. Mar, 2014 by .

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Tony Abbott’s Liberal Government will slash $277 million from Victoria’s hospitals, heaping more pressure on a system already in crisis. Of all the states and territories, Tony Abbott has hit Victoria hardest. The money Tony Abbott will rip out of the system could: • Clear the elective surgery waiting list by funding 52,000 elective surgery […]

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WE MUST STAND UP FOR MULTICULTURALISM – DANIEL ANDREWS

Posted on 21. Mar, 2014 by .

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Victorian Labor is calling on Victorians to oppose Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s cuts to important multicultural programs and any changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. Recently, the Abbott Government announced it would cut $18 million from the Migrant Communities Employment Fund and the Building Multicultural Communities Program. Multicultural communities are concerned that proposed changes to […]

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INTERVIEW ON NEWSLINE

Posted on 25. Feb, 2014 by .

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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has raised the prospect of sending asylum seekers to Cambodia. Jim Middleton speaks with Hong Lim, a Cambodian born member the Victorian state Parliament. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-24/cambodia-new-prospect-destination-for-asylum/5281268

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NAPTHINE ABANDONS WORKERS IN MELBOURNE’S SOUTH EAST

Posted on 11. Feb, 2014 by .

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The failure of the Napthine and Abbott Governments to act to keep Ford, Holden and Toyota in Victoria will mean major job losses in Melbourne’s South East region, State Member for Clayton Mr Hong Lim said. Mr Lim said the closure of Toyota would devastate the component manufacturing industry. “Denis Napthine and Tony Abbott abandoned […]

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NAPTHINE MUST SACK DAVID DAVIS

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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Premier Denis Napthine must act on Victoria’s crumbling health system and sack Health Minister David Davis, Shadow Minister for Health, Gavin Jennings, said today. Mr Jennings said every aspect of the health system has gone backwards since the Coalition took office and Victorians are sick of Mr Davis’ excuses. “David Davis has completely failed to […]

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DATA SHOWING STATE OF HEALTH SYSTEM TO BE DUMPED

Posted on 23. Dec, 2013 by .

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The Napthine Government has prevented the release of dozens of important health documents which detail the crumbling state of the health system, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said today. Mr Andrews said the hospital performance data and each health service’s contracts had been ready to be released, but were sitting on the Health Minister’s desk because […]

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Shadow Cabinet To Keep Fighting For Victorians

Posted on 19. Dec, 2013 by .

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Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, today announced changes to the Shadow Cabinet team that will continue taking up the fight to the Napthine Government in 2014. Mr Andrews said Victorian Labor had a team in place ahead of next year’s election and each member would bring energy and focus to make next year a […]

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UTILITY PRICES AND DISCONNECTIONS SOAR UNDER DENIS NAPTHINE

Posted on 19. Dec, 2013 by .

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The Napthine Government and Minister for Energy, Nick Kotsiras, continue to be silent on increasing cost pressures facing Victorians, Shadow Minister for Energy, Lily D’Ambrosio said today. Ms D’Ambrosio said the Essential Services Commission in their report delivered yesterday, continued to call for retailers to better support consumers facing financial hardship, but no action had […]

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LABOR TO HOLD ENERGY RETAILERS TO ACCOUNT ON PRICE INCREASES

Posted on 17. Dec, 2013 by .

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Victorian Labor will require electricity retailers to disclose details of benchmark price rises if elected in November 2014, Lily’ D’Ambrosio, Shadow Minister for Energy and the Consumer Protection, announced today. Ms D’Ambrosio said that Labor’s policy would provide greater transparency and improve competition by allowing simultaneous price comparison in the energy retail market, to benefit […]

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UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASES UNDER DENIS NAPTHINE

Posted on 12. Dec, 2013 by .

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Jobs continue to drain out of Victoria under Denis Napthine with Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today showing the State lost 2,600 jobs in November and the unemployment rate increased to 6.2 per cent. Shadow Treasurer, Tim Pallas, said he was concerned the trend was set to continue as the Napthine Government had no […]

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LESS SURGERY COMPLETED AT MONASH MEDICAL CENTRE UNDER NAPTHINE

Posted on 11. Dec, 2013 by .

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The Napthine Government has lost control of Victoria’s hospitals, with figures showing the amount of semi-urgent elective surgery dropping to an eight year low, Member for Clayton, Hong Lim, said today. Mr Lim said Denis Napthine’s neglect of the health system had affected Monash Medical which performed fewer operations in critical areas of elective surgery […]

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ANOTHER LIBERAL GOVERNMENT FARE SLUG ON THE WAY

Posted on 03. Dec, 2013 by .

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Denis Napthine must come clean with Clayton electorate public transport users on how much they will be slugged in fare increases next year, State Member for Clayton, Mr Hong Lim said today. Mr Lim said the Napthine Government had increased some fares by more than 20 per cent over the last three years with little […]

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NAPTHINE MUST STAND UP AGAINST CANBERRA ON ‘GONSKI’

Posted on 27. Nov, 2013 by .

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Victorian students are set to be worse off, with the Napthine Government allowing its Federal Liberal counterparts to renege on a deal that would see schools across the state benefit from millions of dollars of additional support funding, Shadow Minister for Education, James Merlino said today. Mr Merlino said with the Federal Abbott Government walking […]

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NAPTHINE FOUND HIDING MAJOR PROJECT COSTS FROM TAXPAYERS

Posted on 26. Nov, 2013 by .

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The Victorian public are continuing to be denied information on the estimated costs of major projects and tenders under the Napthine Government, Opposition Scrutiny-of-Government spokesperson, Martin Pakula said today. Mr Pakula said that the Auditor General’s report released today into the Annual Financial Report of the State of Victoria, 2012–13 was scathing of the Napthine […]

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PEOPLE POWER FORCES PLANNING MINISTER TO ACT ON KINGSTON’S GREEN WEDGE

Posted on 16. Nov, 2013 by .

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Following an unprecedented campaign by residents in Clarinda, Cheltenham East, Heatherton and Oakleigh South, State Liberal Planning Minister Matthew Guy has finally bowed to public pressure and indicated that he will invoke an interim local policy to provide limited protection so that the divided Kingston Council can once and for all work through its plan […]

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NAPTHINE CUTS BACK ON CARE AT MONASH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Posted on 11. Nov, 2013 by .

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Leaked documents show the Monash Children’s Hospital project has suffered cost blowouts and significant cut-backs to the facilities and services planned at the hospital, Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, said today. Mr Andrews said the project was originally planned to include a helipad, a sleep lab, an early learning centre and mental health service, […]

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MONASH HEALTH HOSPITAL PART OF NAPTHINE’S STATE OF FAILURE

Posted on 31. Oct, 2013 by .

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The Napthine Government has lost control of the health system, with hospitals and ambulances failing on every measure, Member for Clayton Hong Lim said today. Mr LIm said annual reports tabled in Parliament show Victorian patients are suffering at hospitals across the state as they wait longer for emergency care, elective surgery and for ambulances […]

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AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES GO BACKWARDS UNDER NAPTHINE

Posted on 31. Oct, 2013 by .

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The Ambulance Victoria 2012-13 Annual Report tabled in the Victorian Parliament today reveals that ambulance response times for life-threatening emergencies have gone backwards for the third consecutive year, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Wade Noonan said today. Mr Noonan said the proportion of emergency (Code 1) incidents responded to within 15 minutes across the state […]

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NAPTHINE SECOND ATTEMPT AT FEE HIKE ON DISABILITY SERVICES

Posted on 31. Oct, 2013 by .

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The Napthine Government will use its numbers to ram through legislation in Parliament designed to increase the fees paid by residents living in Victoria’s state-run residential disability accommodation. Shadow Minister for Disability Services, Danielle Green, said the legislation, introduced without warning yesterday, seems designed to circumvent the issues that forced the Napthine Government’s back-down on […]

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ROAD ACCIDENT VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES HURT BY CHANGES TO TAC

Posted on 28. Oct, 2013 by .

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Grieving families of people who die or are severely injured in transport accidents will be denied compensation under cruel changes to the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) scheme, Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, said today. Mr Andrews said legislation introduced by the Napthine Government which is expected to be voted on this week is a […]

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NAPTHINE GOVERNMENT FAILS MOST VUNERABLE IN THE SOUTHERN METRO AREA

Posted on 23. Oct, 2013 by .

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A recent report from the Office of the Public Advocate shows that the Napthine Government is failing in its responsibility to care for the most vulnerable people in the state. The Community Visitors Annual Report tabled in State Parliament details the issues that Office of the Public Advocate community visitors have encountered across the state […]

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NAPTHINE HITS FAMILIES WITH NEW PARK CHARGES

Posted on 23. Oct, 2013 by .

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Victorian families will be slugged new fees to camp in national parks to make up for Napthine Government budget cuts and mass staff sackings, Shadow Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Lisa Neville, said today. Ms Neville said Denis Napthine’s new camping fees in national parks could have a devastating impact on regional economies […]

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NAPTHINE FAILS AMBULANCE DISPATCH PERFORMANCE TARGET

Posted on 23. Oct, 2013 by .

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Victoria’s emergency triple zero call taking service is failing to meet the Napthine Government’s own ambulance dispatch targets, leading to dangerous delays in ambulance response times. Labor’s Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Wade Noonan said ESTA’s 2012-13 Annual Report revealed that only 83.2 per cent of code 1 emergency responses were dispatched within the benchmark time […]

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LOCAL LIBERAL UPPER HOUSE MP’S PEULICH, & RICH-PHILLIPS OPPOSES FAIRER FIRE SERVICES LEVY

Posted on 17. Oct, 2013 by .

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Members for South-Eastern Metropolitan Region Inga Peulich and Gordon Rich-Phillips yesterday voted against legislation to improve the flawed and inequitable Fires Services Property Levy (FSPL), Hong Lim MP, the Member for Clayton said today. Labor introduced a Private Members Bill in the Upper House that would give powers to the Fire Services Levy Monitor to […]

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NO NAPTHINE JOBS PLAN + $8 B DUD TUNNEL = NO JOB GROWTH

Posted on 10. Oct, 2013 by .

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Victoria’s youth unemployment rate made a startling increase last month amid a continued lacklustre employment performance in Victoria, Acting Shadow Minister for Employment, James Merlino, said today. Mr Merlino said that Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today show the youth unemployment rate increased by more than four percentage points in September, from 16.4 per […]

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SURGERY BLOWOUT AS VICTORIANS FORCED TO WAIT LONGER

Posted on 07. Oct, 2013 by .

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Figures released last week show that the Napthine Government is responsible for a blowout in elective surgery waiting times, Shadow Health Minister Gavin Jennings said. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Australian Hospital Statistics report released recently show the number of surgeries being performed in Victorian hospitals has dropped for the second year […]

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SENIORS WEEK – THREE YEARS OF FAILURE BY NAPTHINE

Posted on 04. Oct, 2013 by .

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Three years since taking office the Napthine Government has failed to cut the cost of living for Victorian pensioners, Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing Jenny Mikakos said today. Ms Mikakos said Mr Napthine had made it harder for older Victorians, many of whom are struggling with the cost of living. “Premier Napthine, just like […]

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DENIS NAPTHINE FAILS TO PROTECT RETAIL ENERGY CONSUMERS

Posted on 02. Oct, 2013 by .

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The Napthine Government must explain to Victorian energy consumers why it has failed to ensure the enforcement of Victoria’s energy retail laws, Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs, Lily D’Ambrosio said today. Ms D’Ambrosio said that in the most recent case of a serious breach of consumer protection laws, energy retailers had been exposed as having […]

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NAPTHINE LEAVES CONSUMERS OUT IN THE COLD OVER GAS PRICING

Posted on 26. Sep, 2013 by .

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The Napthine Government continues to shun Victorian consumers over energy pricing, failing to consult with a single consumer group as part of its Gas Task Force investigation, Shadow Minister for Energy and the Cost of Living, Lily D’Ambrosio said today. Ms D’Ambrosio said that despite Freedom of Information (FOI) documents obtained by the Opposition revealing […]

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NAPTHINE’S CUTS TO CONVEYANCE ALLOWANCE HURTING FAMILIES

Posted on 25. Sep, 2013 by .

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The Napthine Government should be condemned on its ‘double standards’ approach reinstating the conveyance allowance entitlement to select schools, after widespread cuts to the funding last year, Shadow Minister for Education, James Merlino said today. As a result of direct Ministerial intervention, new students starting at a school in Mornington have been exempt from changes […]

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NAPTHINE ABANDONS MANUFACTURING SECTOR – JOB LOSSES

Posted on 20. Sep, 2013 by .

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New Australian Bureau of Statistics job figures are further evidence that the Napthine Government has abandoned Victoria’s manufacturing sector, Shadow Minister for Manufacturing, Adem Somyurek said today. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) manufacturing employment data shows for the 12 months to August 2013 Victorian manufacturing employment fell 7.8 per cent with 23,900 jobs lost, nationally […]

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NAPTHINE GOVERNMENT FAILS SCHOOLS BACCALAUREATE TEST

Posted on 18. Sep, 2013 by .

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The Napthine Government has failed to meet its commitment to make a new Victorian Baccalaureate available to Victorian schools in 2014, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Colin Brooks said today. Mr Brooks said that despite the Napthine Government stating that the new Victorian Baccalaureate would be ready for the 2014 school year, secondary schools have […]

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NAPTHINE’S TWITTER FURTHY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Posted on 17. Sep, 2013 by .

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Denis Napthine has been caught out yet again telling porkies and claiming projects that were designed and funded by Labor as his own, Acting Shadow Minister for Public Transport, Richard Wynne, said today. Mr Napthine tweeted making a claim that his Government was a ‘public transport government’ and provided a list of projects to support […]

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ARROGANT NAPTHINE FORCED TO BACK OFF ON DISABILITY FEE HIKES

Posted on 06. Sep, 2013 by .

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The Napthine Government has bowed to public pressure, today reversing its decision to massively increase rents on people with disabilities living in state-run residential services, Disability Services Shadow Minister Danielle Green said today. Ms Green said the backflip was the result of a long campaign by the families of those who were to be affected, […]

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DENIS NAPTHINE IN HIDING ON EAST WEST

Posted on 05. Sep, 2013 by .

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Denis Napthine and his parliamentary team today refused to debate and defend the decision of the Liberal/National Government to spend $8 billion of taxpayer’s money on a five kilometre tunnel in Melbourne inner city. Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, was prevented by the Speaker from suspending Question Time today in order to debate claims […]

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AUDITOR GENERAL CRIPPLED BY BOTCHED IBAC REGIME

Posted on 04. Sep, 2013 by .

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The Victorian Auditor General’s Office faces serious challenges and limitations in performing its vital public accountability role as a result of changes to the State’s integrity regime under the Napthine Government. The significant weakening of the role of the Auditor General was outlined in the watchdog’s Annual Report 2012-13 which was tabled in Parliament today. […]

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PALLAS: VICTORIAN ECONOMY FLATLINES UNDER NAPTHINE

Posted on 04. Sep, 2013 by .

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The Victorian economy is in paralysis according to State Final Demand figures released today by the Australian of Bureau Statistics (ABS) which show Victoria did not grow at all in the June quarter of this year, Shadow Treasurer, Tim Pallas said today. Mr Pallas said that for the year to the end of June 2013, […]

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