James Merlino

VICTORIAN BUDGET 2016 – HELPING CLARINA ELECTORATE’S YOUNG PEOPLE ACCESS HEALTH CARE

Posted on 27. Apr, 2016 by .

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Doctors will regularly visit 100 Victorian government secondary schools as part of a $43.7 million program to help ensure young people get the healthcare they need. Minister for Education James Merlino today invited the three secondary schools across the Clarinda electorate to apply to participate in the Doctors in Secondary Schools program, which will commence […]

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VICTORIAN BUDGET 2016 – MORE TRAINS AND METRO TUNNEL FULLY FUNDED

Posted on 27. Apr, 2016 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government is building Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel and ordering 70 new trains to transform Melbourne’s rail network, run more trains and carry more passengers, particularly along Melbourne’s busiest rail line, the Cranbourne, Pakenham line. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 fully funds the Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel – the biggest rail project in Australia. […]

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VICTORIAN BUDGET 2016 – PLANNING AN EXCITING FUTURE FOR THE WESTALL SCHOOLS REGENERATION

Posted on 27. Apr, 2016 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government has again delivered for students, announcing planning funding for a potential new education precinct. Member for Clarinda Hong Lim MP today announced the funds, which will go towards assessing the potential to create a new Westall Education Precinct. This could include the combination of the Westall Primary School and Secondary College. […]

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VICTORIAN BUDGET 2016 – MODERN BUILDINGS ON THE WAY FOR CHELTENHAM SECONDARY COLLEGE

Posted on 27. Apr, 2016 by .

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Students at Cheltenham Secondary College will enjoy more modern buildings, as the Andrews Labor Government continues to make Victoria the Education State. The Member for Clarinda Hong Lim MP today announced $6.3 million from the 2016/17 Victorian Budget will go  towards an upgrade to the school’s ageing facilities, ensuring students have the modern spaces they need […]

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Lunar New Year Greetings

Posted on 07. Feb, 2016 by .

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Lunar New Year celebrations are soon to commence and we will see vibrant festivals throughout Melbourne and beyond for all Victorians to enjoy. I wish you and your family good fortune in the year of the monkey.

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SUPPORTING THE SOUTH-EAST’S AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY TO SECURE LOCAL JOBS

Posted on 10. Dec, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government is helping automotive businesses and workers in Melbourne’s South-East transition to capitalise on opportunities in high-value industries and secure local jobs. Premier Daniel Andrews was joined by Minister for Industry Lily D’Ambrosio to launch the Towards Future Industries: Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan at the Bosch manufacturing factory in Clayton on Monday 7 […]

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COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ON LOCAL LEVEL CROSSING REMOVALS

Posted on 25. Nov, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government today released a snapshot of feedback from the first round of community consultation on the removal of nine level crossings on the Dandenong Rail corridor – Melbourne’s busiest. Member for Clarinda, Hong Lim welcomed the release of the Consultation Report for the Caulfield to Dandenong package of the Level Crossing Removal […]

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Remembrance Day – Lest we forget

Posted on 11. Nov, 2015 by .

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At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order […]

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LABOR GOVERNMENT SECURES KINGSTON’S GREEN WEDGE – ELECTION COMMITMENT FULFILLED

Posted on 14. Oct, 2015 by .

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Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has rezoned land in Melbourne’s southeast to green wedge, getting on with a promise to protect green spaces and make communities more liveable. The planning change means almost 366 hectares of land, which is currently used for rubbish tips, recycling and waste management, will be rehabilitated and used for parkland, […]

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EDUCATION STATE: SUPPORTING PARENTS AND KIDS IN CLARINDA

Posted on 14. Sep, 2015 by .

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Schools in Clarinda will share in more than $550,000 of extra funding in 2016 as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to make Victoria the Education State. It’s all part of our plan to help kids learn, give parents confidence and provide the resources that teachers need. Under the plan, every single student in […]

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MONASH CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CELEBRATES SPECIAL MILESTONE

Posted on 07. Sep, 2015 by .

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Construction of the new $250 million Monash Children’s Hospital has reached a significant milestone, with the building reaching its full height. Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy, and local Members of Parliament today celebrated the building’s ‘topping out’ milestone by signing a beam which will be installed in the state-of-the-art hospital in Melbourne’s […]

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LABOR GOVERNMENT HELPING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Posted on 06. Aug, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on another key election commitment, to support international students in Victoria. Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert today launched the International Student Welfare Grants, a $4 million Labor Government program to support organisations who work with international students. The new program will run over four years and will […]

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Lily D’Ambrosio

KEEPING OUR RAIL MANUFACTURING ON TRACK

Posted on 21. Jul, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the rail manufacturing industry, with the Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) officially opening its doors in Dandenong today. The Rail Manufacturing CRC will address global competition in the rail industry, improve rail rolling stock and infrastructure, develop rail technologies and manufacturing processes and refine national […]

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Hong Lim

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR PRESTIGIOUS AMBULANCE SERVICE AWARD

Posted on 20. Jul, 2015 by .

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Nominations are underway for the prestigious Ambulance Service Medal, which is awarded every year by the Governor General as part of the Australia Day Honours List. The medal was established in 1999 to recognise meritorious and distinguished service of Australia’s ambulance organisations, volunteers and auxiliary members. “Our local paramedics really are heroes,” Member for Clarinda, […]

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Robin Scott

HELPING MULTICULTURAL MEDIA REACH MORE VICTORIANS

Posted on 15. Jul, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government is providing $450,000 for a new grants program, so multicultural media outlets across Victoria can upgrade equipment and technology. The grants will enable media outlets to upgrade their equipment to meet modern technology standards, ensuring the delivery of high-quality news and information to more readers, listeners and viewers. The Andrews Labor […]

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THERE’S NOTHING UGLY ABOUT VICTORIAN JOBS

Posted on 15. Jul, 2015 by .

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While Tony Abbott tries to shut down Australia’s wind industry and take the country backwards, Premier Daniel Andrews visited the Ararat wind farm to inspect its $450 million expansion – a project that will boost the local economy and Victoria’s green energy supply. The Premier was joined by Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Anthony Carbines […]

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Helen Kapalos

FRESH FACE FOR VICTORIAN MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION

Posted on 15. Jul, 2015 by .

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Helen Kapalos will serve as the new Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Premier Daniel Andrews made the announcement tonight at the Premier’s Iftar Dinner, celebrating the nearing end of the holy month of Ramadan. Ms Kapalos’ contributions to both state and country are extensive, having served as an Ambassador with the Ovarian Cancer Research […]

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SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED FOR NINE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVALS

Posted on 07. Jul, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government’s plan to nearly double capacity on Melbourne’s busiest rail line has taken another major step forward with the shortlisted bidders for the Cranbourne Pakenham package of level crossing removals announced today. The successful bidders are: Excelerate, a consortium including John Holland, Kellogg Brown and Root, McConnell Dowell Constructors and Jacobs; and […]

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Robin Scott

REALIGNMENT FOR MORE EFFICIENT MULTICULTURAL FUNDING

Posted on 01. Jul, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government has underlined its commitment to a thriving, diverse and harmonious Victoria through a $74 million investment to bolster multicultural affairs and social cohesion in the last budget. To maximise the return on this investment, the Government is realigning the functions within the Multicultural Affairs portfolio to strengthen the strategic role of […]

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Hong Lim

NEXT GENERATION HIGH CAPACITY TRAINS FOR THE CRANBOURNE-PAKENHAM LINE

Posted on 29. Jun, 2015 by .

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Member for Clarinda, Hong Lim welcomes the Andrews Labor Government’s announcement of the release of expressions of interest for the design, construction and maintenance of a next generation, high-capacity train for Melbourne, which will be built in Victoria and said that the release of the Expression of Interest (EOI) invitation was a significant milestone in […]

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Hong Lim

GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATIONS START ON CLAYTON ROAD AND CENTRE ROAD LEVEL CROSSINGS

Posted on 23. Jun, 2015 by .

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The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with removing the dangerous and congested level crossings at Clayton Road and Centre Road Clayton, with geotechnical investigations beginning on the nine level crossing removals on the Cranbourne Pakenham line. Member for Clarinda, Hong Lim, said the start of geotechnical investigations was a critical milestone in the Level […]

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RAMADAN MUBARAK

Posted on 18. Jun, 2015 by .

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On behalf of the Premier, it gives me great pleasure to wish all Muslims a Ramadan Mubarak during this holy month. Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world honour the traditions of Islam. It is a time to reflect on the universal themes of charity, empathy, selflessness and compassion. Ramadan reaffirms the commitment […]

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CLAYTON SOUTH KINDER A WINNER FOR LOCAL FAMILIES

Posted on 18. Jun, 2015 by .

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Today I joined the Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos and the Kingston City Mayor Geoff Gledhill, to officially open the Clayton South Kindergarten. The $1.69 million centre has been built on the same site as Clayton South Primary School, which will support seamless early years education for local children and provide an additional […]

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Hong Lim

NINE MORE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVALS RELEASED TO MARKET

Posted on 27. May, 2015 by .

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Member for Clarinda, Hong Lim, has welcomed the release of the Expression of Interest for the Caulfield to Dandenong package of level crossing removals today. Mr Lim said on top of removing nine of Melbourne’s worst level crossings, including Clayton and Centre Roads Clayton, the package would also rebuild Clayton station and roll out power […]

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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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Martin Foley

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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