Archives for May, 2015

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Long Walk Provides A Path Towards Reconciliation

Premier Daniel Andrews and representatives of the Labor Government have today taken part in The Long Walk to the MCG. Now in its eleventh year, the theme of this year’s Long Walk is ‘Together 2015’ and highlights the need for a dedicated commitment to address..

Defibrillators For Local Sports Clubs Will Save Lives

The Andrews Labor Government is rolling out 1000 life-saving defibrillators to local sports clubs across Victoria. Minister for Sport, John Eren, today joined Member for Brunswick, Jane Garrett, and members of the North Brunswick Football Club at Allard Park to make the announcement. The 2015-16..

Tony Abbott Leaves Students $30 Billion Worse Off

The Andrews Labor Government is standing up for Victorian schools, leading the push against Tony Abbott’s education cuts at a meeting of Australia’s education ministers in Brisbane. James Merlino and Susan Close, the Victorian and South Australian Ministers for Education, today led the charge against..

Families Need Certainty: No More Kinder Surprises

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing the push against Tony Abbott’s haphazard and uncertain approach to early childhood education funding, which is leaving families in the lurch. Following a meeting of the nation’s Education Ministers in Brisbane today, Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos,..

Returning To Work An Important Part Of The Recovery Process

The Andrews Labor Government is pleased to announce that this weekend, WorkSafe will launch a major public awareness campaign to highlight the key roles many Victorians play in helping injured workers get back to work. The ability to return to work after sustaining an injury..


Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins, today presented an Aboriginal flag and a book to students at Springside College, Caroline Springs to mark Reconciliation Week. The theme for this year’s Reconciliation Week is, “It’s time to change it up!” and Ms Hutchins encouraged students to..

Reconciliation Week A Chance For Renewed Action

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins, today called on Victorians to take part in one of the many Reconciliation Week events being held across Victoria this week. The national theme for this year’s Reconciliation Week, “It’s time to change it up!”, encourages the community to..

Locals Deserve A Voice In The Planning Process

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on a key election commitment to put the community’s voice back into the planning process. The Recognising Objectors Bill 2015 introduces a new decision-making consideration into the Planning and Environment Act 1987 that requires the Victorian Civil and Administrative..

Best Interests Of Children To Be Protected In Law

The power of the Children’s Court relating to restrictions on the making of protection orders for vulnerable children has been retained in legislation, fulfilling an election promise of the Andrews Labor Government. Today, important amendments have been introduced to the Children, Youth and Families Amendment..

Inquiry To Give Regional Communities A Voice On Coal Seam Gas

The Andrews Labor Government has asked the Environment and Planning Committee to inquire into the exploration, extraction, production and rehabilitation for onshore unconventional gas. The inquiry will fulfil the Labor Government’s election promise to have a thorough and considered inquiry into onshore gas in Victoria,..

Drum Caught Out As Labor Government Safeguards Sports Shooting

Nationals member for Northern Victoria, Damian Drum has been caught out misleading Victorians again on sports funding. Contrary to Mr Drum’s false claims, the Andrews Labor Government is funding the Country Football Netball Program and the Shooting Sports Facilities Program. The programs are part of..

Boost For Book Lovers During Library Week

Libraries and Information Week is an opportunity to celebrate the role libraries play in our local communities, Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, said today. Visiting her own local library in Sydenham, Ms Hutchins said the Labor Government recognised the importance of libraries by providing..

More Women Needed In Local Government

Increasing the number of female councillors was integral to ensuring truly representative local councils, Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, said today. Speaking at the Australian Local Government Women’s Association’s (ALGWA) annual conference, Ms Hutchins said all tiers of government needed to work together to..

Labor Government Backs SPC Ardmona Upgrade To Secure 2,700 Jobs

Premier Daniel Andrews today joined SPC workers and local growers to officially open the first stage of the $100 million modernisation and renewal project underway at the SPC Ardmona fruit processing plant in Shepparton. The Victorian Government contributed $22 million to the modernisation and renewal..

Mitchell Shire To Benefit From Interface Fund

Mitchell residents will be the beneficiary of a new $50 million Interface Councils Infrastructure Fund to support councils and communities in Interface areas. Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins, today visited the area with Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, to meet with council and..

Education App Gives Parents A New Schoolmate

Victorian parents, carers and guardians will now have an easy way to get more involved in supporting their child’s education with the release of SchoolMate app, the first of its kind in Australia. SchoolMate has been developed for parents and caregivers by the Department of..