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SUPERCARE PHARMACY IN CRANBOURNE TO GIVE LOCAL FAMILIES ROUND-THE-CLOCK CARE

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled the final eight locations of its 20 Supercare Pharmacies to help thousands more people get the healthcare and advice they need, round-the-clock and close to home. Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera announced the next local 24-hour Supercare Pharmacies to open by 30 June 2018, delivering on a key election promise will be in Cranbourne North Chemist Warehouse. There are currently 12 Supercare Pharmacies across Victoria that are open 24/7 with a nurse on site from 6pm-10pm daily. Since July 2016, there have been more than 81,000 visits to Supercare Pharmacies between 10pm and 7am. There have also been more than 5,000 episodes of care provided by nursing staff. Around 30 per cent of Supercare Pharmacy visitors would have gone to hospital if the pharmacy or nursing service had not been available. Victoria has been hit hard by one of the worst flu seasons, with increasing demand on busy hospital emergency departments and ambulances. Community pharmacists across Victoria, including Supercare pharmacists, have played a key role in providing convenient access to vaccinations, advice and treatment for people suffering from flu symptoms. They were also critical during the thunderstorm asthma event last year, and continue to raise awareness of better asthma and hay fever management for the upcoming pollen season. The free nursing service at Supercare Pharmacies also assists with support and advice for minor injury and illness, flu and whooping cough immunisations, health screening, sexual health advice and referrals to other services. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “Our hospital emergency departments have been under pressure this flu season. Supercare Pharmacies have already started making a real difference, providing another option for families, and helping to ease the load, late at night.”  “It can be an awful feeling when your child is sick in the middle of night. The Cranbourne North Chemist Warehouse Pharmacy in Cranbourne will give local families the peace of mind that round-the-clock care is nearby, when they need it most.”

SUPERCARE PHARMACY IN CRANBOURNE TO GIVE LOCAL FAMILIES ROUND-THE-CLOCK CARE

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled the final eight locations of its 20 Supercare Pharmacies to help thousands more people get the healthcare and advice they need, round-the-clock and close to home. Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera announced the next local 24-hour Supercare Pharmacies to open by 30 June 2018, delivering on a key election promise will be in Cranbourne North Chemist Warehouse. There are currently 12 Supercare Pharmacies across Victoria that are open 24/7 with a nurse on site from 6pm-10pm daily. Since July 2016, there have been more than 81,000 visits to Supercare Pharmacies between 10pm and 7am. There have also been more than 5,000 episodes of care provided by nursing staff. Around 30 per cent of Supercare Pharmacy visitors would have gone to hospital if the pharmacy or nursing service had not been available. Victoria has been hit hard by one of the worst flu seasons, with increasing demand on busy hospital emergency departments and ambulances. Community pharmacists across Victoria, including Supercare pharmacists, have played a key role in providing convenient access to vaccinations, advice and treatment for people suffering from flu symptoms. They were also critical during the thunderstorm asthma event last year, and continue to raise awareness of better asthma and hay fever management for the upcoming pollen season. The free nursing service at Supercare Pharmacies also assists with support and advice for minor injury and illness, flu and whooping cough immunisations, health screening, sexual health advice and referrals to other services. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “Our hospital emergency departments have been under pressure this flu season. Supercare Pharmacies have already started making a real difference, providing another option for families, and helping to ease the load, late at night.”  “It can be an awful feeling when your child is sick in the middle of night. The Cranbourne North Chemist Warehouse Pharmacy in Cranbourne will give local families the peace of mind that round-the-clock care is nearby, when they need it most.”

Giving A Voice To Victims Of Crime

The Andrews Labor Government today announced it will introduce new laws to make it easier for victims of crime to share their stories and experiences publicly. The Labor Government will amend the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 to clarify the current law and change the way that publication restrictions in the Children’s Court apply to victims of crime. Currently, a person must not publish, or cause to be published, a report of a Children’s Court proceeding that contains information that is likely to lead to the identification of a child, witness, or other party in the proceeding. For example, under current laws, a victim who is a witness in a criminal matter in the Children’s Court could be subject to potential prosecution if they speak publicly about their experience. Under the Labor Government’s planned reforms, victims will be explicitly excluded from this provision as it relates to the disclosure of their own identities. The changes will apply to the Criminal Division of the Children’s Court, and it will remain an offence to publish a report that contains information which is likely to lead to the identification of a child accused, other party or witness. These proposed changes are consistent with recommendations flagged by Justice Frank Vincent who is currently finalising his review of the Open Courts Act. Justice Vincent will provide his final report to Government at the end of this month. The changes also respond to the concerns raised publicly by the Victims of Crime Commissioner Greg Davies. The Government will work with the Children’s Court on the proposed changes, and intends to include these in legislation to be introduced before the end of the year. Quotes attributable to Attorney General Martin Pakula “The Children’s Court and the Director of Public Prosecutions provided advice about the law as it is currently drafted. In my view, that law needs to change.” “Victims of crime should be able to tell their stories publicly without fear of prosecution. We will clarify this law to ensure they are protected if they want to share their experiences with the media and the public.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos "The Andrews Labor Government is supporting victims by allowing them to tell their story when they choose to.” “We’re continuing to modernise our youth justice system after it was neglected by the previous Liberal government." Quotes attributable to Victims of Crime Commissioner Greg Davies  “This legislative amendment is a victory for victims of crime and for common sense.” “I am delighted that the Government has acted decisively to rectify an outdated provision that simply served to further traumatise victims of crime.”

Giving A Voice To Victims Of Crime

The Andrews Labor Government today announced it will introduce new laws to make it easier for victims of crime to share their stories and experiences publicly. The Labor Government will amend the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 to clarify the current law and change the way that publication restrictions in the Children’s Court apply to victims of crime. Currently, a person must not publish, or cause to be published, a report of a Children’s Court proceeding that contains information that is likely to lead to the identification of a child, witness, or other party in the proceeding. For example, under current laws, a victim who is a witness in a criminal matter in the Children’s Court could be subject to potential prosecution if they speak publicly about their experience. Under the Labor Government’s planned reforms, victims will be explicitly excluded from this provision as it relates to the disclosure of their own identities. The changes will apply to the Criminal Division of the Children’s Court, and it will remain an offence to publish a report that contains information which is likely to lead to the identification of a child accused, other party or witness. These proposed changes are consistent with recommendations flagged by Justice Frank Vincent who is currently finalising his review of the Open Courts Act. Justice Vincent will provide his final report to Government at the end of this month. The changes also respond to the concerns raised publicly by the Victims of Crime Commissioner Greg Davies. The Government will work with the Children’s Court on the proposed changes, and intends to include these in legislation to be introduced before the end of the year. Quotes attributable to Attorney General Martin Pakula “The Children’s Court and the Director of Public Prosecutions provided advice about the law as it is currently drafted. In my view, that law needs to change.” “Victims of crime should be able to tell their stories publicly without fear of prosecution. We will clarify this law to ensure they are protected if they want to share their experiences with the media and the public.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos "The Andrews Labor Government is supporting victims by allowing them to tell their story when they choose to.” “We’re continuing to modernise our youth justice system after it was neglected by the previous Liberal government." Quotes attributable to Victims of Crime Commissioner Greg Davies  “This legislative amendment is a victory for victims of crime and for common sense.” “I am delighted that the Government has acted decisively to rectify an outdated provision that simply served to further traumatise victims of crime.”

A HELPING HAND TO BETTER MANAGE CHRONIC ILLNESSES

More people in Cranbourne living with a chronic illness will get support from their local peer-led support groups thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost. Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP today announced local support groups were among 58 to share in more than $281,000 of grants through the Health Condition Support Grants Program over two years. The Andrews Labor Government is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, no matter where they live. Not-for-profit, peer-led support groups help people better manage a chronic health condition. In these groups, people with chronic diseases, their families and carers can meet, share their experience with peers with the same illness and learn first-hand how to best manage the condition and enjoy a better quality of life. In Cranbourne: Allergy & Environmental Sensitivity Support and Research Association will receive $10,000 Cranbourne Arthritis Support Group will receive $3,000 Cranbourne Stroke Support Group will receive $4,000 The grants will assist these peer-led support groups with administrative and operational costs over a two-year period. This means peer-led support groups can continue to support people to better manage their disease, to learn more about it, to make better decisions about their care and to help them to live well. Half of all Victorian adults report having at least one chronic disease, and one in five has two or more chronic diseases. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP “Peer-led support groups can make a real difference for people learning to cope after being diagnosed with a chronic illness”  “It’s a great chance to make friends, talk and share experiences with peers who are enjoying full and independent lives while living with a chronic illness.” “These grants for Allergy & Environmental Sensitivity Support and Research Association, Cranbourne Arthritis Support Group, and Cranbourne Stroke Support Group will support their invaluable work improving the lives of people with a chronic health condition.”

A HELPING HAND TO BETTER MANAGE CHRONIC ILLNESSES

More people in Cranbourne living with a chronic illness will get support from their local peer-led support groups thanks to an Andrews Labor Government funding boost. Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP today announced local support groups were among 58 to share in more than $281,000 of grants through the Health Condition Support Grants Program over two years. The Andrews Labor Government is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, no matter where they live. Not-for-profit, peer-led support groups help people better manage a chronic health condition. In these groups, people with chronic diseases, their families and carers can meet, share their experience with peers with the same illness and learn first-hand how to best manage the condition and enjoy a better quality of life. In Cranbourne: Allergy & Environmental Sensitivity Support and Research Association will receive $10,000 Cranbourne Arthritis Support Group will receive $3,000 Cranbourne Stroke Support Group will receive $4,000 The grants will assist these peer-led support groups with administrative and operational costs over a two-year period. This means peer-led support groups can continue to support people to better manage their disease, to learn more about it, to make better decisions about their care and to help them to live well. Half of all Victorian adults report having at least one chronic disease, and one in five has two or more chronic diseases. Quotes attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP “Peer-led support groups can make a real difference for people learning to cope after being diagnosed with a chronic illness”  “It’s a great chance to make friends, talk and share experiences with peers who are enjoying full and independent lives while living with a chronic illness.” “These grants for Allergy & Environmental Sensitivity Support and Research Association, Cranbourne Arthritis Support Group, and Cranbourne Stroke Support Group will support their invaluable work improving the lives of people with a chronic health condition.”

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR THOMPSONS ROAD STAGE TWO

Work on the Andrews Labor Government’s Thompsons Road upgrade is charging ahead, with the second stage of works set to commence before the end of the year. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today announced BMD Constructions Pty Ltd has won the contract to deliver stage two of the $175 million project. The second stage of works includes duplicating the remaining sections of Thompsons Road from Frankston-Dandenong Road to Marriott Boulevard and from Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road to Berwick-Cranbourne Road. New traffic lights will also replace the roundabouts at the Western Port Highway and McCormicks Road intersections, improving traffic flow and reducing congestion for the 26,000 vehicles that use Thompsons Road each day. The first stage of works is well underway with the construction of two new bridges over the Cranbourne railway line at Merinda Park Station and the removal of a Dangerous and congested level crossing. New cycling and pedestrian paths are also being built along Thompsons Road, including 8.2 km on the north side, and 1.5 km on the south between Western Port Highway and Evans Road. Construction works on this second stage will commence at the end of the year, with the entire upgrade to be complete by mid-2019.  Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan “We said that we’d upgrade Thompsons Road to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion and that’s exactly what we’re doing.” “We’re duplicating more than 10km of Thompsons Road to cut travel times, make the drive safer and support our growing population here in the south east.” Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “We’re putting people first by removing this dangerous and congested level crossing – giving people a safer and smoother journey along Thompsons Road.” Quote attributable to Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny “As part of this vital upgrade, we’re building more than 10km of cycling and pedestrian paths and improving connections for walkers and cyclists.”

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR THOMPSONS ROAD STAGE TWO

Work on the Andrews Labor Government’s Thompsons Road upgrade is charging ahead, with the second stage of works set to commence before the end of the year. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today announced BMD Constructions Pty Ltd has won the contract to deliver stage two of the $175 million project. The second stage of works includes duplicating the remaining sections of Thompsons Road from Frankston-Dandenong Road to Marriott Boulevard and from Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road to Berwick-Cranbourne Road. New traffic lights will also replace the roundabouts at the Western Port Highway and McCormicks Road intersections, improving traffic flow and reducing congestion for the 26,000 vehicles that use Thompsons Road each day. The first stage of works is well underway with the construction of two new bridges over the Cranbourne railway line at Merinda Park Station and the removal of a Dangerous and congested level crossing. New cycling and pedestrian paths are also being built along Thompsons Road, including 8.2 km on the north side, and 1.5 km on the south between Western Port Highway and Evans Road. Construction works on this second stage will commence at the end of the year, with the entire upgrade to be complete by mid-2019.  Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan “We said that we’d upgrade Thompsons Road to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion and that’s exactly what we’re doing.” “We’re duplicating more than 10km of Thompsons Road to cut travel times, make the drive safer and support our growing population here in the south east.” Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera “We’re putting people first by removing this dangerous and congested level crossing – giving people a safer and smoother journey along Thompsons Road.” Quote attributable to Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny “As part of this vital upgrade, we’re building more than 10km of cycling and pedestrian paths and improving connections for walkers and cyclists.”

 

Powerful New Laws To Keep Victorians Safe From Terror

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce a suite of far reaching new laws to protect Victorians from terror attacks as part of the biggest overhaul of counter-terror laws since they were first introduced. Earlier this year, the Government commissioned a root and branch review – led by former Chief Commissioner of Police Ken Lay and former Supreme Court of Appeal Justice, the Honourable David Harper – of the laws currently available to prevent, monitor and respond to acts of terror. The first report from the Panel contains 16 recommendations covering the use of force, investigative and preventative detention, presumptions against bail and parole, special police powers during declared events and the protection of criminal intelligence. The Government has accepted in-principle all recommendations, with the Panel due to deliver its second report in the coming weeks. As part of the sweeping reforms, Victoria Police’s powers to use lethal force when responding to life threatening situations will be clarified. The recommended new measures also include: Changes to the preventative detention order framework to give Victoria Police new powers to question a person in relation to a terrorist act, double the period of interim detention from 2 days to 4 days, and remove the need for police to seek a court order before the period of interim detention starts Ensuring Protective Services Officers are equipped to work alongside police officers to keep the community safe in the event of a terrorist incident Amending parole laws to include a presumption against parole for offenders with links to terrorism Amending Victoria’s bail laws to include a presumption against bail for accused persons with links to terrorism The Panel also made recommendations relating to information sharing between Victoria and the Commonwealth, including between members of the Victorian Joint Counter Terrorism Team and security cleared Corrections Victoria staff. These recommendations will be discussed at the upcoming Council of Australian Governments meeting in October. The Government expects to introduce legislation into Parliament in early 2018. A copy of the first report can be accessed at http://www.vic.gov.au/expertpanelonterrorism Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We said we would do whatever it takes to keep Victorians safe from terror – and that’s exactly what these tough new powers will do.” “Recent incidents in Barcelona, London, the Brighton siege and the Lindt Café siege show the threat from terror is all too real – and we must act to make sure we have the strongest powers and laws in place to protect Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “We need to ensure that when police are in a life or death terrorist situation, they know they can use lethal force if required, without hesitation.” Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “This is the biggest shake up to our counter terrorism laws since they were first introduced. These reforms will clarify police powers and further strengthen bail and parole laws to help keep the community safe from terror.”

Powerful New Laws To Keep Victorians Safe From Terror

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce a suite of far reaching new laws to protect Victorians from terror attacks as part of the biggest overhaul of counter-terror laws since they were first introduced. Earlier this year, the Government commissioned a root and branch review – led by former Chief Commissioner of Police Ken Lay and former Supreme Court of Appeal Justice, the Honourable David Harper – of the laws currently available to prevent, monitor and respond to acts of terror. The first report from the Panel contains 16 recommendations covering the use of force, investigative and preventative detention, presumptions against bail and parole, special police powers during declared events and the protection of criminal intelligence. The Government has accepted in-principle all recommendations, with the Panel due to deliver its second report in the coming weeks. As part of the sweeping reforms, Victoria Police’s powers to use lethal force when responding to life threatening situations will be clarified. The recommended new measures also include: Changes to the preventative detention order framework to give Victoria Police new powers to question a person in relation to a terrorist act, double the period of interim detention from 2 days to 4 days, and remove the need for police to seek a court order before the period of interim detention starts Ensuring Protective Services Officers are equipped to work alongside police officers to keep the community safe in the event of a terrorist incident Amending parole laws to include a presumption against parole for offenders with links to terrorism Amending Victoria’s bail laws to include a presumption against bail for accused persons with links to terrorism The Panel also made recommendations relating to information sharing between Victoria and the Commonwealth, including between members of the Victorian Joint Counter Terrorism Team and security cleared Corrections Victoria staff. These recommendations will be discussed at the upcoming Council of Australian Governments meeting in October. The Government expects to introduce legislation into Parliament in early 2018. A copy of the first report can be accessed at http://www.vic.gov.au/expertpanelonterrorism Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We said we would do whatever it takes to keep Victorians safe from terror – and that’s exactly what these tough new powers will do.” “Recent incidents in Barcelona, London, the Brighton siege and the Lindt Café siege show the threat from terror is all too real – and we must act to make sure we have the strongest powers and laws in place to protect Victorians.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “We need to ensure that when police are in a life or death terrorist situation, they know they can use lethal force if required, without hesitation.” Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “This is the biggest shake up to our counter terrorism laws since they were first introduced. These reforms will clarify police powers and further strengthen bail and parole laws to help keep the community safe from terror.”

Laws To Crack Down On Youth Crime Pass Parliament

The Andrews Labor Government’s legislation to crackdown on youth crime passed Parliament yesterday. The Children and Justice Legislation (Youth Justice Reform) Bill 2017 was introduced in May as part of Victoria’s largest ever suite of legislative measures to keep the community safe. Under the Labor Government’s reforms, young offenders will face longer detention periods of up to four years, risk having their cases being heard in higher courts, and creates new offences for adults recruiting young people to crime. There will be a presumption in favour of uplifting serious youth offences, such as aggravated home invasion and aggravated carjacking, from the Children’s Court to the higher courts for those aged 16 years or older. There will also be a new presumption that young offenders who assault youth justice stuff, damage property, escape or attempt to escape from a youth justice facility will serve their sentences on top of an existing period of detention, regardless of age. This legislation will also create a Youth Control Order, a new sentencing option that will require young offenders to engage in education, work or training and may include curfews and anti-association conditions. The Labor Government amended the Bill in the Legislative Council to provide for a review of the changes after the third anniversary of the commencement of all provisions in the Act. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “We’re pleased this important legislation to crack down on youth crime has passed the Parliament.” “The community rightly expects young offenders to be punished for their crimes. Our reforms will hold young offenders to account and help keep the community safe.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “Under our reforms, young offenders who assault youth justice staff or damage property while in detention will face tougher consequences.” “The Liberals attempt to scuttle this bill in the Legislative Council shows they are only interested in political posturing on crime.”

Laws To Crack Down On Youth Crime Pass Parliament

The Andrews Labor Government’s legislation to crackdown on youth crime passed Parliament yesterday. The Children and Justice Legislation (Youth Justice Reform) Bill 2017 was introduced in May as part of Victoria’s largest ever suite of legislative measures to keep the community safe. Under the Labor Government’s reforms, young offenders will face longer detention periods of up to four years, risk having their cases being heard in higher courts, and creates new offences for adults recruiting young people to crime. There will be a presumption in favour of uplifting serious youth offences, such as aggravated home invasion and aggravated carjacking, from the Children’s Court to the higher courts for those aged 16 years or older. There will also be a new presumption that young offenders who assault youth justice stuff, damage property, escape or attempt to escape from a youth justice facility will serve their sentences on top of an existing period of detention, regardless of age. This legislation will also create a Youth Control Order, a new sentencing option that will require young offenders to engage in education, work or training and may include curfews and anti-association conditions. The Labor Government amended the Bill in the Legislative Council to provide for a review of the changes after the third anniversary of the commencement of all provisions in the Act. Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula “We’re pleased this important legislation to crack down on youth crime has passed the Parliament.” “The community rightly expects young offenders to be punished for their crimes. Our reforms will hold young offenders to account and help keep the community safe.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos “Under our reforms, young offenders who assault youth justice staff or damage property while in detention will face tougher consequences.” “The Liberals attempt to scuttle this bill in the Legislative Council shows they are only interested in political posturing on crime.”

New PSO Powers And Cash For Scrap Metal Banned

The Andrews Labor Government passed new laws late yesterday banning cash payments for scrap metal and giving Protective Services Officers (PSOs) new powers to target anti-social crime across the transport network. Under the new laws, transit PSO powers have been expanded so they can arrest a person who has breached their parole, conduct searches for illicit drugs, and request names and addresses from people who witness crimes. PSOs will also be able to respond to incidents in and around the train station they are patrolling. These reforms are part of the Labor Government’s $2 billion Community Safety Statement, which includes funding for an additional 100 mobile PSOs who will be rolled out across the public transport network. New regulations will support these mobile teams and will enable PSOs to tackle hotspots and work across the Melbourne transport network – including trams, transport hubs and the bus network. The new mobile PSO teams will increase the overall flexibility of PSOs to ensure safety for commuters during peak periods, including major events which take place outside of normal PSO hours of duty. PSOs have issued more than 78,000 infringements since they were first deployed in 2012. They patrol 216 train stations across the state, including four regional stations. As a part of the same Bill, the Labor Government also today passed landmark new laws banning cash for scrap metal, which will turn the screws on the stolen car trade in Victoria. Businesses will be banned from making or taking cash payments and possessing or trading an unidentified motor vehicle, and will be required to keep records of all transactions involving scrap metal. There will be traceable information for every transaction, with businesses facing maximum fines of more than $30,000 if they don’t comply with these new regulations. Police will also be equipped with greater search powers to allow officers to search second-hand dealers’ business or storage premises without a warrant. Additionally, the Bill created a new supervising role for Police Custody Officers, further freeing up police time for frontline duties. These Supervisors will lead a team of Police Custody Officers and manage police gaol logistics. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “PSOs are a welcome sight at train stations across Melbourne. These new powers will ensure PSOs are in the best position to protect and serve the community right across the network.” “Banning cash for scrap metal will undermine the business model of criminals who steal cars. We are closing a loophole that for too long has been exploited by organised crime groups.”

New PSO Powers And Cash For Scrap Metal Banned

The Andrews Labor Government passed new laws late yesterday banning cash payments for scrap metal and giving Protective Services Officers (PSOs) new powers to target anti-social crime across the transport network. Under the new laws, transit PSO powers have been expanded so they can arrest a person who has breached their parole, conduct searches for illicit drugs, and request names and addresses from people who witness crimes. PSOs will also be able to respond to incidents in and around the train station they are patrolling. These reforms are part of the Labor Government’s $2 billion Community Safety Statement, which includes funding for an additional 100 mobile PSOs who will be rolled out across the public transport network. New regulations will support these mobile teams and will enable PSOs to tackle hotspots and work across the Melbourne transport network – including trams, transport hubs and the bus network. The new mobile PSO teams will increase the overall flexibility of PSOs to ensure safety for commuters during peak periods, including major events which take place outside of normal PSO hours of duty. PSOs have issued more than 78,000 infringements since they were first deployed in 2012. They patrol 216 train stations across the state, including four regional stations. As a part of the same Bill, the Labor Government also today passed landmark new laws banning cash for scrap metal, which will turn the screws on the stolen car trade in Victoria. Businesses will be banned from making or taking cash payments and possessing or trading an unidentified motor vehicle, and will be required to keep records of all transactions involving scrap metal. There will be traceable information for every transaction, with businesses facing maximum fines of more than $30,000 if they don’t comply with these new regulations. Police will also be equipped with greater search powers to allow officers to search second-hand dealers’ business or storage premises without a warrant. Additionally, the Bill created a new supervising role for Police Custody Officers, further freeing up police time for frontline duties. These Supervisors will lead a team of Police Custody Officers and manage police gaol logistics. Quotes attributable to Minister for Police Lisa Neville “PSOs are a welcome sight at train stations across Melbourne. These new powers will ensure PSOs are in the best position to protect and serve the community right across the network.” “Banning cash for scrap metal will undermine the business model of criminals who steal cars. We are closing a loophole that for too long has been exploited by organised crime groups.”

Matthew Guy Must Come Clean On Penthouse Payments

Matthew Guy must immediately come clean and fully explain his involvement in yet another dodgy donations scandal involving the Liberal Party. News reports have today revealed Mr Guy’s  involvement in a secret $10,000 penthouse meeting with developers when he was Minister for Planning. While Mr Guy and his deputy initially claimed that this secret penthouse meeting was an “industry forum”, the story has already changed, with Mr Guy telling 3AW that the penthouse meeting was separate to the forum. NEIL MITCHELL, 3AW: “Was the forum that they’re referring to, the same meeting that you had with this developer?” MATTHEW GUY: “I don’t believe it was. Ah, I don’t believe it was. This is the Age making an allegation that is very murky.” Matthew Guy has serious questions to answer, including: What was discussed at the lunch and what was promised in exchange for the secret donation? Was a false invoice produced to hide the meeting? If so, why? Why was a department official present at the dinner, if it was a Liberal Party fundraiser? What other private meetings were held with developers and disguised as industry forums? Will Mr Guy now release all emails and correspondence between him, his office and the developer? Will Mr Hodgett release all correspondence between him, his office, Mr Guy’s office and the developer? Did Mr Guy or his office have any further interactions with the developer after this penthouse meeting? Did Mr Hodgett or his office have any interactions with the developer after this penthouse meeting? If Matthew Guy thought it was good enough to refer himself to IBAC over his lobster dinner, will he now refer himself over this deals for donations scandal? If Mr Guy doesn't know which meeting is being referred to, how many $10,000 a head meetings in penthouses did he go to? If Mr Guy doesn't know which meeting is being referred to, how can he claim IBAC has already investigated it? If Mr Guy has verified that all payments for meetings were declared and above board, how does Mr Guy not know which meeting is being referred to? Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier James Merlino “Matthew Guy has been caught out again – first it’s secret lobster dinners with alleged mobsters, now its secret developer payments in penthouse apartments.” “The Liberal Party now has a choice to make - does Matthew Guy have the judgement or the character to remain in his position?”

Matthew Guy Must Come Clean On Penthouse Payments

Matthew Guy must immediately come clean and fully explain his involvement in yet another dodgy donations scandal involving the Liberal Party. News reports have today revealed Mr Guy’s  involvement in a secret $10,000 penthouse meeting with developers when he was Minister for Planning. While Mr Guy and his deputy initially claimed that this secret penthouse meeting was an “industry forum”, the story has already changed, with Mr Guy telling 3AW that the penthouse meeting was separate to the forum. NEIL MITCHELL, 3AW: “Was the forum that they’re referring to, the same meeting that you had with this developer?” MATTHEW GUY: “I don’t believe it was. Ah, I don’t believe it was. This is the Age making an allegation that is very murky.” Matthew Guy has serious questions to answer, including: What was discussed at the lunch and what was promised in exchange for the secret donation? Was a false invoice produced to hide the meeting? If so, why? Why was a department official present at the dinner, if it was a Liberal Party fundraiser? What other private meetings were held with developers and disguised as industry forums? Will Mr Guy now release all emails and correspondence between him, his office and the developer? Will Mr Hodgett release all correspondence between him, his office, Mr Guy’s office and the developer? Did Mr Guy or his office have any further interactions with the developer after this penthouse meeting? Did Mr Hodgett or his office have any interactions with the developer after this penthouse meeting? If Matthew Guy thought it was good enough to refer himself to IBAC over his lobster dinner, will he now refer himself over this deals for donations scandal? If Mr Guy doesn't know which meeting is being referred to, how many $10,000 a head meetings in penthouses did he go to? If Mr Guy doesn't know which meeting is being referred to, how can he claim IBAC has already investigated it? If Mr Guy has verified that all payments for meetings were declared and above board, how does Mr Guy not know which meeting is being referred to? Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier James Merlino “Matthew Guy has been caught out again – first it’s secret lobster dinners with alleged mobsters, now its secret developer payments in penthouse apartments.” “The Liberal Party now has a choice to make - does Matthew Guy have the judgement or the character to remain in his position?”