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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..

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..

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..

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 –..

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..

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..

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..

New Fines Scheme To Support Family Violence Victim Survivors

Victim survivors of family violence will no longer be unfairly liable for fines incurred by perpetrators, under a new scheme introduced into Parliament by the Andrews Labor Government today. The Fines Reform Amendment Bill 2017 completes the implementation of two key recommendations from the Royal..

New Laws To Target Illegal Guns, Organised Crime And Drive-By Shootings

Victoria Police will be armed with strong new powers to target and search individuals from outlaw motorcycle gangs and serious criminal organisations – including those who associate with organised crime figures. Minister for Police Lisa Neville today introduced legislation to create new Firearms Prohibition Orders,..

272,000 New Jobs And Counting

Three times the number of jobs have been created in Victoria under the Andrews Labor Government compared to the entire term of the previous Coalition Government, Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) data confirmed today. Since November 2014, Victoria’s employment has increased by 272,600 people or..

Sexual Assault Survivors To Receive Help At One-Stop Site

Survivors of sexual assault in the western suburbs will soon be able to report crimes to police, provide forensic samples, and receive support, counselling and child protection advice at the one site. The new centre at Werribee will provide survivors, many of who have also..

More Treatment And Research For Youth Mental Health

More treatment options for young people and greater research into youth mental health will become a reality with construction commencing on a state-of-the-art facility and additional funding announced today. Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley today turned the sod at the site in Parkville with..

A Blueprint To Create Manufacturing Jobs Of The Future

The Andrews Labor Government will boost manufacturing, create highly skilled jobs and help businesses grow as part of a new industry strategy. Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan joined manufacturers in Dandenong to unveil Advancing Victorian Manufacturing – A Blueprint for the Future. The..

Celebrating Victorians Who Protect Children

Excellence in helping children by workers across the children, youth and families sector was recognised at the Victorian Protecting Children Awards, last night. The awards highlight the work being done to protect and ensure the wellbeing of some of the state’s most vulnerable. They provide..

Victoria A World Leader In Fight Against Drugs In Racing

The Andrews Labor Government is ramping up the fight against performance-enhancing substances in racing, with a $1.6 million investment in a world-class drug testing laboratory in Flemington. The Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) laboratory takes blood, hair and urine samples from race horses and greyhounds..

Cracking Down On Synthetic Drugs And Drug Dealing

The Andrews Labor Government last night passed tough new laws banning synthetic drugs and increasing the penalties for ice dealers. From 1 November, it will be illegal to produce, sell or advertise any substances that have a psychoactive effect, including synthetic cannabinoids. Not only do..

Expert Team To Design Youth Justice Centre

Expert architecture and design firm HDR will bring their experience designing youth justice centres around the world to Victoria. HDR has been appointed the principal consultant on the new youth justice centre at Cherry Creek, the next major step in the development of the new..