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Petrol Prices Clear For All

Victorian motorists will benefit at the petrol pump thanks to new rules for petrol price advertising by service stations, which come into effect today. Under the new regulations, all Victorian service stations can only advertise the full price of petrol to motorists on price boards…

Liberals, Nationals Need To Come Clean On Fracking

Minister for Resources Wade Noonan has urged Victoria’s Liberal and Nationals to reveal their stance on fracking, in the wake of their South Australian colleagues committing to a 10-year moratorium for unconventional gas. Liberal South Australian Opposition Leader Steven Marshall has made an election commitment..

Building Infrastructure Quicker And Smarter

The Andrews Labor Government is set to reduce the time and costs for industry as it delivers Victoria’s strong infrastructure pipeline. Treasurer Tim Pallas today released a short paper, Reforming Public Construction, which identifies reforms to deliver projects quicker and more efficiently, boosting jobs and..

450 New Paramedics On The Road To Put People First

Hundreds more paramedics will be employed as part of a new Andrews Labor Government $500 million plan to improve ambulance response times. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today announced the record funding – the biggest ever investment in ambulance services..

Victorian Submission To Support Racial Discrimination Act

The Andrews Labor Government will fight any proposed changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. In response to the federal inquiry launched on November 8, the Government will make a submission outlining its continued support for Section 18C, which protects vulnerable people against..

Christmas Day To Be A Public Holiday In Victoria

Christmas Day will be a public holiday in Victoria this year, giving Victorians an extra day to spend with their families and friends and giving those who have to work on Christmas the penalty rates they deserve. Until now, when Christmas Day fell on a..

Local History Grants Program Now Open For 2016-17

Special Minister of State, Gavin Jennings, has today announced $350,000 towards grants for community projects that seek to preserve and share local history for the benefit of all Victorians. The Local History Grants Program, managed by Public Record Office Victoria, is now accepting applications of..

Contract Signed On New Trains That Put Passengers First

The contract for the biggest order of new trains in Victoria’s history is signed, and the local build begins next year. Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today announced that a consortium led by Downer Rail will build the 65 High Capacity Metro Trains being..

An Australian First To Protect Children From Abuse

In an Australian first, the Andrews Labor Government today introduced new laws to better protect Victorian children from abuse. The Wrongs Amendment (Organisational Child Abuse) Bill 2016 will create a ‘duty of care’ for organisations so they can be held accountable for the abuse of..

UPGRADED SPORTING FACILITIES FOR CRANBOURNE EAST

Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP has announced a $2.38 million upgrade to sporting facilities in Cranbourne East, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s $50 million Growing Suburbs Fund. The City of Casey received the funds to upgrade and extent the Hunt Club Estate oval and pavilion…

Greyhounds Compete For Their Own Melbourne Cup

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced a joint funding package of almost $228,000 for the world’s most prestigious greyhound race, the Melbourne Cup. The Andrews Labor Government is providing almost $42,000 to support the meeting at Sandown Park tonight, courtesy of the Victorian Racing..

Victoria’s Economy – Growing Strong And Creating Jobs

Victoria’s economy is growing faster than it has in almost a decade, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirmed today. The latest ABS figures show that for the 2015-16 year, Victoria’s gross state product (GSP) grew by a strong 3.3 per cent, up from 2.6..

Council Plan Changes Puts Residents First

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled its first major decision as part of the reform of the Local Government Act requiring all councils by law to develop four year plans with their communities. The change will give residents more say in their council’s priorities, services..

Keeping Children Safe From Sexual Abuse

New resources for Victorian schools and parents will help keep students safe from sexual predators and abuse. They have been created to help parents, students and school staff identify the warning signs of sexual exploitation of children, including grooming, and how to respond to concerns..

Liberals’ Population Policy For Kew, Not For Regions

The Liberals’ secret plan to wreck the character of regional Victoria, has been laid bare with an announcement that they are seeking to force more people into the regions with no plans for any extra infrastructure. It’s a policy that only a person from Kew..

Reducing Disadvantage Where It Is Needed Most

The Andrews Labor Government’s use of Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) to reduce social disadvantage took a step forward today, with the release of the Request for Proposal tender documents. The focus of the SIBs will be to reduce harmful alcohol and other drug use, and..

$10 Million Research Boost To Put Cancer Patients First

The Andrews Labor Government will provide $10 million to help Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre cancer researchers uncover new breakthroughs in the fight against cancer and save lives. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced a Victorian Cancer Agency grant to support world leading cancer research..