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More Support For PartnerSPEAK

In an Australian first, partners and children of online child sex offenders will receive more support to deal with the burden often placed upon them. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos has announced the Andrews Labor Government will provide $350,000 for peer support organisation..

Australian First Policy To Prevent Violence In Hospitals

Victorian health workers will be safer at work with the Andrews Labor Government launching a new Australian first emergency response policy to better protect workers, patients and visitors from violence in hospitals. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced all Victorian hospitals will be required..

Malcolm Turnbull Failing Test Of Leadership On Gas

Malcolm Turnbull is failing the test of national leadership by not acting immediately to restrict LNG exports. The Australia Energy Market Operator (AEMO) yesterday published an update to the 2017 Gas Statement of Opportunities which shows a gas supply shortfall for the east coast of..

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN CRANBOURNE SCHOOLS

Cranbourne East Secondary College is among the finalist of this year’s Victorian Education Excellence Awards Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the 28 finalists across nine award categories, congratulating them on their achievements contributing to education. The awards recognise inspirational teachers, principals and support..

David Hodgett Pays Price For Matthew Guy’s Failure Of Leadership

David Hodgett has paid the price for Matthew Guy’s penthouse payments and secret lobster dinner scandals, losing his high-profile portfolio of Public Transport. With murmurings about Matthew Guy’s leadership growing by the day, the Grand Final week reshuffle rewards his praetorian guard with plum jobs,..

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..