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Victorians To Benefit From Library Funding Boost

Book lovers will benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s $5.4 million investment in the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program and the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Book Fund, as part of the 2015-16 Victorian Budget. The Labor Government has also delivered a record $40.51 million in 2015-16 to support ongoing library services for councils, regional libraries and Vision […]

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Inquiry To Crack Down On Petrol Drive-Offs

Petrol thieves who fill up then flee will be the focus of a parliamentary inquiry to crack down on service station drive-offs. The Andrews Labor Government has asked the Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee to examine how to reduce the incidence of petrol drive-offs and to find ways for service station operators to […]

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Portable Long Service Inquiry Launched

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced a Parliamentary Committee inquiry to investigate portable long service leave schemes. The inquiry will examine portable leave, which allows workers to carry their long service leave entitlements over from employer to employer, and how it might be extended and improved in Victoria. The Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills […]

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Investing In Health In Melbourne’s West

The Andrews Labor Government will invest $85 million to expand Werribee Mercy Hospital, providing families in Melbourne’s west with surgical and critical care services closer to home. Located in one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, Werribee Mercy Hospital is in particular need of funding to expand and redevelop its facilities so it can […]

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$20 Million Fund Will Address Auditor-General Concerns

The $20 million Health Service Violence Prevention Fund announced in yesterday’s 2015-16 Victorian Budget will help make public hospitals and mental health services safer for staff, patients and visitors. The Fund will help to address a number of concerns raised in the Victorian Auditor-General’s Report into Occupational Violence Against Healthcare Workers, tabled in Parliament today. […]

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Trade Mission Builds Education Links Between Victoria And Latin America

Twenty nine representatives from Victorian universities, TAFEs and private vocational institutions returned this week from Victoria’s largest ever education trade mission to Latin America. The successful mission, led by the Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, visited Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru, building educational partnerships and identifying capacity building and reform opportunities. Mr Herbert […]

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Budget 2015-16: For Families

This Budget is about balance. We’re increasing funding for schools, hospitals and transport, but we’re keeping our finances stable. It’s an investment we can afford in the things we can’t afford to lose.

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Alpine National Park Secured For Victorians

The Andrews Labor Government has today fulfilled its election promise to ban cattle from Victoria’s Alpine National Park, forever. Legislation which passed the Legislative Council today will ban grazing in the Alpine National Park, as well as in the River Red Gum national parks, protecting Victoria’s iconic alpine parks for generations to come. The National Parks […]

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Labor Government Upgrades Beth Weizmann Community Centre

The Andrews Labor Government has provided $500,000 in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget to upgrade security at the Beth Weizmann Community Centre in Caulfield, which houses Jewish community organisations. Owned and operated by the Zionist Council of Australia, the centre is used weekly by 24 Jewish community organisations, and houses the Lamm Jewish Library of Australia. […]

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Labour Hire Inquiry

The issues raised in last night’s Four Corners are very concerning. This is not just about underpayment of wages – this is about creating an underclass of foreign workers. No employee should ever be exploited, harassed or deprived of their basic liberties. The experiences of these workers show exactly why the Andrews Labor Government has promised an […]

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