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Andrews Government Rejects Plan To Hurt Workers

Today’s release of the Productivity Commission’s interim report has foreshadowed an Abbott Government attack on penalty rates and the creation of a a two-tiered system of workers’ entitlements. Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins said the Commission’s proposal to cut penalty rates would hit the thousands of Victorian retail and hospitality workers who work on […]

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Labor Government Backs $1.8 Million Learn Local Funding Boost

Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert has today announced an important funding increase that will benefit community learning organisations across Victoria.   Mr Herbert said the increase through the Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board, would see funding rise by nearly $2 million to $17.8 million, to deliver pre-accredited training programs in 2016. […]

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Nats Cosmetic Surgery Won’t Reverse Cuts To Regional Vic

A cosmetic name change won’t reverse the damage the Nationals inflicted on regional Victoria during their four years in government. Adding “Country” to their name won’t fool the thousands of regional Victorians who suffered at the expense of National and Liberal Party cuts to TAFE, schools and hospitals. This is cosmetic surgery and nothing more. […]

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Investing In Better Dental Care For Victorians

The Minister for Health today announced that the Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $207 million in public dental services in 2015-16. The announcement coincides with national Dental Health Week, which runs until Sunday 09 August. This funding will provide dental treatment to over 332,000 eligible patients this year, and includes more than $3.7 million […]

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Liberals Out Of Excuses As Farmers And Businesses Back Port Lease

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Treasurer Tim Pallas and the Minister for Ports Luke Donnellan at the Port of Melbourne today, calling on the Coalition to keep its promise and support the lease of the Port of Melbourne. Speaking at the Port of Melbourne Operation Control Centre, the Premier mapped out the opportunities that will come from the Port’s lease, which will fund the removal of […]

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New Laws To Combat Child Pornography Offences

New laws introduced in Parliament today will make it easier to prosecute and investigate online child pornography offences in Victoria. Attorney-General Martin Pakula said easy access to the internet and advances in technology have made sharing and distributing child pornography online more prevalent, and these reforms to the Crimes Act 1958 will ensure the law […]

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Outstanding Graduates To Make A Difference In Victorian Schools

Up to sixty-five of our best and brightest university graduates, from across a range of fields including law, economics and science, will bring their diverse skills to classrooms across Victoria next year as part of the Teach For Australia program. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the Department of Education and Training will support […]

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Scholarships To Help Students And Recognise Lynne Kosky’s Education Legacy

Year 10 students facing financial barriers to completing education and training will be able to apply for two $25,000 scholarships, created in honour of Lynne Kosky. The Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Scholarships will be available to students planning to study the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning as an alternative to the Victorian Certificate of Education. […]

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New Fund Gives Students Their First-Ever Camp Experience

Twenty-eight children from Debney Meadows Primary School today set off on their first-ever school camp thanks to a $148.3 million Andrews Labor Government fund which helps cover the costs of school activities for disadvantaged families. Member for Essendon Danny Pearson  joined parents and staff to farewell the Year 4, 5 and 6 students who had […]

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A New Era For Melbourne Museum’s Children’s Gallery

Melbourne Museum’s popular children’s gallery is being redeveloped and renamed the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery. Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today visited the Museum to announce the renaming and declared a new era for children visiting the gallery to learn through play. The gallery will be renamed following a $1 million donation from Victorian […]

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