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News and Issues

  • Pay deal to drive up infrastructure costs

    Pay rise deal to pressure costs and jobs

    The massive pay rise for construction workers that some big builders have agreed to give will add hundreds of millions of dollars to the cost of Victorian public infrastructure if it flows throughout the building ... Read More
    Police move on youth crime, but where is Dan

    Police convene youth crime summit

    Victoria Police have announced they're convening a summit of community group and government organisations to try to develop and coordinate measures to reduce youth crime. At least someone in authority is trying to act on ... Read More
    Strike threat back on as rail union demands more

    Train strike threats return as union demands more

    Commuters are facing more looming train strikes as the rail union’s demands continue. Last time the rail union called strikes, Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan quickly forced Metro and Yarra Trams to give them ... Read More
    The sky's the limit in east under Labor

    “The sky’s the limit” as government axes height controls

    Labor’s attempt to force high density development into Melbourne’s eastern suburbs continues. Victoria’s Planning Minister has unilaterally changed planning rules to allow unlimited height development along key commercial strips in Boroondara. This ... Read More
    Lifts, but government still won't widen subway

    Lifts, but government still won’t widen subway

    While installing lifts at Blackburn Station is welcome, it's very disappointing that the state government is still doing nothing to fix the core problem of Blackburn’s narrow, cramped subway. With increasing population and public ... Read More
    Premier's own experts say we need EWL

    Premier’s own experts back East West Link

    Today's Herald Sun reports that Infrastructure Victoria has listed East West Link as a key project for Victoria's future. These are Daniel Andrews’ own hand-picked experts agreeing that Melbourne needs the East West Link. It ... Read More
    Money for mates but not to fight carjackings

    $10 million for Trades Hall, but none to fight car jackings

    Premier Andrews can find $10 million of taxpayers' money to tip into refurbishing his union backers' HQ, but he turns down a plea by police for $300,000 to fight violent car jackings. Let's hope Bill Shorten never ... Read More
    Blackburn Auskick Super Clinic 2016

    Big turnout for Blackburn Auskick Super Clinic

    It was great to join the annual Auskick Super Clinic at Blackburn Football Club's grounds at Morton Park this morning, along with my Federal colleague Michael Sukkar MP - Member for Deakin. The clinic brought ... Read More
    Kinder staff not covered by no jab rules

    “No jab” rules don’t apply to kinder and child care staff

    It's reported today that the State government's "no jab, no play" rules don't apply to teachers or other staff at kindergartens or child care centres. This seems to leave quite a gap in protecting children ... Read More
    Here we go again - more train strikes threatened

    More train strikes threatened

    Here we go again, with the rail union threatening train strikes in support of massive pay claims for infrastructure workers, following last year's strikes by train drivers. It’s no wonder the rail union is ... Read More
    Private heart beds show cancer bed folly

    Private heart beds show folly of scrapping cancer beds

    First Premier Andrews cancels 42 new cancer beds for Peter Mac because they would have treated private patients. Now he plans to rely on private patients from overseas to help prop up his flawed idea for ... Read More
    Labor slash 40,000 TAFE places

    TAFE numbers slashed by Andrews government

    The Labor Party talk a lot about valuing education, but the reality is starkly different. Yesterday, the Andrews government quietly released the latest figures on Victorian TAFE enrolments, revealing a massive 14% cut in student numbers ... Read More
  • Pay deal to drive up infrastructure costs

    Pay rise deal to pressure costs and jobs

    The massive pay rise for construction workers that some big builders have agreed to give will add hundreds of millions of dollars to the cost of Victorian public infrastructure if it flows throughout the building ... Read More
    Strike threat back on as rail union demands more

    Train strike threats return as union demands more

    Commuters are facing more looming train strikes as the rail union’s demands continue. Last time the rail union called strikes, Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan quickly forced Metro and Yarra Trams to give them ... Read More
    Money for mates but not to fight carjackings

    $10 million for Trades Hall, but none to fight car jackings

    Premier Andrews can find $10 million of taxpayers' money to tip into refurbishing his union backers' HQ, but he turns down a plea by police for $300,000 to fight violent car jackings. Let's hope Bill Shorten never ... Read More
    Here we go again - more train strikes threatened

    More train strikes threatened

    Here we go again, with the rail union threatening train strikes in support of massive pay claims for infrastructure workers, following last year's strikes by train drivers. It’s no wonder the rail union is ... Read More
    Nurses' rally

    Expensive pay deal with nurses union

    Generous and expensive pay deals just keep on coming under Daniel Andrews. Nurses, like everyone else, are entitled to fair and reasonable pay rises for the valuable work they do. However, these are big increases, ... Read More
    Premier moves to surrender to fire union demands

    Fire services at risk as Premier moves to cave in to union

    Today’s Herald Sun reports deep divisions within the Andrews government, as Premier Andrews moves to surrender to the demands of the United Firefighters Union despite the strong opposition of his Emergency Services Minister. Fire ... Read More
    Labor - more rorting and branch-stacking

    Union membership rorting goes to heart of Labor’s credibility

    The allegations in today's The Age of massive rorting of membership numbers by the Plumbers Union go the heart of Labor’s credibility as a political party. Union numbers are crucial to deciding who becomes ... Read More
    CFMEU fined millions for unlawful actions

    CFMEU fined $ millions for unlawful conduct

    Figures in today's Australian newspaper confirm the CFMEU's appalling record of thuggery and lawlessness in Victoria. Yet, instead of condemning the CFMEU and cutting his ties with them, Premier Andrews does the CFMEU's bidding, abolishing ... Read More
    Labor forces bosses to give workers details to unions

    ACT Labor hands workers’ details to unions

    How would you feel if your boss could only do work for a Labor government if they agreed to hand over your personal details to a union, which could then visit you at home and ... Read More
    Victorians pay the price for Labor's union support

    Victorians face high price for Labor’s union support

    Victorians face paying a high price for the promises Daniel Andrews made to the firefighters union before the last election, as today's Herald Sun reports. Union leaders were told they’d be looked after well ... Read More
    Police call for action on CFMEU

    Victoria Police call for action on CFMEU

    After Victoria Police's damning assessment of criminal activity in the CFMEU and the building industry, as reported in today's Herald Sun, the Andrews government can’t just continue to pretend there isn't a problem. Premier ... Read More
    Bob Hawke joins calls for action on CFMEU

    Bob Hawke joins call to clean up union movement

    Former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, has joined the long list of past union and Labor leaders calling for action to clean up the union movement. As Bob Hawke says, he was prepared to act against ... Read More
  • This week in Parliament - 5 May 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 5 May 2016

    This was a disrupted week in State Parliament. The government had the Assembly sit for only two days because it sat a single day last week for the State Budget, yet the Council sat until ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 14 April 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 14 April 2016

    In another turbulent week in State Parliament, Liberal and Nationals MPs forced the government to abandon its attempt to prevent the return of local democracy in Geelong until 2020 and to impose a new structure for ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 24 March 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 24 March 2016

    This week in State Parliament, Liberal and Nationals MPs sought answers over the government’s delay in responding to the Moomba riot, despite the serious harm it caused and the lack of police resources it ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 10 March 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 10 March 2016

    This week in State Parliament, Liberal and Nationals MPs questioned whether the government’s decision to buy water from the Wonthaggi desalination plant is simply an attempt to justify the previous Labor government’s white ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 25 Feb 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 25 February 2016

    In an eventful week in State Parliament, Liberal and National MPs forced the government to abandon its attempt to lock taxpayers into paying compensation to a Melbourne port operator for up to fifty years if ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 11 Feb 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 11 February 2016

    This week in State Parliament, Liberal and National MPs repeatedly questioned the Premier and Public Transport Minister over why and how the government decided to put rail lines on three-storey high elevated tracks running for ... Read More
    Labor must stop trying to gag rorts enquiry

    Labor must stop trying to shut down rorts inquiry

    First Labor Party MPs rort their Parliamentary allowances to pay for election campaign organisers. Then, they misuse even more public money to try to block the Ombudsman from investigating what they have done. The Ombudsman ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 10 Dec 2015

    This week in State Parliament – 10 December 2015

    This week in State Parliament, Liberal and National MPs exposed the fact that under Labor’s proposed Western Distributor plan announced this week, eastern and south-eastern suburbs motorists will be forced to pay thousands of ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 26 Nov 2015

    This week in State Parliament – 26 November 2015

    This week in State Parliament, Liberal and Nationals MPs combined with other MPs in the Legislative Council to refer Labor’s rorting of electorate staff allowances to the Victorian Ombudsman, for official investigation and report ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 12 Nov 2015

    This week in State Parliament – 12 November 2015

    This week in State Parliament, the Andrews government forced seven Bills through the lower house despite sittings shortened for Remembrance Day. The result was many MPs were unable to speak on controversial Bills such as ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 22 October 2015

    This week in State Parliament – 22 October 2015

    This week in State Parliament, Liberal and National MPs questioned whether the Premier could still deliver his election promise to create 100,000 extra full time jobs in two years, given 7,800 full time jobs have actually been ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 8 Oct 2015

    This week in State Parliament – 8 October 2015

    In an eventful sitting week, Liberal and National MPs continued to question the Premier about Labor’s rorting of electorate staff allowances, and why the Premier’s attitude to rorting now is so different to ... Read More
  • Police move on youth crime, but where is Dan

    Police convene youth crime summit

    Victoria Police have announced they're convening a summit of community group and government organisations to try to develop and coordinate measures to reduce youth crime. At least someone in authority is trying to act on ... Read More
    Premier's own experts say we need EWL

    Premier’s own experts back East West Link

    Today's Herald Sun reports that Infrastructure Victoria has listed East West Link as a key project for Victoria's future. These are Daniel Andrews’ own hand-picked experts agreeing that Melbourne needs the East West Link. It ... Read More
    Money for mates but not to fight carjackings

    $10 million for Trades Hall, but none to fight car jackings

    Premier Andrews can find $10 million of taxpayers' money to tip into refurbishing his union backers' HQ, but he turns down a plea by police for $300,000 to fight violent car jackings. Let's hope Bill Shorten never ... Read More
    Kinder staff not covered by no jab rules

    “No jab” rules don’t apply to kinder and child care staff

    It's reported today that the State government's "no jab, no play" rules don't apply to teachers or other staff at kindergartens or child care centres. This seems to leave quite a gap in protecting children ... Read More
    Private heart beds show cancer bed folly

    Private heart beds show folly of scrapping cancer beds

    First Premier Andrews cancels 42 new cancer beds for Peter Mac because they would have treated private patients. Now he plans to rely on private patients from overseas to help prop up his flawed idea for ... Read More
    Labor slash 40,000 TAFE places

    TAFE numbers slashed by Andrews government

    The Labor Party talk a lot about valuing education, but the reality is starkly different. Yesterday, the Andrews government quietly released the latest figures on Victorian TAFE enrolments, revealing a massive 14% cut in student numbers ... Read More
    Happy families photos aren't a solution

    Child protection “shake-up” misses fundamentals

    Today' Age reports on a government "shake' up" of the child protection residential care system. You'd like to think this “shake-up” will achieve some good, but it’s hard to be hopeful. There are some ... Read More
    Juveniles let off after home invasion bashingv2

    Juvenile offenders get let off after home invasion bashing?

    Today's Herald Sun reports that two Apex gang members who bashed an elderly couple in their home got let off with six month probation and no conviction. If accurate, this report is very worrying indeed ... Read More
    Stuck with Labor, stuck with myki

    Opportunity rejected to switch from Myki to Oyster?

    According to today's The Age, the company that gave us Myki is set to win a six-year extension of its contract, ahead of Cubic, the operator of London's Oyster card. If this report is right, ... Read More
    End bail bonanza

    Government admits weakened bail law problems

    The government has now finally admitted the Chief Commissioner of Police has big problems with their watered down bail laws for juvenile offenders, after claiming less than 24 hours ago that Victoria Police supported these new ... Read More
    Skyrail a big risk - Auditor-General

    Auditor-General warns of Skyrail risk

    It’s been revealed today that Premier Andrews has rushed into inflicting Skyrail across Melbourne’s suburbs without even having a business case. As Victoria’s Auditor-General points out, Skyrail and other level crossing removals ... Read More
    No penalty for juveniles who breach bail

    Weakened juvenile bail laws commence today

    From today, weaker bail laws mean juveniles can no longer be punished if they breach a condition of their bail. This change by the Andrews government could hardly have come at a worse time. Just ... Read More
  • The sky's the limit in east under Labor

    “The sky’s the limit” as government axes height controls

    Labor’s attempt to force high density development into Melbourne’s eastern suburbs continues. Victoria’s Planning Minister has unilaterally changed planning rules to allow unlimited height development along key commercial strips in Boroondara. This ... Read More
    Lifts, but government still won't widen subway

    Lifts, but government still won’t widen subway

    While installing lifts at Blackburn Station is welcome, it's very disappointing that the state government is still doing nothing to fix the core problem of Blackburn’s narrow, cramped subway. With increasing population and public ... Read More
    Premier's own experts say we need EWL

    Premier’s own experts back East West Link

    Today's Herald Sun reports that Infrastructure Victoria has listed East West Link as a key project for Victoria's future. These are Daniel Andrews’ own hand-picked experts agreeing that Melbourne needs the East West Link. It ... Read More
    Blackburn Auskick Super Clinic 2016

    Big turnout for Blackburn Auskick Super Clinic

    It was great to join the annual Auskick Super Clinic at Blackburn Football Club's grounds at Morton Park this morning, along with my Federal colleague Michael Sukkar MP - Member for Deakin. The clinic brought ... Read More
    Show of Hearts Orchestra

    “Show of Hearts” – Rotary raises $35,000 for Eastern Health

    A magnificent effort by the Rotary Club of Box Hill, raising $35,000 for the Eastern Health Foundation to support Box Hill Hospital. Yesterday's Show of Hearts variety concert played to a huge audience at Box Hill ... Read More
    Blackburn Girls Football Carnival 2016

    Girls Football Carnival a great success

    Congratulations to all the girls who played in this year’s Girls Football Carnival hosted by Blackburn Girls Football. 300 girls from 15 primary schools took part in the two day carnival held yesterday and today, with ... Read More
    Melbourne's east ignored in state budget

    State budget ignores Melbourne’s eastern suburbs

    Regrettably, the Labor Party have shown once again they don't understand and don’t care about the needs of Melbourne’s east. Despite the Government’s boasts of surpluses and record spending, there’s not ... Read More
    Dawn Service

    Attending an ANZAC dawn service

    Tomorrow, 25th April, countless Australians will attend an ANZAC Dawn Service. But what are its origins, and what does it signify? The tradition of the Dawn Service harks back to the military practice of 'standing ... Read More
    Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria 20th anniversary concert

    Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria celebrates 20th anniversary

    The Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria last night celebrated its 20th anniversary. Fighting cancer can be tough at any time. It can be especially tough in a new country with a different language. Based in ... Read More
    Whitehorse Schools ANZAC Service 2016

    Whitehorse Schools ANZAC service remembers past sacrifices

    Congratulations to the many schools across Whitehorse who took part in today's Schools ANZAC Service at the Cenotaph in Box Hill Gardens. A powerful address by youthful veteran, Squadron Leader Adam Lawson, told the stories ... Read More
    10 more years of tolls, but still left stuck in traffic

    10 more years of CityLink tolls, but still no East West Link

    The Andrews government has today announced it will proceed with plans to slug CityLink motorists at least 10 more years of tolls to help pay for its $5.5 billion “Western Distributor” between the Westgate Freeway and Footscray ... Read More
    Bill Shorten to force more high density onto Box Hill

    Labor to force more high density onto Box Hill

    The Labor Party has signalled it will push big increases in population and high density development in and around Box Hill if it wins this year’s Federal election. Yesterday, Bill Shorten’s Shadow Infrastructure ... Read More