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News and Issues

  • Government scraps community consultation

    Government cancels bike route consultation forum

    Extraordinary. The Andrews government has suddenly scrapped a key community consultation forum on its proposed bike path route from Laburnum to Blackburn station. The cancellation follows sustained resident criticism of the government’s lack of ... Read More
    Residents call for end to Blackburn's devastation

    Residents call for end to Blackburn devastation

    Blackburn residents last night called for an end to the devastation being caused by the government’s handling of the Blackburn rail project. At a packed meeting at the Whitehorse Council offices, residents grilled VicRoads ... Read More
    Have your say to halt Blackburn's devastation

    Have your say to halt Blackburn’s devastation

    Not only has Blackburn lost huge numbers of magnificent trees as part of the level crossing removal project, the government is now proposing to cut down most of Blackburn Village’s remaining trees for a ... Read More
    Secret CFA negotiations revealed

    Secret CFA negotiations show Premier knew of problems

    The secret negotiations revealed by the Herald Sun today show Premier Andrews knew there were big problems with Fair Work's recommended CFA deal at the same time he was out there telling volunteers there was ... Read More
    Blackburn's tree loss continues

    Blackburn rail project – Ministers need to visit and end harm

    The chain-sawing of magnificent, decades-old Blackburn trees continues along Morton Park. Residents have lost all confidence in the Level Crossing Removal Authority after their repeated contradictions, lack of information and inability to give straight answers ... Read More
    Labor will fix the ambulance crisis - NOT

    Ambulance response times not improving

    Remember when Labor said there was an ambulance crisis and only they would "fix" it? Well, it's now been revealed that the average ambulance response time has barely changed under Labor, and many response times ... Read More
    Labor ignores calls to bring back move-on laws

    Government ignores calls to bring back move-on laws

    The Andrews government continues to ignore pleas from police to bring back the move-on laws that Labor repealed. These laws gave police the power to head off violent protests before they happened, but now police ... Read More
    Labor exempted these rioters from move on laws

    Rioting protesters exempted from move-on laws

    We've had yet another riot in Melbourne over the past weekend. The Andrews government repealed the Coalition’s move-on laws that gave police power to head off violent protests before they started, and now the ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 23 June 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 23 June 2016

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and National MPs highlighted the harm that communities will suffer from Labor’s attempt to hand control over the CFA to the UFU, as well as its breaches of ... Read More
    Crime gangs fearless as Labor lets it happen

    Carjackings soar by 80 per cent

    Where has Victoria got to when people can’t even drive on our streets in their own car without risking being rammed, attacked and robbed by an armed gang of violent youths? This is what ... Read More
    Deal risks CFA's future - Jack Rush QC

    Deal risks CFA’s future – Jack Rush QC

    The Herald Sun has published a powerful assessment of the CFA crisis by Jack Rush QC, the highly regarded counsel to Victoria’s Bushfires Royal Commission. Premier Andrews wanted the CFA to break the law ... Read More
    Premier's claims can't be be believed

    Government wrote announcement for new CFA CEO

    Last Friday, Premier Andrews’ new puppet CFA Board announced they had appointed a new CEO within hours of former CEO, Lucinda Nolan, being forced to resign. Now the CFA have admitted their announcement was written ... Read More
  • Secret CFA negotiations revealed

    Secret CFA negotiations show Premier knew of problems

    The secret negotiations revealed by the Herald Sun today show Premier Andrews knew there were big problems with Fair Work's recommended CFA deal at the same time he was out there telling volunteers there was ... Read More
    Deal risks CFA's future - Jack Rush QC

    Deal risks CFA’s future – Jack Rush QC

    The Herald Sun has published a powerful assessment of the CFA crisis by Jack Rush QC, the highly regarded counsel to Victoria’s Bushfires Royal Commission. Premier Andrews wanted the CFA to break the law ... Read More
    Premier's claims can't be be believed

    Government wrote announcement for new CFA CEO

    Last Friday, Premier Andrews’ new puppet CFA Board announced they had appointed a new CEO within hours of former CEO, Lucinda Nolan, being forced to resign. Now the CFA have admitted their announcement was written ... Read More
    CFA - reckless board and two-faced Premier

    Puppet CFA Board rubber-stamps new CEO

    Yet more duplicity from Premier Daniel Andrews. Last Tuesday, he told Victorians the future of the CFA’s CEO was nothing to do with him. Yet on Friday, his newly appointed puppet CFA Board was ... Read More
    Bill Shorten stays silent on UFU

    Bill Shorten silent on UFU control over CFA

    Bill Shorten has weighed into the issue of council amalgamations in NSW, but he won’t say a word to condemn the UFU taking control over the CFA in Victoria. In contrast, Malcolm Turnbull has ... Read More
    Is Labor's CFA Board sacking illegal?

    Is Labor’s sacking of CFA Board illegal?

    Not only has Premier Andrews acted like a thug and a bully in sacking the CFA Board, but both the Premier and the Deputy Premier, James Merlino, may have broken Federal and State laws and ... Read More
    Scorched Earth

    Andrews scorches CFA Board and Minister

    Emergency Services Minister, Jane Garrett, resigned because she knows and cares about the enormous harm that handing control over the CFA to the firefighters union will do.  The tragedy is that no other Andrews government ... Read More
    Premier calls Cabinet crisis meeting to sell out the CFA

    Premier moves to sell out the CFA

    Unbelievable. A senior Andrews government Minister is caught out for misleading the Parliament, and then has the nerve to claim it was because she “mis-spoke”, even though she had read out every word of her ... Read More
    CFA must be saved from UFU takeover

    CFA must be saved from UFU takeover

    Stubborn and fanatical. It’s a dangerous combination in a leader for any state or country, but that’s what Victoria’s got in Daniel Andrews. East West Link, Skyrail, Marxist sex theories in our ... Read More
    CFMEU threaten strikes and higher power prices

    CFMEU threaten higher power bills

    Victorian families are already struggling to make ends meet, the last thing they need is higher power bills due to outrageous union wage demands. The problem is unions have seen whenever they threaten a strike, ... Read More
    Big rail pay rises mean higher taxes and fares

    Big rail pay rises mean higher taxes and fares

    Taxpayers and commuters face higher fares and payments to rail operators after rail unions were yesterday given big pay rises to call off strikes that threatened level crossing removals. It looks as though yet again ... 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
  • This week in Parliament 23 June 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 23 June 2016

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and National MPs highlighted the harm that communities will suffer from Labor’s attempt to hand control over the CFA to the UFU, as well as its breaches of ... Read More
    This week in Parliament - 9 June 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 9 June 2016

    In a week in State Parliament dominated by the CFA issue, Liberal and Nationals MPs tried on every possible occasion to expose and stop what Premier Andrews was moving to do, through questions, motions and ... Read More
    Labor abandons question time

    Andrews government abandons question time

    Most people would regard question time as being at the heart of modern Westminster democracy – where Ministers are asked and answer questions on key issues affecting the community. But not according to the Labor Party ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 26 May 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 26 May 2016

    In a tumultuous week in State Parliament, Liberal and National MPs repeatedly questioned the government over soaring levels of youth gang crime, and called on the government to reverse their cuts and provide more frontline ... 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
  • Labor will fix the ambulance crisis - NOT

    Ambulance response times not improving

    Remember when Labor said there was an ambulance crisis and only they would "fix" it? Well, it's now been revealed that the average ambulance response time has barely changed under Labor, and many response times ... Read More
    Labor ignores calls to bring back move-on laws

    Government ignores calls to bring back move-on laws

    The Andrews government continues to ignore pleas from police to bring back the move-on laws that Labor repealed. These laws gave police the power to head off violent protests before they happened, but now police ... Read More
    Labor exempted these rioters from move on laws

    Rioting protesters exempted from move-on laws

    We've had yet another riot in Melbourne over the past weekend. The Andrews government repealed the Coalition’s move-on laws that gave police power to head off violent protests before they started, and now the ... Read More
    Crime gangs fearless as Labor lets it happen

    Carjackings soar by 80 per cent

    Where has Victoria got to when people can’t even drive on our streets in their own car without risking being rammed, attacked and robbed by an armed gang of violent youths? This is what ... Read More
    Crime soars as police look powerless

    Crime soars as police look powerless

    Victoria’s soaring crime rate shows the folly of the state government’s soft approach to crime, with crime up by 12.4 per cent and violent gangs thinking nothing of robbing and terrorising families in their ... Read More
    Prison rioters must face the consequences

    Prison rioters must face the consequences

    It looks as though some of last year's "smoking ban" prison rioters will face minimal consequences, with the main charges against them being dropped. These riots showed complete contempt for the law and for authority, ... Read More
    Will CFMEU mates be exempted from no mask laws

    Will “no mask” laws apply to Labor’s CFMEU mates?

    The Andrews government has landed itself in a mess over its scrapping of move-on laws. The Labor Party was quite happy to have masked CFMEU thugs on picket lines blockading ordinary workers who just wanted ... Read More
    Police call for move-on laws return

    Calls grow for return of move-on laws

    Victoria's Police Association has joined calls to return move-on powers against protesters who threaten violence. Labor scrapped those powers to help their mates in the CFMEU and left wing protest groups. Police are now left ... Read More
    Labor exempted these thugs from move on laws

    Thugs exempted from move-on laws

    Another riot on our streets yesterday, as those looking for violence think they can defy the law and get away with it. Police were left powerless to use move-on laws to head off the riot, ... Read More
    Chelsea Flower Show poppies

    5000 Poppies project at Chelsea Flower Show

    A spectacular field of 300,000 handcrafted poppies now covers the central lawn of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, thanks to the 5000 Poppies project. The 5000 Poppies project began as a small personal tribute by two inspiring Australian women, ... 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
  • Government scraps community consultation

    Government cancels bike route consultation forum

    Extraordinary. The Andrews government has suddenly scrapped a key community consultation forum on its proposed bike path route from Laburnum to Blackburn station. The cancellation follows sustained resident criticism of the government’s lack of ... Read More
    Residents call for end to Blackburn's devastation

    Residents call for end to Blackburn devastation

    Blackburn residents last night called for an end to the devastation being caused by the government’s handling of the Blackburn rail project. At a packed meeting at the Whitehorse Council offices, residents grilled VicRoads ... Read More
    Have your say to halt Blackburn's devastation

    Have your say to halt Blackburn’s devastation

    Not only has Blackburn lost huge numbers of magnificent trees as part of the level crossing removal project, the government is now proposing to cut down most of Blackburn Village’s remaining trees for a ... Read More
    Blackburn's tree loss continues

    Blackburn rail project – Ministers need to visit and end harm

    The chain-sawing of magnificent, decades-old Blackburn trees continues along Morton Park. Residents have lost all confidence in the Level Crossing Removal Authority after their repeated contradictions, lack of information and inability to give straight answers ... Read More
    Save Blackburn village and trees

    Blackburn community rallies against tree devastation

    Blackburn community groups and residents gathered yesterday to protest against the seemingly indiscriminate tree removals occurring as part of the Blackburn rail project. It’s been estimated that up to 450 trees will go, a massive ... Read More
    Blackburn community calls for subway widening

    Blackburn community calls for subway widening

    The Blackburn community turned out in strength today to call on the Andrews government to do the Blackburn rail project properly and widen Blackburn station’s narrow, cramped subway. This is a once in a ... Read More
    Community bulldozed on Blackburn rail project

    South Parade devastated by tree and shrub removals

    Without warning or explanation, the Level Crossing Removal Authority has cut down and ripped out a huge strip of trees and shrubs along South Parade, Blackburn, with fears of more to come. Trees near and ... 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