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 News and Issues

  • This week in Parliament - 8 December 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 8 December 2016

    This week in State Parliament, Liberal and Nationals MPs repeatedly sought answers from the Minister for Health over the delays and the lack of warnings and advice given to the public during last month’s thunderstorm ... Read More
    Dan's late scramble

    Dan’s week of spin on law and safety

    After ignoring calls for action for weeks, Premier Andrews now says he wants to rush through legislation to keep Craig Minogue behind bars in the last three days of Parliament for the year. The Premier’s ... Read More
    City of Mel-burg

    Burglaries soar with police shortages and weak laws

    Having your home invaded and trashed by strangers is a terrible experience, but offenders are often never caught or simply let out on bail to go straight back to more burglaries. We need more frontline ... Read More
    Lift stays broken at transport interchange

    Action needed to fix Box Hill Transport Interchange

    The escalator to the bus terminus at the Box Hill transport interchange has been broken for more than a week, and there’s no sign of any action to fix it. Commuters are having to trudge ... Read More
    This week in State Parliament 24 November 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 24 November 2016

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs demanded answers over reports the newly elected Labor government forced the Country Fire Authority to make a massive secret payment to the firefighters union, and forced ... Read More
    Second night of youth justice riots

    Riots continue at Parkville Youth Justice Centre

    What on earth is going on in youth justice in Victoria? How can authorities be so little in control that juvenile offenders can riot for two nights in a row with nothing done to stop ... Read More
    Box Hill remembers world war one sacrifice

    Box Hill remembers World War One sacrifice

    Today’s Remembrance Day service in Box Hill Gardens saw the unveiling of a new plaque to commemorate all who served in World War One. The plaque was unveiled by Ellen Martin and James Garner-Drummond, students ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 10 November 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 10 November 2016

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs questioned the Premier about the higher power prices families and businesses will face, and the risks of power shortages and blackouts, due to the closure of ... Read More
    Crime soars as Corrections Minister quits

    Victoria’s fourth Corrections Minister in 10 months

    Today's resignation of Steve Herbert as a Minister in the Andrews Government will see Victoria have its fourth Corrections Minister in just ten months. As my colleague Edward O'Donohue says, the justice system under Premier ... Read More

    This week in State Parliament – 27 October 2016

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs called for the Minister for Corrections, Steve Herbert, to be dismissed for repeatedly misusing his Ministerial car to take his pet dogs to his holiday home, ... Read More
    Government must halt devastation

    Government must halt Blackburn destruction

    In Parliament this week, I called on the state government to stop their needless destruction of South Parade and along the rail reservation, and listen to the community. Here's what I said: “I raise with ... Read More
    Costs soar but ambulances arrive no quicker

    Costs soar, but ambulances arrive no quicker

    Before the election, Daniel Andrews told Victorians our ambulance system was in crisis and he would fix it. It's now become clear all Mr Andrews has “fixed” is an expensive pay deal with the paramedics ... Read More
  • Costs soar but ambulances arrive no quicker

    Costs soar, but ambulances arrive no quicker

    Before the election, Daniel Andrews told Victorians our ambulance system was in crisis and he would fix it. It's now become clear all Mr Andrews has “fixed” is an expensive pay deal with the paramedics ... Read More
    CFMEU

    Victoria hit by construction industry disruption

    Thanks to the Andrews Government’s abolition of the Victorian Code of Practice for the Building and Construction Industry, Victoria has been left wide open to union thuggery and intimidation in the construction industry. Across the ... Read More

    Unions clip Victorian taxpayers’ ticket

    Yet again, the costs of Victorian infrastructure projects are being driven up by massive pay deals under a Labor government - just like the desalination plant. As today's The Australian reports, construction workers for Melbourne's ... Read More

    CUB picket bullying caught on camera

    Premier Andrews should be condemning the thuggery and bullying on the CUB picket line, not urging the unions to keep their picket going. Backing this rogue union campaign against one of Victoria's best known companies ... Read More

    Picket line thuggery continues

    The thuggery continues at this picket line against CUB backed by the Andrews government, with a cowardly attack on an ordinary worker simply trying to do his job. The Fair Work Commission has already made ... Read More
    Dan's IR Minister backs rogue union disruption

    IR Minister backs union disruption

    This rogue union campaign against CUB is completely outside the Fair Work Act. Yet instead of condemning their actions, Victoria’s Industrial Relations Minister is urging them on. Her job should be about resolving disputes within ... 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. The ... 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 able ... 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 made ... 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
  • This week in Parliament - 8 December 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 8 December 2016

    This week in State Parliament, Liberal and Nationals MPs repeatedly sought answers from the Minister for Health over the delays and the lack of warnings and advice given to the public during last month’s thunderstorm ... Read More
    This week in State Parliament 24 November 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 24 November 2016

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs demanded answers over reports the newly elected Labor government forced the Country Fire Authority to make a massive secret payment to the firefighters union, and forced ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 10 November 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 10 November 2016

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs questioned the Premier about the higher power prices families and businesses will face, and the risks of power shortages and blackouts, due to the closure of ... Read More

    This week in State Parliament – 27 October 2016

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs called for the Minister for Corrections, Steve Herbert, to be dismissed for repeatedly misusing his Ministerial car to take his pet dogs to his holiday home, ... Read More

    This week in State Parliament – 13 October 2016

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs highlighted the ongoing fear and trauma home invasions are causing to victims, and the delays in police responding due to cuts to frontline police numbers. We ... Read More

    This week in State Parliament – 15 September 2016

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs opposed legislation that will allow people to describe their gender as anything they choose on their birth certificate, regardless of their biology or medical evidence. We ... Read More
    This week in Parliament - 1 September 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 1 September 2016

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs opposed legislation that seeks to sack the independent Freedom of Information Commissioner and Privacy and Data Protection Commissioner. We continued to highlight the illegal and undemocratic ... Read More

    Court rejects rorts inquiry gag attempt

    There's a powerful editorial in today’s Herald Sun on Premier Andrews’ arrogant folly in thinking he can break the law and get away with it. Yesterday, the Supreme Court threw out Mr Andrews’ attempt to ... Read More
    This week in Parliament 18 August 2016

    This week in State Parliament – 18 August 2016

    In State Parliament this week, Liberal and Nationals MPs highlighted the Premier's failure to condemn or act against the repeated abuse and bullying of public servants, Ministerial staff and his own Ministers by the firefighters ... 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 the ... 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 ... Read More
  • Dan's late scramble

    Dan’s week of spin on law and safety

    After ignoring calls for action for weeks, Premier Andrews now says he wants to rush through legislation to keep Craig Minogue behind bars in the last three days of Parliament for the year. The Premier’s ... Read More
    City of Mel-burg

    Burglaries soar with police shortages and weak laws

    Having your home invaded and trashed by strangers is a terrible experience, but offenders are often never caught or simply let out on bail to go straight back to more burglaries. We need more frontline ... Read More
    Second night of youth justice riots

    Riots continue at Parkville Youth Justice Centre

    What on earth is going on in youth justice in Victoria? How can authorities be so little in control that juvenile offenders can riot for two nights in a row with nothing done to stop ... Read More
    Box Hill remembers world war one sacrifice

    Box Hill remembers World War One sacrifice

    Today’s Remembrance Day service in Box Hill Gardens saw the unveiling of a new plaque to commemorate all who served in World War One. The plaque was unveiled by Ellen Martin and James Garner-Drummond, students ... Read More
    Crime soars as Corrections Minister quits

    Victoria’s fourth Corrections Minister in 10 months

    Today's resignation of Steve Herbert as a Minister in the Andrews Government will see Victoria have its fourth Corrections Minister in just ten months. As my colleague Edward O'Donohue says, the justice system under Premier ... Read More
    Costs soar but ambulances arrive no quicker

    Costs soar, but ambulances arrive no quicker

    Before the election, Daniel Andrews told Victorians our ambulance system was in crisis and he would fix it. It's now become clear all Mr Andrews has “fixed” is an expensive pay deal with the paramedics ... Read More
    High density threat continues

    High density threat continues for Melbourne’s east

    Further signs have emerged today of the threat to Melbourne's eastern and southern suburbs of more high density development in residential streets. Planning "experts" reported by The Age have now supported last week's recommendation by ... Read More

    Police under pressure

    There are more reports today of police stretched to breaking point by the government's failure to provide enough police. Child abuse and sexual offences investigation teams are amongst those reported to be overrun by work ... Read More
    First responder shortages

    Fewer first responder police now than two years ago

    It's no wonder crime is soaring and we're becoming less safe by the day. In suburb after suburb, there are fewer first responder police now than there were two years ago! Premier Andrews has repeatedly ... Read More
    Crime up as Dan lets it happen

    Crime soars as frontline police cut and laws weakened

    Today’s crime figures show yet again that crime is soaring across Victoria. There’s been a massive 13.4% increase over the past year, with robberies up 14.2%, burglaries up 12.6% and assaults up 11.1%. It’s not ... Read More

    “Tough” new laws won’t apply to teen gangs

    It’s good to see arrests made after yet another terrible home invasion, but unfortunately the teen gang offenders involved are likely to receive the same sort of soft penalties being given to most other juvenile ... Read More
    Government pushes choose your own gender law

    Push for “choose your own gender” law

    Hard to believe, but the Andrews government is trying to push a new law through Parliament to allow people to choose for themselves what sex is listed on their birth certificate, regardless of their biology ... Read More
  • Lift stays broken at transport interchange

    Action needed to fix Box Hill Transport Interchange

    The escalator to the bus terminus at the Box Hill transport interchange has been broken for more than a week, and there’s no sign of any action to fix it. Commuters are having to trudge ... Read More
    Box Hill remembers world war one sacrifice

    Box Hill remembers World War One sacrifice

    Today’s Remembrance Day service in Box Hill Gardens saw the unveiling of a new plaque to commemorate all who served in World War One. The plaque was unveiled by Ellen Martin and James Garner-Drummond, students ... Read More
    Government must halt devastation

    Government must halt Blackburn destruction

    In Parliament this week, I called on the state government to stop their needless destruction of South Parade and along the rail reservation, and listen to the community. Here's what I said: “I raise with ... Read More

    Mont Albert Primary School – turning 100 next year

    School's back for Term 4, and the staff and students at Mont Albert Primary School are busy planning for next year when their school turns 100. I was delighted to visit the school last week ... Read More
    Alrassa Artists 2016

    Alrassa Artists showcase their talent

    Last night saw the official opening of this year's Alrassa Artists exhibition at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre, and it was great to see some of the talented work on display. Alrassa Artists aims ... Read More
    Call for Surrey Hills level crossing safety

    Tragedy shows danger at Surrey Hills level crossing

    Last week’s terrible tragedy shows again the serious safety issues at the Surrey Hills level crossing in Union Road. It was ranked the 14th most dangerous crossing in Victoria in 2008, and many of the ... Read More

    Government won’t listen as Blackburn devastation continues

    The government’s devastation of Blackburn continues, with even more trees being cut down along South Parade as part of the Blackburn rail project. This week has seen the loss of the magnificent gum tree opposite ... Read More
    Neighbourhood Watch Whitehorse service awards

    Service recognised at Neighbourhood Watch Whitehorse

    Congratulations to all who received their certificates for 'long service' with Neighbourhood Watch Whitehorse at last night's community meeting. It's been marvellous contribution over so many years to help keep our community safe, and a ... Read More
    Koonung Secondary College Science and Food Technology Centre opening

    Science and Food Technology Centre opens at Koonung Secondary College

    Congratulations to all at Koonung Secondary College on the official opening of the school’s new Science and Food Technology Learning Centre last night. The centre will provide state-of-the-art facilities for subjects where good facilities are ... 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 consultation ... 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 and ... 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 bike ... Read More