Victoria has signed a fresh deal with the Chinese government and its global ‘Belt and Road’ infrastructure project with Premier Daniel Andrew urging other Australian governments to follow suit.
The agreement, signed in Beijing on Wednesday evening, will deepen cooperation between the state and the Communist-ruled country in the key areas of infrastructure, innovation, ageing and trade development.
Wednesday’s deal was signed only a few hours after federal Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton questioned whether the Premier’s trade efforts in China were in the “national interest”.
The Liberal Party’s candidate for the marginal seat of Yan Yean has quit as the endorsed candidate after a video surfaced that appeared to show her making allegations against Muslims.
They aren’t what they used to be (ODT)
Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger is donating more than $100,000 of his own money to the election campaign as the bitter dispute with the Cormack Foundation, once the party’s most generous donor, drags on.
Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne said people were drawn to Melbourne due to its “booming economy and lots of jobs”.
“We’re building for growth with game-changing projects like the Metro Tunnel and the Melbourne Airport Rail Link, and we’re planning for the future with the Suburban Rail Loop, as well as pouring billions into hospital upgrades and new schools,” he said.
“The Liberals did nothing but cut crucial services for four years and Matthew Guy has promised to send a million extra people into the outer suburbs.”
Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy has been caught up in a string of controversies involving Liberal party figures, donors or donations, notably in his time as planning minister in the Baillieu and Napthine governments between 2010 and 2014.
As planning minister, the Liberal Opposition Leader signed a multimillion-dollar settlement with taxpayers’ money to avoid a date in court.
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Abbott’s Legacy (ODT)
The Liberal Party could be left with just two safe federal seats in all of Victoria if it cannot improve its performance in the polls, a leading Melbourne political scientist has warned.
The Labor Party has referred a number of Liberal and National Party MPs to Victoria Police for investigation, claiming they inappropriately used electorate office staff for political campaigning during normal business hours.
“It’s clear that a significant number of ministerial advisors did not take leave during the caretaker period and instead worked at the direction of then Liberal Party state director, and now convicted criminal, Damien Mantach.
“This allowed the Liberal Party to access taxpayer-funded expenditure in the order of $2 million for the Liberals’ re-election campaign.
“The Liberal Party and National Party refused to have the behaviour of their own MPs investigated by the Ombudsman – they can no longer hide from that scrutiny.”
Victoria Police confirmed it had received a letter from Mr Merlino requesting police investigate payment of government ministerial staff during the election campaign period of 2014.
A Victorian ReachTEL poll for The Age, conducted July 5 from a sample of 1,500, gave Labor a 51-49 lead. Primary votes were 39.4% Coalition, 35.4% Labor, 10.5% Greens, 3.6% One Nation, 2.8% Shooters and 3.5% undecided. The Victorian election will be held on November 24.
Forget the spin, this was a resounding defeat for the Liberal Party and its president, Michael Kroger.
After launching adventurous legal action, the Liberal Party and Kroger had wanted to seize complete control of a $70 million investment fund, the Cormack Foundation.
Thirty years since former prime minister Bob Hawke promised a treaty, Aboriginal leaders urged the Federal Government to reignite the idea.
The Lower House of Victoria’s Parliament is scheduled to vote in favour of negotiating Australia’s first Aboriginal treaty today.
This amounts to nearly 13 per cent of all those now in key positions within the Liberals’ organisational wing, compared to just 0.3 per cent of all Australians who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Combined with conservative Catholics, evangelical Christians from churches such as Victory Faith Centre and City Builders, the religious right-wing now has unprecedented sway in Liberal Party politics.
committee – is their most influential figure.
Other motions to be debated at state council include:
Calls for the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act to re-insert “man” and “woman” in the place of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”. The aim is that a person will define their gender as either male or female, according to their biological and reproductive function.
Calls to ban the Safe Schools program from Victorian schools and any other curriculum teaching a person’s gender may be different from their biological sex or that people can transition.
“That happens, certain kids get out of custody and back to offending,” he said. ”We have got a core group of offenders who we have to work on all the time,” he said.
”When they are not in custody, they are offending. That’s what can happen.”
He added that social media helped offenders to gather and organise.
”You are talking about some core offenders putting a bad name to that whole community … they just see that as the way they are going to make money and get on with life for some reason,” Mr Ashton said.
It’s the education superpower that leaders from around the world watch closely.Now the tables have turned and Finland wants to study what’s happening in Victorian schools.
A medically assisted death could be available in Victoria from 2019 for people with an advanced and incurable illness or medical condition, under a model to be considered by State Parliament.
Proposal to have Sky News commentator speak about party values overruled on basis it would be unhelpful
In a landmark move, the Victoria Government is handing over social housing assets worth $500 million to Aboriginal Housing Victoria to own, manage and develop on behalf of the state’s fast-growing Indigenous community.