Tag: Victoria

What is Melbourne’s population?

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.”

via What is Melbourne’s population?

A chequered history: Matthew Guy’s most controversial decisions

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.

 A chequered history: Matthew Guy’s most controversial decisions

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As planning minister, the Liberal Opposition Leader signed a multimillion-dollar settlement with taxpayers’ money to avoid a date in court.

  • by Royce Millar & Chris Vedelago

 

‘Dark times’: Expert predicts few safe places for Victoria’s Liberal

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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.

‘Dark times’: Expert predicts few safe places for Victoria’s Liberal

Labor refers Liberal, National MPs to police in new rorting claim

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.

via Labor refers Liberal, National MPs to police in new rorting claim

Victorian ReachTEL poll: 51-49 to Labor, and time running out for upper house reform

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.

via Victorian ReachTEL poll: 51-49 to Labor, and time running out for upper house reform

Court ruling a resounding defeat for the Liberal Party

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.

via Court ruling a resounding defeat for the Liberal Party

Victorian Parliament to vote on negotiating Australia’s first Aboriginal treaty – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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.

via Victorian Parliament to vote on negotiating Australia’s first Aboriginal treaty – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The religious minority seizing power in the Liberal Party

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.

via The religious minority seizing power in the Liberal Party

Guy under pressure to allow gay ‘conversion’ therapy for kids

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.

Guy under pressure to allow gay ‘conversion’ therapy for kids

‘Core group’ of repeat offenders behind home invasions, top cop says

“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.

via ‘Core group’ of repeat offenders behind home invasions, top cop says

Why education superpower Finland is interested in Victorian schools

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.

Source: Why education superpower Finland is interested in Victorian schools

Euthanasia deaths to be permitted in Victoria by 2019 under committee proposal – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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.

Source: Euthanasia deaths to be permitted in Victoria by 2019 under committee proposal – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Victoria signs over $500m in public housing stock to Aboriginal organisation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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.

Source: Victoria signs over $500m in public housing stock to Aboriginal organisation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)