Archives for February, 2012

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Baillieu Fails Public Transport Commuters

Fiona Richardson | 

Today’s release of the Victorian Auditor General’s report into Public Transport Performance has slammed the Baillieu Liberal National Government for failing to invest in public transport.

Cutting Back Local Content Will Hurt Industry

Tim Holding | 

Reports that the Baillieu Government is set to further slash support for industry will send a shiver down the spine of all Victorians who depend on a strong manufacturing sector for jobs and security.

Baillieu Set To Abandon Geelong Port For Car Trade

Tim Pallas | 

It appears the Baillieu Government has all but abandoned plans to relocate the export and import of cars from Webb Dock to the Port of Geelong after a massive lobbying effort from Victoria’s beleaguered car and shipping industry to block the move.

Labor Calls For Sunset On Baillieu’s Port Tax Grab

Tim Pallas | 

The Baillieu Government has no choice but to support Opposition amendments and legislate an end date for a planned $75 million annual tax grab on the Port of Melbourne Corporation.

Baillieu Abandons Girgarre Manufacturing Jobs

Tim Pallas | 

The Baillieu-Ryan Government must accept responsibility for the failed attempt by a local co-op to purchase a Heinz factory near Shepparton and save local jobs.

Future Of Geelong Jobs Uncertain Under Baillieu’s Cuts

Daniel Andrews | 

Thousands of families in Geelong are still facing an uncertain future as the Baillieu Government refuses to detail exactly which areas and positions will be impacted by its decision to cut 3600 public sector jobs.

Future Of Ballarat Jobs Uncertain Under Baillieu’s Cuts

Daniel Andrews | 

Thousands of families in Ballarat are still facing an uncertain future as the Baillieu Government refuses to detail exactly which areas and positions will be impacted by its decision to cut 3600 public sector jobs.

Bendigo Senior Secondary Struggles To Keep VCAL

James Merlino | 

The Baillieu Government’s cuts to the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning have had a significant impact on Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s ability to offer a range of courses.

Suburban Stations Forgotten In PSO Policy Shambles

James Merlino | 

The first group of Protective Service Officers (PSOs) being rolled out this week are being deployed to stations where there are toilet facilities rather than where they are actually needed.

Statement From The Shadow Minister For Education

James Merlino | 

Shadow Minister for Education James Merlino today welcomed the Gonski review, saying it was the first step by the Federal Government in reforming the way education is funded.

Constitutional Challenge Threat Against Port Tax

Tim Pallas | 

The Tasmanian Government has threatened a constitutional challenge against the Baillieu Government’s new Port of Melbourne tax as industry anger about the charge grows.

Baillieu Needs A Plan As More Jobs Are Lost

Daniel Andrews | 

The Premier has no choice but to deliver a jobs plan after Qantas today announced it would sack hundreds of workers and Victoria lost thousands of full-time jobs last month.

Baillieu Puts Politics Ahead Of Safety In St Albans

Daniel Andrews | 

The Baillieu Government is ignoring calls to fund a level crossing upgrade for St Albans despite the crossing being ranked number three on an independent priority list and the scene of two recent fatalities.

Families Call On Baillieu To Fix Somerton Road Now

Daniel Andrews | 

The Baillieu Government’s continuing failure to fix one of Victoria’s most dangerous roads was putting at risk the lives of local motorists and residents in Melbourne’s north-west.