Archives for May, 2013

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Denis Napthine Unlikely To Sign Up To ‘Gonski’ Reforms

James Merlino | 

The Napthine Government’s startling admission that it was highly ‘unlikely’ that it would sign up to the ‘National Plan for School Improvement’ is a huge blow for schools across Victoria.

Language Education Commitment Lost Under Napthine

Colin Brooks | 

Figures obtained from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) reveal that the provision of languages education in Victorian schools has fallen to its lowest levels in more than five years.

Napthine Must Give A ‘Gonski’ On Victorian Education

Daniel Andrews | 

Premier Denis Napthine must stop playing politics with the needs of Victorian students and sign up to the ‘National Plan for School Improvement’ which implements the recommendations of the Gonski review.

Peter Walsh Admits To Cutting Agriculture Budget

John Lenders | 

Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh’s admission today that the Napthine Government has cut $40 million from Victoria’s agricultural budget is a slap in the face for farmers and rural and regional communities.

Napthine Forced To Backdown On Unfair Construction Code

Natalie Hutchins | 

The Napthine Liberal Government has today been forced to make changes to its construction industry code following last week’s decision by the Federal Court that found the Government’s code had discriminated against workers.

Regional Community Sport To Suffer Under Napthine

Daniel Andrews | 

The Napthine Government’s decision to slash $30 million from sport and recreation across the state will come as a blow to hundreds of local sporting clubs in the states regional centres.

More Apprentices But Less Support At GoTAFE

Steve Herbert | 

Apprentices in the Hume region are doing it tough following the Napthine government’s cuts to apprenticeship support in the state budget.

Napthine’s Backflip On Youth Suicide Prevention Service

Colin Brooks | 

A campaign by local communities and the State Opposition to save the highly regarded School Focused Youth Service (SFYS) from closure appears to have been successful with Premier Napthine now saying the program will continue.

Napthine’s Manufacturing Jobs Free Zone

Adem Somyurek | 

The Napthine Government has walked away from supporting Victoria’s manufacturing industry, now losing the standing of the manufacturing capital of Australia to NSW.

Liberals Prioritise Golden Loos Over Service Delivery

Fiona Richardson | 

The Liberal Government’s Protective Service Officer golden toilet rollout continues with the Government spending $85 million on facilities commuters will not be allowed to use.

Get Involved In National Volunteers Week

John Eren | 

Shadow Minister for Volunteers John Eren today called on Victorians to roll up their sleeves and volunteer with charity and community organisations as part of National Volunteers Week.

Sunbury Students Miss Out On School Capital Funding

Daniel Andrews | 

Sunbury College students were the losers in last week’s Victorian State Budget, only receiving a fraction of required funding despite facilities being well below the 'fair condition threshold' set by the Napthine Government.