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James Merlino
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Education

As your State Member of Parliament, I am passionate about representing our local community. My office and staff are here to help you and your family. Please feel free to contact my office in Belgrave, or send through an email.

Media Releases

Health Crisis

April 9, 2014

Tony Abbott’s Liberal Government will slash $277 million from Victoria’s hospitals, heaping more pressure on a system already struggling to cope.


February 11, 2014

State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino is today calling on local motorists to nominate roads that have become dangerous, fallen into disrepair and need fixing on .


Ken Dowling

February 11, 2014

There are people we meet who quietly yet powerfully leave an indelible mark. I want to pay tribute to such a person in my community, Ken Dowling. Ken passed away last month after a long battle with cancer. I have known Ken and his partner, Chris, for many years, and worked with Ken in his capacity of the driver, the champion and ultimately the deliverer of the magnificent redevelopment of Montrose Recreation Reserve.

Government performance

October 30, 2013

I grieve for Victorians. I grieve that Victorians are subject to the dysfunctional circus that is this government. Almost three years ago Victorians went to the polls. They elected a government which pledged that accountability and transparency would be its principles, and they elected a Premier who promised 'no spin and no secrecy'.