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Ryan confesses he won’t deliver PSO rollout promise

Embattled Police Minister Peter Ryan has admitted he will not meet his election promise to have two PSOs patrolling every station on the suburban rail network, Opposition police spokesman James Merlino said today.

Baillieu inaction causes Parkwood Secondary to close

ParkwoodSecondaryCollege, one of the schools within the Maroondah Regeneration project, could be forced to close at the end of the year leaving students, their families and teaching staff with an uncertain future, Shadow Minister for Education James Merlino said today.

Baillieu Government dragged to pay deal

The Baillieu Government had to be dragged to the negotiating table on the Community and Public Sector Union wages deal, Deputy Opposition Leader James Merlino said today.

Baillieu’s tough on crime promise in tatters

Premier Ted Baillieu’s law and order policy is in tatters with figures showing police numbers falling in high growth areas, Opposition Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister for Police James Merlino said today.

Baillieu cuts hurt schools in Narre Warren

Alkira Secondary College and Narre Warren P-12 are both struggling under the weight of the Baillieu Government’s massive cutbacks in education, Shadow Minister for Education James Merlino said.

Baillieu fails on law and order after crime increases

The Baillieu Government’s ‘tough on crime’ agenda is in tatters, with new statistics revealing overall crime has increased for the first time in more than 10 years. The statistics, released by Victoria Police, show overall crime has risen by 4.1 per cent in the past 12 months to March.

Booming schools in the West ignored by Baillieu

Despite a booming population and record enrolments, the Baillieu Government continues to procrastinate in the face of calls for improved education facilities in Melbourne’s inner west, Shadow Education Minister James Merlino said today.

2012 Victorian Opposition State Budget Response

Families in the Dandenong’s hoping for the Baillieu Government to deliver a budget that would create jobs and provide much-needed support have been let down, Member for Monbulk, James Merlino said today.

Campaign building up steam

The campaign to save Puffing Billy is building up steam with a further 1450 petitioners having their request lodged in the Victorian Parliament today by Upper House Member for Eastern Victoria Johan Scheffer.

Dixon silent on bullying of school principal

In an outrageous abuse of parliamentary process, Liberal Member for Western Metropolitan Region Bernie Finn has called for the Minister for Education to sack a highly regarded principal, Shadow Minister for Education James Merlino said today.

NEW LABOR SHADOW CABINET ANNOUNCED

Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has today announced minor changes to Labor’s Shadow Ministry.

As part of the changes, Deputy Leader James Merlino has been appointed the new Shadow Minister for Education, while the newest member of the Shadow Cabinet, John Eren, is now responsible for the Sport and Recreation and Volunteers portfolios.

New “Traveller” road laws are as clear as mud

The Baillieu Government’s weak attempt to claim it’s working to make the state’s roads safer has unravelled, with its Road Safety Bill to have significant unintended consequences for Victorian drivers, it was revealed today.

Shadow Minister for Road Safety James Merlino said the Government’s attempt to rush a Bill through Parliament to stop drivers having a “traveller” during a car trip had left Victorians utterly confused about what they can and can’t do on and off the road.

Christmas Appeal

‘CHRISTMAS OF HOPE’, 'BRIDGING THE GAP' & 'SHARE THE JOY' CHRISTMAS APPEALS

James Merlino, Member for Monbulk has taken the opportunity to donate a special Christmas hamper to the ‘Christmas of Hope’ Christmas appeal and has today urged everyone to get involved and help those in need.

Proposed McDonalds In Tecoma

I do not as a rule publicly criticise Yarra Ranges Council, unfortunately this has to be the exception.