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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.


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


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.

Why Is Baillieu Ignoring Road Safety?

A comprehensive road safety strategy to save lives should be delivered by the Baillieu Government immediately following today’s report showing road safety cameras work.

Baillieu Cuts Funding From Kids Healthy Living Programs

The fight against lifestyle disease such as type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity has taken a severe hit as part of the Baillieu Government’s million dollar cuts to education and early childhood programs across Victoria.