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Turnbull’s Plan Abandons Our Most Vulnerable Students

Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to abandon public schools in Victoria is extraordinary. We have a Prime Minister who preaches the importance of innovation but wants to cut federal funding to public education. There is no innovation without a strong public education system. This is just a..

Montrose to get a town centre upgrade

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins and Member for Monbulk James Merlino today announced an $809,000 boost to upgrade Montrose Town Centre, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The library and community building in Montrose will soon be joined via an atrium to create a..

Building The Education State By Breaking The Cycle Of Disadvantage

The Andrews Labor Government has today released the State of Victoria’s Children report, highlighting the need to reduce the impact of disadvantage on children and young people’s education. The 2013-14 report found disadvantage in Victorian communities often lead to difficulties in a child’s education.  The..


Deputy Premier and Member for Monbulk, James Merlino, today released new designs and artist impressions of the $20 million state-of-the-art expansion of Eastern Health’s Angliss Hospital. The designs and impressions show how a fourth level will be constructed on top of the main Angliss Hospital..

Work begins on all ages Belgrave Community Hub

Work has officially begun on the Belgrave Community Hub thanks to a $723,000 boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Representing Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins, Member for Monbulk James Merlino said the additional boost means the project can now be completed in its entirety..

Building The Education State In Morwell

Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing in visiting the Morwell Regeneration Project site, as part of a tour of local schools and facilities. Concrete has now been laid for the Morwell Regeneration Project and steel structures are being..

Celebrating Our Junior Sports Stars

An emerging AFL star who completed VCE while playing finals footy and a young synchronised swimmer on her way to Rio were among those recognised at this year’s Victorian School Sports Awards. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined a host of sporting stars, including..

Turnbull Must Deliver On Gonski Funding

The Andrews Labor Government released figures today that show how much funding each government school would miss out on unless the Turnbull Liberal Government commits to funding the final two years of the Gonski Agreement. Malcolm Turnbull is short-changing Victorian students $1.1 billion over 2018..

$5 Million Upgrade Begins At Ashwood High School

Minister for Education James Merlino and Federal Member for Chisholm Anna Burke today helped turn the first sod in the next stage of a $5 million upgrade at Ashwood High School. The Andrews Labor Government gave Ashwood High School a funding boost in the 2014-15..

Supporting Vulnerable Children In The Education State

New census data released today shows the majority of Victorian children are developmentally on track, but that more support is needed to ensure more kids are capturing the opportunities of the Education State. The 2015 Australian Early Development Census measures a child’s development in social..

Building The Education State At Mount Alexander College

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Essendon Danny Pearson today visited Mount Alexander 7-12 College in Flemington to tour its renovation works, and meet staff and students to discuss current school priorities. Mount Alexander 7-12 College received $250,000 in October 2015 through the..

Work Begins On Rosanna Golf Links Primary Upgrade

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines today helped turn the first sod at the $5.6 million Rosanna Golf Links Primary School refurbishment. Rosanna Golf Links Primary was allocated funding in the 2014-15 Victorian Budget for modernisation work, including construction of..

Banyule School Provision Review Enters Stage Two

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines today visited local schools to tour facilities, meet staff and students, and discuss priorities including the ongoing school provision review. A review into school provision in Banyule is now moving to the next stage,..