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Blind workers deserve a fair go!

Vision Australia has announced it will close all Vision Australia Enterprises units in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The closures leave more than 70 vision-impaired workers without jobs.


To celebrate the National Year of Reading in 2012 Burrinja Cultural Centre and Eastern Regional Libraries partnered to bring to the wider region’s community Fashion meets Fiction, an exciting and innovative exhibition concept that brought together the love of popular fiction and its many famous colourful characters with the cultural trend towards high-end fashion, and particularly period pieces, in a quality art-museum context.

Napthine’s sham feasibility study failing Lilydale students

The Napthine Government’s announcement of yet another feasibility study will not reopen the gates to Swinburne’s Lilydale campus and will do nothing for the students who had to find another place to study, Shadow Education Minister and Member for Monbulk James Merlino said today.

Kelly Lean and Alison Youlten

Volleyball is a particularly strong sport in my region. I want to congratulate two local girls, Kelly Lean and Alison Youlten. They have known each other since attending Selby Primary School together, and they remain great friends. Both have made the under-19 Victorian volleyball teams and will play in the national championships in Canberra next month, and both are captaining their respective teams.

Napthine keeps ambulance response times hidden

The Napthine Government has gagged Ambulance Victoria from publishing figures on a website that would show ambulance response times and provide the community with up-to-date information about how bad the crisis in the ambulance system has become, Member for Monbulk James Merlino said today.

Wes Fleming

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Wes Fleming and his team on their outstanding and inspirational victory at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London. For the first time in 100 years an Australian team has won the coveted Best in Show award. In his ninth and final year competing at this world-leading event, Wes has triumphed.


The Napthine Government has released its latest hospital data which shows a further blowout in the number of Victorians waiting for elective surgery, Member for Monbulk, James Merlino said today.

Budget slashes Health

Patients at the Angliss Hospital will be no better off under this year’s budget due to another year of health funding cuts by the Napthine Government, James Merlino, Member for Monbulk said.

Local CFA cuts expected in State Budget

The Napthine Liberal Government's budget cuts to the Country Fire Authority (CFA) are set to continue with reports this week that a further $40 million will be cut in next week’s State Budget, Mr Merlino, State Member for Monbulk said today.

Weeds: control

I raise a matter for the Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, and the action I seek is for the minister to support the establishment of a biological control program to combat the weed wandering trad.