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Only Labor will upgrade Monbulk College

Victorian Labor will upgrade Monbulk College, Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, announced today. Mr Andrews joined Labor Member for Monbulk, James Merlino, to deliver the news to parents and teachers.

Mooroolbark East Primary School

It was great to join with the Leader of the Opposition at Mooroolbark East Primary School recently. I am very impressed with the school, which is a large primary school with over 500 children. It is particularly welcoming of students with additional needs and runs a very successful and innovative program. However, the school has needs.

Murray McAlister

I would like to pay tribute to Murray McAlister, who recently passed away. Murray's life was one of dedication and love for his family, his community of the Dandenong ranges and his career as an educator.

Upwey Tecoma community recreational and sporting hub

I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Sport and Recreation in the other place. The action I seek is that the minister approve a Community Facilities Funding program major facilities application for the Upwey Tecoma community recreational and sporting hub (UTCRASH). I congratulate Yarra Ranges Shire Council and the councillors that have approved the application, including Councillor Maria McCarthy, seeking $500 000 for this very exciting project to replace a well-loved but updated pavilion, which includes portables acting as change rooms.

Monbulk Football Netball Club

On Saturday I attended the Monbulk Football Netball Club's president's lunch. We were entertained by the legendary Merv Hughes, and I spoke again to club members about their plans for the redevelopment of the recreation reserve.

Jewish Catholic Friendship Dinner

Last Sunday night I attended the Jewish Catholic Friendship Dinner at the Catholic Leadership Centre. Along with the member for Caulfield, I heard about an interfaith trip to Jerusalem by four Christians, four Jews and four Muslims.

William Ruthven Secondary College

I want to congratulate William Ruthven Secondary College on its exhibition entitled 'Our Place -- A Multicultural School in a Multicultural Melbourne and World' on display this week in Queen's Hall. It is great, Speaker, and I am sure you have had a look at the display.

Member for Frankston

The Premier said in his press conference, 'We will not be held to ransom by Mr Shaw and his antics'. Yes, he will be held to ransom. There is no government business program and no debate about the Privileges Committee report into the rorting of the member for Frankston -- no debate.

Basketball Victoria

I was very pleased to attend the Basketball Victoria annual awards dinner on Tuesday, 29 April, along with 300 other people.

Reverend Andrew Smith

I welcome Reverend Andrew Smith, who is the new Anglican vicar for the parish of Mount Dandenong, which covers St Michael's in Kalorama and St Matthew's in Olinda.

Samantha Jackel

Congratulations to Ferny Creek resident Sam Jackel, who was presented with the Barnardos Mother of the Year 2014 Victoria award. The Barnardos Mother of the Year is the largest and most recognised of the national awards celebrating motherhood.

Health Crisis

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

Swinburne University of Technology

The Liberal government forced the closure of the Swinburne University of Technology Lilydale campus as a result of its savage cuts to TAFE. Since June last year the gates have been padlocked and the opportunity of a university or TAFE education has been lost to thousands of young people in the outer east.