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Swinburne University of Technology

The Liberal government is at it again. Members may remember the Baillieu Knight Frank advertisements, selling off a massive number of schools and ripping away educational opportunities for families and communities but making a fortune for everyone involved in the sell-off.


State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino is today calling on local motorists to nominate roads that have become dangerous, fallen into disrepair and need fixing on .

Ken Dowling

There are people we meet who quietly yet powerfully leave an indelible mark. I want to pay tribute to such a person in my community, Ken Dowling. Ken passed away last month after a long battle with cancer. I have known Ken and his partner, Chris, for many years, and worked with Ken in his capacity of the driver, the champion and ultimately the deliverer of the magnificent redevelopment of Montrose Recreation Reserve.

Government performance

I grieve for Victorians. I grieve that Victorians are subject to the dysfunctional circus that is this government. Almost three years ago Victorians went to the polls. They elected a government which pledged that accountability and transparency would be its principles, and they elected a Premier who promised 'no spin and no secrecy'.

Montrose Football Club

On 7 September Montrose Football Club, the Demons, achieved its long-held dream of victory in division 2 of the Eastern Football League (EFL) grand final. The victory secures the club its rightful place in the best metropolitan footy competition in Australia: division 1 EFL. This was the team's third grand final appearance in a row. After two heartbreaking losses, the club was determined not to let this opportunity slip.

Wandin Junior Football Club

Well done to the members of the Wandin junior footy club under-14s on their premiership victory. Led by young stars Joel Garner, Corey Whitchell, Matthew Brierley, Jackson Byrne, Luke Smith and Tom Merlino -- my nephew and best on ground -- the club defeated a brave South Belgrave.

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.