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Tragic TAFE cuts – The people have spoken!

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has presented more than 28,000 signed petitions to State Parliament in Ballarat calling on the Baillieu Government to reverse its callous budget cuts to TAFE, State Member for Monbulk, James Merlino said today.

Baillieu inaction causes Parkwood Secondary to close

ParkwoodSecondaryCollege, one of the schools within the Maroondah Regeneration project, could be forced to close at the end of the year leaving students, their families and teaching staff with an uncertain future, Shadow Minister for Education James Merlino said today.

Swinburne University of Technology: Lilydale campus

I raise a matter for the Minister for Higher Education and Skills. The action I seek is that the minister immediately intervene to ensure the continued operation of Swinburne University of Technology's Lilydale TAFE and university campus.

Schools: Volleyball programs

Two schools in my electorate, Monbulk College and Upwey High School, and Billanook College just outside my electorate, have longstanding and highly successful volleyball programs. All three schools competed in the recent Victorian Volleyball Schools Cup, with 160 teams competing at the State Volleyball Centre.

Taking on the Greens

LABOR Party members and supporters across the country are gravely concerned about the future of progressive politics in this country. We are also, quite frankly, fed up with the behaviour, intransigence and hypocrisy of the Greens party.

Parks Victoria: industrial action

The iconic 1000 steps at the foothills of the Dandenongs is well known as an important commemoration of the Kokoda campaign and is important to those who access the venue for fitness training. Unfortunately the critical importance of the role played by Parks Victoria staff in maintaining this site and parks across the state is lost on the Baillieu government.

Peter Marke

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate a great community leader, Peter Marke, on being awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in the recent Queen's Birthday honours list.

Mount Lilydale Mercy College: Honour Roll

Congratulations to my old school, Mount Lilydale Mercy College, and the Old Collegians Association on the recent gala dinner where we celebrated the very first inductees into the school's Mercy honour roll.

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.