Tag: Daniel Andrews

Daniel Andrews announces $556,000 to kick start Indian Community Centre to be led by the Sankat Mochan Simiti

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 15 September: Local families and community organizations in the south-east will benefit from a new multipurpose Indian Community Centre to be built in Monash.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos today visited the Sankat Mochan Samiti (SMS) Temple in Huntingdale to announce $556,000 to kick-start the project, delivered as part of the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Program.

In honour of the Sankat Mochan Samiti’s 10-year anniversary, and to make sure the project becomes a reality, Premier Andrews committed to a further $500,000 towards the build, under a re-elected Labor Government.

Addressing a large gathering of devotees and community leaders at the temple Premier Daniel Andrews said, “This investment will provide a dedicated space for Victorians of Indian heritage to come together and celebrate their culture and traditions with pride.”

“Labor believes we are stronger for our diversity – and is willing to make the investments to back it up,” he said.

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The Centre will be used for events, festivals, and activities including adult education programs, as well as providing a dedicated space for locals with Indian heritage to come together and celebrate their culture and traditions.

The SMS will lead the development of the Centre, with every Indian community group in Monash able to make use of the facility.

The SMS has grown from a small group of volunteers into a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping those in need, including offering hot meals and helping newly arrived refugee families find their feet.

Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos said, “Every week, the Sankat Mochan Samiti’s volunteers provide a hot meal and a friendly face to hundreds of people in need. This investment will help them continue their vital work.”

Opposition talk of law and order “totally cheap”, says Daniel Andrews

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 10 May: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today came down heavily on the opposition for talking around about the ‘law and order’ situation in the state. The latest budget, he said, has more money for more police and the last two crime statistics show “we are turning it around”.

Answering to a pointed question during a budget briefing at the Parliament House today by SAT, the Victorian Premier said the opposition’s talk on the subject was “totally cheap” as “we inherited a mess” but have given more resources for special firearms, more drug tests and all support to the Police Commissioner.

“9,300 applications had recently applied for positions in the Victoria Police,” he disclosed.

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MULTICULTURAL FUNDING

Addressing the media, Multicultural Minister Robin Scott said, “Culturally diverse communities in Victoria will benefit from a record boost of $43.6 million in multicultural funding, as part of this year’s Victorian Budget.”

“The funding will ensure every Victorian has the opportunity to celebrate our state’s rich cultural diversity, “said Minister Scott.

ROADS UPGRADE

Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan said, “the budget includes a massive investment in the Suburban Roads Upgrade of $ 2.2 billion package to upgrade 13 arterial roads across the northern and south-eastern suburbs.”

“We’d all rather spend more time with family and friends than stuck in traffic – that’s why we’re fixing the suburban roads people rely on every day,” he said.

BILINGUAL KINDERS

Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos disclosed that Victoria will be the first state in Australia to provide an additional $18 million to give at least 3,000 children attending state-funded kinders the opportunity to learn a language other than English for the very first time.

“The project will start in a few months and which languages form part of the scheme will be decided after community consultation”, she said.

Daniel Andrews blueprint aims to double exports to India to $1 billion over the next decade

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Daniel Andrews blueprint aims to double exports to India to $1 billion over the next decade

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 14 January: In a major announcement to boost trade ties with India, Premier Daniel Andrews today announced his government’s action plan to boost exports of food and manufacturing goods to the country. This along with attracting more international students and visitors to Victoria is likely to create jobs and grow the Victorian economy.

Premier Daniel Andrews today unveiled Victoria’s India Strategy: Our Shared Future ahead of his first official visit to India this week.

The Premier said, “This blueprint is all about expanding our footprint in one of the world’s leading economies, which will boost Victorian businesses and create jobs for locals. We have a plan and we’re getting it done.

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Our tourism, international education, sport and cultural and innovation offerings are the envy of the world. We want India to experience for themselves the best of everything Victoria produces.”

“We’ve worked closely with leaders and industry experts from the Australian Indian community on ways we can make our state’s bond with India even stronger,” he said.

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The Premier said, “This blueprint is all about expanding our footprint in one of the world’s leading economies, which will boost Victorian businesses and create jobs for locals. We have a plan and we’re getting it done.

Our tourism, international education, sport and cultural and innovation offerings are the envy of the world. We want India to experience for themselves the best of everything Victoria produces.”

“We’ve worked closely with leaders and industry experts from the Australian Indian community on ways we can make our state’s bond with India even stronger,” he said.

A media release from the Premier’s office says the strategy will create jobs and grow the Victorian economy by:

“Doubling the value of goods exports – such as food and manufacturing goods – to India from a five-year annual average of $500 million to almost $1 billion by 2027, increasing the number of Indian postgraduate research students in Victoria by 25 per cent doubling the number of Victorian businesses engaged in India from 150 to 300 and nearly tripling the expenditure by Indian visitors to Victoria to $885 million.”

Mr Andrews will travel to India on Monday, where he will showcase Victoria’s strengths as a world-class destination for international education, tourism, sports, culture and innovation. The Premier will visit New Delhi and Bengaluru and is expected to meet Indian Government Ministers and officials apart from other functions.

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Others who addressed the function at the Melbourne University included Prof Robin Jaffery (Australia India Institute), HE High Commissioner of India to Canberra, Dr. A. M. Gondane, Mitu Bhowmick Lange (Mind Blowing Films) and the Acting VC of the Melbourne University.

Victoria developing India business strategy

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 21 November: The Victorian Premier Hon.Daniel Andrews today announced the state is developing it’s ‘India Strategy’ to enhance business and trade relations at the Investment Centre Victoria. Addressing a large gathering of business people, community leaders, and the media, the Victorian Premier said, “much has to be learned from both sides of the partnership.”

The Premier detailed the challenges and opportunities to secure mutual benefits for both Victoria and India. He felt proud that 200,000 Indians have made Victoria their home and expressed his happiness over the success of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne supported by the Victorian government.

On a question by SAT on the lack of a free trade agreement between Australia and India impacting business, Daniel Andrews said,” We have a clear strategy on India and we will update any development related to free trade issue in our strategy”

“The hard you work, the better you do,” he said.

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“Meaningful engagement, use of personal relationships and creating long-term connections were key to the state’s proposed India strategy”, he said. The Premier will lead a big trade mission to India in January next year.

In his speech, Multicultural Minister Robin Scott said, ” The consolidation of Indian culture in Victoria is critical to its relationship with India.”

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Outgoing Indian Consul General in Melbourne Manika Jain intervening during the Q-A session described her experiences here.

Victoria to examine penalty rates cut


Union rally in melbourne to oppose penalty rates cut. Source: Twitter

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 9 March: The Andrews Labor Government has today moved a motion to establish a Parliamentary Committee to examine

the impact of the Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut penalty rates.

The Penalty Rates and Fair Pay Select Committee will look at the impact of penalty rate cuts on award reliant

workers, women, and young people across our state.

It will explore how the state can act to protect workers and prepare a final report by 1 September 2017.

Premier Daniel Andrews says, “We want to hear from ordinary Victorians about how this decision will hurt their ability to earn a decent wage and look after their families.”

“We will also be looking at ways to protect thousands of Victorians from these attacks on their living conditions.”

The Commission’s decision will result in a cut to a range of Sunday and holiday penalty rates, hitting young

workers and women in the fast food, retail and hospitality sectors the hardest.

The Commission is now considering even more penalty cuts in the hair and beauty, tourism, clubs and restaurant

industries. This could leave even more Victorians facing a cut to their take home pay.

Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins says, “The Liberals support these cuts and they refuse to defend Victorian workers against these attacks.”

“Penalty rates are fair, and I will fight to ensure that every worker in this state is treated fairly.”

Despite the widespread damage this will have on many workers the Victorian Liberals support the cuts.

In stark contrast, the Labor Government made a submission to the FWC review strongly opposing any change to penalty rates.