Tag: Daniel Andrews

Victoria launches ‘Victoria Together’ online portal


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 1 May 2020: To help keep Victorians connected – and help keep our creators creating – the Victorian Government has launched Victoria Together, a new online portal showcasing the best our state has to offer from live music and comedy to the amazing animals at Melbourne Zoo.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today launched the new site as part of a dedicated campaign to help keep Victorians connected as we face coronavirus – together.

Premier Daniel Andrews says, “There’s nothing more Victorian than watching a live gig, trying out a recipe from one of our best chefs, or visit our
outstanding regional galleries – that’s why we’re bringing these experiences into people’s homes.”

“I know we’re asking a lot of Victorians at the moment but following the rules and staying apart keeps us together as a community.”

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley says, “This digital offering will not only share Victorian creative content with more people – but it will also help generate new opportunities for our creative industries hard hit by this pandemic.”

Victoria Together will also be home to a new online series developed with Mushroom Group, State of Music, which will feature weekly performances from some of our best home-grown talent.

The first episode will air this Sunday at 7.30 pm AEST and will be live-streamed on the site. The episode will be hosted by Rosie Beaton and feature an interview with James Reyne and performances from Birds of Tokyo, Diesel, and G Flip.

The project will also produce other local content, dedicated to supporting and sharing the talents of emerging local artists.

In addition to the State of Music project, the site will be supported by a grants and partnerships program of $2.35 million – mainly to help support creators digitize their content and generate new experiences online for Victorians
who are following health directions and staying at home. With many local artists having lost work, ACMI will help lead the curation of this new content from across our creative industries.

To experience everything Victoria Together has to offer, visit together.vic.gov.au.

Victoria’s modelling confirms staying at home saves lives

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews. Photo: SAT

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 20 April 2020: New state-based modeling shows staying at home and other physical distancing requirements are working to slow the spread of coronavirus, saving thousands of Victorian lives.

The modeling, undertaken by Monash University and the Doherty Institute, in collaboration with epidemiology experts
in the Department of Health and Human Services, finds that if no physical distancing restrictions were in place, Victoria would have seen up to 58,000 new coronavirus cases every day at the peak of the pandemic, overwhelming our health system.

The data also reveals that if a business-as-usual approach had been adopted, 10,000 intensive care beds would have
been required and as many as 9,200 Victorians would have been presenting to the hospital every single day. Tragically, it also shows the immense human cost of the pandemic, with as many as 36,000 Victorians dying – that’s averaging 70 lives lost every day and up to 650 deaths in a day during the peak.

Premier Daniel Andrews says, “With Victorians doing the right thing and staying home, we’ve been able to slow the spread of the virus – if we stay the course and don’t get complacent, we will get through this together.”
“We’ll continue to take the advice of our public health experts, informed by the data, as we make decisions about when is the right time to ease some of the restrictions that we have in place.”

The modeling also shows that Victoria’s ‘Reff’ number – the projected number of infections passed on by a person with coronavirus – has dropped to 0.5. If Reff is kept below one, an outbreak slowly wanes. If it is above one, it grows.
Thanks to the current restrictions and the overwhelming number of Victorians doing the right thing, the modeling confirms that our curve is flattening. Victoria’s curve compares favorably with other countries that also acted early, like South Korea and New Zealand.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos says, “We thank all Victorians for playing a part in saving lives – we have a long way to go, but we should all take pride in the positive impact of our efforts.”

For information about coronavirus visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or call 1800 675 398.

Daniel Andrews launches “Standing Together” (休戚与共) campaign with Chinese communities to combat challenges arising from the Coronavirus outbreak

Photo: SAT file

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE,20 February: Iconic Victorian landmarks will be lit up in red and gold and a trade delegation sent to China as part of the Andrews
Labor Government’s show of solidarity with Chinese communities.

Premier Daniel Andrews today launched the 休戚与共 campaign (“Stronger Together”) to combat some of the challenges arising from the COVID-19 outbreak and to urge Victorians to come together in support.

Premier Daniel Andrews says, “We have a long history of standing by our Chinese communities – and that’s what we need to be doing right now.”
We are with you during this challenging time – today, and every day, we are stronger together.”

As part of the push, some of Victoria’s most important buildings – including the Arts Centre, the NGV, the Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Town Hall and Flinders Street Station – will be lit up in red and gold as a symbol of solidarity with Chinese Victorians on Friday.

A number of economic roundtables will bring Chinese community leaders together to share ideas on how to revitalize local businesses and boost trade, with the outbreak already having a significant impact on the hospitality, tourism and international education sectors.

The Labor Government intends to lead a delegation of 100 Victorian businesses to China to further strengthen trade relations.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Richard Wynne says, “As Victorians, we know the only way to respond is with compassion and consideration for each other. To every member of our Chinese community – please know, we stand with you.”

At home, the Government will also host a dinner for the Chinese community – including diplomatic, business and student leaders – paying tribute to the contributions our Chinese communities make to our state every day.

Minister for Jobs, Innovation, and Trade Martin Pakula, “Our partnership with China has helped make our state stronger and more successful.”
“While our trade, tourism and education engagement is crucial, what matters more are the people to people relationships, and at this difficult time, it’s the people of China we are thinking of.”

A media release says that the stories of the contribution of the Chinese communities will be featured across a number of Government digital platforms, sharing with more Victorians the profound role our Chinese communities have played in shaping our state and our nation.

Daniel Andrews bats for a free press, flays concentration of media ownership and control


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE,29 October 2019: Victorian Premier the Hon. Daniel Andrews today minced no words when he supported a free press and said the media in Australia needed more voices and the concentration of media ownership with control was a matter of concern.

The Premier was answering a question by SAT during an interaction with the Indian media at the Parliament House today to comment on the reported move by the federal government to prosecute journalists in some cases for doing sensitive stories. Newspapers around Australia had blacked out their front pages a few days back in protest.

“We need more voices in the media. The concentration and control of media ownership is a concern to me.

You should be able to follow a story in an ethical framework and you can’t be fearful of simply perusing the truth and adding to the truth and fairness. No journalist should be worried to get penalized for that. No journalist should be fearful of these things,” he said.

The Premier further added, “For the federal government it is a difficult balance to strike and there are security issues. I hope they understand as I do that a free press with more voices in the conversation is critically important.”

“Not just having good values on paper but living these values with quality and inclusion is part of our multicultural nation. And the free press is a very important part of that, he said.

The media interaction also included the Victorian Minister for Planning, Housing, and Multicultural Affairs the Hon. Richard Wynne who detailed the many grants and schemes for the multicultural communities. Also present was the Hon. Robin Scott, Assistant Treasurer and the Minister for Veterans along with other MPs including Kaushaliya Vaghela, Matt Fregon and Paul Hammer.

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


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.


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.”