Tag: Daniel Andrews

Daniel Andrews visits Sankat Mochan Temple


By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 1 December: The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today had a first-hand experience of Indian hospitality laced with spiritual vitality and devotion. He was on a visit to the Sankat Mochan Temple, Huntingdale with Member for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos, MP, where they were welcomed by Mr. Arvind Srivastava, Mrs. Sunila Srivastava along with an array of devotees.

The guests were taken around the temple premises and the Premier took a keen interest in it and inquired and listened to the plans to improve facilities at the place of worship. Aarti was performed and the Premier honored with the traditional shawl by the temple priest.

Addressing the august gathering Mr. Srivastava detailed the Hindu spiritual traditions and the various activities of the Sankat Mochan Temple.

Hon. Daniel Andrews in his speech said, “I was delighted to visit the Sankat Mochan Temple and see the fantastic work it does as one of the best supporters of our local Indian community.”

He advised the Sankat Mochan Samiti (the committee that runs the temple) to wisely and in detail draw up the plans for the temple’s expansion which would help the State government to look into the matter.

The Premier then mixed with the devotees and posed for pictures while having Indian snacks.

Victoria’s family violence system to be overhauled

BY SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 29 March: The Daniel Andrews led Labor Government in Victoria is all set to build a better system to put family violence victims at the heart of new reforms it plans to implement. The reforms will emanate from the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence Report, tabled in Parliament today.

The state government plans to overhaul Victoria’s broken family violence system from the bottom up, with the help of the report.

It will implement all 227 recommendations stemming from the report – with work underway on recommendations around risk management and information sharing.

The government says: “We will establish 17 state-wide safety hubs, boost early intervention services and provide more specialist family violence services within courts. We will ensure stronger accountability for perpetrators, more resources for police, family violence training at hospitals and schools and an independent agency to hold governments to account.”

Premier Daniel Andrews said, “I refuse to look back in ten years’ time and admit that we could have done more to save innocent lives. We will get this right.
We will punish the perpetrators, listen to the survivors and change the culture that allows family violence to happen in the first place. There can be no more excuses. Our work begins today to overhaul our broken family violence system from the bottom up.”
“We will introduce new laws so that the privacy of perpetrators doesn’t trump the safety of victims. There will be a housing blitz for women in crisis, and more resources for schools to teach the next generation about respectful relationships.
Above all, we will put victims at the heart of our reforms. We will work with victims and survivors, and with the people and organisations that support them, to build a better system that will help prevent family violence and keep people safe,” says a media release from the Premier’s office.

Minister for Prevention for Family Violence Fiona Richardson said, “This report will change everything. We want to create a new system that helps prevent violence and gives victims and survivors the support they need.”

- SAT News Service.

Commissioning of the 48th Premier of Victoria

Melbourne: Daniel Andrews was sworn in as Victoria’s 48th Premier along with the Cabinet he says will make Victoria a fairer, stronger state.

Mr Andrews and his ministry were sworn in before Governor Alex Chernov on Thursday, 4 December 2014.

Tim Pallas has been anointed Treasurer, while Jill Hennessy takes on the key Health portfolio along with Ambulance Services.

James Merlino is Deputy Leader and will be Education Minister, and as Attorney-General, Martin Pakula becomes Victoria’s top lawmaker.

The 22-member Cabinet includes nine females, with Jaala Pulford, 40, and Jane Garrett, 41, promoted to the front bench.

Ms Pulford has been named Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council while Ms Garrett will look after Emergency Services.

Jacinta Allan, who served as minister in both the Bracks and Brumby governments, is charged with looking after Public Transport and Employment.

The Police portfolio goes to Wade Noonan, while Fiona Richardson will oversee Family Violence Prevention – a policy area that will be thrust into the spotlight as Labor holds Australia’s first royal commission into family violence. Her appointment is an Australian first.
- SAT News Service

Labor’s Diwali gift: Indian precinct in Melbourne

Photo: SAT/NN

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 25 October: Leader of opposition in Victoria and Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Hon. Daniel Andrews, today announced Labor will build an, ‘Indian Cultural Precinct’ in Melbourne, if elected to govern Victoria on 29 November, when Victoria goes to polls to elect a new government. The surprise Diwali gift was announced by Hon. Daniel Andrews at the Federation Square Diwali event, organised by the Celebrate India.

The historic announcement by Hon. Daniel Andrews was cheered by thousands of Diwali celebrants in the heart of the city. The announcement is being seen as a pre poll wooing of the Indian community as well as the culmination of the struggle of the ‘Little India’ precinct traders in Dandenong, which the Places Victoria has earmarked for redevelopment. The ‘Little India’ traders have been agitating for a long time demanding compensation for loss of business as a consequence of Places Victoria’s decision to get rid of the precinct. Labor’s announcement is expected to boost its chances further in the next month’s Victorian elections where it is already ahead of the Coalition in opinion polls.

In his announcement Hon. Daniel Andrews did not mention ‘Little India’ but said, “Victoria’s Indian community is Australia’s largest, but doesn’t have a precinct to call its own – Labor will fix this.”

He said, ” The Greek community celebrate in Lonsdale Street, there is Chinatown on Little Bourke, Lygon Street is richly Italian and the Vietnamese have Little Saigon in Footscray – Melbourne will now have an Indian cultural
precinct as well.”

“This will be a place to hold festivals, a hub to support businesses, a draw card to attract tourists – it will be a
meeting place for the entire community,” he said.

Mr. Andrews also said Labor will undertake a process to find the most appropriate location and what the precinct will

comprise of in consultation with communities and organisations.

Many Indians including Little India traders, community leaders and political activists who were present at the Federation Square expressed their happiness at the announcement.

An official media release from Hon. Daniel Andrews’s office is expected soon.

- SAT News Service.

Daniel Andrews: Labour will not increase GST


By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, May 15: The Leader of opposition in Victoria, Mr. Daniel Andrews today said a future Labour government in Victoria will neither increase GST nor expand its reach. He was answering to a question during a media conference today by SAT, whether Federal cuts to education and health could lead to increase in GST in Victoria.
Mr. Andrews said, “Tony Abbott and Nepthine could allot billions for the proposed ‘East-West Link’ but not for hospitals and schools.”
He also criticised the proposed cuts to the ABC and SBS calling them “mean spirited”.
“If you cut like this it is disfranchising the people. The cutbacks from Canberra we have to fix them as a priority,” he said.
Mr. Andrews also touched his ‘Project 10,000 – Trains, Roads and Jobs’ plan for Victoria. The plan envisages removing 50 worst level crossings, build a Melbourne Metro Rail, get 5,000 trucks a day off the West Gate Bridge, $ 2 billion for roads and create 10,000 construction jobs.
“We need a world class transport system, new stations in the city and doubling the size of the city loop,” he said.
Shadow Minister for Public Transport, Jill Hennessy MP was also present at the media conference held in Parliament House. She further detailed the ‘Project 10,000’ and answered questions from media persons.

- SAT news Service.