Tag: Daniel Andrews

Victoria developing India business strategy


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.


“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.”


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.

Celebrate diversity, not simply tolerate it, says Premier Daniel Andrews


‘Victorian. And proud of it.’ policy launched

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, Sunday 19: The Victorian Premier Hon. Daniel Andrews today called upon the community to celebrate diversity, not simply tolerate it. He was launching along with Deputy Premier James Merlino, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott and Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton who joined hundreds of community leaders at the Punt Road Oval to launch ‘Victorian. And proud of it’.

The new multicultural policy aims “to build on Victoria’s proud immigrant history and reaffirm the shared values that make us a stronger, safer and more harmonious community.”

“We are stronger for our diversity – but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. In the face of extremism and fear, we need to reaffirm what is most important to us.”
“Being a Victorian isn’t just about where you live. It’s about contribution and belonging, Premier Daniel Andrews said.”

The policy includes a series of initiatives to encourage Victorians – from all walks of life, all circumstances and all cultural backgrounds – to contribute and belong.

“Being a Victorian isn’t just about where you live. It’s about contribution and belonging.”
Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier James Merlino
“As a child of a migrant this is my family’s story – we are proud to have been an integral part of building this country.”

The policy is underpinned by the Victorian Values Statement, which articulates the values all Victorians should live by – one law for all, freedom to be yourself, discrimination is never acceptable, a fair go for all and that it is up to all of us to contribute.

A media release from the Premier Hon. Daniel Andrews office says, “Victorians are encouraged to read the stories of their fellow citizens on proud.vic.gov.au and share their own. To achieve a strong and cohesive Victoria, the Labor Government will:
- Ensure every Victorian knows their responsibilities and rights under the law through a $2.3 million awareness program
- Promote civil dialogue among Victorians and strengthen supportive social networks through a Right to Debate initiative
- Help young people avoid being manipulated and drawn to extremism by way of a Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship program
- Reduce discrimination in the delivery of a $1 million Anti-Racism Action Plan.”

A print and broadcast advertising campaign around ‘Victorian. And proud of it.’ will also begin today.

In his speech, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott said, “To build a strong and fair society takes work, but we all deserve to enjoy the benefits of a dynamic and diverse
“We all have something to contribute. To foster everyone’s sense of belonging, so they feel pride in their home and their state, is one of the most important things government can do,” he said.

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.