Tag: Victoria

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.

Andrews education initiatives part of new India strategy

By SAT News Desk

NEW DELHI, 16 JANUARY: Victorian school students will soon have the opportunity to travel to India on a new cultural exchange program as part of an ambitious Andrews Labor Government strategy to strengthen Victoria’s economic and cultural ties with
India.

Premier Daniel Andrews today visited Bluebells School International in Delhi and participated in a school lesson conducted via Skype with Bluebells’ Victorian sister school, Rangebank Primary School in Cranbourne.

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The visit, part of Mr. Andrews official tour to India this week, follows the launch of the Government’s new strategy – Victoria’s India Strategy: Our Shared Future – in Melbourne on Sunday.

The strategy is an ambitious blueprint aimed at doubling our goods exports to India, attracting more international students to enroll at our world-leading education providers and encouraging more people from India to experience for themselves the best of everything a visit to Victoria can offer.
Education is a key focus of the strategy, with Mr. Andrews today announcing three new initiatives to strengthen Victoria’s relationship with India by engaging with the next generation of young people. These include:
- A new two-year Victorian Young Leaders to India pilot which will see up to 200 Victorian Year 7-9 students and 25 teachers travel to India and complete two to four-week immersion programs
- A two-year Women in School Leadership Program that helps female school leaders, including principals and senior teachers, from Victoria and India to share knowledge related to school leadership, change management and Education State priorities
- A two-year Victorian Schools and Indian Diaspora Partnerships Program to deepen Victorian schools’ engagement with India by harnessing the knowledge of the Indian diaspora to develop and support partnerships between schools in India and Victoria.

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Premier Daniel Andrews said, “Victoria is proudly home to the largest number of people with India heritage in Australia – it’s only right our students understand the significance of Indian culture, and the economic contribution India makes to our state.

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This will give our up and coming young leaders the chance to showcase Victoria’s strengths to other Indian young people, while at the same time immersing themselves in Indian culture and building their leadership skills.”

Earlier, Mr. Andrews presented Victoria’s ten-year India Strategy: Our Shared Future to senior India government officials and business leaders in Delhi.

- ALL PHOTOS: Victoria Govt.

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 Police hosts Iftar with Islamic community

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By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 15 June: Victoria Police hosted its 13th Chief Commissioner’s Iftar Dinner on Wednesday night (14 June) to commemorate Ramadan with representatives and leaders from Victoria’s Islamic community.

More than 150 people attended the event, including representatives from the Islamic Council of Victoria, the Victorian Board of Imams, Islamic Shia Council of Victoria, Benevolence Australia, United Muslims Sisters of Latrobe Valley, Rabbinical Council of Victoria and the Sikh Interfaith Council of Victoria.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said he was proud to host his third Iftar Dinner which had a theme of ’social cohesion’.

“The relationship between Victoria Police and the Islamic community is one that we value greatly – and it’s one that is continually strengthened,” CCP Ashton said.

“We are proud to serve a vibrant multicultural community and believe everyone has the right to live free from prejudice regardless of faith, background, age or gender.

“With the recent challenging events across the globe, it’s more important than ever that we focus on those things that unite us, as members of a rich and diverse Victorian community.”

Last night’s dinner, and numerous other Iftar dinners between local Islamic communities and Victoria Police members across the state, provided invaluable opportunities to share experiences and build understanding and respect.

The evening included a presentation on Victoria Police’s Social Cohesion Partnership Project, which focusses on the co-design and delivery of projects by culturally and linguistically diverse communities and their local police. It aims to promote harmony and cultural understanding in local communities.

CCP Ashton said Victoria Police was committed to remaining connected with all communities: “We value all faith communities across the state and our commitment to community engagement will only be strengthened over the coming years.”

Above trend growth & accelerating economic momentum in Victoria: ANZ report

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By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 14 September: The Andrews Labor Government has added another feather in its cap with the latest ANZ Stateometer report, calling Victoria the only state in Australia with above trend growth and accelerating economic momentum.

Today’s ANZ report is one in a series of strong affirmations in recent days showing that Victoria’s economy continues to be the standout performer of the nation.

Victoria’s performance was again boosted by the continued strong performance of the labour market, the report said, with the State’s economy expanding above trend in July.

More than 150,000 jobs have been created since the election of the Andrews Labor Government, with more than 112,000 full time jobs created.

Treasurer Tim Pallas says, “Victoria’s strong AAA-rated economy continues to outperform the rest of the Australia on a number of fronts, confirming our momentum of economic growth as the fastest and strongest in the nation.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in our infrastructure and the skills and health of our people – work that has seen the Victorian economy go from strength to strength and put on more than 150,000 jobs since we were elected.”

In the recent NAB Monthly Business Survey for August, Victoria’s business confidence was the highest in Australia, while it was also the only state to record an increase in business conditions.

The NAB survey closely followed the ABS national accounts figures last week which showed Victoria’s state final demand for the financial year 2015-16 had grown by a strong 4 per cent – the highest among the states and the strongest result since 2007-08.

The ANZ Stateometer is a measure of economic performance across states and territories. It synthesises 37 monthly indicators, covering labour market conditions, household and business activity, housing and trade.