Tag: Victoria Government

Labor boosts playgroups program with $22.1 million

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 1 March: In a big move in Victoria the Andrews Labor Government has announced $22.1 million to expand the Supported Playgroups program, which helps mums and dads improve their skills and gain more confidence in looking after their children.

More than 6,000 families facing disadvantage from across the state will be eligible for the extra parenting help and advice with the boost for supported playgroups.

Ms Mikakos was joined by Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire at a supported playgroup in Dallas to meet local families, who are among 450 Hume families who have access to this important service.

Currently, the playgroups operate in less than half of Victoria’s local government areas, but the expansion means they will soon be available across the entire state.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos said, “We are making sure eligible parents can access the extra support they need to raise healthy, happy kids who are
ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.

“Supported playgroups are just one way we’re helping parents build their confidence and skills, meet other parents and create a positive home learning environment.”

A widening of the eligibility criteria will also result in more families being able to access the service, such as those experiencing family violence, social isolation, mental health issues or homelessness.

The program is about improving learning outcomes for families that need additional support, by fostering quality parent-child connections and making the most of the home learning environment.

Member for Broadmeadows Frank McGuire said,“Supported playgroups have already helped many local families in Dallas and other communities in my electorate – it’s wonderful to know mums and dads across Victoria will now be able to access this service.

“This is an important investment in the attributes that largely determine where we all end up in life: attitude, education, and opportunity.”

Playgroups are convened by trained facilitators, who provide specialist training advice as well as referrals to additional services.

It forms part of the State Government’s landmark $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which is focused on delivering better services to parents with young children, as well as early intervention for kids who need extra support, says a media release.

The Plan recognizes the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so children get the best possible start in life.

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.

Next 19 months exciting: Matthew Guy

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By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne,25 March: The Daniel Andrews Labour government came under heavy criticism from the Leader of opposition and Liberal leader Mr. Matthew Guy who was addressing a Liberal fundraiser organized by the Multicultural Liberal Business Club (MLBC) at the Hungarian Centre today evening.

Mr. Guy described “the next 19 months as exciting” leading to the Victorian elections. “Victoria can do better and we will govern for all Victorians, not just chosen unions”, he said.

Referring to the Labour Government abandoning the East-West Link project, Mr. Guy said, “I will build the East-West Link.”

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The fundraiser attended mainly by multicultural Liberal branches and supporters saw a cultural segment with dances followed by an Indian dinner.

Victoria to examine penalty rates cut


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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

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‘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.”
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“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
Victoria.”
“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.