Month: August 2020

Labor?s COVID-19 response risks creating a lost generation

Today the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee of the Parliament of Victoria heard that young people are being disproportionately impacted by the Andrews Labor Government’s response to COVID-19.  Professor Patrick McGorry told PAEC that presentations at emergency in relation to self-harm were up 33 per cent. Young people are facing long term unemployment, disrupted education, ongoing …

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Mixed messages from the Andrews Labor Government over online Learners Permit testing

Despite repeated calls from the Liberal Nationals to move the Learners Permit?s test online, mixed messaging from the Andrews Labor Government continues to leave learner drivers in the dark.  Following a question posed by the Liberal Nationals during the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee on August 13, the Department of Transport said they are ?exploring …

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Statement from Shadow Minister for Victim Support on change to Judicial Proceedings Reports Act

Any changes made to laws governing the rights of victims of crime should be made with only one thing in mind ? the victim. Today?s report in the Herald Sun highlighted the need for the Andrews Labor Government to act. I am pleased to hear Attorney-General Jill Hennessy will be considering future reforms to the Judicial …

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Liberal Nationals to oppose State of Emergency power grab by Andrews

The Liberal Nationals will vehemently oppose and vote to defeat the Andrews Labor Government?s attempt to extend State of Emergency powers for a further 12 months. The State of Emergency vests enormous power with the Premier and a small number of unelected officials with very little oversight and accountability – proven in recent months with …

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Drivers shouldn?t pay when they can?t use the roads

The Liberal Nationals?are calling on?the Andrews Labor Government?to give car owners a break by extending all vehicle registrations in Metropolitan Melbourne who are housebound due to Stage 4 restrictions.?If lockdown goes for six weeks, it would save the average household with two cars $182. Many families aren?t using their cars at all because of the …

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WorkSafe must be upfront about hotel quarantine investigations

The Liberal Nationals are calling on WorkSafe to detail what investigations it has, or will be undertaking into the Andrews Labor Government?s hotel quarantine fiasco. Under the Workplace Safety Legislation Amendment (Workplace Manslaughter and Other Matters) Act 2019, Ministers of the Crown can be imprisoned for up to 25 years if it is found that their actions …

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Secretive Andrews Labor Government silent on road injury statistics

In a further demonstration of the lack of accountability and transparency from the Andrews Labor Government, the release of the number of TAC claims that involve hospitalisation is now EIGHT MONTHS OVERDUE. The number of claims involving hospitalisation is normally reported and updated on the TAC website every six months, however, the current data is only up …

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More Victorian businesses set to close, worst of all states

More than 1-in-8 Melbourne small and medium businesses (SMBs) will not reopen due to the harsh lockdowns put on Victorians caused by the bungled hotel quarantine debacle. That?s the damning finding out of today?s Sensis Business Index looking into small and medium business outlook and confidence. The survey, conducted as Melbourne businesses prepared to enter …

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Lack of direction from Andrews Labor Government on computer-based testing

Today in the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee, the Andrews Labor Government have shown the only roadblock to computer-based learners permit test and hazard perception test going online, is a lack of direction from the Andrews Labor Government. The test must be moved online to help clear the growing backlog of tests following the second lockdown. …

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