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Essendon Keilor College and Niddrie Primary School: fete

Last Saturday, 20 October, I attended two important community events in the Niddrie electorate. In the morning I attended a real old-fashioned fete, titled Fun Day Out, jointly held on the grounds of Essendon Keilor College and Niddrie Primary School. The weather was perfect, and a fun day was had by all. However, underneath..

Moon Lantern Festival, Keilor East

On Saturday evening I had the privilege of attending the Moon Lantern Festival at the Centreway in Keilor East. This was a wonderful  night when the  growing Vietnamese population  in  the Niddrie electorate  was able to share its culture with the local community in a healthy celebration of this traditional children’s festival. The celebration..

Federal government: budget cuts

It is my pleasure to make a contribution to the debate on this matter of public importance (MPI). I begin by reading the matter of public of importance: That this house condemns the federal Labor government for attackingVictorian families and this state’s economy with mini..

Public Services: funding cuts

I rise to contribute to the debate on this matter of public importance regarding the on going cuts to the Victorian public service by the Baillieu-Ryan coalition government. These cuts are short sighted, but they have short, medium and long-term ramifications. The cuts made to..

Airport West Football Club: premierships

I rise to congratulate the Airport West Football Club, the almighty Eagles, on a successful 2012 premiership season. Last Sunday, 9 September 2012, was a very important and successful day in the history of the Airport West Football Club. The club had two senior sides..

Community Based Sentences (Transfer) Bill 2012

I rise to  make  a  contribution to the second-reading debate  on the Community  Based Sentences (Transfer) Bill  2012, legislation the opposition supports.  The  purpose of  the  legislation  is to  allow  offenders serving community-based sentences –  known as community correction orders – to formally  transfer  their ..

Buckley Park Bowls Club: season opening

On Sunday, 26 August 2012,  I had the pleasure of  attending the opening  day for season 2012-13 of the Buckley Park Bowls Club.  Chairman  Keith Gibbs and  the board  of management put on a wonderful lunch in celebration  and anticipation of  the  oncoming  bowls  season…

Keilor Bowls Club: season opening

On Saturday,  25 August  2012, I had the pleasure of officially opening the greens for the Keilor Bowls Club for the season 2012-13. I take this opportunity to thank club chairman Peter Livy and president Joe Watkins  for  their hospitality last  Saturday. A highlight  was ..

Help Students Fight TAFE Cuts

When Ted Baillieu made the decision to cut $290 million from the TAFE sector, he either didn’t understand or didn’t care how it would impact on Victorians. Courses are now being slashed, jobs are being lost and campuses are closing. The Liberal-National Government is refusing..

Baillieu Fails To Rule Out Shutting Down VicHealth

The Baillieu Government has failed to rule out shutting down VicHealth, a recognised world leader in health promotion, following media reports that the controversial option was included in the Vertigan report which has been considered by cabinet. Shadow Minister for Health Promotion Danielle Green said..

Mr Baillieu, Make Victoria Count

Ted Baillieu’s refusal to sign up to the trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is yet another example of the Premier either doing nothing or getting it completely wrong. He is putting politics ahead of people. The Premier is baulking at a figure..

Italian Community of Keilor Association: Diego Luppino

Last Friday, 10 August 2012, I had the honour and privilege of presenting Diego Luppino, a constituent of mine, with honorary life membership of the Italian Community of Keilor Association. Mr Luppino was awarded life membership of ICKA in recognition of his services to community and business..

Baillieu’s Environment Policy Free Zone

After almost two years in government Mr Baillieu has succeeded in taking Victoria’s environment backwards essentially vacating the environment policy area, Shadow Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Lisa Neville said today. Ms Neville said the Baillieu Government had failed to produce a clear..

Baillieu Secret Cash Grab On Concession Card Holders

Premier Baillieu has deceived Victorian concession card holders by cutting a portion of financial concessions from their household utility bills. This is despite the Baillieu Government’s key election promise to reduce the cost of living for all Victorians, Shadow Minister for the Cost of Living..

Victoria Loses Energy Investment And Jobs Under Baillieu

Regional and Rural Victoria has missed out on billions of investment dollars due to the Baillieu Government’s anti-renewable energy policy, Shadow Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio said today. Ms D’Ambrosio said Victoria’s renewable energy investment over the past year has gone backwards under Baillieu, while..

Travis Berketa’s Book Launch – ‘Jack Majors: Superhero.’

I rise to congratulate Travis Berketa, a constituent of  mine.  Travis has written and published his third book, Jack Majors: SuperHero, which I will have the  pleasure of launching tonight at a function at St Bernard’s College in Essendon. I have known Travis for many  years. I had the good fortune of..

Ben Carroll’s 2012/13 Budget Reply

I am  pleased  to rise to make  a contribution to the debate  on  the Appropriation  (2012/2013)  Bill 2012 – my  first budget reply speech.  I  want  to focus on  the  impact  the bill will  have  on  the Niddrie electorate in particular but also on the..