Media Centre

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..

Rotary Club of Keilor East: Pride of Workmanship Awards

I rise to acknowledge and congratulate the Rotary Club of Keilor East for its successful 2012 Pride of Workmanship awards night held on 28 May,  which I had the  privilege of attending. The objective  of the Pride of Workmanship awards is to  honour those people, ..

Essendon Keilor College: Funding

 I  wish  to  raise  a matter  for the  Minister for Education. The  action  I  seek  is that the minister provide the urgent funding needed to bring the facilities at  Essendon  Keilor  College  up to the standard required to deliver the excellent programs on offer at..

Anzac Day: Niddrie Electorate

I rise to commend the Essendon RSL and the Keilor East RSL for their  outstanding  work on the  recent  2012 Anzac  Day  commemorative events. I had the privilege of attending both their Sunday services on 22 April and the Keilor East RSL dawn service on 25 April…

Inaugural Speech

It is a great honour and privilege to stand here today representing the electorate of Niddrie and the people of Melbourne’s north-west. As  this is  my first  speech as  a parliamentarian  I  wish to  acknowledge the traditional owners  of  the land upon which Parliament House..

Lazy Baillieu Costs Qantas Jobs

The do-nothing Baillieu Government has betrayed workers at Qantas with hundreds of jobs axed at the company’s Tullamarine and Avalon heavy maintenance sites, Leader of the Opposition Daniel Andrews said today. Qantas has today confirmed 422 jobs will be axed at the Tullamarine site and..

WA Funds Whooping Cough Vaccine – Why Won’t Baillieu?

Ted Baillieu’s decision to scrap the free whooping cough vaccine for parents and carers of newborns has been undermined by the WA Liberal Government’s announcement it was extending the program. After June 30 this year, the free vaccination that protects newborns from the deadly whooping..

Inaugural Speech

Ben Carroll was elected as the State Member for Niddrie on 24 March 2012. In his inaugural speech to Victorian Parliament Ben outlined his family heritage and the positive influences that have guided him to date and which will continue to assist him as the..

Essendon Keilor College master plan

During the 2010 state election campaign, Labor pledged $10 million to fund an upgrade to Essendon Keilor College. The Baillieu government has consistently refused to match this commitment. In his inaugural address to the Victorian Parliament and in a recent adjournment debate, Ben declared funding..

Backwards Under Baillieu

The Baillieu Government’s second budget is a horror budget for Victorian families who were hoping for a government with a plan to save jobs. Ted Baillieu has failed the test of leadership. This is a Budget of excuses and no solutions. Last year’s Budget was..

Streets To Become Car-Parks Under New Baillieu Plan

The Baillieu Government’s decision to halve the amount of car-parking spaces required for developments will clog up suburban streets and increase the time commuters spend in traffic, Shadow Minister for Planning Brian Tee said today. Planning Minister Matthew Guy has released new conditions that, in..

Carroll Continues Fight For EKC In Parliament

State Member for Niddrie, Ben Carroll has raised the issue of funding for the Essendon Keilor College directly with Education Minister Dixon in the Victorian Parliament. In a debate last week in Parliament concerning Essendon Keilor College, Mr Carroll urged the Education Minister “to create..

New Planning Laws A Threat To Home Values And Amenity

The Baillieu Government is pushing through new laws to give developers free reign in suburban streets, the Shadow Minister for Planning, Brian Tee, said today. Mr Tee said the Baillieu Government would introduce new laws into Parliament next week to set up “Code Assess”, a..