$7.3 Million for Western Autistic School

Thousands of Victorian students with disabilities will benefit from better classrooms and school buildings thanks to a funding injection by the Andrews Labor Government to plan and upgrade our special schools. Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll to announce $55.6 million..

Shanghai Pharma

My first official trip to China as Victorian Minister for Industry and Employment. Today I met with representatives of-one of the top pharmaceutical companies in China to discuss opportunities for Victorian-Chinese partnerships in healthcare and medical devices. Our Medtech Pharma sector employs more than 23,000..


Last year Premier Andrews visited the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) in Shanghai, China and witnessed an MOU signing for the training of engineers between COMAC and Monash University. Following the Premier’s visit I was pleased to meet with COMAC and receive a briefing on their collaboration with Monash University in relation to..

Brimbank Female Football Festival

At the first ever Brimbank Female Football Festival today, Ben joined Cr Margaret Giudice, Mayor of Brimbank Council and players from Calder United SC and Keilor Park Soccer Club to officially open the new female-friendly change-rooms at Keilor Park Recreation Reserve. Women deserve the same facilities as men, and with record numbers..

Avondale Heights Community Garden

“It was my honour today to unveil this beautiful mosaic made by students at Avondale Primary School.” Made over a period of five days, the mosaic represents the four seasons of the year, and pays respect to indigenous Australians with its yellow, black and red-tiled border…

New job turns life around

Moonee Valley Leader, Melbourne  by Madeleine Stuchbery Employment program gives chef a chance after treatment for cancer sapped his confidence FOUR years ago, Silvio Martelli’s world was turned upside down after he was diagnosed with throat cancer. He had spent 25 years working in renowned fivestar..

Crackdown on puppy farming

Ben has welcomed the announcement that Victorian Labor will crack down on puppy farms and introduce tough new measures to support animal welfare. If elected in November, Labor will provide the RSPCA with additional resources to tackle puppy farms and toughen up their inspectorate capacity..

$10 million for Essendon Keilor College

On Sunday, July 13, Ben was joined by Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews at Essendon Keilor College’s Niddrie campus to announce that a Labor Government will deliver $10 million to rebuild the school. EKC is the state’s most run down, with an Education Department audit finding..

Safety at the Newman Street Intersection, Niddrie

The extremely dangerous intersection at Newman Street and Keilor Road, Niddrie, has been left unaddressed for too long. The intersection includes on and off ramps for the Calder Freeway, with cars negotiating traffic in multiple directions, but has no traffic management solutions in place such..

Albion rail line noise

Ben has joined local residents in Keilor East in calling for sound barriers to be introduced along the Albion rail line. Increasing numbers of freight and passenger trains are now operating along the Albion East line running day and night. Freight trains in particular are..

Project 10,000: Labor’s Transport Alternative

Victorian Labor has released its transport alternative, Project 10,000. In 2013, Daniel Andrews announced that Victorian Labor would be opposing Denis Napthine’s $8 billion East West Tunnel. Project 10,000 is Labor’s alternative vision for transport in Victoria. As part of Project 10,000, Victorian Labor will: Remove our 50..

Improved safety at Fullarton Rd

After relentless campaigning by Ben and the local community, the bus stop at Fullarton Rd in Airport West has been successfully moved 30 metres and a guard rail has been constructed to dramatically reduce the risk posed by passing traffic. Safety concerns at the busy road..

What does your school need?

Under the Liberals, school buildings and grounds are deteriorating and classrooms are falling apart. Some schools look like abandoned, half-built construction sites after the Napthine Government cut their funds. In particular, Niddrie’s local Essendon Keilor College has been left desperate for more funding, with Ben..

Victorian Labor’s Plan for Jobs and Growth

Victorian Labor’s Plan for Jobs and Growth will return Victoria to an economic powerhouse by creating jobs for Victorian families, investing in skills and training and providing an infrastructure pipeline.  The plan provides 67 practical and affordable initiatives that will secure Victoria’s economic future and..

North-West Community Survey

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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..

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..