Greens offer ALP alliance

The Greens have ruled out any such deal with the Victorian Coalition, citing frustration at its resistance to renewable energy and failure to act on climate change. 225 more words

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Speaker promises media changes

Ms Hickey last week issued a nine-page document detailing what journalists could and could not do in the House of Assembly and its precincts.

The restrictions, labelled by the media union as “the most egregious attack on the work of a parliamentary press gallery in this country”, include banning journalists from uninvited visits to MPs’ offices and from “lingering in the corridors”. 413 more words


Job scheme damned by auditor

A report by the state Auditor-General found there was no analysis of the Job Accelerator Grant scheme’s expected impact on jobs growth, economic ­activity, unemployment levels and changes in hiring behaviour. 357 more words

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Alice faces new grog-sale monitor

The plan for Big Brother to secretly oversee booze sales comes in response to an even tougher idea floated by the Labor government’s new Liquor Commission to crack down on takeaway sales in Alice Springs in the way it did in Tennant Creek ­earlier this year. 383 more words


Vic Libs split over PM’s role

As Liberal members around the country reeled from the strength of the voter backlash witnessed in Wentworth, senior Victorian Liberals said they believed that federal instability had put the state party on the back foot ahead of the November 24 election. 388 more words

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Anger as racing folk turfed out

Veteran trainer John Moloney yesterday said the plan was likely to uproot families as well as present serious challenges for training operations to get staff. 325 more words

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Surprise starters worrying Labor

Victorian Labor strategists are launching major rearguard initiatives to safeguard Pascoe Vale and Geelong, which are critical to preserve the Andrews government’s seven-seat majority.

The party has poured almost $30 million into Pascoe Vale in school upgrades and new infrastructure announcements in the past month, as MP Lizzie Blandthorn comes under pressure from former Moreland mayor and former ALP member Oscar Yildiz. 375 more words

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