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Resolved to get fit in the New Year? Before you buy a gym membership, make sure you fully understand the terms and conditions. The post-Christmas period is the busiest time of year for the fitness industry, as many people put ‘get in shape&r... Read more

Energy and Resources Minister Michael O’Brien has today welcomed the release for public consultation of a draft National Harmonised Regulatory Framework for coal seam gas. The national framework process considers leading practice approaches ... Read more

Energy and Resources Minister Michael O’Brien said that today’s protest at the Yallourn power station site demonstrates the disregard that these groups hold for Victorians. The group who call themselves ‘Quit Coal’, and who... Read more

Victorians are being warned to look before they cook this holiday season so a faulty barbecue doesn’t burn more than the sausages. Energy and Resources Minister Michael O’Brien said barbecues were synonymous with summer fun, but were t... Read more

The Victorian Coalition Government today launched the first phase of its $40 million program to deliver back-up power generators to residential care facilities where residents are critically reliant on power for health and wellbeing. Energy and R... Read more

Energy and Resources Minister Michael O’Brien today welcomed a donation by two mining companies, of over $5 million in total, to help establish a Division of Mining and Resources Engineering at Monash University. Melbourne-based miners MMG a... Read more

Travel agents’ regulation will be reformed following the agreement of the majority of Australian Governments, Minister for Consumer Affairs Michael O’Brien announced today. As a result of the vote at today’s COAG Legislative and ... Read more

A pre-Christmas blitz on retail shops and wholesalers across Victoria has ensured more than 11,000 dangerous toys will not reach children this Christmas, Consumer Affairs Minister Michael O’Brien announced today. These dangerous toys were cr... Read more

Premier Ted Baillieu today officially opened Origin’s $810 million Mortlake Power Station – Victoria’s largest gas peaking plant, located 12 kilometres west of Mortlake in western Victoria. Mr Baillieu, who was joined by Minister... Read more

Isolation audio technology on gaming machines has been banned for the next decade, Gaming Minister Michael O’Brien said today. Mr O’Brien said the ban on earphones attached to pokies was made for the next ten years because they isolate... Read more

Consumer Affairs Minister Michael O’Brien today announced the winners of the Consumer Stuff Film Fest, a schools-based competition held by Consumer Affairs Victoria designed to educate young consumers about their rights and responsibilities.... Read more

Energy and Resources Minister Michael O’Brien has today welcomed the Australian Energy Market Commissions (AEMC) proposed changes to rules governing the regulation of electricity and gas networks however, stronger reform is still required. ... Read more

The Victorian Coalition Government has introduced legislation to establish the Fire Services Levy Monitor (the Monitor) and to strengthen consumer protections in the transition to the new and fairer property based system. Consumer Affairs Minister... Read more

I welcome Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson’s recognition today that Victoria is the national leader in energy market reform. The Victorian experience of competition, price deregulation and privatisation coupled with strong c... Read more

Consumer Affairs Minister Michael O’Brien today released a discussion paper into the efficiency and effectiveness of Section 32 of the Sale of Land Act 1962. Section 32 requires anyone selling land in Victoria to disclose certain informatio... Read more

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