Liberal Nationals call for city-based travel voucher

The Liberal Nationals are calling for tourism vouchers to be made available to encourage people living in regional Victoria to visit and stay in Melbourne’s CBD over the summer period. Melbourne offers great attractions, tours, a diverse range of excellent restaurants and loads of different accommodation offerings. Yesterday, the State Government released the Regional Tourism […]

Victorian school attendance on the slide

Victorian students are spending less time in the classroom, with school attendance continuing to decline over the past five years. Students at both primary and secondary school are missing more and more school days – meaning fewer opportunities to learn. Year 5 students on average are missing 16.4 days of school and Year 6 students […]

Victorian students short-changed for tutoring program

Victorian students have already been forced to miss up to 7 months of face-to-face learning due to Labor’s second wave.   Now, they have been short-changed by the Andrews Labor Government’s tutoring program. The NSW Government in its recent budget has committed $87 million more than Victoria’s State Labor Government for tutoring in schools despite NSW students missing only 29 days of face-to-face learning.   Reports […]

Labor playing politics with our children

In the State Budget, Daniel Andrews has cynically scheduled the bulk of education capital spending to fall in an election year. Victoria is in a jobs crisis and too many Victorians schools require urgent maintenance. Instead of playing politics with school funding, Daniel Andrews should be bringing forward this spend to create jobs and fix […]

Labor’s lack of support for Victorian kinders

A report tabled by the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) today highlights continued failures by the Andrews Labor Government; this time in the support and management of sessional kindergartens to meet the Early Years Management (EYM) framework.   The report reveals Labor has simply not had a fit-for-purpose framework to measure the quality of Early Years services since 2016. Without the […]

Labor must guarantee kids don’t miss out

The Andrews Labor Government has finally adopted the Liberal Nationals’ policy from May to run catch up classes for Victorian students who have fallen behind.   But the Liberal Nationals are concerned that Labor’s rollout of the program may not be effective.  I call on Education Minister James Merlino to guarantee the following: Catch up […]

Return to face-to-face learning too late for too many

Thousands of Victorian secondary students will miss vital weeks of face-to-face learning as the Andrews Labor Government continues its ban on classroom learning for Years 8 to 10 until the end of the month. The best place for our kids to learn is in the classroom, with the right plans in place. Under the alternative […]

Kids suffer with school delays

Thousands of Melbourne families have been let down by the Andrews Labor Government, with only a limited number of classes returning to face-to-face learning for Term 4.  Primary school parents will have wait until week two.  Parents of students in years 7-10 are still none the wiser about when their kids will be able to […]

Liberal Nationals call for urgent exemption for search volunteers

Reports today that community volunteers seeking to join the search for a missing  boy in the Yarra Ranges are being turned away due to COVID-19 restrictions must be immediately addressed by Daniel Andrews.  14-year-old Launching Place boy William Wall has been missing in Victoria’s Yarra Ranges for more than 24 hours, having failed to return […]

Time to Open Our Schools

The Michael O’Brien-led Liberal Nationals team today announced the opportunity for Victorians everywhere to pledge their support to Open Our Schoolssafely for Term 4. “Open Our Schools” asks parents, students and concerned community members to have their say as to why schools should reopen for Term 4. The Liberal Nationals want primary and specialist schools across Melbourne […]

Daniel Andrews needs to get Victorian students back to school

Students in metropolitan Melbourne have been left behind as most rural and regional students are set to return to school day 1 of Term 4. The Liberal Nationals have called for the urgent return of on-site learning for all schools throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria for Term 4. While Daniel Andrews has taken the Liberal Nationals advice […]

Victorian students must return to school

It is time for our students to safely get back into the classroom. Because the Andrews Labor Government failed to manage hotel quarantine, causing Victoria’s second wave of coronavirus, Victorian students have already lost the best part of 6 months of at-school learning. The longer the time they are away, the greater the detrimental impact […]

No sign of Labor’s back to school plan

Victorian students must safely return to onsite learning in Term 4 as part of any plan announced by the Andrews Labor Government on Sunday. Labor’s failure to control the second wave of COVID-19 has left Victorian students lagging academically and has put a strain on mental health and wellbeing amongst young people.   Victorian students, […]

DET caught out using decades old data to allocate funding

A report tabled by the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) highlights flaws in Department of Education and Training (DET) management of the Student Resource Package, the main source of funding for schools.   The report reveals DET’s oversight, lack of transparency and use of outdated information when distributing Student Resource Package (SRP) funding to Victorian government […]

Labor leaves schools and childcare centres to fend for themselves

Schools and childcare centres are being left in the dark when it comes to knowing exactly what to do when they are presented with a COVID-19 case.  The Liberal Nationals are calling on the government to provide a dedicated COVID-19 hotline to provide resources for them during their time of need. A positive diagnosis within […]