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Victoria’s Roadmap: Delivering The National Plan

September 20, 2021 -

See the Premier’s statement on the Roadmap out of lockdown below along with downloadable documents on the key milestones and the Burnet Institute modeling.  These past 20 months have been incredibly hard on all Victorians. We have missed our loved ones and doing the things...

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Making Senior Secondary School Work for All Students

September 16, 2021 -

Victorian students will soon have more senior secondary options to get a great education no matter what their post-school goals, with the Victorian Government announcing new pathway options to suit every student. As part of a reform of senior secondary school pathways, legislation has been...

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Australian-First Medtech Project Improves Victorian Lives

September 16, 2021 -

Victorians with a disability will be at the heart of a nation-first project designing high-tech solutions to everyday challenges, backed by the Victorian Government. The new $9.15 million MedTechVic project at Swinburne University will push the boundaries of the medical technology sector by enveloping the...

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Vaccination blitz for VCE students

September 3, 2021 -

As part of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, all school staff and all students aged 16 and over are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  To help support the safe conduct of end-of-year exams, the Victorian Government have announced a vaccination blitz for final year school...

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VICTORIAN STUDENTS TOP THE CLASS IN NAPLAN  

September 3, 2021 -

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, students in the Education State are excelling – with Victorian kids across the state, recording the nation’s highest NAPLAN results and huge improvements on previous years. Since 2015, the Andrews Labor Government has invested more than $22.2 billion in...

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Looking for a mini Matisse to spread the word about bus safety

September 3, 2021 -

Fancy yourself as an up and coming young artist? Transdev is looking for the next mini Matisse among Victorian Prep – Year 6 students to create a poster promoting safe travel on buses. The bus safety poster competition is open until 19 September with the...

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Ongoing support for business

September 3, 2021 -

Since the start of the pandemic the Government has provided more than $9 billion in direct economic support for businesses. New support measures will soon be announced. The Victorian Government remain committed to stand with businesses across Victoria. There are a variety of support programs...

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COVID support for community sport

September 3, 2021 -

COVID 19 continues to impact sporting clubs and leagues. The Victorian Government is therefore providing supporting grants of $2,000 to help cover the costs of events that have been unable to proceed, or will have to be cancelled or postponed due to lockdowns. The Sporting...

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Investment in renewable energy and jobs continues

September 3, 2021 -

The Victorian Government recently launched the second Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) auction, which will create thousands of jobs and help power the entire Victorian Government with clean energy. The auction will support at least 600 megawatts of energy which will help power government schools,...

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Affordable and social housing in Bills Street

August 20, 2021 -

On 16 August, I was again watching a Council committee, this time to hear discussion on the Victorian Government’s long overdue construction of 12,000 units of affordable and social housing including Hawthorn’s share of 206 units in Bills Street. I am privileged to chair a...

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On Afghanistan

August 19, 2021 -

It has been an overwhelming two weeks; not only locally but globally too, as we witness from afar the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.  After 20 years of service in Afghanistan, and 41 Australian lives lost to the cause, our nation’s first evacuation flight rescued only...

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Where To Get Your Covid-19 Vaccination

August 19, 2021 -

On Monday the 9th of August, we extended eligibility for the AstraZeneca vaccine to include 18-39 year olds. On that same day, our state smashed vaccination records, with 22,670 doses of vaccine administered at state-run sites alone. Young people are getting it done, helping our...

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Member’s Statement: Homelessness Week

August 6, 2021 - ,

Member’s Statement, given on the 5th of July, 2021. This week is Homelessness Week. I find it astonishing that in an affluent country such as ours over 116 000 people experience homelessness on any given night. Research has shown that secure and affordable housing is...

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Breast Screening Services Remain Open

August 5, 2021 -

Breast screening services, including BreastScreen, have remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic, with COVID-safe measures in place including physical distancing and additional time between appointments to allow for thorough cleaning. Eligible Victorians have access to free breast screening and assessment through BreastScreen Victoria at 42...

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Hawthorn Students Honoured in Premier’s VCE Awards

August 5, 2021 -

A plethora of Hawthorn students have been recognised alongside the state’s best performing VCE students in the Premier’s VCE Awards. Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy, congratulates the following students on their outstanding achievement. Kiah Shnider from Bialik College was recognised as a Top All-Round VCE...

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The Census is Coming

August 5, 2021 -

The Census commences next week, on the 10th of August. Census data is used to build a better future for us all. It’s used to inform decisions on issues that touch our lives every day, from schools, healthcare, transport and infrastructure to local services for...

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Statewide Kinder Kit Surprise For Three-Year-Old Kids

August 4, 2021 -

In 2022, the Andrews Government will give Victorian children starting at Three-Year-Old Kinder a special Kinder Kit – helping to give them the best start on their learning journey. Minister for Early Childhood, Ingrid Stitt, announced that an $8 million investment in the 2021/22 Victorian Budget...

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Work Starts On Swinburne Senior Secondary College Upgrades

August 2, 2021 -

Students at Swinburne Senior Secondary College are a step closer to getting the facilities they need for a great start in life, with an architect appointed to design the school’s exciting upgrade. Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy, today announced that N2SH Design Firm has been...

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Supporting Our Senior Secondary Students to Succeed

July 23, 2021 -

Minister for Education has announced that the Victorian Government will continue to support students in their final years of school, with the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage (CED) process to continue in 2021 in light of continued disruptions to the school year. In a normal year, individual...

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Business Support: July 2021 Lockdown

July 22, 2021 -

General Cash Support: The Victorian Government has announced, Wednesday 21 July 2021, further support payments relating to the May-June lockdown: Eligible Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund recipients will receive $4,200, taking the total payment for current restriction period to $7,200 Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two...

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Supporting Our Veterans and Remembering Them

July 22, 2021 -

The Andrews Government is supporting the welfare of veterans and their families, and ensuring their sacrifices are remembered by future generations. Applications for Veterans Grants are now open through the ANZAC Day Proceeds Fund and the Victoria Remembers Grant Program. Under the ANZAC Day Proceeds...

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Recognising Outstanding Multicultural Victorians

July 22, 2021 -

Hawthorn locals are encouraged to honour the remarkable people and organisations that help make our state and local community a multicultural success story. Nominations are open for the Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence. The annual awards, now in their 20th year, include 15 categories, covering...

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New Inclusive Areas For Camberwell South Students

July 15, 2021 -

The Andrews Labor Government is helping Victorian government schools build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and learning areas through the Inclusive Schools Fund. Member for Hawthorn John Kennedy today announced Cohen Leigh Architects would design works to be undertaken at Camberwell South Primary School to...

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Have Your Say on Education Reform

July 14, 2021 -

Victorians are being encouraged to have their say on the Victorian Government’s major reforms of school-based vocational education and senior secondary education. The reforms will see the integration of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) into the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). This will...

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Local Organisations Lead Us To A Clean Energy Future

July 9, 2021 -

Member for Hawthorn John Kennedy congratulates Boroondara organisation Lighter Footprints on their appointment as one of the supporting organisations for one of Metropolitan Melbourne’s Community Power Hubs, which will lead the delivery of community projects that will transition the region to renewable and efficient energy...

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Community Reference Group for the Bills Street development in Hawthorn

July 9, 2021 -

Community Reference Group for the Bills Street development in Hawthorn JOHN KENNEDY’S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS   ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to their Elders past and present. WELCOME AND THANKS As Hawthorn...

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Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Workers

July 8, 2021 -

The Andrews Labor Government is tackling insecure work head-on, with consultation on our Australian-first initiative to provide casual workers sick pay now underway. The Secure Work Pilot Scheme will help look after our most vulnerable workers by providing up to five days total of sick or...

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Congratulations to Boorondara’s Coral Ross, AM

July 8, 2021 -

Member for Hawthorn John Kennedy congratulates Coral Ross, former President of the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Australian Local Government Women’s Association, for her appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2021 Queen’s birthday honours list. Ms Ross is...

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Victoria Cautiously Moves Forward

July 7, 2021 -

As announced on July 7th by the Minister for Health Martin Foley, COVID restrictions across Melbourne are easing, though we remain cautious of the risk that all of Australia is currently grappling with. The last few weeks have demonstrated how delicate any gains made against...

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Victoria First In Nation To Make Wage Theft A Crime

July 1, 2021 -

The Andrews Government promised to criminalise wage theft. We have delivered on that promise, protecting workers whose income and entitlements are too often withheld from them. Victoria is the first state in Australia to be making this important progression for all workers. From the 1st...

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