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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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Backing Libraries and Learning Across Victoria

June 24, 2021 -

The Victorian Government is building on the central role that libraries play in communities across the state, backed by record investment in services and resources. Minister for Local Government Shaun Leane joined representatives from the Victorian public library sector for the Libraries by Design Conference,...

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Tackling Racism: Backing Communities And Driving Respect

June 24, 2021 -

Congratulations to Rabbi Gabi Kaltmann of the Ark Centre in Hawthorn East for being appointed to the Victorian Government’s landmark Anti-Racism Taskforce. Rabbi Gabi will join ten other community representatives in a taskforce co-chaired by Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Member for Sunbury Josh...

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Prize Encourages Students to Reflect on ANZAC… Plus, Be An MP for 90 Seconds!

June 24, 2021 -

Multiple competitions are currently running to give students the opportunity to reflect on both Victoria’s past, through the Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize, and Victoria’s present and future through the Parliamentary Prize. Victorian students in Years 9-11 in the Hawthorn Electorate are eligible to win...

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Funding to Support Important Upgrades at Hawthorn Schools

June 22, 2021 -

Hawthorn schools will be eligible to receive a funding boost to deliver small but important upgrades, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Minor Capital Works Fund. Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy today announced the opening of Round 2 of the Minor Capital Works Fund which...

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Three Hawthorn Schools To Get Infrastructure Funding Boost

June 21, 2021 -

The Minister for Education today announced that more than 500 schools across the state will be supported in getting essential maintenance and bushfire-ready works off the ground. Thanks to a boost by the Andrews Labor Government 282 government schools will share in $12.48 million in...

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Grants Open To Help Inclusive Learning in Hawthorn

June 18, 2021 -

The Victorian Government is helping more schools in Hawthorn support students with disabilities and additional needs by offering grants to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds to ensure that all students can fully participate and succeed in school. Member...

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Visit to Quest Payment Systems in Hawthorn

June 11, 2021 -

Mr Kennedy had the pleasure of visiting Quest Payment Systems located in Burwood Road, last Friday. John would like to thank Andrew Graham (Chairman), Jan Mason (CEO) and Adam Reed (Head of Business Development) for showing him around the office and introducing him to all...

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Boosting Equality and Recovery in Hawthorn Sporting Clubs

June 11, 2021 -

Two of the Andrews Government’s sporting club grant programs have recently funded a number of Hawthorn clubs, with a targeted focus of supporting financial recovery from COVID-19, implementing COVID-Safe measures, and boosting female involvement in sports. The latest round of Sporting Club grants provided a...

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Gardiner’s Creek Loan of $5.4M

June 10, 2021 - ,

Constituency Question My question is for the Minister for Community Sport and concerns the $5.4 million loan provided to the Gardiners Creek corridor trail in my electorate of Hawthorn in the latest round of the government’s community sports infrastructure loans scheme. The scheme provides low-interest...

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My First Jab of the Astra-Zeneca Vaccine

June 10, 2021 - ,

Member’s Statement Although currently unable to visit a gym, I recently received my first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine at Access Health and Community in Hawthorn. Today I want to encourage my constituents, fellow Victorians and Australians to get vaccinated as soon as possible. If...

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Child Wellbeing and Safety (Child Safe Standards Compliance and Enforcement) Bill 2021

June 9, 2021 - ,

Bill Speech Over lunch the discussion was with the German philosopher Goethe, who said, ‘As knowledge grows, so does doubt’. I have sometimes observed that this is a problem for some of us here in this place—but nonetheless, let me just say there appears to...

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Education and Training Reform Amendment (Protection of School Communities) Bill 2021

June 8, 2021 - ,

Bill Speech I rise today to speak on the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Protection of School Communities) Bill 2021. As a former educator I will contend that this bill is essential in ensuring schools are safe places of work and learning for staff and...

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Victoria Leads Nation: Climate Policy

June 5, 2021 -

Today marks World Environment Day, the United Nations’ day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Last month, the Andrews Labor Government unveiled its ambitious Climate Change Strategy and interim targets, positioning Victoria as a leader in tackling climate change – and...

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Pride in Hawthorn Innovators

May 28, 2021 -

Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, Jaala Pulford, visited the Hawthorn electorate last Monday to open Compass Education’s new Australian Headquarters on Burwood Road. John Kennedy MP attended alongside colleagues Will Fowles MP and Nina Taylor MP to celebrate the Hawthorn success story...

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$11.5 Million for Local School Sporting Space

May 28, 2021 -

The Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy, is proud to announce the Andrews Government’s delivery of $11.5 million to upgrade sporting facilities used by Swinburne Senior Secondary College and the broader community in the 2021-2022 State Budget. The funds will contribute to the redevelopment of Fritsch...

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Victorian Budget Breakdown

May 28, 2021 -

As the Member for Hawthorn, John Kennedy was proud to watch as Treasurer Tim Pallas tabled the Andrews Government’s State Budget for 2021-22. This Budget will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care...

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Creating Jobs and Caring For Hawthorn

May 20, 2021 -

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and caring for the people of Hawthorn.  The Victorian Budget 2021/22 will support an average of 38,000 jobs every year over the next four years, while also investing in the care and services our community needs.  Swinburne Senior Secondary College is one of 52...

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Celebrating A Greener Camberwell

May 14, 2021 -

Mr Kennedy, Member for Hawthorn, and Nina Taylor, Member for the Southern Metropolitan region, attended an event held at Ignite Café in Camberwell on 13 May to celebrate the $1.76 million dollars the Andrews Labor Government is providing towards the creation of the Camberwell Green...

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