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No proof $132m plan is working THE state government's $132 million program to tackle problem gambling has been savaged in a new report that found there was little evidence to show the strategy would be effective or had worked. The Auditor-General's... Read more

Mr O'BRIEN (Malvern) -- My question is to the Premier. I refer the Premier to the decision of his gambling regulator, applying his laws, to approve a 60-machine gaming venue in Beaconsfield that features 'a children's playroom ... fully enclosed with... Read more

A report by the Auditor-General tabled today has exposed the Brumby Government’s problem gambling strategy as being based on little or no evidence, unable to provide assessment of its outcomes and lacking any targets or key performance indicato... Read more

CHILDREN will be able watch their parents gamble after the regulator gave approval for a pokies venue to build a special play area with a bird's eye view of the action. In what is believed to be a Victorian first, the children's area at a Beacons... Read more

The Brumby Labor Government needs to explain how it will achieve its mooted target for increased solar electricity generation, given its track record of hollow promises. “Victorians understand that we need to manage the transition to a greater... Read more

The Brumby Government has been exposed lying over its commitment that it would obtain assurances its smart meters will meet service specifications before continuing the rollout. In a scathing report on the bungled smart meter project last November,... Read more

Source: Stonnington Leader STONNINGTON Council is looking to raise the bar on level crossing congestion, indicating it will lobby the State Government to end the peak-hour crush. East Ward Cr Greg Hannan has asked council officers to prepare a r... Read more

Source: Stonnington Leader STONNINGTON'S worst level crossing has some competition. Malvern resident Robin Holten says the crossing at Tooronga station near his Parslow St home is as bad if not worse than the Gardiner station level crossing. T... Read more

Mr O'BRIEN (Malvern) -- I grieve for the loss suffered by all Victorians as a result of the Brumby government giving away lucrative 10-year gaming entitlements at fire sale prices. I grieve for the golden opportunity that has been lost to this state ... Read more

Source: Stonnington Leader TRAFFIC is still snarling at Melbourne's fifth-worst ``redspot'', the level crossing at Gardiner train station, Burke Rd, Glen Iris, two years since it was named in a Leader road congestion survey. Despite VicRoads ``f... Read more

Mr O'BRIEN (Malvern) -- I raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Roads and Ports, and the action I seek is for the minister to stop his shameful neglect of the Malvern electorate when it comes to ensuring that adequate noise walls are i... Read more

FAMILIES may face annual electricity bills of nearly $2000 within two years after a major blow-out in the cost of the smart meter program. The State Government yesterday admitted yet another of its major projects had suffered a big cost overrun. The ... Read more

Source: Stonnington Leader WHAT price a good night's sleep in residences abutting the Monash Freeway? Stonnington has been overlooked for a piece of the $19.3 million pie in the State Budget for noise walls. Neighbours Boroondara have been ass... Read more

Mr O'BRIEN (Malvern) -- I raise a matter for the Premier. The action I seek is that the Premier direct that a couple who have been poorly treated by his government be reimbursed for licensing fees they should never have been charged. The bushfires of... Read more

an op-ed piece I had published in the Geelong Advertiser of 25 March 2010

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