School computer rollout on track for 1:1 ratio

The Federal Labor Government is on track to meet the 1:1 ratio of computers for all Australian students between Years 9-12 by the end of the year, and this includes more than 1821 computers have been delivered to schools in Isaacs, with Mr Dreyfus today said.

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Mark Dreyfus QC MP officially opens Mordialloc College’s Discovery Centre

Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Federal Member for Isaacs, last Friday joined an excited Mordialloc College school community to celebrate the official opening of the $2,000,000, federally funded, Discovery Centre.

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More than 1,000 children registered for a better start at life

Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Federal Member for Isaacs, today encouraged local families with children with a disability to sign on to the Australian Government's $147 million Better Start for Children with Disability initiative.

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More support for child care centres in Greater Dandenong

Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Federal Member for Isaacs, has welcomed $25,000 in Australian Government funding to assist child care centres in Greater Dandenong to improve the quality of their services.

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One year on, Wallara Industries strengthens its support for people with disabilities

Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Federal Member for Isaacs, on Friday visited Wallara Industries, in Keysborough, to see firsthand how the organisation has progressed since it relocated to Keysborough, from Noble Park approximately one year ago.

Wallara Industries is supported with more than $800,000 a year under the Australian Government's Disability Employment Assistance program, providing employment and work place training for people with an intellectual or developmental disability.

Wallara Industries was set-up more than fifty years ago and has grown to provide work for 20,000 people Australia-wide, including 93 people with disability in our local community.

Mr Dreyfus said it was important that people with intellectual or developmental disability, who wish to work, are given every opportunity to enter and contribute to the Australian workforce.

"People with disability should have the right to work and contribute to their community - just like any of us."

"This program is critical for our local community in allowing people with an intellectual or development disability to undertake productive and meaningful work."

Wallara delivers employment assistance for job seekers with disability, helping people with disability, injury or health condition get ready to look for a job, find a job and keep a job.

"I congratulate Wallara Industries on their commitment and dedication to supporting people with disabilities assisting them to reach their full potential and find employment and providing high quality services to their clients." Mr Dreyfus said.

Wallara Industries provides a range of operations within the contract labour, packaging, including: labelling and re-labelling of products; product assembly; product marketing solutions; 3PL services including warehouse storage and transport logistics.

Further information on the Wallara Industries can be found at their website http://www.wallaraindustries.com.au

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Continued support of pensioners in Isaacs

Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Federal Member for Isaacs, today welcomed the Federal Government's announcement that local pensioners will soon receive an increase in their payments to help them balance the household budget.

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Statement on the State Liberal Government's decision to cease funding the Take a Break program

It is a great shame that the Victorian Government has chosen not to continue the funding of the Take a Break Program. I understand that Longbeach Place and Chelsea Heights Community Centre will close as a consequence of this decision, and that Chelsea Occasional Care while still taking enrolments is exploring options for private sponsorship due to the State's refusal to fund Take a Break.

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There’s no use in working hard and retiring poor

Over 55,000 of Isaacs residents will benefit from a rise in compulsory super from nine to 12 per cent, new data from the Federal Treasury shows today.

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National Carer Strategy launch to deliver benefits in Isaacs

Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Federal Member for Isaacs, has welcomed the Federal Government announcement that Australia's 2.6 million carers will receive improved recognition and support following the launch of the Federal Government's National Carer Strategy in Victoria yesterday.

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Celebrating International Youth Day 2011

Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Federal Member for Isaacs, is encouraging young people and other residents of Carrum Downs and Frankston to celebrate International Youth Day on Friday August 12.

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