Million meals milestone for Parliament kitchens

Millionmeals thumbnail2Our meals program with charities has reached a total of one million meals provided to people in need during COVID-19.

Legislative Assembly Speaker Colin Brooks and Legislative Council President Nazih Elasmar have congratulated and thanked Parliament’s catering team and the charities involved for their efforts supporting vulnerable Victorians.

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The promise of social procurement explored

Socialprocurement webThe latest Parliamentary Library Webinar has explored how social procurement can create opportunities for disadvantaged jobseekers.

The online forum brought together a group of experts and practitioners to respond to the new research paper ‘The Promise of Social Procurement’ authored by Maria Mupanemunda, Parliamentary Library Fellow and Social Policy Researcher at the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

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Disability Action and Inclusion Plan launched

IDPWD1On the International Day of People with Disability, our Presiding Officers have launched a Disability Action and Inclusion Plan for the Parliament.

The plan outlines a series of actions and initiatives to be achieved over the next three years to make the Victorian Parliament more accessible to and inclusive of people with disability.

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2020/21 Budget snapshot from the PBO

PBOBudgetSnapshot 1The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has released its independent analysis of the Department of Treasury and Finance’s 2020/21 Budget, published at

The PBO found that the 2020/21 Budget shows:

  • the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-21, and the beginnings of an economic recovery from 2021-22
  • an increase in net debt to GSP over the next 4 years, to reach 28.9 per cent of GSP at 30 June 2024
  • a move from net operating surpluses to net operating deficits in all years from 2019-20 to 2023-24
  • a large increase in net borrowing—the operating balance after taking account of asset investment, and an important gauge of the government’s need to raise debt to fund its policies—to 48.3 per cent of revenue in 2020-21 before improving to 20.0 per cent of revenue in 2023-24.

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Webinar explores algorithms in the courtroom

InbarLevy 1Dr Inbar Levy from the Melbourne Law School has presented the Parliamentary Library’s third webinar.

Conducted in association with Victorian Parliamentarians for STEM, the webinar explored the bright but modest potential of algorithms in the courtroom.

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