Labor abandons Melbourne’s east

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, says Dan Andrews has abandoned Melbourne’s east by spending $640 million to scrap the East West Link yet planning to hit eastern suburbs motorists with extended tolls for a western suburbs tunnel. This week, Premier Andrews said he wanted to build a new tollway including…

PM visits Boronia manufacturer

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, today joined the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, to discuss jobs and manufacturing in Boronia. The Prime Minister and Mr Tudge toured Boronia medical manufacturer Baxter Laboratories which manufactures pharmaceutical, sun care and skin care products. Baxter Laboratories began operations in 1994 and…

New strategy to tackle ice epidemic

The Federal Member for Aston, Hon Alan Tudge MP, has welcomed the announcement of a National Ice Action Strategy to tackle the growing ice epidemic in Knox. Announced by the Prime Minister and Minister for Justice, the National Ice Action Strategy will coordinate action from all levels of government and police to ensure targeted, efficient…

Infrastructure for Knox

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I am still as determined as ever to see the East West Link built in Melbourne and ensure that the contract is honoured. This project was put on the agenda back in 2008 by the then Labor government through the Eddington report. It was supported at the time by Bill Shorten and…

Closing the Gap MPI

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I rise to speak on this matter of public importance. I appreciate that, in the main, the Leader of the Opposition did not try to make partisan points in this debate. Indigenous affairs has typically been above partisan politics. If you look back at the history of the efforts which have been…

Cut debt or face a Greek future

The Australian:  Earlier this week, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen again sought to “inject some context into the budget debate” by comparing our relatively low debt levels with those of other countries, particularly European ones. This is the constant argument from those who dismiss Australia’s debt as a problem:  debt levels in places like Greece are…