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…

Funds available to boost employee skills

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, is encouraging local businesses to apply for funding support to boost the skills of their workforce.    Under the new Industry Skills Fund, businesses can apply for financial support for upskilling and further training of their workforce and/or for skills advice to help identify training…

Build the East West Link

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I want to express my absolute alarm over an action that the Victorian government is considering taking, and that is annulling the compensation payable if they breach the East West contract and doing that through a legislative instrument. This is an extraordinary proposition. Even the discussion of this proposal to legislate away…

‘Build the Link’ campaign gains momentum

The Build the Link campaign has achieved over 11,000 signatures on its online petition within a week calling for Daniel Andrews and the Labor Government to build the East West Link. The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, along with other colleagues, last week launched the ‘Dan Andrews, Build the Link’ campaign…

Have your say on foreign investment in homes

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, is encouraging Knox locals to have their say on strengthening the rules on foreign investment in residential homes.   Mr Tudge has received hundreds of emails and calls from concerned locals about the effect of foreign investment on housing affordability and young families trying to…

Closing the Gap report

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on the Closing the gap: Prime Minister’s report 2015. This is an important report. It was instituted by the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd back in 2008. I thought it was a very good idea to institute such a report where the Prime Minister of the day each…

Julie Bishop visits Knox community

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, today joined the Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, to discuss community concerns and celebrate Chinese New Year.   Mr Tudge hosted a community forum with Ms Bishop as the special guest at the Knox Club with over 200 local residents.   Ms Bishop…