Forrest, Indigenous Employment and Closing the Gap

Speech at the Sydney Institute ‘Forrest, Indigenous Employment and Closing the Gap’ Sydney 5 August 2014 ***Check against delivery*** Last Friday, Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest delivered to the Government one of the most ambitious reports in a generation. It outlines a blueprint with the goal of ending the disparity between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.  It is…

Call for nominations for Aston Community Awards

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for Aston Community Awards. The Aston Community Awards celebrate local volunteers, businesses and community groups who give their time, skill and energy to helping others and making the Knox community a better place to live. Mr Tudge…

New Colombo Plan scholarship for Knox student

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, today congratulated local resident, Mr Richard Garrett, on receiving one of the first forty scholarships under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. Under the New Colombo Plan, $100 million over five years is being provided to help Australia’s best and brightest undergraduates to live, study…

Creating a more mobile workforce

The Herald Sun: STARTING this week, those who have struggled to find work will be eligible for up to $6000 to move location to take up a job. This means a Victorian who decides to take up work in a vineyard in the Yarra Valley or a mine in Queensland could claim $6000 for moving, and…

Tudge highlights need to cut Knox congestion

The Federal Member for Aston, Hon Alan Tudge MP, has spoken in Parliament about the need to undertake infrastructure projects to ease increasing traffic congestion in Knox. Highlighting the economic, business and social costs of congestion, Mr Tudge said traffic congestion in Melbourne already costs our economy $2.7 billion, with that figure projected to rise…

We will fix Labor’s budget mess

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: The first point that I make is in relation to the co-payment which the member for Lingiari was so passionately talking about. The member for Lingiari actually voted for a co-payment when he was a member of parliament and the Hawke government first introduced it. Mr Robert:  He voted for it. Mr…