Speech on Matter of Public Importance debate

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  This opposition party is living in a parallel universe. Not only have they not realised that they created an absolute financial mess that we are trying to get control of; they also come in here and have been lecturing us all day about our election commitments and our supposed breaches of them…

$1.5 million for local sporting facilities

The Federal Member for Aston, Hon Alan Tudge MP, said that the Coalition has set aside over $1.5 million in funding for local sporting facilities, fulfilling his election commitments. As part of the newly established Community Development Grants Program, 12 different Knox sporting infrastructure projects have been funded in the federal budget on Tuesday night.…

It’s your choice: earn or learn

The Australian: ONE of the most insidious results of slower economic growth and welfarist policies is high youth unemployment. The latest figures showed youth unemployment rising to 12.7 per cent. Long-term youth unemployment is now three times higher than at the end of the Howard government. Youth disengagement is so destructive because its impacts can…

Minister praises Boronia support staff

Department of Human Services staff in Boronia have been commended for their work supporting locals during a visit today by Minister for Human Services, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP. During a tour of the Boronia service centre, Minister Payne was full of praise for the…

Saluting veterans service grants available

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, is encouraging community groups to apply for funding for projects commemorating Australia’s military history. With the centenary of Anzac fast approaching in 2015, the ‘Saluting Their Service’ grants programme helps the Australian community from all walks of life to contribute to the commemoration of those…

Labor all talk, no action

Australian Financial Review:  Opposition Leader Bill Shorten last week outlined his vision for a modernised Labor Party in which trade unions would have diminished influence. Missing, however, was any mention of policy. There was discussion about tweaking preselection rules and eligibility for membership. But the real tests are not the internal rules, but the daily…