Coptic Christianity in Egypt

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Coptic Christianity in Egypt is one of the most remarkable religious and cultural traditions of the world. This ethno-religious group reaches back 2,000 years to the time of the apostles. The Christian Copts once formed the majority of Egypt’s population. Today they are a vulnerable minority in a predominantly Muslim country. Last…

Development in Knox

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  My electorate of Aston in outer eastern melbourne is a beautiful electorate, made up of suburban family homes and leafy streets. It is the nature of the suburbs which makes it so attractive for families. But the nature of the community is under threat by medium- and sometimes even high-density housing that is getting…

The Carbon Tax Challenge

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: There is a manufacturing business called Vicpole in Bayswater on the edge of my electorate. It is a very successful business which has been manufacturing for over 20 years now. It manufactures street poles, street bollards and other street furniture. It employs about 40 people, many of whom have been working in…

Tudge welcomes Rowville Rail feasibility study

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  I would like to update the House on the Rowville rail link proposal. As many members of the House will know, this is something I have been promoting for some time. Rowville, is in the bottom section of the Aston electorate. Last Sunday, there was an announcement by the state government that the…

Federal budget 2011-12

I rise to speak on the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2011-2012, Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2011-2012 and Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2011-12, which implement the Gillard government’s budget for this year. I note the passionate comments of the member for Berowra, who spoke just before me. In my address this evening I want…

Three Year Old Kinder Under Threat

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  I would like to raise an important issue that is affecting thousands of young families in our community, and that is the progressive destruction of three-year-old kindergartens which is occurring in Victoria and possibly in other states. It is occurring because of a policy of the Gillard government, which like so many other…

First meeting of Youth Mental Health Committee

The Youth Mental Health Committee met for the first time last night at Alan Tudge’s office in Wantirna South. The Committee will undertake an important role in the campaign for better youth mental health services in the outer east according to local Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP. “The establishment of a Youth Mental…

Knox Red Shield Appeal launch at Knox City

The Knox Red Shield Appeal officially launched it’s campaign seeking volunteers to help to raise funds on Red Shield Appeal day 28-29 May, 2011 at Knox City this week. Major Merv Lincoln, Commanding Officer of the Ferntree Gully Corps of the Salvation Army, and Alan Tudge MP, Federal Member of Aston and Chairman of the…