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…

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…

Catholic Schools funding under threat

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  I rise to express my concern in relation to Catholic school funding and the direction in which the government is likely to be taking the school funding regime post the expiration of the existing Schools Assistance Act. I am particularly concerned about the Catholic schools which are deemed to be ‘funding maintained’. This…

Condolence motion: Lionel Rose

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  I also rise to support the condolence motion for the late Mr Lionel Rose, and I would like to associate myself with some of the comments of the previous speakers, including Mr Hunt and Mr Broadbent, who I have just listened to here. I am sorry I did not get to hear some…

Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Director and Executive Remuneration) Bill 2011

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  I rise to speak on the Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Director and Executive Remuneration) Bill 2011. As you would be aware, Mr Deputy Speaker, this bill arises out of the recommendations of the Productivity Commission report into executive remuneration. It reported on 4 January 2010, and this bill aims to implement its…