Rowville Rail project

A little over a week ago a significant announcement was made in my electorate by the Victorian transport minister—that is, that the Rowville rail feasibility study would soon be underway. The Rowville rail project has been talked about for decades, but we have never got traction on it and now we finally will. With a…

Gillard’s Flood Tax

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Mr TUDGE (Aston) (1.23 pm)—I rise to oppose the Tax Laws Amendment (Temporary Flood Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011 and the Income Tax Rates Amendment (Temporary Flood Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011, and I do so as a member of an outer metropolitan seat in Melbourne in which families and members of the community…

Australian Natural Disasters

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Mr TUDGE (Aston) (7.03 pm)—I rise to support the motion of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition with regard to the recent floods and other natural disasters throughout Australia, including my own state of Victoria. This summer, more than any other in memory, has wrought devastation throughout our nation…

Rowville Salvos Open New Worship Centre

The Salvation Army Worship and Mission Centre was officially opened and dedicated by Colonel Peter Walker, Chief Secretary for the Salvation Army Southern Territory, alongside guest speakers, Alan Tudge MP, Federal Member for Aston, and Nick Wakeling MP, State Member for Ferntree Gully. The new Centre, located at 16-18 Kingsley Place, Rowville, will be a…

Best in Class

PUBLISHED IN ‘AUSTRALIAN POLITY’ – Volume 1 (Number 5), 20 December, 2010.  Apart from domestic and national security, the two main duties of government are economic growth and social cohesion. Education policy is unique among policy issues because it has such an enormous impact on economic growth as well as social equality and stability. We must…