Monash Freeway congestion

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: There are two key arterials which residents from my electorate use: the eastern and the Monash. Everybody knows our commitment to building the East West Link to take pressure off the Eastern Freeway and provide an alternative across the city, but today I would like to discuss the Monash Freeway. As Sir…

Employment and living standards MPI

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: Mr TUDGE (Aston—Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister) (15:31):  The shadow member for union protection, Mr O’Connor, would have you believe that they are so excited about our small-business package that they cannot wait to come in here and pass the bill. Let me give a couple of quotes to indicate exactly…

Budget 2015-16 MPI

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: The member for Jagajaga talked about policy consistency. I can tell you one area where the Labor Party has been consistent every time they have been in government: that is, they destroy the budget and they destroy the economy. That is where they are completely consistent. You go back to the Whitlam era:…

Infrastructure for Knox

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I am still as determined as ever to see the East West Link built in Melbourne and ensure that the contract is honoured. This project was put on the agenda back in 2008 by the then Labor government through the Eddington report. It was supported at the time by Bill Shorten and…

Closing the Gap MPI

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I rise to speak on this matter of public importance. I appreciate that, in the main, the Leader of the Opposition did not try to make partisan points in this debate. Indigenous affairs has typically been above partisan politics. If you look back at the history of the efforts which have been…

Build the East West Link

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I want to express my absolute alarm over an action that the Victorian government is considering taking, and that is annulling the compensation payable if they breach the East West contract and doing that through a legislative instrument. This is an extraordinary proposition. Even the discussion of this proposal to legislate away…