Labor abandons Melbourne’s east

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, says Dan Andrews has abandoned Melbourne’s east by spending $640 million to scrap the East West Link yet planning to hit eastern suburbs motorists with extended tolls for a western suburbs tunnel. This week, Premier Andrews said he wanted to build a new tollway including…

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Give states revenue responsibility to improve efficiency

The Australian:  Sitting alongside the Tax White Paper is the development of the Federation White Paper.  It may not get people as excited as tax changes, but federation reform could be equally far-reaching. This will be on the agenda for the COAG leaders meeting this week. There is a general recognition that our federation isn’t…

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PM visits Boronia manufacturer

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, today joined the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, to discuss jobs and manufacturing in Boronia. The Prime Minister and Mr Tudge toured Boronia medical manufacturer Baxter Laboratories which manufactures pharmaceutical, sun care and skin care products. Baxter Laboratories began operations in 1994 and…

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New strategy to tackle ice epidemic

The Federal Member for Aston, Hon Alan Tudge MP, has welcomed the announcement of a National Ice Action Strategy to tackle the growing ice epidemic in Knox. Announced by the Prime Minister and Minister for Justice, the National Ice Action Strategy will coordinate action from all levels of government and police to ensure targeted, efficient…

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Cut debt or face a Greek future

The Australian:  Earlier this week, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen again sought to “inject some context into the budget debate” by comparing our relatively low debt levels with those of other countries, particularly European ones. This is the constant argument from those who dismiss Australia’s debt as a problem:  debt levels in places like Greece are…

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Bill Shorten wants more traffic for Knox

Bill Shorten has publicly stated his support for more congestion for families, lost productivity for small business and fewer jobs for workers. Asked yesterday if he supports the East West Link, Bill Shorten said “no”. In 2008, Bill Shorten made two submissions in support of East West Link, stating: “…the new East-West Link is crucial…

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Funds available to boost employee skills

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, is encouraging local businesses to apply for funding support to boost the skills of their workforce.    Under the new Industry Skills Fund, businesses can apply for financial support for upskilling and further training of their workforce and/or for skills advice to help identify training…

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