Call for nominations for Aston Community Awards

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, is pleased to announce the opening of nominations for Aston Community Awards. The Aston Community Awards celebrate local volunteers, businesses and community groups who give their time, skill and energy to helping others and making the Knox community a better place to live. Mr Tudge…

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Creating a more mobile workforce

The Herald Sun: STARTING this week, those who have struggled to find work will be eligible for up to $6000 to move location to take up a job. This means a Victorian who decides to take up work in a vineyard in the Yarra Valley or a mine in Queensland could claim $6000 for moving, and…

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New Colombo Plan scholarship for Knox student

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, today congratulated local resident, Mr Richard Garrett, on receiving one of the first forty scholarships under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. Under the New Colombo Plan, $100 million over five years is being provided to help Australia’s best and brightest undergraduates to live, study…

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Tudge highlights need to cut Knox congestion

The Federal Member for Aston, Hon Alan Tudge MP, has spoken in Parliament about the need to undertake infrastructure projects to ease increasing traffic congestion in Knox. Highlighting the economic, business and social costs of congestion, Mr Tudge said traffic congestion in Melbourne already costs our economy $2.7 billion, with that figure projected to rise…

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Mr Shorten, more money, failed policies won’t help indigenous.

The Australian: BILL Shorten’s critique of the ­government’s indigenous policy is disappointing and misguided. Last week, on this page, he criticised the government for its budget savings of 4.5 per cent in indigenous specific programs. “A brutal and heartless cut”, the Opposition Leader wrote, that was putting “hard-won progress in recent years in jeopardy”. The…

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Welfare benefits a broad church

The Australian: THE Australian Council of ­Social Services’ critique of the Abbott government’s “earn or learn” policy may be well-­intentioned, but it is misguided. ACOSS fails to acknowledge that while the present system supports the vulnerable it also creates welfare dependence, just as destructive as income poverty, among thousands of capable people. Noel Pearson has been the…

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