Minister praises Boronia support staff

Department of Human Services staff in Boronia have been commended for their work supporting locals during a visit today by Minister for Human Services, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP. During a tour of the Boronia service centre, Minister Payne was full of praise for the…

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Saluting veterans service grants available

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, is encouraging community groups to apply for funding for projects commemorating Australia’s military history. With the centenary of Anzac fast approaching in 2015, the ‘Saluting Their Service’ grants programme helps the Australian community from all walks of life to contribute to the commemoration of those…

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Labor all talk, no action

Australian Financial Review:  Opposition Leader Bill Shorten last week outlined his vision for a modernised Labor Party in which trade unions would have diminished influence. Missing, however, was any mention of policy. There was discussion about tweaking preselection rules and eligibility for membership. But the real tests are not the internal rules, but the daily…

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Knox residents remember at Anzac Day

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, will be joining thousands of Knox residents at services commemorating Anzac Day this Friday.   Mr Tudge said services will be held throughout Knox, including Boronia, Bayswater, Ferntree Gully and Rowville. “Anzac Day allows us all to take a moment to reflect and recognise the men…

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Calling for Knox Green Army environmental projects

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, is calling on the Knox Council, community groups and individuals to submit ideas and proposals for new Green Army environmental projects throughout Knox. The Green Army is a voluntary programme that funds hands-on, practical, grassroots action to support local environment and heritage conservation projects across…

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Getting off the welfare train

The Australian: In the indigenous employment figures released last month, one statistic stands out: only 30 per cent of working-age people in remote communities have a job. Among 17 to 24-year-olds, only 18 per cent are fully engaged in work or study. The government wants the people in remote communities to retain their attachment to country.…

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Win for veterans with fair pension indexation

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, has announced that the government is delivering on its long-standing promise to deliver fair indexation to veterans’ pensions.  The Abbott Government has passed legislation that finally delivers fair indexation to Defence Force Retirement Benefits scheme (DFRB) and Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits scheme (DFRDB)…

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