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RYAN’S STATE DEVELOPMENT IS A PORTFOLIO FOR NOTHING

Posted on 21. Mar, 2013 by .

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Deputy Premier Peter Ryan’s new portfolio of ‘State Development’ is nothing short of a farce, with Mr Ryan not responsible for one piece of legislation, for one policy area, for one program or for any allocation of funding, Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Victoria, Jacinta Allan said today. Ms Allan said that the Parliamentary […]

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LIBERAL’S SET TO REPEAT HISTORY OF BAD DECISIONS ON REGIONAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Posted on 02. Nov, 2012 by .

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The Liberal / National Government is set to short change regional Victorian commuters again repeating Liberal Party history and privatising V/Line, Shadow, Shadow Minister for Public Transport Fiona Richardson said today. Ms Richardson said the former Kennett Government privatised V/Line in 1999 and the Baillieu Liberal / National Government was well under way to repeating […]

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CFA TRUCKS DE-REGISTERED DUE TO BAILLIEU GOVERNMENT DITHERING

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by .

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Embattled Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan has again been forced to defend his competency, after it was revealed that 20 CFA trucks had been allowed to run out of registration, Shadow Emergency Services Spokesman James Merlino said today. Mr Merlino said that it would take the CFA some time to re-register the vehicles, which would […]

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THE COTTAGE CLOSES AS BAILLIEU RENEGS ON FUNDING PROMISE

Posted on 20. Aug, 2012 by .

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A Werribee-based childcare centre which has operated for nearly 40 years is set to close because of Baillieu Government cuts to occasional care, Shadow Minister for Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said today. Ms Mikakos said the Cottage had no option but to close its doors in December 2012, despite Children’s Minister Wendy Lovell […]

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BAILLIEU ABANDONS ICONIC ROAD – PUTS FAMILIES AT RISK

Posted on 20. Aug, 2012 by .

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Victoria’s world renowned Great Ocean Road is likely to suffer “extensive and significant failure” because of a lack of Baillieu Government funding, documents obtained by Shadow Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan reveal. Obtained through Freedom of Information the VicRoads documents confirm there are significant parts of the Great Ocean Road (GOR) in need of major […]

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REGIONAL SPECIAL SCHOOLS SUFFER UNDER BAILLIEU CUTS

Posted on 08. Aug, 2012 by .

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Victorian special school providers in the state’s rural and regional areas have been hit disproportionately hard by the Baillieu Government’s cuts to the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Colin Brooks said today.   A Victorian Parliament research report conducted found special schools in rural and regional Victoria have been […]

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TAFE CAMPUSES BEGIN TO CLOSE IN REGIONAL VICTORIA

Posted on 15. Jun, 2012 by .

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Students in regional Victoria are starting to be hit by the Baillieu Government’s savage funding cuts to TAFEs with eight regional campuses set to close in the Gippsland region. Advance TAFE has lost $5 million in funding, resulting in 32 jobs losses and eight site closures, including at Yarram, Heyfield, Orbost, Swifts Creek and Mallacoota. […]

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MORE REGIONAL JOBS AT RISK AS MENTAL HEALTH FUNDS CUT

Posted on 18. May, 2012 by .

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Even more jobs are likely to go from regional communities, after the Baillieu Government confirmed funding cuts to community health services, the Opposition Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Wade Noonan, said today. Mental Health Minister, Mary Wooldridge, confirmed at a budget estimates hearing that community mental health service providers would need to absorb funding cuts. She […]

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BAILLIEU-RYAN IDLE AS 16,400 REGIONAL JOBS ARE LOST

Posted on 17. May, 2012 by .

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The Baillieu-Ryan Government must act now to stop regional unemployment spiralling out of control after the latest statistics show more than 16,400 full-time jobs were lost in April, Shadow Employment Minister Tim Pallas said today. Mr Pallas said today’s Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show 16,400 regional jobs were lost in April. This means more […]

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REGIONAL TAFE CAMPUSES FACING CLOSURE

Posted on 15. May, 2012 by .

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Regional TAFE campuses could be forced to close after the Baillieu Government’s decision to rip millions of dollars from the sector, it was revealed today. In a Parliamentary Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing, Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall refused to rule out the possibility of campus closures following the Government’s $290 million […]

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FAMILIES HIT BY JOB LOSSES AT MURRAY GOULBURN

Posted on 10. May, 2012 by .

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The announcement by Murray Goulburn that 300 rural and regional employees are to be sacked is further evidence of the Baillieu’s Government continued failure to protect jobs in country Victoria, Labor spokeswomen for Rural and Regional Victoria Jaala Pulford said today. Jobs will be cut at Murray Goulburn processing distribution sites in Rochester, Cobram, Koroit, […]

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BAILLIEU CLOSES DPI OFFICES IN REGIONAL VICTORIA

Posted on 09. May, 2012 by .

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The Baillieu Government’s decision to shut Department of Primary Industry (DPI) offices will hurt regional and rural areas that have already been hit with job cuts, Leader of the Opposition Daniel Andrews said today. It’s been revealed the Liberal-National Government will close DPI offices in Ararat, Birchip, Camperdown, Cobram, Kyneton, Ouyen and St Arnaud. Other […]

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VICTORIANS MAY BE WORSE OFF UNDER NEW FIRE PROPERTY TAX

Posted on 04. May, 2012 by .

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Treasurer Kim Wells has today refused to rule out that some Victorian families may be worse off as a result of the Baillieu Government’s proposed fire services property tax that will be introduced soon. Appearing before the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee, the Treasurer was asked to provide a guarantee that no Victorian currently paying […]

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Victorian farmers have copped a $205m Baillieu-budget backhander

Posted on 02. May, 2012 by .

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The Baillieu Government has cut a $205 million program to deliver farmers vital support and dressed it up as a boost, the Shadow spokesman for Rural and Regional Development said today. Mr Lenders said Victoria’s farming sector had been short-changed by the Baillieu Government’s decision to scrap the Future Farming Strategy, a program Labor introduced […]

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BAILLIEU MUST COMMIT TO FIRST HOME BUYERS BONUS

Posted on 04. Apr, 2012 by .

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First home buyers will find it harder to break into the property market if the Baillieu Government decides to dump the popular First Home Bonus, Leader of the Opposition Daniel Andrews said today. Currently, under the First Home Bonus, eligible first homebuyers can receive $7000 when buying a new home valued up to $750,000. First […]

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GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO RULE OUT PRIVATISING V/LINE IN FIRE SALE

Posted on 29. Mar, 2012 by .

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The Baillieu Government has failed to rule out selling off regional Victoria’s V/Line train service in a fire sale, Leader of the Opposition Daniel Andrews said today.   In parliament this week, the State Labor Opposition asked Transport Minister Terry Mulder to categorically rule out the privatisation of V/Line after Premier Ted Baillieu indicated the […]

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BAILLIEU WALKS AWAY FROM CLEANER ENERGY AND JOBS

Posted on 20. Mar, 2012 by .

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The Baillieu Government’s failure to support the renewable energy sector could harm investment and jobs growth in regional Victoria, Shadow Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio warned today. Meeting with members of the Warrnambool City Council, Ms D’Ambrosio said Warrnambool was a great example of a region that had benefited from investment in renewable energy projects. […]

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V/LINE ADMITS BAILLIEU FAILURE TO INVEST HALTS SERVICES

Posted on 16. Mar, 2012 by .

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Embarrassingly for the Baillieu Liberal National Government, V/Line’s chief executive has admitted there are not enough carriages or trains to service current demand, blowing the lid off the Minister’s repeated claims that all is fixed with our public transport system, Shadow Public Transport Minister Fiona Richardson said today. In a letter dated February 17, 2012, […]

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FULL FORCE OF JOBS CRISIS HITS REGIONAL VICTORIA HARD

Posted on 15. Mar, 2012 by .

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Regional Victorians are bearing the brunt of the State’s job crisis, with unemployment growing at more than twice the rate as Melbourne, Labor Spokesman for Regional and Rural Development, John Lenders, said today. Mr Lenders said in the last five months, unemployment in regional Victoria grew by two percentage points to 6.3 per cent in […]

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MINISTER FOR EXCUSES STILL DOING NOTHING

Posted on 14. Mar, 2012 by .

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The Minister for Manufacturing needs to stop hiding behind glossy brochures, meaningless statements and endless inquiries and start making decisions to assist the Manufacturing sector in this state, Adem Somyurek MP, said today. “The situation at Alcoa is a case in point,” he said. “While the Minister was grandstanding about a Ministerial taskforce being appointed […]

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WALSH CAUGHT OUT ON FALSE CLAIMS OVER JOB LOSSES

Posted on 09. Mar, 2012 by .

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The Baillieu Government should stop trying to blame others for job losses and start outlining what it will do to protect jobs in regional Victoria, Labor spokesman for Regional and Rural Development, John Lenders, said today. Following reports the Murray Goulburn Co-operative will cut 64 jobs from its Rochester Plant following a review of the […]

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BAILLIEU GOVERNMENT MISSING AS JOBS LOST IN BALLARAT AND ROCHESTER

Posted on 06. Mar, 2012 by .

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The loss of another 100 jobs across regional Victoria has again highlighted the need for the Baillieu Government to deliver a jobs plan, Shadow Minister for Employment Tim Pallas said today. Mr Pallas said today’s announcements of 38 job losses at Mars Chocolates in Ballarat and 68 job losses at Goulburn Murray Co-operative milk drying […]

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SIT DOWN AND TALK WITH NURSES, MR BAILLIEU

Posted on 05. Mar, 2012 by .

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The Baillieu Government needs to stop attacking nurses and start negotiating with them to end the enterprise bargaining dispute, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said today.   Mr Andrews and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today visited Bendigo Hospital to meet with nurses to discuss their concerns about the Government’s failure to negotiate fairly. “Nurses […]

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DIXON SILENT ON BULLYING OF SCHOOL PRINICPAL

Posted on 01. Mar, 2012 by .

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In an outrageous abuse of parliamentary process, Liberal Member for Western Metropolitan Region Bernie Finn has called for the Minister for Education to sack a highly regarded principal, Shadow Minister for Education James Merlino said today. Last night in Parliament Mr Finn shamelessly hid behind Parliamentary Privilege to call for the Minister to sack the […]

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BAILLIEU GOVERNMENT TO WASTE TAXPAYERS MONEY ON LUDICROUS COURT CHALLENGE

Posted on 29. Feb, 2012 by .

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The Baillieu Government will waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on a Federal Court challenge to turn a nationally significant national park into a cow paddock, Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change Lisa Neville said today. Ms Neville said it was ludicrous for the Baillieu Government to ask the Federal Court to review the […]

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BAILLIEU IGNORES REGIONAL VICTORIA IN JOBS ROUNDTABLE

Posted on 16. Feb, 2012 by .

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he Baillieu-Ryan Government must explain why regional Victoria was not represented at the Baillieu Government’s business jobs roundtable meeting, Acting Spokesman for Rural and Regional Development John Lenders said today. Mr Lenders said the exclusion of regional community and business representatives was further evidence the Baillieu-Ryan Government had abandoned regional Victoria. “Yet again the Baillieu-Ryan […]

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YOUNG FARMERS LEFT HIGH AND DRY BY BAILLIEU AND WELLS

Posted on 06. Feb, 2012 by .

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The Baillieu Government has failed to fulfil its election commitment to cut stamp duty for young farmers, after it was revealed that the reforms will not apply to the majority of farmers, Shadow Minister for Agriculture John Lenders said today. Mr Lenders said Baillieu Government reforms were flawed because young farmers with property valued over […]

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BAILLIEU FAILS TO ALERT FAMILIES ON POWER OUTAGES

Posted on 25. Jan, 2012 by .

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The Baillieu Government has failed to notify many Victorians who could be hit with extended power outages under new changes introduced on Monday. From Monday, 23 January, power distribution companies are now required to disable the auto-reclose function on SWER lines during Code Red and total fire ban days, which may leave businesses and homes […]

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BAILLIEU BUNGLES BACKBURNING IN THE YARRA RANGES AND THE DANDENONGS

Posted on 23. Jan, 2012 by .

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The Baillieu Government has let down Victorians living in fire-prone areas after a report revealed that fire authorities were struggling to meet prescribed burning targets, Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Danielle Green said today. “It is clear the Baillieu Government has failed to achieve its own prescribed burn targets and its responsibility to prepare Victoria […]

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COMMUNITIES IN THE DARK ON BAILLIEU’S POWER OUTAGES

Posted on 18. Jan, 2012 by .

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Victorians are still unaware whether their electricity could be turned off for extended periods of time during high fire danger periods despite a new document revealing the Baillieu Government knows what areas will be impacted under its scheme. From Monday, 23 January this year, power distribution companies will be required to disable the auto-reclose function […]

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BAILLIEU A ‘NO SHOW’ IN NEGOTIATIONS FOR GIRGARRE JOBS

Posted on 16. Jan, 2012 by .

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The  Baillieu-Ryan  Government  needs  to  outline  how it will support the Goulburn  Valley  Food  Action  Committee during negotiations with Heinz to secure  regional  jobs  at Girgarre, Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Development Jacinta Allan said today. Ms Allan said the Baillieu-Ryan Government must also remove Heinz tomato sauce from government catering contracts. “The Goulburn […]

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LABOR PLEDGES $80.6 MILLION AND NEW FOCUS ON THE ARTS

LABOR PLEDGES $80.6 MILLION AND NEW FOCUS ON THE ARTS

Posted on 26. Nov, 2010 by .

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A future Brumby Labor Government will invest more than $80.6 million and establish Creative Victoria to ensure the arts and creative industries in Victoria continue to strengthen and thrive.   Releasing Labor’s Arts and Creative Industries Policy, Premier John Brumby said a key element of the policy would be the establishment of Creative Victoria, which […]

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EDUCATION FOR LIFE VOLUNTEER AND LEADERSHIP SHOWCASE

EDUCATION FOR LIFE VOLUNTEER AND LEADERSHIP SHOWCASE

Posted on 25. Nov, 2010 by .

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Every government school Year 9 student will be given the chance to take their volunteering to the next level at a new Education for Life: Year 9 Experience Volunteer and Leadership Showcase, Premier John Brumby said today. Mr Brumby said the showcase, to be held at a venue like Etihad Stadium or the Royal Exhibition […]

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BRUMBY LABOR GOVERNMENT TO ROLL OUT NBN FASTER

BRUMBY LABOR GOVERNMENT TO ROLL OUT NBN FASTER

Posted on 25. Nov, 2010 by .

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A future Labor Government would act to cement Victoria as Australia’s broadband technology hub by funding two new ICT initiatives and implementing a new streamlined regulatory process to speed up the NBN rollout across the state. The Minister for Information and Communication Technology, John Lenders, said a future Labor Government would provide $10 million of […]

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NEW JOBS AS LABOR INVESTS IN VICTORIAN MANUFACTURING

NEW JOBS AS LABOR INVESTS IN VICTORIAN MANUFACTURING

Posted on 25. Nov, 2010 by .

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The future of plastics manufacturing in Victoria has been secured with a planned investment of up to $195 million to expand and modernise Qenos’ manufacturing facility at Altona, Deputy Premier Rob Hulls announced today. Mr Hulls was joined by the Member for Altona, Jill Hennessy, at the facility today and said the plan had been […]

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$7 MILLION TO OPEN OLYMPIC PARK TO WIDER COMMUNITY

$7 MILLION TO OPEN OLYMPIC PARK TO WIDER COMMUNITY

Posted on 24. Nov, 2010 by .

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A future Brumby Labor Government will invest $7 million towards upgrading and opening up the Olympic Park sports precinct to the public, providing access to state-of-the-art facilities. Sport and Recreation Minister James Merlino said the planned upgrade included a new running track linking to the Tan Track, a health and fitness centre and new public […]

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$30 MILLION LABOR PLEDGE TO BRING AFL FOOTY TO BALLARAT

$30 MILLION LABOR PLEDGE TO BRING AFL FOOTY TO BALLARAT

Posted on 24. Nov, 2010 by .

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Ballarat would become North Melbourne Football Club’s second home as part of a proposal to bring AFL football to regional Victoria under a future Labor Government, Premier John Brumby announced today. Mr Brumby said Labor would provide $30 million to bring AFL home and away games to regional Victoria, under a proposal being considered by […]

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BRUMBY PLEDGES 2000 VICTORIAN APPRENTICES A YEAR FROM GOVERNMENT BUILDING PROJECTS

BRUMBY PLEDGES 2000 VICTORIAN APPRENTICES A YEAR FROM GOVERNMENT BUILDING PROJECTS

Posted on 23. Nov, 2010 by .

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The Premier, John Brumby, today invited young Victorian apprentices to join Labor in building the State’s next era of prosperity, pledging that 2000 Victorian apprentices would be employed every year for the next four years on the Government’s multi-billion-dollar building program. Visiting apprentices at NMIT in Heidelberg with Education and Skills Minister Bronwyn Pike and […]

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BRUMBY ANNOUNCES TAX CUTS AND REFORM AGENDA

BRUMBY ANNOUNCES TAX CUTS AND REFORM AGENDA

Posted on 21. Nov, 2010 by .

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Premier John Brumby today unveiled a commonsense tax reform agenda to lead Australia and take new actions to ease the pressure on business and family budgets, address housing affordability and help keep the jobs coming to Victoria. Mr Brumby today announced that a future Labor Government would: Abolish stamp duty on newly built first homes […]

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