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Michael Danby

Victoria Short Changed on Infrastructure

Thursday, 11 May 2017 05:36

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The expenditure on transport infrastructure in this budget grossly disadvantages Victoria. The ethos underlying Federation was that all states be treated equally. The transport infrastructure expenditure in New South Wales in particular, compared to that in Victoria, is, frankly, scandalous.

 

Victorian infrastructure funding; Budget 2017

Monday, 08 May 2017 05:12

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Melbourne is Australia's fastest growing city and yet Victoria is receiving some 7.7 per cent of federal infrastructure funds despite being home to one in every four Australians. In next Tuesday's Budget, this has to stop. Projects like the Melbourne Metro, which is vital, behind us are critical along with road projects to deal with urban congestion here in Melbourne.

In Defence of 18c

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 05:56

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In a diverse, racially harmonious country like Australia—a success story—why are you abandoning something that has existed for many years? I might say, it was for 11 years of the Howard government. Sections 18C and 18D—the two provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act that have seen harmonious relations between all Australians maintained—are going to be abandoned.

Medicare

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 00:24

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This six-year freeze on Medicare rebates is gradually and sneakily undermining Medicare and is set to continue with the Prime Minister's plan to extend it out to 2020. The government's attitude is characterised by relentless attacks on our iconic health system.

Supporting our close US ties

Monday, 20 March 2017 06:18

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Deep cooperation between Australia and the United States is seen at a scientific and artistic level, at a military level and at an intelligence level, but it is underlined by our common democratic values and our huge business interests

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