Tag: Victoria budget

Opposition talk of law and order “totally cheap”, says Daniel Andrews

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 10 May: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today came down heavily on the opposition for talking around about the ‘law and order’ situation in the state. The latest budget, he said, has more money for more police and the last two crime statistics show “we are turning it around”.

Answering to a pointed question during a budget briefing at the Parliament House today by SAT, the Victorian Premier said the opposition’s talk on the subject was “totally cheap” as “we inherited a mess” but have given more resources for special firearms, more drug tests and all support to the Police Commissioner.

“9,300 applications had recently applied for positions in the Victoria Police,” he disclosed.

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MULTICULTURAL FUNDING

Addressing the media, Multicultural Minister Robin Scott said, “Culturally diverse communities in Victoria will benefit from a record boost of $43.6 million in multicultural funding, as part of this year’s Victorian Budget.”

“The funding will ensure every Victorian has the opportunity to celebrate our state’s rich cultural diversity, “said Minister Scott.

ROADS UPGRADE

Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan said, “the budget includes a massive investment in the Suburban Roads Upgrade of $ 2.2 billion package to upgrade 13 arterial roads across the northern and south-eastern suburbs.”

“We’d all rather spend more time with family and friends than stuck in traffic – that’s why we’re fixing the suburban roads people rely on every day,” he said.

BILINGUAL KINDERS

Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos disclosed that Victoria will be the first state in Australia to provide an additional $18 million to give at least 3,000 children attending state-funded kinders the opportunity to learn a language other than English for the very first time.

“The project will start in a few months and which languages form part of the scheme will be decided after community consultation”, she said.

2016-17 budget for a strong & confident Victoria: Tim Pallas

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By SAT reporter

Melbourne, 4 May: The Victorian budget 2016-17 delivers sound economic management, delivering an estimated surplus of $ 2.9 billion, and an average surplus of $ 2.1 billion a year across the forward estimates, says Treasurer Tim Pallas.

Tim was speaking at a media conference in the Parliament premises with many other Ministers who detailed the budget outline of their portfolios and answered to pointed queries by media persons.

“Victoria remains in an enviable economic position with strong surpluses, jobs growth, and a secure triple-A credit rating.

Net debt and unemployment are both below the levels we inherited from the previous Liberal Government, “ he said.

Multicultural Affairs Minister, Robin Scott said the Andrews government provides an additional $24.3 million over four years for a range of initiatives to
strengthen our cultural diversity, social cohesion and support services for our multicultural community.

In response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Robin Scott said, “The Andrews Labor Government will invest $6.3 million over four years to better meet the needs of victims in family violence services and targeted prevention strategies for victims from culturally diverse backgrounds, by creating strong support networks and greater access to social services.”

Minister for Small Business, Trade and Innovation Philip Dalidakis said, “This Budget will provide payroll tax cuts for approximately 36,000 businesses across Victoria, with the payroll tax-free threshold lifted to $650,000 over the next four years.
By the time the measure is fully implemented, businesses with annual Victorian payrolls between $4.8 million and $31.5 million will have the lowest payroll tax burden anywhere in Australia.”

Earlier, on the budget day, Premier Daniel Andrews said, “This Budget reflects a strong and confident Victoria. We’re keeping our word, and delivering our election commitments.”

“We’re overhauling public transport, investing in roads, fixing schools and hospitals and we’re cutting taxes for businesses – we’re getting it done, “ he said.

- SAT News Service.