First 12 months of Labor

01 December 2015

Dear Editor

Sunday 29 November marked 12 months since the Andrews Labor Government was elected.

For regional Victorians, it's been one year of talk, but no action.

Before the election, the Coalition was committed to making an investment of more than $50 million in projects across the Euroa electorate including $15 million for the upgrade of Benalla P-12 College and additional VLine services on the north east line.

Labor did not commit a cent to Benalla.

Daniel Andrews and his city-centric Labor Government have ripped funding out of country Victoria.

In just 12 months Labor has abolished the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund which drove new jobs and investment across regional Victoria, cut funding for country roads and bridges, increased the fire services levy and dumped the fully costed plan to roll wi-fi out on all VLocity trains.

Funding for agriculture has fallen by 12 per cent, investment in trade has declined by 61.5 per cent and regional development is down 24 per cent.

Daniel Andrews’ first budget provided regional Victoria with just 2.9 per cent of major infrastructure funding and 1.7 per cent of capital health funding.

Meanwhile, country Victoria has lost around 10,000 full-time jobs, with the youth unemployment rate rising by 6.2 per cent in Benalla in the first nine months of this government.  This is despite Daniel Andrews’ promise to create 100,000 full time jobs in two years.

The numbers of government-subsidised enrolments in training have declined by 14 per cent overall this year with TAFEs experiencing the largest decline of 18 per cent.

We deserve a fair share of investment and opportunity, not the city-centric approach of Daniel Andrews’ first 12 month in government.

Steph Ryan MP
Member for Euroa
Deputy Leader of The Nationals

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