State Budget 2015
05 May 2015
05 May 2015
RYAN (Euroa) — The Andrews government's first budget is a slap in the face for regional Victoria. It confirms the fears of many in my electorate that this is a government that does not see beyond the edges of Melbourne. The coalition was set to invest more than $50 million in education, health, transport and community infrastructure in Euroa. This government has used its first budget to cut that funding. It is a deeply unfair budget. Over the past month I have actively sought feedback from residents across to the Euroa electorate on their priorities for the state budget. As a culmination of that process I have produced a report, which I have sent to both the Premier and the Treasurer. This report outlines key priorities, including improvements to country roads, paramedics for Nagambie, public beds for Euroa, upgrades to Rushworth's Waranga Hospital and additional train services.
One particular priority I highlight is the need to upgrade Benalla and Seymour colleges. The students attending these schools are the future of our region. Jazzy Burke, who is here today, came to Parliament in the hope that the government might invest in her future. She wrote to me about the state of the school this week and said:
Rather than spending money trying to fix something that doesn't meet our new school needs, we should be looking at the bigger picture and making our school a functional place that meets the requirements of a combined school where all the students and staff are one big, happy group.
It is of great concern to me that this government, a government which claims education is its no. 1 priority, has ignored the needs of country students, including Jazzy, in this budget. I seek leave to table this
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The DEPUTY SPEAKER — Order! The member's time has expired.