Appropriation (2018-2019) Bill 2018

08 May 2018, Mr McCurdy (Ovens Valley): I rise to make a contribution on the Appropriation (2018–2019) Bill 2018 and a budget that I believe could have delivered for all Victorians, a budget that included the proceeds of the sale of the port of Melbourne and the Snowy Hydro.

But that did not happen for regional Victoria. I thought it was a chance for us to finally share this windfall. I thought this government would look past the tram tracks of Melbourne and look to regional Victoria, where 25 per cent of Victorians live, and again look past Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong. I thought this government might recognise Wangaratta, Shepparton, Wodonga and other great regional cities in Victoria and invest in the regions. Build it and they will come.

The Education State — what a great slogan that is. It is a pity this government poured the bulk of the windfall sales into Labor-held seats or the seats that they aspire to win. Never have we seen a more political government in Victoria. This is a budget built on margins, not on needs. Never have we seen such poor financial decisions, and never have we seen such rorting in the term that we have been through at the moment.

Let us hope on 24 November that Victorians send a clear message to this Labor government — enough is enough. We demand a tougher approach on crime, we demand the rorters be accountable and that the spin stop. This government has got away with so much spin, untruths and rorting.

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