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Small and medium business confidence in Victoria continues to struggle

29 October 2020

Confidence among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Victoria has remained low, according to a report released by NAB today.  The NAB Quarterly SME survey reports that SME confidence is lower than any other state in mainland Australia, with a net rating of -16. This is the second consecutive report...

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No oversight or accountability on Basin Rail despite the problems

27 October 2020

The Andrews Labor Government can’t say what failures led to the waste of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on the now stalled and unfinished Murray Basin Rail Project.  Last week’s long overdue release of the revised business case revealed Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan never intended to complete the...

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Victoria, a state with no budget for 518 days (and counting)

26 October 2020

The Andrews Labor Government is yet to confirm when Tim Pallas will hand down the 2020-21 Victorian State Budget.  This budget was originally due to be handed down in May but was delayed due to COVID-19.  The federal budget was handed down earlier this month, so Tim Pallas can no...

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Victoria falls again in State of the States economic rankings

26 October 2020

The State of the States Economic Performance Report released today by CommSec shows that Victoria continues to go backwards compared to other Australian states.  According to the report, Victoria has fallen to third overall, trailing behind both Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.  Victoria has also fallen from second to fifth in...

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Victorian job seekers lose hope as employment numbers fall again

15 October 2020

Today’s employment figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that Victorians who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic are beginning to lose hope. The numbers show that in September, there were 36,000 fewer Victorians in work than in August. Since the pandemic began in March,...

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Labor refuses to rule out tax increases in state budget

14 October 2020

Labor refuses to rule out tax increases in state budget Despite the economic devastation that Daniel Andrews and his incompetent government have already inflicted upon Victoria’s economy, he now wants to slug Victorians with higher taxes. In Question Time in Parliament today Labor’s Treasurer, Tim Pallas, when asked directly to...

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Time for Victoria to take the manufacturing lead

01 October 2020

Today's welcome announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that the Federal Government will create a $1.3 billion "Modern Manufacturing Initiative" must be supercharged with a $1 billion Victorian "Bringing Manufacturing Home" fund.  Back in May, the Victorian Liberal Nationals called for the creation of a $1 billion “Bringing Manufacturing Home"...

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Labor’s incompetence causes Victoria’s unemployment to skyrocket while the rest of Australia recovers

17 September 2020

Victorians are suffering the cruel effects of Daniel Andrews’ second wave of coronavirus with today’s ABS Labour Force figures showing that Victoria lost 42,400 jobs in August. Half of these job losses have been are Victorians under the age of 25, young people who are at risk of long term unemployment due...

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Vacant Land Tax suspended after call from Liberal Nationals

10 September 2020

The Andrews Labor Government has succumbed to pressure from the Liberal Nationals and announced it is suspending the Vacant Residential Land Tax for 2020. Last month the Liberal Nationals called for this tax grab to be halted for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tax, imposed on properties in...

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Victorians keep losing jobs while the rest of the country recovers

08 September 2020

Figures released by the ABS today show that Victorians are continuing to lose jobs, while at the same time, the rest of Australia has started to recover from the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Payroll jobs data for the month up to 22 August shows that in Victoria...

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