2018 Budget Has Victoria's Priorities Out of Whack

The Victorian Budget is more than just a bunch of numbers. It lets us know what the Government’s priorities are.

As Victorians, we are rightly proud of our community, our environment, our cities and towns.

But to maintain our standard of living while also caring for our environment and those who need extra support, we need a Government which uses our tax contributions wisely.

So how does this Andrews Labor Government stack up?

At a glance...

The bad news: Labor spends billions on new toll roads, millions to prop up the dying coal industry, and refuses to fix our crumbling public housing.

The good news: The Greens have negotiated increases in funding for our national parks, an upgrade to South Yarra station and $22 million for new cycling paths.

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Finally, a new school for Docklands

Ellen Sandell, State MP for Melbourne, and the Greens welcome the government’s recent funding commitment for a primary school in Docklands, and call on the government to also build a Docklands High School.

The campaign for a primary school in the Docklands has been long and hard-fought, with the local community and parents working closely with Ellen Sandell's office to pressure the Government to take action.

Today, the government announced $18.8 million in the upcoming state Budget to build a much-needed primary school in Docklands, but the Docklands community are still crying out for a high school for their kids.

Quotes attributable to Ellen Sandell:

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Your chance to be part of democracy in action in Melbourne.

Are you passionate about social justice? The environment? Local community issues? Workers' rights? Looking to be part of the solution? Here’s your opportunity to gain first-hand experience volunteering with Melbourne's Lower House Federal and State representatives and make an impact.

Adam Bandt MP and Ellen Sandell MLA are looking for volunteers to join their teams in Melbourne in 2018.

The volunteer training program is an opportunity to develop your skills and contribute to the community.

We know skills can be built quickly. Initiative and a thirst for knowledge are the most important qualities we are looking for.

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Ban Battery Cages

Recently, more than a thousand Melburnians copied me in to their submission to the Australian Standards and Guidelines (Poultry) Review. It was fantastic to see so many people calling for our government to ban battery cages and cruelty to chickens.

I was more than happy to support this call, and wrote to the Minister for Agriculture asking her to ban battery cages and clarify 'free-range' in law. Here's a copy of my letter:

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Greens criticise Labor for putting $50m into new coal

Victorian Greens spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change, Ellen Sandell has criticised the state and federal governments for spending $50 million a piece to prop up the dying coal industry.

Today the Andrews and Turnbull Government agreed to each spend $50 million of public money to use more brown coal in the Latrobe Valley in a coal-to-hydrogen project.

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