Credibility is very important in this debate and that is why the comment made by the Prime Minister that 'This is the budget that the Australian people elected us to bring down' is such a breathtakingly arrogant statement. It reflects how out of touch this government is with community sentiment but it also reflects, more importantly, a disregard for the Australian people.

I want to congratulate the Hume Valley Soccer Club in my electorate of Calwell for completing a very successful 2013 soccer season which saw the club achieve great success in winning the premier league of the Victorian Amateur Football Association for the 2013 season. The competition this season involved 12 teams competing in what was a very tough and highly skilled contest. Hume Valley defeated Moreland United to take the premiership title.

I would like to talk about the Cypriot Wine Festival that I attended on Saturday night. It is the annual Cyprus wine festival that is conducted by the Cypriot community of Melbourne, Victoria. This particular festival was the 20th anniversary. Its aim is to promote Cypriot food and wine to the broader community, including Cypriot culture.

Local Broadmeadows and Coburg manufacturer, Baron Rubber will use a $77,000 grant from the Australian Labor Government to invest in clean and renewable technologies.Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou  today announced the funding from the $840 million Clean Technology Investment Programs.

On Friday it was my very great pleasure, in my electorate, to do the sod-turning for the new superclinic that will be built in Broadmeadows by Dianella Community Health.

Maria Vamvakinou , Federal Member for Calwell today visited Roxburgh Park College to celebrate the electorate’s   windfall of securing two trades training centres.

It is my great pleasure to inform you of $125,000 worth of funding, the Federal Government has made available to the Calwell electorate to commemorate the upcoming Anzac Centenary.

The Melbourne’s North  Innovation and Investment Fund (MNIIF)  is a $24.5  million competitive , merit based grants program. The MNIIF will support investment projects to create new or additional business  capacity that results in sustainable jobs. The minimum grant will be $50,000 on a 1:1 basis.The grant applies only to eligible projects  in the four local Government areas of :Hume; Whittlesea; Moreland and Darebin.