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Angus – Liberal Nationals release new plan to get Forest Hill back to work and back in business

The Liberal Nationals have released a blueprint to get Forest Hill businesses back to work and back in business.

The new plan is centred on four pillars that will be critical to Victoria’s recovery and the survival of jobs and small businesses by helping Victorians to secure their family finances, rebuild local business, invest in health and education, and support our communities.

Victoria has been the hardest hit state in the country due to the Andrews Labor Government’s failures in hotel quarantine which caused the state’s second wave.

The Leader of the Opposition Michael O’Brien said small business is on its knees, with many forced to walk away from their once-thriving businesses.

“Without bold government policy many more simply won’t survive,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Only the Liberal Nationals have a solid plan to get Victoria back to work and back in business. The Andrews Government must focus on restoring and creating jobs for Victorians, and not just on keeping their own.”

The Liberal Nationals’ Back to Work and Back in Business is an economic recovery plan for immediate action by the Andrews Labor Government so that Victoria can rebuild from the damage done by COVID-19 to our jobs, our communities and our lives.

State Member for Forest Hill, Neil Angus MP said locals need a government plan that focuses on getting back to work and back in business if we are to restore Victoria’s strong economic reputation.

“This is not a plan for the next election. Victorians can’t afford to wait that long,” Mr Angus said.

“Injecting life into our small businesses, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism sectors will help set us on track to rebuilding jobs, following the devastation of the pandemic. It’s time for Victorians to have hope again for the recovery of our State.

“With Victorian Treasury forecasting that up to 325,000 jobs will be lost this year, there is no time to wait to reclaim our way of life and to get Victoria operating as the engine-room of Australia’s economy, like it used to,” Mr Angus said.

The Liberal Nationals’ Plan to get Victorians back to work includes; cutting payroll tax until 30 June 2022, establishing a $1 billion fund to bring manufacturing home to Victoria and funding ‘Road Trip for Victoria’ vouchers to stimulate Victorian tourism.

To date, the Andrews Labor Government has failed to deliver real support to small business, sole traders, and hundreds of thousands of Victorian workers who have lost jobs due to no fault of their own – let alone provide a blueprint for Victoria’s recovery.

The Liberal Nationals’ Plan seeks to create even stronger bonds and intra-state connectivity between Melbourne and regional Victoria, so the whole state can flourish as we rebuild as one community.

“It’s a forward-looking, solutions-focused roadmap through economic recovery back towards prosperity, to assure Victorians that there is a brighter future ahead,” Mr Angus said.

The full plan is available at

Neil Angus MP

State Member for Forest Hill


Media Contact: Neil Angus MP (03) 9955 2501 [email protected]

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