Catch-up: Dan Andrews’ debut budget


The new Victorian government has increased spending growth from 2.5% to 3% in its first budget. The Mandarin has the portfolio-by-portfolio breakdown of funding shifts.

Victoria’s Andrews Labor government presented its first budget this week, increasing overall spending and boosting funds for services like education and health.

It’s been touted by Treasurer Tim Pallas as including the state’s largest ever education budget, and includes significant increases across a range of services. The Mandarin has collated funding changes by portfolio below.

Writing for Mandarin sister website Crikey, your correspondent emphasised that the Victorian government is thus far sticking to the script it wrote prior to the 2014 election, especially when compared to how the Abbott government went about last year’s federal budget:

“Two things stand out: it basically sticks to what Labor promised at the election, and it delivers on health, education and public transport – the issues people continuously tell pollsters are among their biggest concerns at election time, and which are increasingly being squeezed as Melbourne experiences continuing population growth.

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