Nats’ P-plate pledge

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

Red P-Platers in Be­nalla will re­ceive a $295 dis­count on their car reg­is­tra­tion un­der an elected Na­tion­als gov­ern­ment.

State Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan said the ini­tia­tive was part of the Na­tion­als’ plan to tackle cost-of-liv­ing pres­sures for lo­cal fam­i­lies.

Ms Ryan said Be­nalla house­holds’ costs had sky­rock­eted dur­ing the past four years un­der the An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment.

‘‘Be­nalla res­i­dents have been slugged with sky­rock­et­ing elec­tric­ity and gas price hikes as well as 12 new or in­creased taxes in the last four years un­der Daniel An­drews,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘Re­cent re­ports by the Es­sen­tial Ser­vices Com­mis­sion show that some Victo- ri­ans may be pay­ing as much as $1000 more this year for their elec­tric­ity or gas.

‘‘For many young Vic­to­ri­ans, own­ing a car is es­sen­tial when start­ing in the work­force, tak­ing up a trade or fur­ther stud­ies.

‘‘About 50 000 Vic­to­ri­ans get their red P-Plates each year. This com­mit­ment will make a real dif­fer­ence to young peo­ple strug­gling with the ex­tra costs of buy­ing and own­ing a car and other costs of life af­ter school.’’

Ms Ryan said The Na­tion­als would ease the cost of liv­ing through bet­ter eco­nomic man­age­ment and a se­ries of pro­grams to put more money in the pock­ets of Vic­to­ri­ans.

‘‘We have al­ready an­nounced free school books for all sec­ondary stu­dents at pub­lic schools, which will save fam­i­lies around $2800 a stu­dent through­out sec­ondary school,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘We have also an­nounced that Vic­to­rian house­holds will save up to $100 a year on their wa­ter bills through bet­ter man- age­ment of cor­po­ra­tions.

‘‘We are also com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing cheaper gas and elec­tric­ity bills for over 900 000 low-in­come earn­ers by us­ing ‘peo­ple power’ to de­liver cheaper gas and elec­tric­ity costs.

‘‘For over 900 000 low­in­come earn­ers that could mean an­nual sav­ings be­tween $250 and $530.

‘‘Vic­to­ri­ans can’t af­ford four more years of La­bor taxes that will put even more pres­sure on house­hold bud­gets.’’

The $295 dis­count for red P-Platers is the non-TAC com­po­nent of car reg­is­tra­tion.

Red P-Platers will ef­fec­tively only have to pay for the TAC com­po­nent in­clud­ing com­pul­sory third-party in­surance. the wa­ter

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