Social, business groups welcome Vic budget

Reaction has mostly been positive to the big-spending 2020/21 Victorian budget plans.
Reaction has mostly been positive to the big-spending 2020/21 Victorian budget plans.

WHAT WAS SAID ABOUT THE 2020/21 VICTORIAN BUDGET:

STATE GOVERNMENT

* "There's been a lot of damage, a lot of pain over these last eight to 10 months, but it's important that we push forward and create jobs and opportunities" - Premier Daniel Andrews

* "Our recovery will rely on supporting every Victorian, every community, and every corner of our state" - Treasurer Tim Pallas

STATE OPPOSITION

* "Today's Labor budget is big on taxes, it's big on borrowing but it's weak on jobs and it's weak on hope" - Victorian Liberal leader Michael O'Brien

* "The Andrews Labor government has outspent itself with a city-focused state budget that delivers little for regional Victorians" - Victorian Nationals leader Peter Walsh

GREENS

"While there is much to celebrate in this Budget, we're disappointed to see the Labor government miss the opportunity to reform outdated stamp duty" - Acting Victorian leader Ellen Sandell

AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

* "The redevelopment of the Royal Melbourne Hospital is probably overdue but (it's) now very welcome that there's a plan to redevelop" - Victorian president Julian Rait

AUSTRALIAN NURSING AND MIDWIFERY FEDERATION

* "It's got a strong presence of health throughout its pages. It will go to deal with catching up with all of the surgical work that needs to be done in our state as a result of COVID" - Victorian branch secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick

AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION UNION

* "This is a budget that will see investment in much-needed, fee-free kindergarten so that every three or four-year-old can go to kindergarten and get quality learning without their parents having to incur the costs" - deputy president Justin Mullaly

GENDER EQUALITY VICTORIA

* "This budget makes those important first steps towards a gender-equal recovery. We can't have a two-lane recovery from COVID-19 where men are on a fast-track and women are on a slow lane to nowhere" - chief executive Tanja Kovac

VICTORIAN TOURISM INDUSTRY COUNCIL

* "There was a real investment in securing Melbourne and Victoria's position as a major events capital and, indeed, a centre for arts and culture here in Australia" - chief executive Felicia Mariani

VICTORIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE

* "This budget is an inequality crusher. It has got the wow factor. It is big. It is bold. It sets us on a clear path for what is a fairer, a kinder and a stronger Victoria" - chief executive Emma King

VICTORIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

* "This is a once-in-a-century budget for a once-in-a-century pandemic. We know Victorian businesses have shouldered the load for most of the last seven months and we're pleased to see the Victorian government backing in business" - chief executive Paul Guerra

ENVIRONMENT VICTORIA

* "Today's budget includes very significant measures to drive the transition to clean energy, and away from expensive and increasingly unreliable coal-fired power stations" - chief executive Jono La Nauze

URBAN DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA

* "This budget is full of opportunities to keep people in jobs, to get people into a new home and to make sure that living in Victoria is a liveable option" - Victorian chief executive Danni Hunter

CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE IN CHILD AND FAMILY WELFARE

* "More than $1 billion to our organisations who work with vulnerable families across Victoria. It's a really great day for Victoria and vulnerable families and children" - chief executive Deb Tsorbaris

COUNCIL TO HOMELESS PERSONS

* "This budget delivers from the state government to help end homelessness in Victoria, but now we need to the federal government to step up" - spokeswoman Kate Colvin

VICTORIAN TRADES HALL COUNCIL

* "You cannot get a job without having a roof over your head. So we're very pleased to see that part of the budget" - secretary Luke Hilakari

COHEALTH

"This is a budget with heart. The treasurer has prioritised the most fundamental structures and systems that keep a society, and its citizens, healthy and well" - chief executive Nicole Bartholomeusz

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