State finances strong: Drum

TREASURER: Michael O'Brien will hand down the State Budget tomorrow.

TREASURER: Michael O'Brien will hand down the State Budget tomorrow.

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THE State Budget will highlight the government’s responsible financial management, Member for Northern Victoria Damian Drum says.

The government will hand down the Budget on Tuesday, with predictions infrastructure will be a key focus.

Mr Drum said the state’s finances were in a strong position.

“It’s going to be a Budget which highlights our responsible financial management of the state,” he said.

“The fact we now have the state’s books in order, we’ve stemmed the blowout in debt that was forecast by labour, and we are now showing the benefits of that responsible financial management.”

The government has undertaken a “huge” infrastructure program, Mr Drum said, which included budgeting for the East West Link, widening of the Tullamarine Freeway and upgrades to the railway line to Mildura.

“The average Victorian will look at this Budget and they will acknowledge that the Napthine government, under the treasury of Michael O’Brien, has delivered an outstanding budget around job creation and infrastructure.”

Premier Denis Napthine has already unveiled money for Quarry Hill Primary School, Kyneton primary and secondary schools and Winters Flat Primary School.

The government last year said it would upgrade the notorious Ravenswood Interchange.

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