Gippsland dairy farmers concerned about industry issues, such milk prices, will next week have a chance to take part in a national inquiry. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will hold a hearing in Traralgon next Tuesday, February 14, as part of...
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and most importantly Australian Defence Force members – both currently serving personnel and veterans. I pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land, and on this most solemn occasion, acknowledge the...
April 23, 2014
As we approach the centenary of the military campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula it is an appropriate time for reflection on the significance of this annual day of commemoration.
Although ANZAC day marks the landings at Gallipoli nearly a century ago, ANZAC day is revered by all Australians as the day to commemorate the lives of Australians and New Zealanders who have died in the service of their country.
Each year, thousands of Australians across the country will attend dawn services at local memorials and cenotaphs. Prayers will be read, the Last Post played and our national anthem sung. While each of these services will follow a format that has existed for decades, each service will have unique elements that reflect local traditions. Services like those held in our towns and cities will also be held in overseas locations where Australian servicemen and women have fought and died.
AUSTRALIA DAY MESSAGE FROM DARREN CHESTER
January 27, 2014
Australia Day is more than a public holiday – it’s the perfect opportunity to pause and reflect on what has made our nation successful and resolve to overcome any challenges.
LONG WAY TO GO IN CSG DEBATE
December 2, 2013
Over the past two years many East Gippslanders have contacted me to ask questions about the potential for coal seam gas (CSG) development in our region.
The most common concerns have been in relation to whether CSG exploration and production would have an impact on water resources, environmental amenity and agricultural land. The granting of exploration licences and approval for mining projects are primarily matters for the State Government to resolve and it must be stressed that there is currently no CSG production in Victoria.
The production of natural gas has been regulated by the Victorian Government for more than 40 years and the government recently announced that it would not support on-shore gas production until all of the scientific facts are known and any risks are fully assessed.
GIVE A KID A JOB THIS CHRISTMAS
November 4, 2013
The best gift you can give a young East Gippslander this Christmas is the chance of getting a job in our region.
Most of us are well aware that by shopping locally or utilising local tradesmen and contractors we will retain a strong small business sector and help to create jobs and opportunities for young people to have a future in our region.
It’s been interesting to watch the increased focus on supporting local businesses and Australian made products over the past 12 months.
SURVEY AN INTERESTING SNAPSHOT OF LOCAL VIEWS
October 7, 2013
Earlier this year I distributed a survey to each household in Gippsland seeking views on a range of local, state and national issues.
Surveys of this nature are not overly scientific but they do provide an interesting snapshot of community opinions, ideas and expectations.
One section of the survey asked for an unprompted response on the biggest issues facing our nation’s future. Among the 3000 people who responded to the survey, the main concerns listed in this section were: asylum seekers, local jobs, public transport, road funding and the state of the national budget.
RUDD RETURN WON’T BRIDGE DIVISIONS IN LABOR
July 1, 2013
The return of Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister has done nothing to convince me that the Labor Party is united and focused on the issues that matter in our community.
The Labor Party remains deeply divided and is completely obsessed with internal fights, rather than leading our nation. The leadership change was all about a bitter personality contest and nothing about policy.
If Julia Gillard couldn’t trust Kevin Rudd, why should we?
REGIONAL AUSTRALIA NEEDS ITS OWN WHITE PAPER
June 3, 2013
The importance of regional Australia to the future of our nation has never been properly grasped by the Rudd and Gillard Governments
It’s an insult that not a single Cabinet Minister lives in regional Australia, and if the Coalition wins the next election, we must ensure that regional Australia resumes its rightful place – front and centre of every decision that the Federal Government makes.
We need a concerted effort from the next Federal Government to reinvest in the future of regional Australia, including East Gippsland.
MAKING A CONTRIBUTION HELPS REGION PROSPER
March 5, 2013
No-one likes a ‘bludger’ and to be called a ‘bludger’ is to suggest that the individual doesn’t do his or her fair share of work.
When it comes to regional communities like East Gippsland, we need everyone to make a contribution if our region is going to prosper in the future.
To create new jobs, develop improved infrastructure and build a stronger and more resilient regional economy we need to build on our traditional strengths while developing more opportunities in emerging industries like tourism.
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