Blogs

COAL SEAM GAS

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.

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DISABILITY SERVICES

NDIS STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS

May 7, 2013

Last week, there was a lot of media scrutiny surrounding the Federal Government’s proposed increase to the Medicare levy to pay for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and whether the Coalition would support it.

The truth is, the Coalition has supported the establishment of the NDIS every step of the way and all members are committed to ensuring it becomes a reality as soon as possible.

I applaud the work that the Federal and State Governments have done so far in establishing the scheme and it gave the community great confidence when Victorian Premier Denis Napthine signed the agreement for a full NDIS roll-out over the weekend.

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LABOR LEADERSHIP

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?

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MAKING A CONTRIBUTION HELPS REGION PROSPER

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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PUTTING LOCALS FIRST

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.

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REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

REGIONAL AUSTRALIA SHINES IN FAMILY-FRIENDLY CITY STUDY

January 16, 2013

It will come as no surprise to the millions of Australians who choose not to live in a capital city that some regional cities offer a better lifestyle for families.

The research by Suncorp Bank which compared Australia’s largest cities on a range of key indicators shows Melbourne and Sydney are left for dead by regional centres such as Launceston, Toowoomba, Albury-Wodonga and Bundaberg.

Personally, I would rank all regional areas above our major cities when it comes to family friendly living but that’s a topic for another day.

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REGIONAL AUSTRALIA WHITE PAPER

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.

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SURVEY

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.

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