2011

ROAD SAFETY

ROAD SAFETY FUNDING CRITICAL IN REGIONS

October 31, 2011

The latest Transport Accident Commission (TAC) figures have confirmed that East Gippsland has one of the worst road accident and fatality records in Victoria.

Over the past three years, 23 people have died on East Gippsland’s roads which places our region second behind Greater Geelong which suffered 26 deaths in the same period.

Of course, the numbers never tell the complete story of the heartbreak and tragedy which haunts the families and friends of the victims of road accidents. The social and economic costs of road trauma demand more action from all levels of government and the wider community.

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POLICY PROBLEMS

POLICIES ARE THE PROBLEMS

September 26, 2011

A lot of people are asking me whether Prime Minister Julia Gillard will survive in her job as the opinion polls continue to trend downwards.

I don’t believe it matters who leads the Labor Party at the moment – if they are not prepared to change their policies, they won’t win the next election.

The biggest issue for the government at the moment is the public’s lack of confidence in its ability to make a decision and implement its policies.

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TOURISM

TOURISM COULD BENEFIT FROM PRIVATE INVESTMENT

August 22, 2011

The Baillieu-Ryan Government is currently considering a report from the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission which promotes the opportunity for private development of new facilities in national parks.

It will be a contentious subject but one which needs to be openly debated in a constructive and thoughtful manner.

For many years, I’ve argued that the infrastructure on public land in East Gippsland is insufficient to help the tourism industry to grow and create jobs. As cuts have been made to some of our traditional industries like the timber sector, there have been a lot of wishy-washy promises about new investments in tourism.

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