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FIX OUR HIGHWAY

ALL TALK, NO ACTION ON PRINCES HIGHWAY EAST

May 24, 2010

It seems there’s nothing like an election year to get some State Labor Ministers out of Melbourne and visiting regional areas like East Gippsland.

Just last week, we had the Minister for Roads Tim Pallas parading through the region to re-announce the State Government’s $35 million contribution to the first stage of duplication works on the Princes Highway between Traralgon and Sale.

Of course that money was announced more than a year ago and the Minister had nothing new to say about the Princes Highway east of Sale.

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MINING TAX

MINING TAX ALSO A LOCAL ISSUE

June 7, 2010

The Rudd Labor Government proposed new tax on mining is not just an issue for resource rich states likes Western Australia and Queensland.

If this new tax is introduced the impact will be felt on a wide range of industries in Gippsland which support the mining sector along with the negative impact on the income of self-funded retirees.

The Opposition Parties are strongly opposing the so-called Super Profits Tax for several reasons.

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NEW YEAR'S MESSAGE

2010 A YEAR FOR BUILDING STRONGER COMMUNITIES

January 4, 2010

The Christmas New Year period provides an opportunity for us all to reflect on the year that has passed and set our sights on the year ahead.

Gippslanders endured many hardships in 2009 and our community’s resilience was tested.

The horrific bushfires on Black Saturday claimed 11 lives and destroyed hundreds of homes, while the ongoing dry conditions in many parts of the region continued to cause stress and uncertainty.

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PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE

FUNDING NEEDED FOR PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE

July 5, 2010

The prospect of State and Federal elections over the next six months is an opportunity for East Gippslanders to demand their fair share of government funding for important local projects.

The important debates about health, education, aged care and transport infrastructure will naturally dominate the discussion but one area I would like to see focussed on is the level of funding for facilities on public land.

Over the past 15 years I’ve been involved in tourism marketing and promotion in our region and I have continually pushed the case for more funding to upgrade infrastructure such as boat ramps, jetties, picnic areas, walking trails and community playgrounds.

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RECREATIONAL FISHING

GREENS, THE REAL THREAT TO RECREATIONAL FISHING

November 22, 2010

This year’s Federal and State election campaigns have seen barbs traded between political parties and some independents over a proposed increase in marine parks and the direct threat to recreational and commercial fishing.

The truth has gone missing in both election campaigns and a flyer circulated in East Gippsland last week belongs in the fiction category of our local libraries.

In the recent Federal campaign the Greens supported a policy that would ban fishing in 30% of Australia’s territorial waters.

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TEAM SPORT

TEAM SPORT

September 13, 2010

As we wrap up the finals for winter sports and begin preparations for the summer season, it’s timely to reflect on the importance of team sports in our community and the role that governments can play in promoting greater participation.

I believe that participation in team sports as a player, umpire, club official or supporter is one of the greatest learning experiences for young people and provides enormous opportunities to build stronger regional communities.

Training and playing within a team environment to achieve results teaches people the skills of discipline, self-respect and the value of hard work. As club officials, we learn to get along with other people and negotiate outcomes for the greater good of the team.

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YOUTH

YOUTH NEED OUR SUPPORT

March 15, 2010

Young people are often an easy target for criticism and a lot of it is unwarranted.

I’m concerned that we often hear the negative stories about young people but don’t get to read about their many positive achievements in our community.

On the weekend I had the opportunity to judge the Lions Youth of the Year regional final in Lakes Entrance.

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BER PROGRAM

FEARS FOR LOCAL JOBS IN EDUCATION PROGRAM

June 15, 2009

The Federal Government has borrowed $14.7 billion to fund its ‘Building the Education Revolution’ program which will see construction projects carried out at every primary school in Australia.

When this legislation was presented to Parliament, I expressed concerns about the size of the spending program but I accept that the government had the numbers in Parliament and won that debate.

The issue now is making sure that taxpayers receive value for money and the stated aim of creating jobs in every region of Australia is actually achieved.

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