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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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BROADBAND POLICIES

COALITION’S BROADBAND POLICY FACTS

September 3, 2012

There have been a lot of myths about the Coalition’s broadband policy and how it compares to the Gillard Government’s $50 billion National Broadband Network (NBN).

As I travel throughout the region, I am often asked by East Gippslanders about which towns will have access to the NBN and when.

Last month, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, released a list of cities and towns included in the NBN fibre rollout plan which included the East Gippsland communities of Bairnsdale, Paynesville, Eagle Point, Metung, Lakes Entrance, Lake Tyers, Orbost and Mallacoota.

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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

December 3, 2012

As the festive season approaches, most Gippslanders will have the opportunity to catch up with family and friends, and take a well-earned rest.

Many of us are probably wondering how another year passed so quickly and pledging to spend more time on the things that are really important to us in 2013.

We are blessed to live in a beautiful part of the world and although politicians like myself often get involved in debates about services and facilities that we don’t have – it’s important to remember the positives.

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CONTRACT FOR CLOSURE

IT'S ALL ABOUT JOBS

October 1, 2012

People have asked me why I was so determined to fight the Labor Party’s plans to shut down Hazelwood Power Station under the failed ‘contract for closure’ policy.

The reasons were simple: jobs, jobs and jobs.

When I was first running for Parliament, I promised to fight for the jobs in our traditional industries and to support efforts to diversify our region’s economy and help to create more jobs.

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INTEGRITY OF MPs

‘THE TRUTH WILL NORMALLY DO’

May 21, 2012

Former ACTU secretary Bill Kelty had some forthright advice for the Labor Party when he spoke at a conference last week.

“In a sense, I think we make politics just simply too hard. The truth will normally do.”

Kelty was talking about the Gillard Government’s poor showing in the opinion polls and he was trying to make some sense of the polls which have Labor tracking at less than a 30% primary vote. But his message had relevance to everyone in public life.

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