AUSTRALIA DAY

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. But what makes Australia such a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

REGIONAL AUSTRALIA WHITE PAPER

REGIONAL AUSTRALIA NEEDS ITS OWN WHITE PAPERJune 3, 2013The importance of regional Australia to the future of our nation has never been properly grasped by the Rudd and Gillard GovernmentsIt’s an insult that not a single Cabinet Minister lives in regional Australia,...

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