darren.chester.mp@aph.gov.au 1300 131 785
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After a tumultuous week, it is critical we unite and focus on the issues that matter to all Australians, particularly in regional areas like Gippsland. Australians deserve strong and stable leadership.

I am honoured to continue in the roles of Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel, along with Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC.

We have made progress in putting veterans’ first and supporting veterans’ families in recent months but there is a lot more work to be done.

Our government invests more than $11 billion per year supporting veterans and their families and my challenge is to make sure that funding is well targeted and makes a lasting difference in the lives of veterans and their families.

I will continue to ensure our current serving Australian Defence Force men and women are supported and receive the thanks and recognition they deserve. We have a strong legacy of military service in Australia and this year culminates 100 years since the end of World War One. It is my honour to recognise this milestone on behalf of all Australians.

At a local level, I will continue to remain focused on key issues affecting Gippslanders like the drought, veteran affairs, unemployment, health and education services and creating more opportunities for young people. I will keep working to make sure Gippslanders get our fair share of government resources and the essential services they need and rely on.

We are currently seeing record investment in community infrastructure, roads and rail across Gippsland. But there is more to be done.

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