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September 29, 2010

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester says he is looking forward to strongly representing the interests of all Gippslanders, after being officially sworn into the 43rd Parliament of Australia.

Speaking after the event in Canberra, Mr Chester said there had been a lot of debate about Parliamentary reform but regional Australians wanted MPs to focus on the big issues that affect communities on a daily basis.

“I’ve always been supportive of efforts to encourage MPs to show more respect for each other and to raise the standard of public debate to encourage future young leaders to become involved in community affairs and the formation of public policy,” Mr Chester said.

“We can have robust debate and hold the government to account without descending into heckling and name calling.

“The tight numbers in the House of Representatives will force the Gillard Government to adopt a more consultative approach rather than trying to ram through legislation and I am looking forward to again standing up in the interests of the people of Gippsland.”

Mr Chester said key issues such as improving education outcomes for regional students and securing a fairer share of government resources for health, aged care, child care, disability services, practical environmental projects and regional infrastructure would be among his main priorities in this term of Parliament.

“There’s been a lot of debate since the election about internal Parliamentary processes and not enough focus on the issues that matter to regional Australians, including Gippslanders,” Mr Chester said.

“Now that Parliament has resumed, we need to make sure that the government is working in the nation’s interest and delivering value for money to taxpayers, rather than the waste and mismanagement which has been a symptom of the past three years.”

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