Chesters back to Parliament

Justice for Centrelink debt recovery victims, funding for vital community projects and greater support for women's sport and female-friendly facilities are top of the agenda when Lisa Chesters MP returns to Canberra this week.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, will return to Canberra today for the first sitting week of Parliament for 2017 with a long list of priorities for the Bendigo electorate.

"Central Victorian women need their Federal Government to get behind the local growth in women's sports like football and cricket.

“Given the recent media reports on the Federal Government's failure to help fund female-friendly change facilities, I plan to demand from the Minister responsible to do its part and help fund facilities and development opportunities for women's sport.”

Ms Chesters said she would continue to call on the Liberal Government suspend the unfair Centrelink Debt recovery program.

"Far too many central Victorians have been unfairly caught up in the scandal. Many in our community have been deeply distressed by this program, with some receiving debt notices in the tens of thousands of dollars.

“The Government itself has admitted that at least 20 per cent of those letters went out in error. Malcolm Turnbull must show some leadership and suspend his Government’s robo-debt mess.”

Ms Chesters said she will be standing up for Central Victoria’s interests in Parliament, as she has in the past.

“It appears that Malcolm Turnbull and his Liberal-National Government are just as bad as Tony Abbott,” she said.

“Standing up for locals for local jobs first, stopping cuts to Medicare and ensuring our manufacturers get a fair deal are always towards the top of the priority list.

“With this Government, it's vital that we have a strong voice in Canberra. I will continue to be a strong voice and advocate for our community.”