Media Releases

Labor candidate Lisa Chesters calls for 18-25’s to enrol

The AEC estimates that over 500,000, more than one-third of the estimated 1.4 million eligible Australians missing from the roll, are aged 18 to 25 years. In Bendigo, that means roughly 3,300 of the estimated 10,000 young people aged 18 to 25 years.

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New analysis shows superannuation reform benefits for Central Victorian workers

Labor Candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the release of analysis showing the gains for workers across each industry from the Federal Labor Government’s superannuation reforms.

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Local councils encouraged to apply for child care funding

Lisa Chesters, Labor Candidate for Bendigo, is calling on local councils to consider applying for new funding that will assist in providing more child care places for local families.

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State Government cash grab from pensioners

Labor Candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has slammed the state Liberal Government's cruel decision to rip money away from Bendigo pensioners living in public housing and has called on the Liberal candidate, Greg Bickley, to condemn this decision made by his own party. 

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Liberals yet to indicate support for Thales Hawkei program

Labor Candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has demanded the Federal Coalition indicate it will support Thales’ Hawkei PMV-L program should it win the election on September 14th this year.

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Help with high energy costs

Today, Labor Candidate Lisa Chesters encouraged Bendigo and central Victoria to take advantage of a $20.6 million subsidy scheme from the Federal Labor Government designed to help low income Australians pay for energy saving household appliances.

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Napthine comments disappoint

Labor Candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today joined State Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan, and State Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, agreeing that the Napthine Government’s recent comments on signing up to the National Plan for School Improvement was a huge blow for local students and schools.

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Bendigo community groups encouraged to apply for Food Grants

Bendigo community gardens, farmers markets and food rescue organisations could benefit from a new grants program launched today by the Federal Labor Government.

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Climate change already affecting Australia’s weather

Climate change is already having an effect around the world, with more extreme weather being reported every day, Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, said today.

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$3.7 billion aged care reforms one step closer to reality

Legislation has now been passed in the House of Representatives in a major step forward for the Federal Labor Government’s $3.7 billion Living Longer Living Better aged care reforms.

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Helping local organisations become more energy efficient

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today highlighted how the Federal Government is helping central Victorian organisations to save energy costs and reduce their carbon pollution.

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Fairer School Funding Campaign

Tomorrow, Labor Candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters will launch the ‘Bendigo supports Fairer Funding for Bendigo Schools’ campaign in the Hargreaves Mall at 9:30am.

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Penalty rates at risk under Abbott

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today expressed alarm at reports the Australian Retailers Association will look to use the Liberal’s proposed changes to workplace relations to extend trading hours without paying penalty rates to employees.

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Referendum on Local Government Recognition

Labor Candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the announcement that the Australian Government is planning to hold a referendum on Election Day to ask Australians to finally recognise local government in our nation’s Constitution.

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Bickley exposes the real Liberal agenda

Tony Abbott’s efforts to appear worker-friendly have been dealt a blow with the clear admission by his local mouthpiece, Greg Bickley, that he supports the removal of penalty rates, Lisa Chesters, Labor candidate for Bendigo, said today.

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Real boost for regional health

More graduates from Bendigo La Trobe University committed to staying in our region will help address critical healthcare worker shortages according to Lisa Chesters, Labor candidate for Bendigo.

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Napthine Fails Central Victorian Schools

Premier Denis Napthine’s decision not to invest in education is devastating for Central Victorian schools, parents and children, according to Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters.

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Just fantastic news! Disability Care delivered for Bendigo & Central Victoria

Around 3500 people with a disability, their families and carers in the Bendigo electorate will benefit from DisabilityCare Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, as the result of the significant agreement reached between the Australian and Victorian Governments.

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Chesters welcomes DisabilityCare funding announcement

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the Labor Government's announcement of a strong and stable funding stream for generations to come for DisabilityCare Australia, the national disability insurance scheme.

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LOCAL RETAIL & HOSPITALITY WORKERS HARDEST HIT BY ABBOTT’S NEW SUPER TAX SLUG

New figures released by the Federal Labor Government show that 25,800 workers in Bendigo electorate will be slugged by Tony Abbott’s plan to reimpose a 15% superannuation tax on low income and part-time workers.

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One in twelve Bendigo kids aren't meeting minimum standards

The Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today called on the State Coalition government to sign up to the Federal Labor Government’s National Plan for School Improvement as urgent funding is needed for central Victorian Schools.

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National Youth Week – Young people will benefit from NBN

Young people in Central Victoria will be among the biggest beneficiaries from Labor’s National Broadband Network, according to Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters.

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National Youth Week 2013 - New Awards for Young Australians

As part of National Youth Week 2013 the Gillard Government has announced the first National Youth Awards will be held in August to recognise and celebrate young people and promote the contribution they make to our nation.

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Super changes welcome and fair

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the changes to superannuation announced by the Federal Labor Government. Ms Chesters noted that the changes would make the system fairer, and would have no impact at all on the vast majority of retirees in the Bendigo Electorate.

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Regional Rail Link under threat from future Federal Coalition

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, said today that only the Federal Labor Government can be trusted to deliver the Regional Rail Link – a fact confirmed by the extraordinary comments from Tony Abbott today.

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Minister Davis wide of the mark

The claims by State Minister for Health, David Davis, regarding the effect carbon pricing is having on services at the State’s hospitals are greatly exaggerated, Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said today.

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Penalty Rates saved for this Easter for Bendigo & Central Vic workers

This Easter workers are relieved that their penalty rates will not be removed or drastically reduced after seeing off yet another attack on their wages and conditions.

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Coalition tries to sell gas lighting to Central Victorians

In February 1879, the chairman of the Bendigo Gas Company assured his shareholders that the board had “given full consideration to the subject of the electric light” and on the basis of “trials before scientific men in London” had concluded there was no reason to believe that electricity would supersede gas for “ordinary lighting purposes.” i

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Federal Labor boost to high quality, affordable child care

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the Federal Labor Government’s announcement to boost support for high quality and affordable child care.

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New funding to support our volunteers

Applications for the Gillard Government’s Volunteer Grants program are now open and Federal Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, is encouraging Central Victorian community organisations to apply for funding.

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