Media Releases

Welcome news for Bendigo Manufacturing

The Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed comments by the Assistant Defence Minister, Stuart Robert, regarding the Thales’ Hawkei project.

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Regional Community urged to seek ANZAC funds

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today urged communities across Bendigo and Central Victoria to consider applying for funding through the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program.

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New Member out in the community

The new Federal Member for Bendigo will not be spending her first week behind a desk, she will be out and about in the community at the Elmore Field Days listening to constituents and learning about what matters most to them.

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Ballot for the ALP leadership

Federal Member Elect for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters today said she looked forward, for first time in the Labor Party's history, to Labor members having a say in electing the next leader of the Australian Labor Party.

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Centrelink cuts will hurt many

Federal Member Elect for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, said today that the Abbott Government's jobs cuts to Centrelink will hurt everyone and show the new government doesn't care about ordinary people.

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Chesters Supports Clean Energy

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has come out in strong support of the Federal Government’s Clean Technology Program as a result of the uncertainty created by Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party.

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Funding to fix Calder Intersection at Ravenswood

A re-elected Rudd Labor Government will provide $45 million to upgrade the Calder Highway/Calder Alternate Highway interchange near Ravenswood, improving the safety of this key intersection and freight corridor.

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Bendigo Botanic Gardens to get a facelift

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters today announced that Federal Labor will fund a $1 million redevelopment of the Botanic Gardens under the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) Round Five.

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Funding for Family Support

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the announcement by the Federal Labor Government that it will provide an additional $1.5 billion to continue the Family Support Program.

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Funding boost for community volunteers

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the announcement that more than 90 community organisations across the Bendigo region will share over $300,000 from the Federal Labor Government’s 2013 Volunteer Grants Program.

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Rallying the troops – official Campaign Launch

A big crowd is expected to join Lisa Chesters, Labor candidate for Bendigo, for her official Federal Election Campaign launch at the Bendigo Trades Hall this Saturday 27th July.

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Bendigo Public School students left out and left behind

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has today called on the State Liberal government to sign up to the Federal Labor government's Better Schools Plan so that Bendigo and Central Victorian public schools do not miss out on urgently needed funding.

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Australia to move to a floating price on carbon pollution in 2014

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today welcomed the announcement that the Federal Labor Government will move to a floating price on carbon emissions.

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Lack of substance in Liberal’s rhetoric

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today slammed the Liberal Party’s latest announcement to reduce red and green tape as nothing but confused rhetoric and spin.

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Smarter Street Lights for our region

Lisa Chesters, Labor candidate for Bendigo, has welcomed the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese that street lights in regional Victoria will be upgraded to more energy efficient technology.

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Labor increasing aged care places in Bendigo

Older Australians in the Bendigo electorate can look forward to better services in their later years with the announcement of a major increase in aged care places, as part of more than $500 million in new annual aged care funding.

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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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