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PM’s outrageous plan to cut Government funding to Central Victorian schools

PM’s outrageous plan to cut Government funding to Central Victorian schools

Labor's Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP today labelled the Prime Minister 's plan to gut more funding from Bendigo and Central Victorian schools as outrageous and deeply disappointing.

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Fund projects like Woodend Wind Park and not wind turbine paranoia

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, has called on the Federal Liberal Government to stop wasting millions on Wind Turbine paranoia and instead invest in renewable energy projects like the Woodend Community Wind Park.

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Woodend residents meet with MP to discuss internet concerns

On Wednesday 9 March, Lisa Chesters MP met with residents of Spencer Road Woodend to discuss telecommunications issues.

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Turnbull targets local schools in billion dollar cut

Turnbull targets local schools in billion dollar cut

The Andrews Labor Government released figures today that show how much funding each government school would miss out on unless the Turnbull Liberal Government commits to funding the final two years of the Gonski Agreement.

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Rattling tins for a good cause

Rattling tins for a good cause

Bendigonians are urged to dig deep to support Foodshare’s Million Meals in March campaign, a whole-community campaign designed to raise awareness of the chronic food poverty and to celebrate Foodshare’s solution to the problem.

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Chesters announces $13,000 Discovery Centre Grant

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP was today excited to announce a $13,000 Stronger Communities grant for a new Bendigo Discovery Centre "Minibeast" Exhibition.

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Fundraiser Nets $13,000 for Bendigo Thunder

Last Friday a fundraiser lunch raised close to $13,000 with Bendigo business, community and sporting leaders coming together to help kick start the 2016 season for the Bendigo Women's Football team, Bendigo Thunder.

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More Turnbull cuts to Castlemaine and Bendigo hospitals

Local Labor MPs are calling on Malcolm Turnbull to immediately reverse a recent decision to rip millions of dollars from central Victorian hospitals.

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Support for unemployed mature-aged workers dropped

Support for unemployed mature-aged workers dropped

Local mature-aged jobseekers are feeling left out in the cold by the Abbott-Turnbull Liberal Government after cuts to a mature aged employment program in December’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

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Response to 2016 Defence White paper

Federal member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, welcomes the Federal Governments’ continued commitment to the Bendigo manufactured Thales Australia’s Hawkei Light Protected Vehicle.

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Chesters to meet with German Submarine Manufacturer

Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP, will meet with German submarine manufacturer thyssenkrupp Marine Systems to discuss their navel industry proposition for Australia and its commitment to Bendigo manufacturing and local industry involvement.

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Misleading and false hope for low income earners

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP has today criticised the Liberal National Government’s proposal to abolish compulsory superannuation for low income earners, arguing that it would result in thousands of local workers locked into poverty when they retire.

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Chesters supports Keech bid

Bendigo could be in line for a jobs boost if Keech wins a components contract for Australia’s new submarines, Lisa Chesters MP says.

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Time to get behind Bendigo Thunder

Time to get behind Bendigo Thunder

Noted philanthropist, women’s football advocate and board member of Western Bulldogs Football Club, Dr Susan Alberti AC, will be the key speaker at Bendigo Thunder’s first fundraiser for the year.

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Bendigo students to benefit from Labor's Your Child. Our Future Plan for education

Bendigo students to benefit from Labor's Your Child. Our Future Plan for education

Every child in the Bendigo region will have a better education with Labor’s Your Child. Our Future plan for Australia’s schools.

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Chesters backs new La Trobe engineering degree

Chesters backs new La Trobe engineering degree

Federal member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today congratulated La Trobe University and the Bendigo manufacturing industry for their collaboration to develop the new Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

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Chesters moves motion on exploitation of temporary visa workers

Federal Member for Bendigo will today move a motion in the House of Representatives condemning the Liberal Government for their inaction on the exploitation of temporary work visa holders.

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Chesters Calls on Minister to Act on NBN

Chesters Calls on Minister to Act on NBN

Lisa Chesters MP has written to the Communications Minister, Senator Mitch Fifield, urging him to prioritise the NBN rollout in the Bendigo electorate.

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Labor calls out Minister on breastfeeding double standard

On this historic day – the first day the House of Representatives is catching up with society by allowing women Members to breastfeed on the floor of Parliament - it should be acknowledged the Turnbull Government is forcing agencies to scrap lactation breaks for commonwealth government employees from their enterprise agreements through its workplace bargaining policy.

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Chesters back to Parliament

Chesters back to Parliament

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, will return to Canberra today for the first sitting week of Parliament for 2016 with a long list of priorities for the Bendigo electorate, including restoring La Trobe University funding cuts, turning the NBN towers on and greater support for our welfare agencies.

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Shadow Minister for Communications in town to learn about impact of NBN delays on Bendigo

Shadow Minister for Communications in town to learn about impact of NBN delays on Bendigo

Lisa Chesters MP is inviting residents to meet with the Shadow Minister for Communications, Jason Clare, to talk about the region’s internet connectivity issues and the impact of delays to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

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Rising back-to-school costs put pressure on local relief agencies

Rising back-to-school costs put pressure on local relief agencies

Lisa Chesters MP today joined staff at the Uniting Care Emergency Relief Centre on Forest Street as they prepare to help a growing number of local families who are struggling to cope with increasing costs of sending children back to school.

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Christmas comes early to Bendigo’s young sporting stars

Lisa Chesters MP will join the best and brightest of the region’s young sporting community tonight to celebrate each receiving a $500 grant as part of the Australian Government’s Local Sporting Champions program.

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Chesters: Labor commits to TAFE funding

One of Federal Labor's first policy announcements will be to guarantee Federal Government funding for TAFE including the Bendigo Kangan Institute, says Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP. 

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Chesters welcomes $5m for Aquatic Centre

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, has welcomed news the Kangaroo Flat Aquatic Centre will receive $5 million in funding through the National Stronger Regions Fund, ticking off another item on her first term agenda.

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Chesters calls on PM to back his words on jobs for Bendigo

Federal Member for Bendigo today called on the Prime Minister to revise his Government's plan to axe 50 local jobs given his claim today in Parliament that he wanted "more jobs for Bendigo."

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Labor’s Family Violence Leave announcement will help local women and men

Labor’s Family Violence Leave announcement will help local women and men

A Shorten Labor Government will make domestic and family violence leave a universal workplace right; to further support those suffering family and domestic violence in the Central Victorian community.

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Bendigo to mark inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Bendigo to mark inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

Bendigo will celebrate its ambitious, successful and entrepreneurial women on November 19.

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GST changes will force more Bendigo households into poverty

The Turnbull Government’s moves to lift the GST to 15 per cent and extend the tax to health, education and fresh food would be a disastrous blow to Bendigo‘s health outcomes and household budgets, said Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP.

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Discovery Centre ready for green light

Federal Member for Bendigo today will be joined by representatives from the Discovery Centre who hope to get the green light for a $13,000 Stronger Communities grant application submitted to the Federal Government last week. 

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