Media Releases

Labor wins huge funding boost for Central Victorian roads

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP today welcomed the Government's decision to back a plan that will secure more than $1.1 billion in additional funding for regional roads as part of a compromise to pass the Government’s re-introduction of indexation for fuel excise.

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Outrageous: Bendigo parents could be forced to pay for public education

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is outraged at the Government's radical proposal to force parents to pay high public school fees.  

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Cuts to hurt Bendigo part-pensioners

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said today that hundreds of Bendigo and central Victorian part-pensioners will lose out as a result of the Liberal Government’s unfair pension cuts. 

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Chesters makes $99 pledge to save Discovery Centre

Lisa Chesters MP has joined the drive to save Bendigo’s iconic Discovery Science and Technology Centre by pledging $99 for a year-long family membership.

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Local Senators must support 'free vote' on Marriage Equality

Today Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, is calling on local senators to publicly declare their support for a 'free vote' on marriage equality.

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Labor launches Fair Work Taskforce

The Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Brendan O’Connor today officially launched Labor’s new Fair Work Taskforce with Chair, Lisa Chesters MP and Secretary, Senator Chris Ketter.

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Castlemaine State Festival funding in limbo

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters and State Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, today joined Martin Paten, Director of the Castlemaine State Festival, to call on Senator George Brandis to end uncertainty about future funding for the Castlemaine State Festival.

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Australia Post fails to rule out further job losses

Yesterday, during Senate Estimates in Federal Parliament, Australia Post failed to rule out further job losses in regional Australia as a result of proposed changes to the way mail is delivered in Australia.

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Chesters rattles tin for 50 years of the Red Shield Appeal

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, is ready to rattle a tin for the Salvos this weekend as part of their annual Red Shield Appeal, now in its 50th year.

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NATSEM analysis proves families in Central Vic will be worse off

Independent economic modelling by NATSEM has revealed the true cost to families of this year’s Federal Budget, and once again it is families on the lowest income who will be hardest hit.

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Media statement - Hazeldene's

This week I have had the opportunity to meet with John Hazeldene and representatives from management at Hazeldene’s. I also met off-site with a delegation of Hazeldene’s employees and former employees.

In the meetings I expressed my concerns about employment practices at the site, particularly the pay and conditions of workers at the facility who are employed by contractors, some of whom are on temporary visas.

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Ravenswood re-announcement con is insulting to Central Victorians

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, said the Government’s attempt to re-announce funding commitments   that predate even the last Budget was a sign of how little this Budget has to offer Central Victorians.

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Federal Budget disappoints (again)

Central Victorians have been hit with another disappointing Federal budget that fails to create new local jobs and continues the Abbott Government’s cruel cuts regime.

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More jobs lost as Federal Liberal Government shuts doors on country Australia

More local public sectors jobs will be cut and lost as a result of Federal Liberal Government’s decision to shut the regional offices of the department responsible for regional development, says Lisa Chesters MP.

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Abbott Government must commit to Bendigo defence manufacturing

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has expressed grave concerns for the future of local defence manufacturing and has called on the Abbott government to commit to delivering the Hawkei project in Bendigo.

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Abbott must not short-change Bendigo in Budget

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, said the Victorian Labor Government has delivered more funding to Bendigo in its first six months than the Abbott Liberal Government has in two years.

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Chesters welcomes Council’s commitment to HACC services

Lisa Chesters MP has welcomed news 160 jobs have been saved thanks to a commitment from the City of Greater Bendigo to deliver Health and Community Care (HACC) services for the next three years.

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Chesters welcomes Shadow Minister Bird to Bendigo

The Liberal Govermnent’s harsh cuts to apprenticeships will be top of the agenda today when Lisa Chesters welcomes Shadow Minister for Vocational Training, Sharon Bird to Bendigo.

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LABOR MPs RALLY TO SAVE UNIVERSAL KINDER FUNDING

Bendigo’s three Labor MPs – Lisa Chesters, Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards – are rallying to save Labor’s universal access program which gives every child in Australia 15 hours per week of preschool or kindergarten education in the year before they start school.

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Chesters unveils painting by Bendigo artist to mark ANZAC Centenary

The Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, was at the Bendigo & District RSL today to unveil a magnificent oil painting by local artist, Brett Belot, as part of the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program. 

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Next stop Bendigo for Shadow Minister Neumann’s listening tour

Closing the gap and aged care reform will be on the agenda when Lisa Chesters MP welcomes the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Ageing, Shayne Neumann MP, to Bendigo.

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Chesters to celebrate multicultural Bendigo with Shadow Minister Rowland

Lisa Chesters MP is inviting residents to join Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Michelle Rowland MP, for lunch and a positive discussion about multiculturalism in Bendigo at the Golden Dragon Museum on Thursday 16 April.

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Turnbull’s April 1st NBN plan is a bad joke

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, said the joke was on Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, if he thought Bendigo would fall for his April Fools NBN plan which she said was a half-baked version of the roll-out map Labor released two years ago.

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Chesters marks ANZAC centenary with a personal letter to the fallen

Last night, the Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, shared her letter to an unknown soldier at the launch of The Women of Empire 1914-1918 exhibition at the Capital Theatre.

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Chesters calls on ACCC to investigate unscrupulous training providers in Victoria

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, is calling on the Australian Competition and Consumer Authority (ACCC) to investigate training providers in Victoria, following claims Bendigo residents have been misled into incurring thousands of dollars’ worth of debt.  

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Chesters welcomes Senate Inquiry into temporary working visas

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, has welcomed yesterday’s announcement there will be a Senate Inquiry into the impact of Australia’s temporary work visa programs.

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Chesters backs calls to keep Bernie

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, has joined Labor colleague, Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan, in throwing her support behind Bendigo Spirit coach Bernie Harrower.

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Chesters welcomes Bendigo’s newest Australians

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, today extends a warm welcome to Bendigo’s newest citizens.

Ms Chesters said she was very proud that since the start of 2015 67 new citizens have chosen to make Bendigo their home. 

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Chesters welcomes imminent upgrade for Ravenswood Interchange

The Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, has welcomed news that the vital upgrade to the Ravenswood Interchange will begin this year.

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Chesters worried Australia Post reforms will cost jobs

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today called on the Minister for Communications, Malcom Turnbull, to rule out massive jobs losses and post office closures in Bendigo and Central Victoria.

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