Media Releases

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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MPs join call to save Bendigo Early Learning Centre

27 February 2015: Bendigo’s three Labor MPs - Lisa Chesters, Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards - have joined calls from parents and families for the City of Greater Bendigo (COGB) to reverse its decision to close the Bendigo Early Learning Centre (BELC). 

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Chesters expresses outrage at Federal Government’s grant cuts

The Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, today expressed her outrage at the Federal Liberal Government’s decision to freeze indexation for Financial Assistance Grants, leaving the City of Greater Bendigo $2.7M worse off.

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Chesters welcomes Shadow Treasurer to Bendigo

Students at Bendigo Senior Secondary College will today (19 February) get to rub shoulders with the Shadow Treasurer, the Hon. Chris Bowen, and the Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters.

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Chesters thrilled to launch Bendigo City FC

The Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP, will officially launch Bendigo’s own soccer team, Bendigo City FC, when she presents the team with their strips at a celebration tonight.

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Chesters tables petition on the broadcasting of women’s sport in Parliament

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today tabled a new petition calling on the Federal Government and the ABC to continue the national television broadcasting of women’s sport, including the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) games. 

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New freezer gets warm reception at community lunch

Lisa Chesters MP, Federal Member for Bendigo, today received an even warmer than usual reception at Kyneton’s Community Lunch, following her donation of a much-needed freezer to the Kyneton Community & Learning Centre.

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Chesters launching petition to stand up for women’s sport on our ABC

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, launched a new petition calling on the Federal Government and the ABC to restore the National Broadcasting of WNBL matches today. 

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Abbott government attacks regional Australia with unfair fuel tax

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters today voiced concern that higher petrol prices in regional areas means that locals are paying more in petrol tax to the Abbott Liberal Government than their city-dwelling counterparts. 

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Hawkei contract must be signed in 2015

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, is today calling on Kevin Andrews, the new Minster for Defence, to make the signing of the Hawkei Contract his first act. 

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New Year's reprieve for Bendigo and Central Victorians from Abbott's unfair budget cuts

Central Victorians will benefit from a New Year's reprieve from  some of Tony Abbott’s most unfair Budget cuts.

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Chesters standing up for jobs in Education

Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters today called on the La Trobe University leadership to speak out against the Federal Liberal Government cuts to universities. 

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Just outrageous! Bendigo misses out on the NBN again

Lisa Chesters MP, Federal Member for Bendigo, today condemned the Abbott Liberal Government for again leaving Bendigo off the NBN rollout map released earlier this week.

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Bendigo Labor MPs say "No" to family violence

On this White Ribbon Day, Bendigo Labor MPs Jacinta Allan, Maree Edwards and Lisa Chesters today stand in solidarity to say “no” to family violence. 

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Saltworks fundraiser hits the target

Lisa Chesters MP today congratulated the community of Eaglehawk for coming together and raising funds for the Community Saltworks Dinner.

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Tony's tax to hit Central Victoria from today

Small businesses and families across Bendigo and central Victoria will be hit by another Liberal Government tax increase today as Tony Abbott's new petrol tax kicks in.

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Sneaky increase in Fuel Tax to hit Bendigo and central Victorians

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has today voiced her outrage over Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government’s move to bypass the Parliament to impose an increase in the petrol taxes on every central Victorian motorist.

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Vale Gough Whitlam

Bendigo Labor MPs Lisa Chesters, Jacinta Allan & Maree Edwards are paying tribute to a great Australian, Gough Whitlam.

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Lending a hand for Saltworks Community Dinner

Saltworks Community Dinner, Jacinta Allan MP and Lisa Chesters MP invite the community to enjoy a meal with them and raise vital funds for the Saltworks Community Dinner on November 11.

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Win for Labor and Bendigo people who stood against unfair Budget

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP said the Government’s backdown on social services reform yesterday was a win for local people power.

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Chesters welcomes Shadow Minister and Country Labor Caucus to Bendigo

Rural and regional issues will be on top of Labor’s agenda today with the Country Caucus spokesperson and Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Joel Fitzgibbon MP in Bendigo.

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People in the bush may have to pay more for NBN

NBN co-chief executive officer Mr Bill Morrow confirmed on Friday that if companies like TPG are allowed to cherry-pick and continue building broadband networks in the city then people in the bush may have to pay more for the NBN.

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Chesters issues the Minister for Defence a please explain

Lisa Chesters MP asked the Minister for Defence in Parliament today why a government contract awarded to Bendigo's Australian Defence Apparel will see most of the work done overseas.

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Budget changes to hurt regional universities most

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, agrees with the Regional Universities Network’s statement that proposed changes to universities will hurt regional universities and students hardest.

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Chesters speaks out over missed opportunity for Bendigo jobs

Lisa Chesters MP has described the terms of the Australian Government’s $170 million LAND 125 project as “disappointing”.

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Bendigo says no GP tax

Bendigo says no GP tax

Tony Abbott was today sent a strong message from the people of Bendigo – hands off Medicare.

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