More failures than successes marks one year Federal election anniversary

On the one year anniversary of the 2 July 2016 Federal election, Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said that the Liberal National Government has had more failures than successes.

"Here in the Bendigo electorate there has unfortunately been more failures than successes from the Liberal National Government.

"For all their huff and puff about ‘jobs and growth’, real wages for Central Victorian workers are falling. There have been very few full time jobs created across the electorate but part-time and causal work is increasing.

"The number of apprentices is down by 148,400 since the Liberals came to office. Far too many local kids are missing out on the opportunity for an apprenticeship and the Federal Government has no plan create new apprenticeships.

"The rollout of the NBN has been a debacle. It doesn't matter if it's FTTN, fixed wireless or satellite, many Central Victorians have had costly issues and are frustrated by slow and unreliable internet speeds.

"The Government's version of Gonski delivered funding cuts to every public and Catholic school in the Bendigo electorate.

"One year ago, the day before the election, Malcolm Turnbull promised that no Australian would pay more to visit the doctor – this was a lie.

"A survey of local GP clinics found that on average locals were playing on average $21 in gap fees.

"The fact that the Turnbull Government is failing to reindex any patient Medicare rebates on July 1 is a clear example that they don't really understand the impact of their policies on Central Victorians.

"The list of successes is short but includes funding for Bendigo RSL; Bendigo Tennis Centre redevelopment and Wesley Hill Stage One projects. I would like to congratulate our communities for fighting to secure funding for these vital projects,” said Ms Chesters.

Lisa Chesters MP marked the one year anniversary of her re-election in typical Lisa fashion out and about in the community.

In the morning Ms Chesters spoke with local producers and volunteers at the Castlemaine Farmers and artists market before presenting an Australian flag to the Newstead CFA. In the afternoon she joined supporters at the Bendigo Thunder QEO home game.

"It was an honour to present an Australian flag to Newstead CFA. Our volunteer CFA stations are vital to our local communities and our safety would be at risk without them.

"Whilst yesterday was a busy day, it hardly feels like work. I continue to be proud and honoured to represent the Federal electorate of Bendigo. Our diversity continues to be our strength."