Another Federal Budget Fails Bendigo Electorate

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters is disappointed with last night’s Federal Budget which once again fails the Bendigo electorate.The Bendigo electorate is not mentioned once in the over 1000 pages of the Budget papers, confirming that the Liberal government has no plan for Bendigo and Central Victoria.

“We deserve our fair share and have done it just as tough as other regional cities during the pandemic,” Ms Chesters.

Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters is disappointed with last night’s Federal Budget which once again fails the Bendigo electorate.The Bendigo electorate is not mentioned once in the over 1000 pages of the Budget papers, confirming that the Liberal government has no plan for Bendigo and Central Victoria.

“We deserve our fair share and have done it just as tough as other regional cities during the pandemic,” Ms Chesters.

Since the 2019 election, Ms Chesters has lobbied the government for $4.5 million to expand the Bendigo Airport Terminal to allow more Qantas fights in Bendigo.

The Budget failed to fund the much needed Bendigo Airport Terminal expansion and other key local infrastructure projects.

“This would be a great economic stimulus project, it would create jobs and it would support our tourism and hospitality sectors that have been damaged by the COVID19 pandemic”, Ms Chesters said.

“I will continue to lobby the Federal Government for funding. The budget has hidden money that could fund this vital project.”

“There are 21 different slush funds in this Budget with no details on how the money will be spent. We know that this government likes to look after its mates, whether it be sports rorts or dodgy land deals, we can’t trust Scott Morrison to put this money to where it is needed most.”

“Basically, this is a Budget that tries to buy favour with the electorate for the upcoming Federal election.”

“The modest tax cuts for low income earners will be extended, but only until after the election.”

“There are new subsidies to help families pay for very expensive childcare, but the money won’t flow into parents’ pockets until after the next election.”

“It is yet another marketing exercise and shameless political fix that it about the next Federal Election,” Ms Chesters said.


“It is disappointing that the Federal Government have missed opportunity for genuine reform that’s needed for key areas like skills and training and Australia’s Aged and Childcare sectors.”

“Locally, underemployment and unemployment for younger and older workers remains stubbornly high. Yet, local businesses and industries say they are desperately short of the skilled workers they need.”

“I don’t believe this Budget’s announcement on skills and training will fix this problem.”

The Budget also lacks a genuine plan to create and secure local jobs.“There’s no funding to help our manufacturers expand and grow their business. There’s also no commitment to fix the building product and supply chain crisis our construction sector is facing.”

“Just because the pandemic recession could have been worse, doesn’t mean the recovery can’t be better.”

“After eight long years of job insecurity, weak wages growth, waste and neglect of the care sectors, this Budget is another missed opportunity to invest in Australians, their jobs, their families and their future.”