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.

“Given the recent media reports on the Government's failure to turn on four NBN towers built when Labor was still in Government, I plan to demand from the Minister responsible that they fix this mess and turn these towers on," said Ms Chesters.

Ms Chesters said she would be demanding that La Trobe University have funding restored to its Rural School of Health.

"A week before Christmas, the Government cut $2.6 million per year from La Trobe's clinical placements funding which will significantly impact nursing and allied health courses.

"With only weeks to go in 2015, our university has been left shocked and scrambling to get ready for this year. It's not good enough.”

Ms Chesters said she will be standing up for Central Victoria’s interests in Parliament this year.

“It appears that Malcolm Turnbull and his Liberal government are just as bad as Tony Abbott,” she said.

“Standing up for penalty rates for low-paid workers, stopping cuts to Medicare and ensuring our manufacturers get a fair deal are also towards the top of the priority list.

“With this government, it's vital that we have a strong voice in Canberra. I will continue to be a strong voice and advocate for our community.”