Locals Urged to Have Their Say on Government Response to COVID-19

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is encouraging locals to make a submission to the new Senate Inquiry into the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve received a lot of feedback about the government’s response so far and spoken with locals about how they have been affected by COVID-19,” Chesters said.

“This a chance for many to share their experiences including unemployed workers navigating Centrelink, patients trying to access healthcare and locals who have been stranded overseas trying to get home. 

“I would also like to encourage Central Victorian organisations, including emergency relief services, to make a submission.

“These organisations are at the coalface and know exactly how the Federal Government’s COVID-19 response is helping or hurting local households.”

The Senate Committee is accepting submissions from businesses, community groups and individuals who have issues that they would like considered by the inquiry or a story they would like to share.

The Committee is interested in hearing from groups or individuals who would like to share their stories about:

  • Experiences with the health system or the government’s health response
  • Experiences with government agencies like Centrelink when trying to access government support payments
  • Personal views about criteria for government support payments
  • Views on government messaging on issues like social gathering restrictions or social distancing rules as well as the impact that these rules are having on our local community.

“It’s important that the stories and opinions from our community are part of the inquiry’s considerations and that the voices of Bendigo are heard.

Making a submission is easy and can be done at the Senate COVID-19 Committee website.

Submissions close on May 28, 2020.