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Morrison Government Must Act Now on Aged Care

Morrison Government Must Act Now on Aged Care

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has responded to the Liberal National Government releasing the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety final report.

“For too long, we have heard heartbreaking stories of neglect coming out of the aged care sector,” Chesters said.

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Saver Plus Program Helps Bendigo Families With Back to School Costs

Saver Plus Program Helps Bendigo Families With Back to School Costs

Struggling families across Central Victoria are now able to access financial relief thanks to the federally funded Saver Plus program.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is encouraging families to apply to the program designed to help with back to school costs.

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La Trobe University Starts 2021 With Further Job Losses

La Trobe University Starts 2021 With Further Job Losses

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling on the Morrison Government to immediately provide a lifeline to the university sector, following news of further redundancies at La Trobe University.

A further 96 staff at La Trobe University workers have taken voluntary redundancies in the latest round of cuts.

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Chesters Outlines Priorities for 2021 as Parliament Resumes

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is getting set to head back to Canberra for the first time this year, with a big agenda for the electorate.

“Parliament resumes on Tuesday and there’s a number of key things I’m planning to raise,” Chesters said.

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Morrison Government's Travel Industry Support Package is Failing Local Businesses and Jobs

Morrison Government's Travel Industry Support Package is Failing Local Businesses and Jobs

Travel agents and tourism operators across Central Victoria have been let down by the Morrison Government’s COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling for the Morrison Government to urgently fix flaws in the program before local businesses lay off staff or close all together.

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Trouble Kyneton Road Set for Upgrade Thanks to Federal Funding

Trouble Kyneton Road Set for Upgrade Thanks to Federal Funding

Upgrades to Beauchamp Street in Kyneton are set to begin this month, thanks to $627,829 from the federal government’s Roads to Recovery Program.

The works will take place from Mollison Street to approximately 150m past Victoria Street.  

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Morrison's NBN Fail Leaves Bendigo to go it Alone

Morrison's NBN Fail Leaves Bendigo to go it Alone

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has congratulated Bendigo Telco and the City of Greater Bendigo on their 100 Gig Bendigo Initiative, calling on the Morrison Government to support the project.

“The Federal Government must up their game when it comes to the NBN and internet speeds across Australia,” Chesters said.

“Bendigo is so fed up with our infrastructure that we’ve had to go it alone.

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Central Victorian Families Deserve Affordable Child Care in 2021

Central Victorian Families Deserve Affordable Child Care in 2021

As children across Central Victoria return to early learning in 2021, Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters has raised concerns about the rising costs of child care.  

“As a parent with a child in care, I know how expensive fees can get and how difficult the system can be to navigate,” Chesters said.

“Childcare is a juggle for many local families who are continuing to be dudded by the Morrison Government’s soaring fees.

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$4million for Road Upgrades Across Greater Bendigo

$4million for Road Upgrades Across Greater Bendigo

More than $4million of road upgrades across The City of Greater Bendigo are complete, thanks to the latest round of the federal government’s Roads to Recovery Program.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has called for further investment from the federal government whilst detailing the local works today.

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Chesters Announces Recipients of the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has announced 7 local recipients of the Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days (SASFD) Program.

“I would like to congratulate each of these organisations on their successful applications to the SASFD Program,” Chesters said.

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Maiden Gully CFA Unveil Energy Efficient Communities Project

Maiden Gully CFA Unveil Energy Efficient Communities Project

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has visited the Maiden Gully CFA to unveil the completed solar project made possible through the Federal Government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program.

The brigade received $12,500 to install 6.6kW of solar panels and a Tesla Powerwall battery.

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La Trobe Regional Arts students will be hit hard by 2021 changes

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling on La Trobe University to reinstate face to face learning for Bachelor of Arts students in Bendigo next year.

“I am deeply concerned that La Trobe is moving their arts degree to an online only option for regional students in the same year that fees for these students will dramatically increase,” Chesters said. 

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Chesters Releases Damning Report on Aged Care Sector in Bendigo Electorate

Chesters Releases Damning Report on Aged Care Sector in Bendigo Electorate

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has published a report titled ‘Fix the Aged Care Crisis’ after conducting a survey on the aged care sector within the Bendigo electorate.

“Australia’s aged care system has been broken for years and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how desperately the sector needs serious reform,” Chesters said.

“The findings of my report demonstrate this experience is no different in Bendigo.

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Latest JobSeeker Cut Announced at Worst Time for Recipients

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has slammed the Federal Government’s latest JobSeeker cut, raising concerns for 10,000 locals receiving the payment.

“The Morrison Government will extend the JobSeeker supplement to March 28th and reduce the rate by another $100 per fortnight,” Chesters said.

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Morrison Must Provide More Support to Graduating Class of 2020

With Central Victorian Year 12 students graduating this month, Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling on the Federal Government to provide certainty for the class of 2020 by increasing university places.

“Students at Bendigo Senior Secondary are graduating this week and other schools are following in the coming weeks, but many students are still anxious about whether or not they’ll get into uni,” Chesters said.

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Chesters Calls for Extension of Coronavirus Supplement and Announcement of JobSeeker Base Rate

Federal Labor has moved amendments to extend the Coronavirus Supplement until March, in line with JobKeeper – and require the Government to announce a permanent increase in JobSeeker Payment.

 Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters says the Government must provide some certainty for anxious JobSeeker recipients.

“Now is the worst time for the Government to be cutting support for people who have lost their jobs and are strugging to find work,” Chesters said.

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Morrison Government Could Help End Poverty Now

This Anti-Poverty Week is the perfect time for the Morrison Government to step up and take action to help end poverty.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters says there are two key areas that the Federal Government need to pay more attention to.

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Budget Fails to Deliver for Bendigo

Last night’s Federal Budget is more of the same from the Liberal Government, but times are not normal.

Bendigo is not mentioned once in the Budget papers. 

Once again, we have missed out on our fair share of funding for local projects and many of us have been left behind.

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Bendigo Deserves Its Fair Share This Federal Budget

Bendigo Deserves Its Fair Share This Federal Budget

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling for investment in a number of key local infrastructure projects, including the Bendigo Airport Expansion and Bendigo Showgrounds Redevelopment, in next week’s Federal Budget.

“Now is the time to get behind big projects in Bendigo that will support our growth and the economy as we recover from the covid-19 pandemic,” Chesters said.

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Travel Industry Deserves More Support This Federal Budget

Travel Industry Deserves More Support This Federal Budget

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP is calling for additional support for the travel industry in next week’s Federal Budget.

“Since March I have spoken to many travel agents in the Bendigo electorate who have been severely impacted due to the covid-19 pandemic,” Chesters said.

“Through no fault of their own, travel agents were the first to be hit by covid-19 restrictions and the sector will be the last to recover

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Government Should Rewrite Plan for Higher Education this Budget

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling on the Morrison Government to scrap their higher education package and release a new plan in the upcoming budget.

“The hard truth is that many Central Victorians will miss out on university altogether and fees for some degrees will double under the changes announced by the Liberals,” Chesters said.

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JobSeeker Cut to Cost Central Victorians $3million per Fortnight

The Central Victorian economy will be more than $3million worse off per fortnight when next week’s JobSeeker cut takes place.


Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has raised concerns at the timing of the cuts, with restrictions now eased across regional Victoria.

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Three Weeks Until Telehealth Trouble

Concerns are growing for healthcare in Central Victoria with temporary telehealth measures introduced by the Government for the COVID-19 pandemic due to expire on September 30. 
 
Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling on the Government to urgently extend these Medicare Benefits Schedule subsidies.

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Labor Will Move to Save the Aboriginal Flag

The Aboriginal flag is a national symbol, but it’s not being treated like one said the Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters.

Labor has announced that they will introduce a private members bill to compel the Government to negotiate with all rights holders so the Aboriginal flag design can be used freely by the community, similar to the Australian flag. 

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Pensioners Must Not Get Left Behind

Central Victorian pensioners are being warned they will not receive their usual payment increase this month.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is in Canberra for Parliament this week and will be calling on the Morrison Government to make sure pensioners are not left behind throughout the continuing pandemic.

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Over 10,000 Central Victorians Facing JobSeeker Cut in Less Than One Month

Central Victorian JobSeeker recipients are less than one month away from a rate cut of $300 a fortnight, despite the continuing COVID19 pandemic.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said it’s not fair that payments are reduced whilst Victorian lockdown continues.

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Morrison Government Must Urgently Act to Prevent Further Job Losses at Latrobe University

La Trobe University has announced another round of voluntary redundancies as the sector continues to suffer from the financial impact of COVID-19.

This is in addition to the voluntary round of redundancies called several months ago and two forced restructures, which will lead to job losses in Student Services Portfolio and the Education Portfolio.

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Morrison Government Must Provide Greater Support to Meat Processing Industry

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling on the Federal Government to provide greater support for the meat processing and food manufacturing industry.

For COVID19 Health and safety reasons, the Victorian Government has imposed restrictions for meat processing facilities across the state, including staff reductions to 66 per cent in red-meat plants and 80 per cent reductions at chicken processing facilities.

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Central Victorians Can Claim Pandemic Disaster Leave Payment From Today

From today, employees can contact the Australian Government Emergency Information line on 180-22-66 to make a claim for a Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is encouraging Central Victorians to access the payment if they need to stay home from work, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and further restrictions on the region.

“From midnight tonight our region will be under Stage 3 restrictions. Access to this payment could stop us from having to move to stage four restrictions if people know that they don’t have to go into work while sick,” Chesters said.

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Chesters Calls for Action Around Paid Pandemic Leave

Chesters Calls for Action Around Paid Pandemic Leave

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is calling for action around paid pandemic leave for all Central Victorian workers.

“I’ve spoken with many local workers, unions and employers over the past few months. 

“Almost every workplace is doing something different when it comes to leave entitlements for COVID-19 testing and isolation,” Chesters said.

“No worker should be left considering if they should go to work with mild symptoms to pay the bills.

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