Thursday 10 May 2018
Once again Daniel Andrews and Labor have snubbed regional Victorians by voting down a motion that would have seen a sitting of parliament held in regional Victoria next year.
Regional sittings are an opportunity for communities outside of Melbourne to see the Parliament in action and for city MPs to experience country issues.
Earlier this year the Liberal Nationals announced if elected communities in Regional Victoria would host Victorian Parliament for the first time since 2012.
The plan would see Mildura Shepparton Warrnambool and the Latrobe Valley host parliamentarians from one chamber of Parliament – either the Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council – for one sitting week each.
Daniel Andrews has shown he simply doesn’t care for regional Victoria. He fights against regional bus owners he fights CFA volunteers he cuts country roads funding and now he pretends country Victoria doesn’t exist.
Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy
You can’t fix country Victoria’s challenges from behind a desk in Spring Street. Labor scrapped Regional Parliament; the Liberal Nationals will bring them back.
I am committed to representing all Victorians not just those in Melbourne.
Comments attributable to Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh
Daniel Andrews continues to reinforce the fact he’s the Premier for Melbourne rather than giving country school kids a chance to see Parliament in their home town.
Regional Victorians are sick of getting a raw deal from Daniel Andrews and his city-centric Labor Government.
Comment attributable to Member for Mildura Peter Crisp
A regional sitting of Parliament in Mildura means our kids and community members can see Parliament in action and gives city parliamentarians a chance to better understand the opportunities and challenges facing the Sunraysia region.