"People are hurting. We understand the cost of living is out of control,” Chesters said.
“Labor has a plan for a better future that will take Australia forward.
“We will strengthen Medicare by making it easier to see the doctor, fix the broken aged care system and make childcare cheaper, so that it’s easier for working families to get ahead.
“Federal Labor will create secure local jobs by investing in fee-free TAFE and more university places, and making your job more secure with better pay and conditions.
“We will also make more things here in Australia, working with business to invest in manufacturing and renewables to create more Australian jobs.
“I truly believe our plan will make a huge difference to our region,” Chesters said.
Labor has committed to a number of community infrastructure projects in the Bendigo electorate during this campaign, while the Liberals have committed zero towards new projects.
Labor’s local commitments include:
- $920,000 and 5 workers to help women and children fleeing domestic violence
- $1million to upgrade facilities at North Bendigo Recreation Reserve
- $500,000 to create inclusive and female friendly facilities at Golden Square Oval
- $460,000 to transform Huntly Junior Oval at Strauch Reserve
- $400million to fund 200 community batteries, including one in Maldon
- $100,000 to upgrade local schools
- $20,000 Castlemaine Co-operative Childcare Centre for upgrades to wet areas and master plan
- $100,000 to complete the Bendigo Islamic Community Centre
“These projects are on top of Labor’s commitment to support ongoing federal funding programs, as well as creating additional funds,” Chesters said.
"This is just the beginning.
“I will continue to be strong voice for our region on issues such as key community infrastructure projects, jobs, housing, Medicare, and education.
“There is a lot of change that needs to happen in the 47th Parliament. We can do better.”
You can view more on Federal Labor’s policies here: https://www.alp.org.au/policies