In the face of Daniel Andrews’ resistance, the Liberal Nationals have been successful in securing a regional sitting of the Upper House in the fire affected communities of Victoria’s north-east.
Shamefully, Andrews has scrapped regional sittings that have been established practice between 1999 and 2014.
The arrogant Premier opposed the call by Liberal Leader Michael O’Brien and Nationals Leader Peter Walsh for the Legislative Council to sit in the north-east and the Legislative Assembly to sit in East Gippsland.
The fire-affected communities of Victoria’s north-east and East Gippsland deserve the clear support of the Parliament and for Parliament to come to them and listen to their concerns, but Andrews would have none of it.
The spending associated with the Parliamentary sitting will include members and staff overnight stays, food and accommodation and the hire of relevant facilities, which will directly assist the impacted regions’ visitor economy.
It is important that the Parliament shows it is prepared to go to the people rather than tell the people to come to them.
The location and date will be left to Parliamentary officials to determine but the Legislative Council has ordered that the visit to the north-east will occur in October or November this year. The parliamentary directive is attached.
The Hon Wendy Lovell, Member for Northern Victoria, led debate on this motion.
That this House —
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