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Robert Oakeshott: Independent for Lyne

Media Release


31 January 2009


HEALTH, climate change and pension rates are among key issues for the Mid-North Coast to be debated when federal Parliament resumes this week

Independent for Lyne Robert Oakeshott said he was expecting a busy two weeks in Canberra, with a number of issues likely to generate strong interest in the Lyne electorate.

“Since Parliament adjourned last year, the Government has made some major announcements that significantly affect our region, such as the carbon reduction strategy and the injection of funds for local infrastructure projects from the Nation-Building Fund,” he said.

“We can expect further debate on these and other important programs for Mid-North Coast residents in this first sitting of Parliament for the year.”

Mr Oakeshott said his main focus over the coming fortnight would be to represent local people on local issues, such as regional development reform, the allocation of Health and Hospital Fund money and outcomes from the current pension review.

“I will also be participating in discussions on the Government’s response to international issues, ranging from global economic challenges to the case of Manning resident Keith Mortimer, who has been jailed for two years in Indonesia after taking an adventure flight with friends from Thursday Island to the province of Papua without a visa.”

Mr Oakeshott said another important aspect of his role in Canberra would be to meet with relevant Ministers on issues that affect the Mid-North Coast.

“In the second sitting week, for example, my team will be meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard to discuss the future of Taree’s Australian Technical College, the impact of the Fair Work Bill on local businesses and a proposed social inclusion strategy for the Mid-North Coast,” he said.

Mr Oakeshott’s office can be contacted during this Parliamentary sitting on 6584 2911.


Media Contact: Garth Norris - 65842911, 0418537709.