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Chester welcomes federal election announcement

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January 30, 2013

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said he wouldn’t be distracted from

the bushfire recovery effort, despite today’s announcement of a September 14


Mr Chester has welcomed the announcement and confirmed that he would seek re-election for the seat

he has held since 2008.

However, Mr Chester said his immediate concern was for bushfire victims in Gippsland and New South

Wales along with those who have been affected by floods in Queensland.

“Right now there are more important matters concerning the Australian people than the Prime Minister

announcing an election date,” Mr Chester said.

“Regional communities have been hit hard but we are working together to support those who are

dealing with the impacts of fire and flood in recent weeks.

“There is a lot of clean-up and recovery work to be carried out and all levels of government need to

work together, regardless of political party affiliations, to support those affected.”

Mr Chester said the election would provide Gippslanders with a choice to decide who they trust to

deliver strong economic management, jobs growth and national prosperity.

“Regional areas like Gippsland already make an enormous contribution to the wealth of our nation and

we need to receive a fairer share of government funding for key services like transport, health,

education, childcare, aged care and the disability sector,” Mr Chester said.

“This government has broken the trust of the Australian people as well as recklessly wasting taxpayers’


“Billions have been stripped from regional programs in addition to the broken promise on the carbon

tax, a mining tax that has delivered nothing, the home insulation fiasco, the school halls debacle, cuts

to the private health insurance rebate as well as record and ever-growing national debt.

“If successful at the election, a Coalition Government will focus on projects that benefit the nation; a

world class education system; secure borders; better regional health services; a compassionate

welfare system that expects personal responsibility; a strong future for our farmers and primary

industries; a vibrant small business industry; a sustainable population; a better environment; and

quality telecommunications at a price people can afford.”

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