Mildura community to host Parliament under Liberal Nationals
The Mildura community would host a regional sitting of Parliament under a Liberal Nationals plan to get parliamentarians out of the city and into country Victoria.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Peter Walsh announced the commitment this week at the first sitting of State Parliament for 2018.
Member for Mildura Peter Crisp said it would be the first time Regional Parliament was held since 2012, after the Andrews Labor Government scrapped the program.
“Only the Liberal Nationals will give our communities in the Mildura region an opportunity to host parliamentarians from across country Victoria and Melbourne,” Mr Crisp said.
“Regional Parliament is a unique opportunity for our school students and their families, community groups and business owners to learn about Victoria’s democratic process.”
Mr Walsh said Daniel Andrews’ decision to scrap Regional Parliament was more proof he can’t see beyond Melbourne’s tram tracks.
“Daniel Andrews’ city-centric focus has denied our school children and communities in regional Victoria a chance to be part of Victoria’s democratic process,” Mr Walsh said.
“The Liberal Nationals will put an end to the absolute contempt Labor has shown our country communities and make sure our regional communities can be part of the parliamentary process.”
The last regional sittings were held by the former Liberal Nationals government in 2012.
The commitment 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.