WHEN the people of central Victoria mark their ballot papers this Saturday, they will be making a choice between fundamentally different visions for the future of our country.
Labor’s vision is for a country where every Australian has the right to a decent job and where our economy is growing strongly to generate these opportunities.
That vision is why we have policies for a strong economy, better schools, world-class healthcare and a fair society for all.
By contrast, Tony Abbott’s all boil down to just one thing: cuts.
Cuts to services, education, family payments and jobs.
These cuts are the last thing central Victoria needs as Australia’s economy faces an important transition with the mining investment boom winding down.
Mr Abbott’s cuts will be particularly damaging for a region like central Victoria.
He won’t fund new trade training centres. Nor has he committed to supporting the Thales Hawkei contract, which Lisa Chesters and Labor understand is vital to the region.
Labor has a $1 billion plan to create jobs beyond the boom and diversify our economy.
This builds on existing Labor investment of more than
$1.3 billion across the Bendigo electorate since 2007 where we’ve seen unprecedented development of important infrastructure right across the region.
Under our Better Schools Plan, Bendigo South East Secondary College will receive $6.7 million in extra funding and Epsom Primary School will receive an increase of $1.1 million.
Mr Abbott will scrap the schoolkids bonus which makes it easier for families in Bendigo to meet back to school costs.
Labor is building the National Broadband Network, which will transform the way we do business and support new jobs and industries in Bendigo and central Victoria.
Labor will continue investing in our health and hospital system. Mr Abbott’s track record as health minister was to slash $1 billion from hospitals.
Labor is standing at this election on its record and on its plans for the future.
Our record is strong: while many of the world’s advanced economies plunged into recession, Labor kept Australia’s economy growing, creating nearly one million jobs. But we cannot take the future for granted.
We can only build a prosperous future by working together and implementing Labor’s positive plans, not by cutting to the bone.
This is why I ask the people of central Victoria to think carefully when they vote on Saturday.
Let’s work together to build our future by voting for Lisa Chesters and Labor in Bendigo.