Opposition denied access to emergency management institute

TRAINING: International delegates visit the Australian Emergency Management Institute. Picture: FILE

TRAINING: International delegates visit the Australian Emergency Management Institute. Picture: FILE

FEDERAL member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters is frustrated the Attorney-General has denied her access to Mount Macedon's Australian Emergency Management Institute.

Ms Chesters applied to visit the facility, which the federal government plans to close, with shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus on Friday.

But she says Attorney-General Senator George Brandis denied them access. 

"It's frustrating because all we want to do is offer our support to the employees, and to find out from them if there's any questions they’d like us to ask on their behalf on the government," Ms Chesters said.

"It's never been a problem in the past. The institute itself were happy to have us out there."

Ms Chesters hopes to visit the institute this Friday, saying she is still in talks with Senator Brandis.

The Bendigo Advertiser was unable to contact the Attorney-General's Department over the weekend.

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