Mildura Weekly : Friday November 28 2014 Vol 9 No 4
06 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014 Mildura candidates meet to discuss ECIS • From Page 5 “It’s been great for them to come down and talk with families and carers in the field, and generally get an idea of what we are trying to achieve, and who the pro- gram caters to.” Sherrin said another aim of the invitation was to share Early Childhood In- tervention Australia’s State Election Platform, which covers the areas of support the group requires from the government. “The current State Gov- ernment has been very sup- portive of Early Childhood Intervention Services, and what this platform looks at is how the next Government – whoever may be running it – can continue to support those in need of these ser- vices,” she said. “The main two points the platform looks at is en- suring that all children with a disability and/or devel- opmental delay have access to high quality early child- hood intervention, and that all children – regardless of whether they have a dis- ability or not – enjoy the benefits of high quality and universal early childhood education and care servic- es.” The three candidates in attendance agreed that Early Childhood Intervention Services – and education in general – were important issues going forward, and agreed that it was always a positive hearing ideas and opinions direct from those affected. “I’ve actually had a bit of experience in this field, and am aware of some of the short comings involved,” Mrs Clutterbuck said. “It’s always good to hear from those people involved, and discuss what they feel needs to be done to either improve or build on avail- able services.” Mr Lee said childhood education and welfare should be high on all candi- date’s agendas. “I have a large family of my own, and understand that these families need to be assisted,” he said. “While you can’t promise them the world, you can talk to them and learn more about these issues.” Mr Roberts said he too believed it was important to hear the needs of the com- munity first-hand. “Getting out and talk- ing to people in the know is how successful policies are created,” he said. STATE ELECTION 2014 By BEN PISCIONERI UPPER House candidate for Northern Victoria, Liz Crooks, embarked on a 1500 kilometre road trip this week in a bid to canvass what is the largest elec- torate in the State ahead of to- morrow’s election. The candidate for People Power Victoria - No Smart Me- ters said the impetus to take on the trip, which started on Mon- day, was to make as many people as possible aware of the nega- tive impacts of smart meters on peoples’ health and finances, the environment, privacy and the nation’s security. As part of the road trip, Ms Crooks has lived out of a bor- rowed van, and planned to stop at as many towns as pos- sible, starting at St Andrews near Kinglake, north east of Mel- bourne, and finishing in Mil- dura. Ms Crooks, who is self-fund- ing her campaign from her dis- ability pension, said many Victo- rians are still in the dark about smart meters. “From doing my walk, talk, meet and greet in local suburbs, I have become overwhelmed with the amount of people who are mis-informed or not informed on the matter, due to govern- ment not being forthcoming with information, and little me- dia coverage, I believe,” she said. “If installations continue and if the present ones (meters) are not restored back to ana- logue meters, or at least have the digital chip removed from inside them, all Australians will be in a very vulnerable position.” Ms Crooks is keeping a visu- al diary of her campaign at www. facebook.com/liz.crooks.56. “I am determined to com- plete the journey with ‘fighting for what I believe in’ being my companion and incentive,” she said. “Every Victorian should have the right to know the truth about smart meters.” • More election coverage – Page 10 Liz is taking ‘People Power’ on the road • ON THE ROAD: People Power Victoria - No Smart Meters candidate Liz Crooks. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR New beliefs Sir, When a community starts to take on new political be- liefs, it is always interesting to try and understand why. Currently we seem to be seeing views that “a community divided against itself will pros- per,” and that “God will help those who won’t help themselves.” In recent history Mil- dura has probably had the most political representa- tive variations of any seat in Victoria, beginning in 1988 with Liberal Mem- ber/Labor Govt, 1992 Liberal Member/ Kennett Liberal Govt, 1996 Inde- pendent/ Kennett Liberal Govt, 1999 balance of power independent/ Labor Minority Govt, 2002 Inde- pendent, Labor majority Govt, 2006 National Mem- ber/ Labor Govt, 2010 Na- tional Member/ Coalition Government. We have had a Liberal and National Party MP each serve one term under a Labor Government and one term in Government, and an independent serve three terms, one under a Liberal Govt, one with bal- ance of power Minority Labor Govt and one with Labor. Each has been the resource that the electorate has had to use to achieve its ambitions, but over this current term when our lo- cal Nationals member Peter Crisp as part of the Coalition Government has provided the electorate the rare opportunity to work with him to advance our region he has been under constant attack by a vocal minority whose intent has definitely not been to ben- efit our region. He and his party have been blamed for every- thing that has or hasn’t happened over the last six parliaments despite the fact that four of those were Labor Governments and the other two the Kennett Liberal Government. • Continued Page 20 NNNOV 27, OV 27, OV 27, OV 27, OV 27, 2828 && 28& 2828 & 28 292929 ON ONLY! * *Claim based on independent industry data for the 2013 financial year for petrol hand-held power tools HU HU HU HUGE SAVI GE SAVI GESA NG NGS ON STIHL IHL IHL IHL IHL IHL AAAUST USTRALIA’S No. ALIA’S No. ALIA 1 SE 1 SELLING BRAND! NG BRAND! NG BRAND! NG BRAND! NG BRAND!
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