Member for Lalor, Joanne Ryan has condemned Prime Minister Tony Abbott for his decision to cut funding to Community Cabinet.
In the same week that Mr Abbott’s Victorian counterpart hosted a community forum in Werribee, Ms Ryan said it was unacceptable that the Federal Coalition Government were attempting to hide from voters.
"Community Cabinet is an opportunity to engage with the Federal Government and promotes an active dialogue between residents and their representatives,” Ms Ryan said.
“Not only are these forums about ensuring the Government knows how their policies are impacting people on the ground, it’s also very important in ensuring transparency, openness and accountability.”
Ms Ryan said under the previous Federal Labor Governments, Community Cabinets had ensured the voices of more than 15,000 Australians were heard.
“But under Mr Abbott’s watch, the Government refuses to listen. And with cuts to local school funding, the NBN and superannuation, there’s no wonder Mr Abbott is trying to hide.”
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by Joanne Ryan Mp
· September 08, 2013 3:31 PM
I would like to congratulate and thank the other candidates running for the seat of Lalor.
In recent weeks at train stations and at early voting booths, I have seen a level of respect between candidates and volunteers that shows that all Australians – regardless of where they sit on the political spectrum – understand how important our democracy is.
I would also like to thank volunteers and supporters for their efforts over the course of the campaign. They have been with me every step of the way – and without them I would not be here.
Labor has a strong and proud history of representing the needs of this community and that history is due to the hard work of our members and volunteers.
Finally – and most importantly - I’d like to thank the people of Lalor for their support. It is an absolute privilege to represent the Lalor electorate in Federal Parliament, and I will continue my work in fighting to achieve better outcomes for our community.
Now it is time to roll up my sleeves, and start the hard work of fighting for the people of Lalor.