Dear residents of Monash
I’m writing this letter on day five of Victoria’s fourth lockdown, reflecting on where we are at as a community, and as a nation.
The pandemic has resulted in many Victorians enduring great hardship and uncertainty. In these very difficult times, I am even more aware of my privilege to represent you in Australia’s parliament and influence decision-makers about both local and national issues.
In this context, I’m pleased to report that the 2021 Budget (see attached overview) provides a significant funding boost for Gippsland. This includes:
At a national level, it’s been a great relief to me that the government has put aside the potential privatisation of ACAT and paused the introduction of independent assessments for people on the NDIS. Respect is always a powerful motivator – a value that should underpin genuine consultation processes and essential if the NDIS is to remain a fair, equitable and sustainable scheme.
As a long-time advocate for marginalised and vulnerable people, I continue to speak up for:
In these challenging times, it’s important we support one another. As always, if I can be of assistance please contact my office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 5623 2064. If you would like to receive my regular updates please sign up to my mailing list.
Download the 2021 Budget Update
Russell Broadbent MP
Member for Monash