Letters to the editor

December 19, 2017

Merry Christmas to my constituents

LAST week, the following bills were also introduced to the Victorian Parliament, which may be of interest to Murray Plains residents:

■Audit Amendment Bill 2017

■Bail Amendment (Stage Two) Bill 2017

■Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2017

■Justice Legislation Amendment (Victims) Bill 2017

■Marine and Coastal Bill 2017

■Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal and Improving Parliamentary Standards Bill


More information on the proposed bills can be found at

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas and the arrival of 2018, I wish everyone in the Murray Plains Electorate a very merry Christmas

The Christmas holiday season brings the community together to give thanks for our blessings and to share our hope for a bright and prosperous future.

It is a special time to appreciate the values that unite us and the freedoms we enjoy.

It is also a time to cherish the opportunity to relax with family and friends reflecting on the year that has been, and looking forward to the year ahead.

It is my privilege to represent the people of Murray Plains. As I travel across the electorate I am always impressed by the strong community spirit and the generosity of heart in country people.

Merry Christmas.

Peter Walsh MP

Leader of The Nationals

A lonely holiday

FOR many Australians, the festive season is one of joy and connection.

Yet for others in our neighbourhoods, that sense of togetherness, warmth and belonging will not be felt, and rather an acute sense of loneliness will take hold.

Christmas Day might be lunch for one, sleeping rough or spent with the paralysing uncertainty of not knowing where family is, after being separated because of war or conflict.

There is hope. At Red Cross, loneliness is not something to be ashamed of.

We’re there for people who have nobody else: calling and visiting, driving them to appointments, offering one-to-one support to those struggling with mental illness, or giving a warm welcome to those seeking safety from violence or persecution.

We know loneliness doesn’t discriminate.

When there’s no one by your side, and you’re feeling deeply isolated, communities start to become less trusting, there’s more fear and places start to feel less safe.

It’s time for Australians to change that.

Red Cross is calling on you to make this the Season of Belonging, by taking simple steps.

Be kind on social media, say hello to your neighbours, volunteer or check on someone you know is in trouble.

A donation to Red Cross will also help us continue on our mission to work with half a million of the most socially excluded Australians to build the vital connections they need.

You can help:

Wenda Donaldson, Director, Victoria Australian Red Cross

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