Labor forces MPs to choose between Remembrance Day and Parliament
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien and his Gippsland Nationals colleagues were absent from the start of Parliament today because the Andrews Labor Government did not provide enough time for country MPs to take part in local Remembrance Day services and get back to Melbourne.
Mr O’Brien said Melbourne Labor delayed the start of Parliament until 2pm instead of 9.30am, but the change still put rural MPs, such as those in Gippsland, at a disadvantage.
“This change allowed city-based MPs to attend their local services, but it was not enough time for me to travel back from services in Loch, Korumburra and Leongatha,” Mr O’Brien said.
“I should not be put in a position where I have to choose between paying my respects on Remembrance Day in my local community and attending Parliament on time, while city MPs do not have to face that choice.
“I believe it is disrespectful for the government to hold Parliament on Remembrance Day at all.”
Mr O’Brien said Melbourne Labor’s decision to hold Parliament on Remembrance Day was just another snub for those who fought for and reside in rural areas.
“I urge the Andrews Labor Government to reconsider this decision in the future and not schedule Parliament on this important day, as a mark of respect and so every MP can spend it with their community – not just those based in the city,” Mr O’Brien said.