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O’Brien leading Liberal Nationals population policy

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said he is proud and excited to have been announced chair of the Liberal-Nationals Victorian Population Policy Taskforce.

“The Liberals and Nationals realise that Melbourne can’t continue to grow at its current rate while regional Victoria struggles,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We are developing population policy that will help us manage the enormous population growth in our state and ensure that it is better distributed across the whole of Victoria.

“Through forums around the state over the last 18 months we have clearly heard of the need for better public transport, roads, infrastructure and other services and we are currently developing policy that will meet these needs.

“We recognise that there are enormous lifestyle benefits in living in our regions, but we need the jobs and resources from the state government to help people make the move.”

Mr O’Brien said he was pleased to be working under new Shadow Minister for Decentralisation and Leader of The Nationals, Peter Walsh on finalising policy before next year’s election.

“Decentralisation will not be a dirty word under a Liberal-Nationals Government,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We recognise that Melbourne growing by over 100,000 people a year while our regional centres stagnate is not a long term solution.

“Daniel Andrews and Labor have shown that they’re not interested in managing population growth, whereas the Liberal-Nationals will take forward a plan to help grow the whole state, including Gippsland South.”

Mr O’Brien was promoted from the deputy position yesterday following the elevation of the previous chair, Tim Smith, to the Shadow Cabinet.

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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has been appointed Chair of the Liberal-Nationals Population Policy Taskforce

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