Attorney-General visits Hinkler to hear locals’ views

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, has today met with Hinkler veterans, lawyers and artists to hear their views on the matters most important to them.

Senator Brandis and Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt have been planning the visit for some time.

“Mr Pitt is a strong local voice for the people of Hinkler, and has worn a track to many Ministers’ doors to raise local issues since his election in 2013,” Senator Brandis said.

“As a Senator for Queensland, I think it’s essential to visit electorates such as Hinkler so that I can listen to local people about the issues that are important to them.”

Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt thanked Senator Brandis for accepting his invitation to attend a community forum about National Security at the Bundaberg RSL.

“National security and border control are two of the issues Hinkler constituents raise most often with my office,” Mr Pitt said.

“We have a larger than average veteran community and the number of young Hinkler residents applying to join the Defence Force has increased significantly in recent years. I wanted to give Hinkler constituents an opportunity to raise their concerns directly with the Attorney-General.”

Mr Pitt said Senator Brandis had been very generous with his time, speaking to members of the Bundaberg Law Association and attending a function with the local arts community.

“I’m delighted to announce the Federal Government is providing $5000 to Creative Regions through the Australian Council’s Queensland Partnership Development Initiative,” Mr Pitt said.

“I’m grateful to the Bundaberg Art Society (BAS) for hosting this evening’s event and inviting me to be their Patron.”

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