A cuppa and a chat at the Men’s Shed

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - News - BY RACHEAL WILLETT

From the mar­riage equal­ity plebiscite to pen­sioner GST con­ces­sions, the lo­cal bridge route to re­nam­ing Aus­tralia Day – all top­ics were on the ta­ble dur­ing Fed­eral Mem­ber for Mur­ray Damian Drum’s visit to the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Men’s Shed.

Mr Drum popped into the shed for “a cuppa and a sand­wich” and to see the work com­pleted thanks to $3000 in fund­ing from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment through the Aus­tralian Men’s Shed As­so­ci­a­tion.

The fund­ing was used to up­date the car­pet and linoleum floor­ing in the men’s shed meet­ing room, giv­ing it a much-needed facelift.

Mr Drum was wel­comed by Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Men’s Shed Pres­i­dent and Moira Shire Coun­cil­lor Peter Mans­field.

Mr Drum then took the op­por­tu­nity to open the con­ver­sa­tion to ques­tions from the group and the dis­cus­sion quickly turned to the hot top­ics of the day – start­ing with the up­com­ing mar­riage qual­ity plebiscite.

Mr Drum con­ducted a quick poll by a show of hands, com­ment­ing on the re­sult, “that’s about what I see ev­ery­where I go – a third for, a third against and a third don’t care”.

“The vote has to hap­pen, it’s go­ing to hap­pen now and we need to do it, get it off the books, and let every­one have their say,” Mr Drum said.

“The vote is not legally bind­ing but there is no doubt if the yes vote wins then it is go­ing to hap­pen.

“If the no vote gets up we’ll put it to bed but La­bor have said they won’t lis­ten. Then there are five blokes ready to cross the floor and put up their own bill.”

From one plebiscite to an­other, Mr Drum asked for a show of hands in favour of the green or grey bridge route, in line with the

A cuppa and a chat with Mem­ber for Mur­ray Damian Drum at the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Men’s Shed.

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