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Meet Change Victoria

Change Victoria is a new, non-profit incorporated membership association which believes in more jobs, greater prosperity, smaller government, less regulation, and support for the important role of the private business sector in our state and the need for this part of our community to be represented in public debate.

Change Victoria represents and promotes the interests of its members in shaping and fostering a prosperous, thriving, free enterprise economy in Victoria.

Change Victoria is not connected with any political party.


Change Victoria is not connected with any political party. For too long politics has been about big promises that aren’t delivered, political stunts and 30-second sound bites.

No one has been making the case for long-term necessary change to make real improvements in our State.


Change Victoria will treat the public with the respect it deserves by seeking to inform, educate and cooperate with decision makers and the wider community over a government’s entire term, so that everyone has the opportunity to learn about the issues and policies that impact their lives.

Then together we can improve Victoria and build a better state for the future.

Our hospitality industry is suffering

The time is now for the Victorian Government to safely open up our hospitality industry

About Us

The Team

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DEBORAH HENDERSON

Chairman

Deborah has more than two decades media experience with a background as a BBC journalist, media and development consultant.

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STUART EATON

Chief Executive Officer

Stuart has worked in senior roles in politics, government relations and corporate advisory. He has significant campaigning experience at both a state and federal level.

Our campaigns in the media

We’ve got staff that are out of work … It’s pretty devastating to be honest with you.... I’ve got staff that we are literally having to counsel every day.

Paul Dimattina

Media Release

Media Release

28 October 2020

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TIM QUILTY PRESENTS PETITION TO PARLIAMENT SUPPORTING HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty has backed a petition asking the Andrews Government to let restaurants and cafes open up fully.

Mr Quilty sponsored an electronic petition presented to Parliament yesterday, which argues the hospitality industry is not a risk to COVID-19 management.

“I am perfectly happy to put my name to this petition because the hospitality industry is an important part of society as well as a key employer, and there is no reason for them not to be able to be running as close to capacity as social distancing measures will allow,” Mr Quilty said.

“The Andrews Government is currently restricting all restaurants in regional Victoria to 10 people per indoor space, up to a maximum of 40 people who must be separated in groups of 10 by permanent structures, while up to 70 are allowed outside.

“In Melbourne, only 20 diners will be allowed inside a venue, with up to 50 outside.

“This is nowhere near good enough: many venues are built to cater to far more than 40 or 50 diners, and it makes no economic sense to run a large venue at less than full capacity.

“This petition will formally request the Premier to reopen the hospitality industry safely – it can be done, but it needs the Melbourne decision-makers to understand how restaurants work and have faith in their ability to operate with hygiene uppermost in their minds.

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is what they’ve been doing for years.”

Stuart Eaton, chief executive of petition organisers Change Victoria, has been working with industry figures to draw attention to their situation.

“It took a long time to build Melbourne and Victoria’s reputation as the best place in Australia for dining, drinking with friends, seeing live music and sharing experiences,” Mr Eaton said.

“As the industry begins to re-establish itself, we hope that the Government will improve its interaction with the sector about what is required to allow them to grow.

“The sector isn’t seeking handouts – what it needs is for the Government to listen and consult before they make decisions which have such a wide impact on so many and to give them some certainty so they can take bookings and make plans for what is the busiest time of the year for many in the hospitality sector.

“We hope all Victorians will get back out and support their local venues as soon as they can.”

E-petitions can be created and signed through the Legislative Council e-petition website at https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/council/petitions/electronic-petitions

 

Graham Springett

Media Adviser, Electorate Officer – Office of Tim Quilty MP

Media Release

3 September 2020

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Former AFL player, and proprietor of Lamaro’s Hotel in South Melbourne, Paul Dimattina is the face of an advertising campaign launched today which calls for the safe re-opening of the Victorian hospitality sector.

The campaign by issues advocacy group Change Victoria includes a petition to Parliament which calls on the Victorian Government to allow restaurants, bars, and cafes to reopen safely in line with the restrictions which were imposed in Stage 2.

“The hospitality industry has been disproportionately impacted by the lockdown and restrictions being imposed in Melbourne and regional Victoria as a response to COVID-19,” said Change Victoria Chief Executive, Stuart Eaton.

“68,000 jobs have been lost since March this year and we believe it is time to allow the industry to get back to work and allow them to re-employ the many staff who have lost their jobs and income.

“Under Stage 2 the Victorian hospitality sector operated safely complying with social distancing restrictions, patron limits and making sure venues kept contact information from its customers.

“Data shows that restaurants and cafes have not been a significant source of coronavirus transmission and, as has been the case in NSW, steps can be taken to clean venues and contact staff and patrons for testing should a break out take place,” said Mr Eaton.

Change Victoria is a non-profit incorporated membership association which believes in more jobs, greater prosperity, smaller government, less regulation, and support for the important role of the private business sector in our state and the need for this part of our community to be represented in public debate.

Change Victoria is not connected with any political party.

Change Victoria advocates for policies and reforms that our members believe are necessary to improve the climate for investment, business operations and employment growth in Victoria.

“Our members have asked us to run this campaign, because what is happening in the hospitality sector is mirrored across their businesses, and impacts us all,” said Mr Eaton

“As a proprietor and industry advocate Paul Dimattina was the perfect choice to front our TV and radio campaign.

“We understand why we had to lockdown but enough is enough and the hospitality sector needs to get back to work safely before the damage is irreparable.”

Change Victoria’s petition and new advertising campaign can be viewed at www.changevictoria.com.au

 
Authorised by Stuart Eaton for Change Victoria Incorporated, Melbourne.