Journey complete – Chewton man delivers proposed legislation to Canberra

Michael Smith with his bill outside Parliament House on Wednesday.Chewton man Michael Smith has returned home after completing an epic 650-kilometre trek from Chewton to Parliament House in Canberra last Wednesday.
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Mr Smith succeeded in his mission to personally deliver a proposed piece of legislation which would require the government to gain parliamentary approval before going to war.

He feels strongly that the decision to go to war should not be left in the hands of one person but should be made by the entire parliament.

After positive meetings with both sides of government on Wednesday and Thursday he is hopeful his legislation will be passed.

Mr Smith set off for Canberra on October 23 and was welcomed with open arms by many supporters along the way.

He arrived at midday on Wednesday and delivered the legislation to Bendigo Federal MP Lisa Chesters.

While Mr Smith said he was able to meet with all the main parties and cross benchers, unfortunately he was unable to attend the scheduled meeting with the Shadow Defence Minister Richard Marles.

However, Ms Chesters delivered a speech to parliament about Mr Smith’s journey and proposed bill, as he sat proudly looking on in the gallery.

“To walk 600 kilometres to come here to raise this issue is a fantastic effort and I know the people of Chewton are extremely proud of Michael,” Ms Chesters said.

“When someone takes the time to do something like this it reminds us of the great responsibility we have in this place. When one of our constituents takes this kind of effort we should take time to discuss this in our party room, in our caucuses to see what more we can do in this area. Congratulations Michael on your efforts,” she said.

Ms Chesters plans to bring the matter to the attention of the Labor caucus.

“I believe we’re going to be able to progress this, there will be more meetings and discussions this week,” Mr Smith said.

“I can’t tell you what an honour it has been to do this and how much I’ve loved every step of the way, the hills, valleys, streams, people, places, communities, I dived into a new world each day. It’s incredibly rich out there,” he said.

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