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Regional Victoria secession call

By Country News

Regional Victoria should split from its ‘‘city-based overlords’’ because it is sick of the Melbourne-centric parliament, one of the state’s newest politicians declares.

Liberal Democratic Party upper house MP Tim Quilty used his maiden speech on Tuesday to rally for regional Victoria and NSW, where he was born, to get rid of their capitals.

‘‘If the people of Wodonga, Bendigo, Mildura, Wangaratta and Shepparton dictated the lives of Melburnians the way that you dictate our lives, there would be riots in the streets,’’ he told parliament.

Dubbing the move a ‘‘Rexit’’ he nominated his town of Wodonga as the new regional capital, with parliament to sit in the local RSL until a purpose-built headquarters is completed.