Statement on the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

We’ve long known Victoria’s mental health system is broken, but today’s interim report is a sobering analysis of how bad the problem has become. The interim report calls for transformation changes to start immediately, noting “Victoria’s mental health system is not just compromised – it is afflicted by systemic failings” (p14). It’s vital the Andrews…

Victorian Nationals announce landmark Zero to Landfill environmental policy

In the largest environmental overhaul in Victoria in decades, a Victorian Liberal Nationals government has committed to ending household waste being sent to Victorian landfill by 2035. This visionary Zero to Landfill policy will bring energy-from-waste technology currently being used in central Paris, Amsterdam, Germany and Singapore to Victoria along with reforms to recycling. Large…

Jobs not safe from Labor’s AgVic cuts

The Andrews Government should be investing more in agriculture research and development, not axing jobs. On Friday, it was revealed 49 jobs across Agriculture Victoria’s research centres would be cut. Asked to explain the job cuts in State Parliament, Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes arrogantly attempted to wash her hands of responsibility, blaming “organisational change”. Even…