Shocking increase in use of ketamine, heroin in Victoria, but Labor cuts $40m from prevention, treatment

Today the Andrews Labor Government will slash 100 jobs from services to help people addicted to alcohol or other drugs as part of a $39.8m funding cut inflicted on the completely-overwhelmed sector. The timing of these Labor cuts couldn’t come at a worse time. New data released today by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)…

Flood and Storm review white ants Latrobe Valley’s experience

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath has labelled the Andrews Government’s Emergency Management Victoria’s (EMV) Extreme Weather Event Report reviewing the June 2021 storms and floods as highly disappointing. Ms Bath said EMV’s review fell short of community expectations by failing to make tangible recommendations or outlining timelines for system improvements. “The…

Labor mates having a “gold-class” crack at rewriting history on Basin Rail Project

North-west Victoria’s chance for a more efficient freight rail network will disappear forever if the Murray Basin Rail Project is not fully completed to its original scope. The Nationals Candidate for Mildura Jade Benham and Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh have condemned a deceptive campaign spruiked by ‘Independent’ MP Ali Cupper that the stalled…

Regional patients left out in the cold

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy spoke in Parliament expressing his outrage after hearing various regional patients are being tipped out into the cold due to Northeast Health Wangaratta’s overloaded capacity demands which the Victorian Government has still failed to resolve.   In Parliament Tim McCurdy said, “I wish to raise three more concerns…

Third shutdown of entire V/Line network demands an explanation

Regional train passengers are owed a full explanation after another “communications fault” shutdown the entire V/Line network, cancelling dozens of services during the morning peak. The disruption left thousands of people travelling from Shepparton, Albury, Traralgon, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Geelong, Bendigo, Warrnambool and Swan Hill stranded at the platform from 5am today. It’s the third time…

Increased protection for forestry workers

Gippsland’s forestry industry will benefit from new laws aimed to increase protection from politically motivated protest disruption.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said he was happy to join his Nationals colleagues in supporting the Sustainable Forests Timber Amendment (Timber Harvesting Safety Zones) Bill 2022, which aims to protect timber workers from…

Bath calls for forestry training standstill solution

Victoria’s emergency services personnel are unable to complete vital first responder training after activists placed an injunction of TAFE Gippsland’s Forestec Rowboat training coupe. In state parliament today The Nationals’ Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath demanded the Andrews Government ensure first responders be able to complete their training. Ms Bath said it’s deplorable…