New report recommends reform to fix crisis response to mental health

A special inquiry should be established in Victoria to investigate COVID-19-related impacts on mental health, including harrowing evidence the pandemic contributed to a surge in suicide and youth self-harm. The recommendation is part of a new minority report published today as part of Victoria’s pandemic management inquiry. The report delivered 22 scathing findings on the…

Win for Victorian producers with Fed Labor’s backflip on FMD

The Federal Labor Government has finally caved to sensible demands from livestock producers, farm lobby groups and The Nationals to bolster protections against foot and mouth disease (FMD). Agriculture Minister Murray Watt has finally confirmed sanitation mats will be installed at Australia’s international airports to combat the spread of Indonesia’s outbreak of FMD. It comes…

Bath shines spotlight on Farm safety

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath is encouraging Gippsland primary producers to assess farm safety and their health and wellbeing during National Farm Safety Week. “This year the theme is ‘Recipe for Averting Disaster – and growing up on a dairy farm I understand the importance of looking after personal health and…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Emma Kealy

Dear Editor, Rising household energy bills are just one of the painful financial impacts of the skyrocketing cost-of-living for regional Victorians. While Victorian Labor is firmly sitting on its hands and refusing to offer us any relief, voting for a change in Government in November will deliver you and your family positive solutions to bring…

Immediate measures needed to combat agriculture risk

The Victorian Nationals have called out the federal government’s refusal to implement strict new biosecurity measures to stop foot and mouth disease breaching Australia’s borders and decimating Victorian agriculture. Deputy Leader of the Nationals and Member for Lowan Emma Kealy said Labor’s federal Minister for Agriculture had said the government would implement any practical measures…