Labor forced to back down on regional newspaper attack

The Andrews Labor Government has backtracked on its plan to take revenue from regional newspapers after strenuous opposition from The Nationals and the community. Labor’s Regulatory Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2021, introduced in Parliament earlier in February, sought to remove a requirement for the state government and local councils to communicate changes and consultation opportunities…

The Not So Great Alpine Road

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath has highlighted the dangerous state of the Great Alpine Road in Gippsland’s high country in State Parliament this week. Raising the issue on behalf of locals, Ms Bath called out unsatisfactory engineering works, substandard road repairs and poor communication from Regional Roads Victoria. “The Great Alpine…

Housing taxes pile more pain on home-buyers

Growing State Labor Government housing taxes are putting affordability even more out of reach for struggling Gippslanders. The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien raised concerns in State Parliament this week at the difficulty Gippslanders, particularly first home buyers, are having in finding somewhere to live. “While the State Government’s latest housing tax –…

More delays on Farm Trespass laws in Vic

The Andrews Government has delayed debate of ‘on-the-spot’ fine legislation, relegating it down the priority list for the upper house of state parliament. The Livestock Management Amendment (Animal Activism) Bill 2021 passed the lower house two weeks ago, however the legislation hasn’t been listed for debate this sitting week. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria…