Border communities owed an apology for “inhumane” permit scheme

People living in communities along Victoria’s border were asked for evidence loved ones were dying from cancer and personal financial statements, a damning report on Victoria’s border permit scheme has found. Residents from Shepparton, Numurkah and Mooroopna were among those subject to months of navigating complex and unworkable rules after the Andrews Labor Government slammed…

$1b fund for regional manufacturing

The Victorian Liberal Nationals have announced a major policy commitment to deliver the largest ever investment in manufacturing in Victoria’s history, a $2.5billion fund – with $1billion tagged for the regions.   Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said the allocation earmarked for regional Victoria would go a long way to assisting the economic recovery…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Peter Walsh

Dear Editor, In a Labor-aligned podcast over the weekend, Daniel Andrews bragged Victoria’s COVID response should be celebrated as a “triumph”. I doubt the more than 800 Victorian families who lost loved ones last year, after coronavirus escaped the Labor Government’s failed hotel quarantine program, would agree. Neither would those Victorians who are still struggling…

Mental health claims don’t add up

Victorians are getting sicker while the Andrews Labor Government fails to meet a key finding from the Mental Health Royal Commission, more than three years since it was delivered. Announcing training and mental health beds today, Premier Daniel Andrews and Mental Health Minister James Merlino neglected to mention that both commitments are long overdue. The…

‘High-intensity bushfires, invasive species and predators’ biggest risk to ecosystems, new report finds

A new report on ecosystem decline in Victoria has recommended the introduction of Indigenous ‘cool burn’ techniques and to abandon the Andrews Government’s 2030 ban on native timber harvesting. The recommendations were made following a two-year parliamentary inquiry investigating Victoria’s ecosystems and the threats and challenges to the habitat’s health and sustainability into the future.…