Inquiry finding – Labor’s Lead Battery failure

A Parliamentary Inquiry into the Health Impacts of Air Pollution has recommended the Andrews Government conduct an independent Environmental Effects Statement (EES) into Chunxing Corporations Used Lead Acid Battery (ULAB) secondary smelter proposed for Latrobe Valley. The Andrews Government allowed Chunxing Corporation to self-assess its environmental impacts, despite the ULAB project attracting significant opposition from…

On-the-spot fines for farm trespass still not ready nearly two years later

New on-the-spot fines for extreme activists who trespass on Victorian farms and threaten the safety of farm families still aren’t in place, nearly two years since the protective measure was recommended. In June 2020, the Andrews Labor Government committed to introducing hefty on-the-spot fines for biosecurity breaches after it was recommended by a parliamentary inquiry…

Additional Gippsland Rail Services still on the never-never

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to dither on additional rail services for Gippsland passengers, more than four years after saying upgrades to the Gippsland line were “shovel ready”.   In Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) hearings today The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien pressed public transport officials on when additional Bairnsdale…

More eateries choosing to close as hospo staff shortages continue to bite

More hospitality businesses across Victoria are today reporting losses due to the worsening post-pandemic staffing shortages in the industry. Pubs, cafes and bakeries in Bendigo have had to cut back their opening hours because they can’t find enough workers. It follows similar reports from well-known Melbourne eateries Ladro and Entrecôte. Deputy Leader of The Nationals…