MP urges return of school 

The Andrews Government’s staggered return to school plan for students in regional Victoria puts local primary schools at a significant disadvantage, according to Nationals Member for Euroa Steph Ryan. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Ms Ryan said the decision to allow only some year levels to return to onsite learning did not go far enough.  Research…

Border entry handling bungled

The Victorian Ombudsman has announced an investigation will be launched into the Andrews Labor Government’s failed handling of border entry and the Victorian travel permit system.   Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said the indefinite locking out of Victorians from their own homes was one of the worst over-reaches he has seen from…

“Lockdowns and school closures” main risk to kids’ health – not COVID-19, report finds

The Andrews Labor Government continues to ignore public health advice on the mental health harms of school closures and ongoing restrictions for children and adolescents. Research today from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has found “continued lockdowns and school closures” – not COVID-19 – is the “main risk to children and adolescents’ health in this…

Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh, Opinion Piece, Rapid Antigen Tests

Shepparton food processor SPC recently became the first Australian business to mandate COVID vaccination for all onsite staff and visitors.   Announcing the commercial decision, SPC chair Hussein Rifai was quoted in The Weekly Times (5 August 2021, Link: https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/breaking-news/spc-to-make-covid19-vaccinations-mandatory-for-all-staff-visitors/news-story/0f46fad8892e159596c4aa6bfb3560c8): “We honestly saw very little other options but to take this step”.   Protecting the…

Urgent support needed for casual workers

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to immediately extend eligibility for the $250 Power Saving Bonus to casual employees. “Casual workers have been disproportionally affected by Victoria’s five lockdowns,” said Ms Bath. “Casual workers require support from the State Government – they’ve lost more income…