“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…