Ryan warns of wire rope barrier fire risk

Euroa MP and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has issued a stern warning to the Andrews Government that a review of the placement of wire rope barrier on the Hume Fwy is needed ahead of this year’s fire season. The call comes after fires were started on the freeway at Clonbinane earlier this…

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Jobs not safe from Labor’s AgVic cuts

The Andrews Government should be investing more in agriculture research and development, not axing jobs. On Friday, it was revealed 49 jobs across Agriculture Victoria’s research centres would be cut. Asked to explain the job cuts in State Parliament, Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes arrogantly attempted to wash her hands of responsibility, blaming “organisational change”. Even…

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Essential Services Commission review of energy retail market

The Essential Services Commission has been asked to develop a framework to assess whether the Victorian energy retail market is delivering good value to energy customers.   The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy said the ESC was currently calling for people to share their experiences with prices, service quality, competition, innovation and efficiency in…

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Labor’s road safety priorities are all wrong

Daniel Andrews has been caught out spending more money defending his botched wire rope barrier program than on the Government’s campaigns related to drug driving, driver fatigue and vehicle safety combined. Figures buried deep within the TAC 2018-19 Annual Report (p. 92-93) highlight that the government spent $2.45 million defending its flawed roll out of…

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Daniel Andrews sacks 50 Ag Vic scientists

Daniel Andrews’ betrayal of regional Victoria continues today with revelations of shock job cuts at Agriculture Victoria.   Just 24 hours after revealing his disastrous plan to shut down Victoria’s native timber industry, the arrogant Premier for Melbourne has swung the axe again.   This time it’s 50 talented front-line researchers at sites across Victoria…

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Water welcome for drought-stricken farmers

Shadow Minister for Water Steph Ryan has welcomed Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud’s decision to act on the Victorian Nationals’ suggestion to utilise the Adelaide desalination plant to secure extra water for farmers.   Minister Littleproud yesterday announced the Federal Government’s plan to release 100GL for fodder production at a discounted rate of $100 per…

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Andrews’ plan will decimate local towns

Today’s announcement by Premier Daniel Andrews that the native timber industry in Victoria will be shut down by 2030 will decimate the East Gippsland economy, said Nationals Gippsland East MP, Tim Bull.   “Our communities have had an absolute gutful of arrogant Andrews putting politics first and country people second. Instead of supporting and promoting…

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Report details Victoria’s worsening drugs crisis

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report, released this week, has confirmed Victoria under Daniel Andrews has lost control of the state’s drugs crisis. The alarming report highlights: Victoria had the highest estimated average regional consumption of Ice, with consumption increasing approximately 45 per cent between December 2018 and April 2019;…

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VicHealth grants to boost participation in sport

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy has congratulated five regional sporting clubs who will share in over $10,000 under the latest round of VicHealth Active Club Grants funding.   “Our local sporting clubs and associations play such an important role in our community,” Ms Kealy said.   “Active Club Grants help to create more…

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Andrews Government on notice to complete Murray Basin Rail Project

The Andrews Government still has no timeline to finish the Murray Basin Rail Project. In State Parliament today, Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan was asked to detail the Government’s plans to complete the once-in-a-generation freight rail upgrades, but refused to say when – or if – the project will be completed. Stakeholders have lost all…

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Minister conceals wait times of decaying public dental system

Thousands of patients waiting for access to public dental care across north east Victoria and the Goulburn Valley are being kept in the dark about how long they have to wait for treatment. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Euroa MP and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan called out the Health Minister’s tardiness in responding…

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