Premier’s silence speaking volumes on toxic culture in Victorian Labor

Premier Daniel Andrews has walked away from another opportunity to apologise for comments dismissing a Labor MP’s allegations of a toxic bullying culture within the Labor Party as “fantasy”. Yesterday, senior government Minister Tim Pallas offered a long overdue apology to Upper House MP Kaushaliya Vaghela after he questioned her “state of mind” in response…

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Ryan adds roads portfolio to responsibilities

Local MP and deputy Nationals leader Steph Ryan has added the roads portfolio to her existing responsibilities as the Shadow Minister for water, public transport and liquor and gaming. Ms Ryan has vowed to use the role to continue the fight to increase spending and improve the quality of all Victorian roads. “I will continue…

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Thousands of jobs lost to South Australia as Victorian Labor drops the ball

The Victorian Labor Government’s unwillingness to support a western Victorian food manufacturer to expand its local operations has seen our state lose thousands of jobs to South Australia. South Australian Premier Steven Marshall is today celebrating his state securing a massive investment in food manufacturing with Horsham’s Australian Plant Proteins to set up a commercial…

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One apology down, one to go Premier

Treasurer Tim Pallas has finally apologised today for his disgraceful slur directed at a female Labor colleague and the Premier must now do the same. Amid a frenzied press conference announcing the Andrews Labor Government has been forced to withdraw its own legislation to impose a big new housing tax on Victorians, Treasurer Tim Pallas…

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Thousands of jobs lost to South Australia as Labor drops the ball

The Labor Government’s unwillingness to support Horsham-based food manufacturer Australian Plant Proteins to expand its local operations has seen thousands of local jobs lost to South Australia. South Australian Premier Steven Marshall is today celebrating his state securing a massive investment in food manufacturing, with APP to set up a commercial-scale pulse protein extraction facility…

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Labor cuts capacity of Shepparton aerial fire bomber

The Andrews Labor Government has cut the capacity of the aerial firefighting aircraft based in Shepparton. Member for Euroa and Deputy Nationals leader Steph Ryan and The Nationals’ candidate for Nicholls Sam Birrell joined CFA volunteer Tom Brodie at Shepparton airport this morning to flag concerns about the changes. Ms Ryan said the government signed…

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Euroa station rebuild should be on the agenda

Member for Euroa Steph Ryan has invited the state’s Police Minister to visit Euroa to inspect the local police station. Speaking in Parliament this week, Ms Ryan said Euroa’s police station was no longer fit for purpose and needed to be rebuilt. “The building in Kirkland Avenue is small, old and inadequate for modern policing,”…

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Labor forced to back down on regional newspaper attack

The Andrews Labor Government has backtracked on its plan to take revenue from regional newspapers after strenuous opposition from The Nationals and the community. Labor’s Regulatory Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2021, introduced in Parliament earlier in February, sought to remove a requirement for the state government and local councils to communicate changes and consultation opportunities…

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The Not So Great Alpine Road

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath has highlighted the dangerous state of the Great Alpine Road in Gippsland’s high country in State Parliament this week. Raising the issue on behalf of locals, Ms Bath called out unsatisfactory engineering works, substandard road repairs and poor communication from Regional Roads Victoria. “The Great Alpine…

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