Keeping the lights on in Victoria

Statement from Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh The closure of Hazelwood Power Station this year saw the loss of 750 jobs and Victoria’s baseload energy capacity drop by 22 per cent. Increases to average annual power bills for homes and businesses have been far worse than the Andrews Labor Government predicted. There are new…

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Have your say on roads

Reports that Daniel Andrews will reduce the speed limit to 70 kmh on some unsealed country roads is just lazy policy by a lazy government, Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has said. The Andrews Labor Government has flagged the government is considering a proposal to reduce the speed limit on unsealed country roads to…

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Labor’s Heyfield mill jobs promise in tatters

The Andrews Labor Government has broken its promise to the Heyfield community that jobs will not be lost at the Heyfield mill. In Parliament today, Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford failed to stand by a promise from Labor’s Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing in March that the mill would “not lose jobs overall” if it…

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Regional councils struggling to meet roads costs

Country Victorians are wearing the costs of the Andrews Labor Government’s cuts to country roads funding. The parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability and Operational Challenges of Victoria’s Rural and Regional Councils heard today that country councils are struggling to meet the high costs of maintaining their roads network. Giving evidence to the parliamentary inquiry today,…

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Tierney hides training report, now eight months overdue

Background The Andrews Labor Government is burying key data showing the extent of its cuts to Victoria’s struggling training system. Asked about the delay of the 2016 training market report in Parliament, Training and Skills Minister Gayle Tierney claimed the report could not be completed until the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) published…

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Bill Bateman Memorial Lunch/Lecture

Bill Bateman Memorial Lunch/Lecture Please join us for an afternoon of discussion with Guest Speaker Senator Bridget McKenzie along with Leader of The Nationals Hon Peter Walsh. Sunday 20th August 2017 12.00pm Commercial Hotel 115 Manifold Street, Camperdown Vic 3260 RSVP Monday 14th August 2017 to Peter McLoughlin at tmcl2009@bigpond.com or The Nationals Head Office…

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Labor’s Heyfield deception

Hundreds of jobs at Heyfield’s timber mill remain in jeopardy despite the Andrews Government’s claims today. The Government’s media statement this morning says “…there will be no job losses while contractual negotiations are finalised,” but offers zero commitment beyond that period. Minister Pulford also told ABC 774 today that the timber offer to the mill…

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Have your say on Liberal Nationals population

Have your say on Liberal Nationals population Thursday 29 June 2017 Victoria is the fastest growing state in Australia. In 2016, our state grew by 146,000 people – the highest growth rate of any state in living memory. In the past month alone, an additional 10,500 people have become residents – that’s equivalent to the…

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Federal Liberal Nationals’ $1.42bn regional rail boost

The Liberal-Nationals in Federal Government have delivered for regional Victoria where Daniel Andrews and his city-centric Labor Government failed. Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester, The Nationals Member for Gippsland, has put our country communities on the right track with the Commonwealth Government’s $1.42 billion investment in country rail. Daniel Andrews disgracefully left regional communities…

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Labor’s failed Federation Training ‘rescue’

Daniel Andrews’ TAFE ‘rescue’ has been a total sham. A third of Federation Training’s workforce was sacked with 182 full time equivalent staff losing their jobs at the TAFE in Labor’s first year in office. Under Daniel Andrews the number of students undertaking training at Federation Training has reduced drastically, with 700,000 fewer student contact…

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Heyfield mill closure to begin early

Australian Sustainable Hardwoods has announced today it will close its Heyfield mill earlier than planned. ASH confirmed today the mill will wind down from August due to “VicForests expected short supply of logs to the mill again this year”. At a recent hearing for the parliamentary inquiry into VicForests, VicForests Acting CEO Nathan Trushell confirmed…

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