Minister rejects disaster declaration request

Nationals Member for Lowan is angry that the Andrews Labor Government has rejected a request from West Wimmera Shire Council to declare the recent fires at Poolaijelo and Langkoop a disaster. The communities were devastated by a quick-spreading grass fire on New Year’s Eve that killed thousands of sheep and cattle, dozens of farm outbuildings,…

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Gippslanders must get their say on power blackouts

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging Gippslanders to tell their stories of blackouts to a review of the state’s electricity distribution network resilience that is now underway.   Mr O’Brien called for a formal review of the electricity distribution network following the large storm events that took place in June and…

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Time for Labor to check out and scrap QR ‘check in’

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath says it’s time the Andrews Labor Government to abandon QR Code check-in requirements for business such as hospitality and retail stores. In January, Premiers at National Cabinet agreed that all states move to ‘Phase D’ of the National Cabinet Covid Response Plan which manages Covid like…

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The plan to keep schools open and support students’ mental health

Gippsland students will not lose another second of critical time in the classroom under an elected Nationals and Liberals government. Shadow Assistant Minister for Education and The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath said there is no substitute for face-to-face learning and being present in the classroom. “After two years of uncertainty our…

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Labor must be stopped from destroying regional media

The Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has condemned a move by the Andrews Labor Government which will suck a significant slice of revenue out of the pockets of regional newspapers.   The Nationals are strenuously opposing the Regulatory Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2021, which will allow more than 400 requirements in Victoria to potentially…

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Labor’s victim-blaming and gas-lighting of bullying allegations must be condemned, investigated

The Premier must apologise for the victim-blaming and gas-lighting by himself and one of his most senior Labor Ministers. The Treasurer’s comments questioning the mental health of a Labor MP who has bravely exposed allegations of systemic bullying within the Victorian Labor Party cannot be ignored. Western Metropolitan MP Kaushaliya Vaghela’s statement detailing allegations of…

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A new plan to make Victoria number one again

Today the Victorian Liberals and Nationals announce a new plan to recover, rebuild and make Victoria number one again.   Victoria, once the fastest growing state and home to the world’s most liveable city has fallen behind following two years of lockdowns and decades of mismanagement, neglect and waste.   One thousand Victorians a week…

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Gippslanders deserve answers on roadworks bungle

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has taken to State Parliament demanding answers from the Minister for Roads over roadworks bungles last year that have angered Gippsland motorists. Mr O’Brien said a number of projects last year including shoulder widening of key roads in the region resulted in poor quality outcomes and potholes…

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McCurdy calls for more support to local manufacturing businesses

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy is encouraging the Victorian Parliament to get behind regional manufacturing businesses as they struggle to get back on their feet after the ongoing implications of Covid-19.   Mr McCurdy said, “in 2022, local manufacturing businesses not only face the struggle of finding and maintaining staff members but ensuring…

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