Statement on Melina Bath

The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath is recovering in hospital after she was involved in a road accident on Wednesday afternoon. Melina was driving from a meeting in Maffra when another car collided with her vehicle. She was taken to Latrobe Regional Hospital for treatment, where she remained overnight. Melina is in good…

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Rural drainage strategy goes down the gurgler

Shadow Water Minister Steph Ryan is encouraging landholders to make their views known on the Andrews Labor Government’s draft Rural Drainage Strategy. Ms Ryan said she was concerned the strategy failed to provide greater clarity around the management of rural drainage schemes. Labor’s strategy proposes that rural drainage schemes will be managed in four ways:…

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Neville must demand Labor senators stand up for Victoria

Water Minister Lisa Neville must insist Labor’s senators stand up for the interests of Victoria’s Basin communities. Labor’s Victorian senators Kim Carr, Jacinta Collins, Gavin Marshall and Kimberley Kitching have been completely silent about where they stand on the recovery of the 450GL of up water from the Southern Basin. In 2013 The Nationals moved…

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Rail Freight Advisory Council

If Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan is genuinely committed to making Victoria’s freight rail network as ‘efficient and safe as possible’ Labor should fund upgrades at level crossings on the Maryborough to Mildura line. The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of a Rail Freight Advisory Council to advise on rail industry issues. Freight rail is…

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Labor in denial on botched eID rollout

Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has embarrassingly admitted she has no idea of serious concerns with the implementation of electronic identification (eID) of sheep and goats. Victorian saleyard operators say they won’t be ready to scan eID tags by March 2018 because the software they need to share data with the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS)…

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Labor still failing to consult regional industry

Background Daniel Andrews has snubbed the views of Victorian farmers by failing to consult with Victoria’s livestock and intensive industries before establishing Animal Welfare Victoria. Animal Welfare Victoria was announced under the cover of darkness, without consultation with Victoria’s peak farmer group, the Victorian Farmers Federation or the Livestock Industry Consultative Committee (LICC). LICC was…

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Young people call bull on Mikakos’ excuses

Young people encouraged to apply for Labor’s Youth Congress are still waiting to hear if their applications were successful, four months after the Congress was due to begin. Asked about the delay in Parliament on Tuesday, Youth Affairs Minister Jenny Mikakos blamed Australia Post, despite applicants confirming that all correspondence with them to date has…

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Liberal Nationals Onshore Gas Policy

Today, Matthew Guy and Peter Walsh announced the Liberal Nationals policy on onshore gas. Matthew Guy’s statement is below. Statement from Opposition Leader Matthew Guy Today, Peter Walsh and I announce an onshore gas policy that will give Victorians a clear choice at the next election. This policy will help put the brakes on soaring…

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Adventure Festival funding secured

State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said he was pleased the Australian Adventure Festival to be held later this year – which he says could put East Gippsland on the international stage and bring millions to the local economy – will receive State Government funding. “Having raised the matter at each of the April,…

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All Heyfield jobs must be saved

Background The glaring omission in the Andrews Government’s confirmation of the Heyfield mill sale is a promise that all 250 jobs will be saved. Labor MP Harriet Shing promised in March the mill would “not lose jobs overall” if the Government became a buyer of last resort, but Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford recently said “less…

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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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