Coalition questioning reveals Labor’s training cuts

Training and Skills Minister Steve Herbert has admitted to massive funding cuts to student training under questioning from Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee. More than $175 million in funding meant for student training was cut from the Victorian Training Guarantee, including $125 million that was returned to consolidated revenue. A further $50 million of money earmarked for…

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Up to $700 million secured for regional Victoria

The Liberal-Nationals have secured three times as much funding for regional Victoria from the sale of the Port of Melbourne lease than was offered by Daniel Andrews. The Liberal-Nationals will support an amended version of the Delivering Victorian Infrastructure (Port of Melbourne Lease Transaction) Bill 2015 in Parliament. In those amendments we have secured 10 per cent…

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Appointment of The Nationals Victoria State Director

Sally Branson has been appointed The National Party of Victoria’s State Director. Victorian President Peter Schwarz today welcomed the appointment of Sally to this role, as an eminently qualified professional who will provide strong leadership for the party. Sally has worked extensively across rural and regional Australia in community development and in senior public affairs roles in both the private sector and in international diplomatic and defence…

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Walsh congratulates Federal Nationals colleagues

Leader of the Victorian Nationals Peter Walsh has congratulated his Federal colleagues following significant changes this week, including new party leadership and Cabinet positions. Firstly, Mr Walsh welcomed Barnaby Joyce as the new leader of the Federal Nationals and Deputy Prime Minister in the Coalition Government. “Barnaby tells it how it is, and has been…

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Labor’s cash grab at expense of fire-risk communities

Daniel Andrews’ Labor Government has been caught out trying to claw Commonwealth funds away from upgrades to mobile phone black spots in Victoria’s high fire-risk areas. The Age has reported that the Andrews Labor Government lobbied the Commonwealth to change the funding criteria for its black spot program, so money meant for fire-prone areas could…

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Statement: Labor axes Regional Living Expo

Daniel Andrews has dealt yet another blow to regional Victoria, and this one on the eve of Christmas. Under Daniel Andrews’ city-centric government, we’ve lost the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund and the highly popular Country Roads and Bridges Program, the regional development budget has been slashed by 24 per cent, and there have been…

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Major Raffle Winners

Thank you to everyone that supported our Major Raffle. Congratulations to the 7 winners, we hope you enjoy your prize First Prize: Judy Sims Second Prize: Dianne Sanders Third Prize: Harvey O’Donnell Fourth Prize: Judith Bysouth Fifth Prize: Rosanne Kava Sixth Prize: Vic & Deb Madex Seventh Prize: Nola Buzza

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Country MPs unable to attend start of Parliament today

Country-based Liberal-Nationals MPs were unable to make it back in time for the start of Parliament today, after travelling to Remembrance Day services in their local electorates. Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said the Andrews Labor Government had scheduled a sitting day of Parliament on Remembrance Day, with a delayed start time of 2pm.…

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Great Otway Link

David O’Brien, The Nationals candidate for Polwarth, is calling for a significant upgrade to the status and condition of the Twelve Apostle route from the Princes Highway across to the Great Ocean Road. “The Twelve Apostles and Lochard Gorge are Australian icons drawing visitors from all over Australia and the world, yet we have a…

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Coalition support for Bay licence buy-back unchanged

The Liberal-Nationals Coalition continues to support a buy-back of commercial netting licences for Port Phillip Bay, including Corio Bay. The Coalition committed to the policy during the lead up to the November 2014 election. The Coalition’s initiative was then adopted by the Victorian Labor Party. Today the Andrews Labor Government introduced the Fisheries Amendment Bill…

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Funding missing from Labor’s Riparian Action Plan

The Andrews Government has again failed to properly fund the protection of Victorian riverbanks. Before the last election, the Coalition committed to a $45 million program for fencing Crown Land river frontages. Today Lisa Neville has re-announced $10 million already listed in the 2015/16 Budget (BP3, p56). There is no funding for riparian land care in the forward estimates. The…

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