Minister puts Gippsland Line in too-hard basket

The Andrews Labor Government is consigning Gippsland rail passengers to continued future delays at the same time as its spend-a-thon on city infrastructure reaches epic proportions of waste and mis-management.   The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien recently called on the Government again to undertake a feasibility study into a dedicated Gippsland line…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, This Christmas will be tough for the 49,000 Victorians who lost their job in October and for small business owners, like those in hospitality and accommodation, that are still desperately struggling to fill staffing rosters. News this week from the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government of a $103 billion rebound in our national…

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Major disruptions to Melbourne CBD with the City Loop to close

Indefinite closure of Melbourne metro’s City Loop Network will throw the CBD into chaos at a key moment in the city’s recovery. The Transport Department has confirmed today the City Loop will have to close for “a period of time” after the Andrews Labor Government neglected to schedule the critical Fire and Safety Upgrade during…

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Border communities owed an apology for “inhumane” permit scheme

People living in communities along Victoria’s border were asked for evidence loved ones were dying from cancer and personal financial statements, a damning report on Victoria’s border permit scheme has found. Residents from Shepparton, Numurkah and Mooroopna were among those subject to months of navigating complex and unworkable rules after the Andrews Labor Government slammed…

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Sneaky Labor change a “setback” for windfarm neighbours

The Andrews Labor Government has secretly instituted a planning change that will make life even more difficult for wind farm neighbours trying to build on their own properties.   The Government’s change to Victorian planning provisions under amendment VC212 means that neighbours of a windfarm can no longer build a house, bed and breakfast, worker…

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Gippslanders caught in “inhumane” border permit system

Gippsland residents were among thousands caught up in a Covid border permit scheme described in a scathing report from the Victorian Ombudsman, Deborah Glass as “downright unjust, even inhumane.”   The report, which is the result of the Ombudsman’s investigation into the Andrews Labor Government’s failed handling of border entry and the Victorian travel permit…

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Documents reveal Minister’s negligence after loss of Victorian lives

Evidence has emerged that Victoria’s Mental Health Minister was told of Victorians taking their own lives due to “COVID-related stressors” – but failed to act. A Ministerial briefing note obtained by the Liberals and Nationals under Freedom of Information (FOI) has revealed the Health Department warned Mental Health Minister James Merlino in early June 2021…

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