$1b fund for regional manufacturing

The Victorian Liberal Nationals have announced a major policy commitment to deliver the largest ever investment in manufacturing in Victoria’s history, a $2.5billion fund – with $1billion tagged for the regions.   Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said the allocation earmarked for regional Victoria would go a long way to assisting the economic recovery…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Peter Walsh

Dear Editor, In a Labor-aligned podcast over the weekend, Daniel Andrews bragged Victoria’s COVID response should be celebrated as a “triumph”. I doubt the more than 800 Victorian families who lost loved ones last year, after coronavirus escaped the Labor Government’s failed hotel quarantine program, would agree. Neither would those Victorians who are still struggling…

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Premier handed blank cheque with pandemic powers

Independent MPs have flipped to vote with Labor to pass the Andrews Government’s pandemic legislation power grab after a marathon 24-hour sitting of the State Parliament. The controversial pandemic legislation was fiercely opposed by Liberal and National MPs after legal experts and human rights advocates raised serious concerns that the Bill handed the government and…

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Mental health claims don’t add up

Victorians are getting sicker while the Andrews Labor Government fails to meet a key finding from the Mental Health Royal Commission, more than three years since it was delivered. Announcing training and mental health beds today, Premier Daniel Andrews and Mental Health Minister James Merlino neglected to mention that both commitments are long overdue. The…

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Premier handed blank cheque with pandemic powers

Independent MPs have flipped to vote with Labor to pass the Andrews Government’s pandemic legislation power grab after a marathon 24-hour sitting of the State Parliament. The controversial pandemic legislation was fiercely opposed by Liberal and National MPs after legal experts and human rights advocates raised serious concerns that the Bill handed the government and…

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‘High-intensity bushfires, invasive species and predators’ biggest risk to ecosystems, new report finds

A new report on ecosystem decline in Victoria has recommended the introduction of Indigenous ‘cool burn’ techniques and to abandon the Andrews Government’s 2030 ban on native timber harvesting. The recommendations were made following a two-year parliamentary inquiry investigating Victoria’s ecosystems and the threats and challenges to the habitat’s health and sustainability into the future.…

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Andrews given powers to detain without judicial review

Daniel Andrews has the power to lock communities down again after The Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021 became law in Victoria.   The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath grilled the state’s Attorney General Jaclyn Symes about the bill during a marathon 24-hour sitting of the Parliament’s Upper House.…

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Labor’s timber wars creating Christmas chaos

The supply of food in Victoria is under threat with timber mills set to run out of supply to produce wooden pallets needed to transport of food and drink for Christmas. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath said Labor’s war on the native timber industry is now restricting the distribution of food,…

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Regional Banking Taskforce – have your say

The Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy is encouraging Lowan residents to make a submission to the Federal Government’s Regional Banking Taskforce. The Federal Government has established the taskforce to assess the impact of bank closures on regional communities. The Taskforce will bring together banks and other key stakeholders, who will hold a number of…

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Gippsland housing crisis needs action not words

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says the Andrews Labor Government is giving with one hand and taking with the other when it comes to housing in the region.   Gippslanders are struggling to put a roof over their heads and housing availability and affordability is constrained by huge demand and government inaction.…

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Labor delays on-the-spot fines for farm trespass

New on-the-spot fines for extreme activists who trespass on Victorian farms and threaten the safety of farm families still aren’t in place, nearly two years since the protective measure was recommended. In June 2020, the Andrews Labor Government committed to introducing hefty on-the-spot fines for biosecurity breaches in response to pressure from The Nationals. But…

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