Liberal Nationals commit to tackling cross-border problems

Communities along Victoria’s state borders will benefit from the services of a dedicated Cross Border Commissioner under an elected Liberal Nationals government. People living and working in Victoria’s border communities alongside New South Wales and South Australia face unique problems, including with access to services, licencing and coordination of emergency services. Shadow Minister for Regional…

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Duck hunting season

Daniel Andrews has ignored his own consultation process by imposing new restrictions on Victorian hunters in the 2018 duck season. The Andrews Labor Government has taken no notice of advice from informed stakeholder groups that strongly argued against the restrictions. Victorian hunters legally taking part in the duck hunting season are being penalised by a…

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Dairy training

Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE’s decision to cut dairy training at Warragul and Leongatha raises more questions than it answers. The Andrews Government must come clean on the number of students who are part way through a traineeship with GOTAFE who will no longer be able to complete their training with the provider. Given Federation Training…

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A new voice for Victoria in Federal leadership

Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh has congratulated Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie on her election as The Nationals’ deputy leader today. Speaking on behalf of the Victorian Nationals and the state Liberal Nationals parliamentary team, Mr Walsh said Senator McKenzie will be a strong voice for rural and regional Victoria. “Bridget has been a determined…

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A website won’t fix country roads

Today, Labor’s Roads Minister Luke Donnellan detailed his ‘bold plan’ to fix country Victoria’s deteriorating road network – a new website. Country Victorians don’t need a website to tell us regional and rural roads have been seriously neglected by the Andrews Labor Government. What’s worse is that Luke Donnellan’s ‘bold plan’ doesn’t include a cent…

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Labor’s three year delay on water compliance

Lisa Neville has had laws proposing tougher penalties for water theft in Victoria sitting on her desk for three years. The Water Minister has flagged she is now belatedly drafting a stricter compliance regime, in light of the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s compliance review, despite having had the solution since she came to government. The…

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Labor making a dogs breakfast of puppy farm reform

Victorians are forced to pay more for power, pay more for a home and now they’ll pay more for a pet under Daniel Andrews’ failed animal welfare reforms. The Andrews Labor Government is making a dogs breakfast of its puppy farm reforms. Instead of focusing on people who are operating illegally, Labor is targeting people…

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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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