Kealy calls for halt to river front camping ‘free-for-all’

The Andrews Government has turned it back on farmers again, denying biosecurity threats exist in its plan to open up licensed river frontages to camping in Victoria. During state parliament in May, The Nationals called on the Andrews Government to halt its plan, citing landholders’ concerns about biosecurity, farm trespass, public liability, waste management, bushfire…

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Op-Ed – Shadow Minister for Mental Health Emma Kealy

As published in the Herald Sun, 25 June 2021, p56 If you asked any passer by what they think of when they think of Melbourne, it’s likely that top of that list will be our rich café culture and iconic laneways. Degraves Street, opposite Flinders Street Station in the Melbourne CBD, is a pioneer of…

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Business need more support

More flexible business restrictions and stronger supports have been called by Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull.   Speaking in Parliament last week, Mr Bull said only around 20% of businesses were qualifying for support as restrictions were simply too tight.   “For example, the smaller operators who aren’t registered for GST are excluded and…

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Landholders rally to scrap camping regulations

Member for Euroa and Nationals deputy leader Steph Ryan today joined hundreds of landholders from across Victoria on the steps of Parliament rallying against the Andrews Government’s flawed camping regulations.   The rally comes just days after the Victorian Nationals passed an urgent motion at the party’s state conference condemning the Andrews Government for its…

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Cupper silent as Reason Party condemns police for doing their job

Reason coalition deputy leader Ali Cupper has been called on to condemn comments made by her coalition leader, Fiona Patten, in Melbourne this week that slammed police for doing their job keeping communities safe. Ms Patten made the comments on Wednesday in State Parliament, during a bizarre contribution lamenting being unable to attend a cannabis…

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Footy at 85,000 but Labor still putting the brakes on ANZAC Day

Acting Premier James Merlino and his sidekick, Veterans Minister Shaun Leane, need to explain why they have put football crowds before our veteran community. It’s been confirmed the Andrews Labor Government has rubber-stamped crowds of 85,000 footy fans at the MCG on ANZAC Day, but despite this the Government is still clamping down on gatherings…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Belt and Road

Dear Editor Everyone but Daniel Andrews and his Labor Government has always known the Belt and Road (BRI) deal with the Chinese Communist Government was bad for Victorian jobs and businesses. After looking at the detail, the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has done what Daniel Andrews should have done long ago – given this…

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Farmers voice must be heard on riverside camping rules

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has encouraged Gippsland landholders to have their say on new regulations that will permit camping on Crown land river frontage with grazing licences.   The Andrews Labor Government has legislated to allow camping despite the opposition of The Nationals and many farmers with licences to graze Crown…

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Ryan opposes second State of Emergency power grab

The Andrews Labor Government will attempt to secure the support of crossbench MPs in the Victorian Upper House in order to pass its state of emergency laws when Parliament reconvenes this week.   Member for Euroa and Nationals’ deputy leader Steph Ryan has condemned the move, which would grant Daniel Andrews power over the lives…

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