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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Labor in denial on botched eID rollout

Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has embarrassingly admitted she has no idea of serious concerns with the implementation of electronic identification (eID) of sheep and goats. Victorian saleyard operators say they won’t be ready to scan eID tags by March 2018 because the software they need to share data with the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS)…

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Labor still failing to consult regional industry

Background Daniel Andrews has snubbed the views of Victorian farmers by failing to consult with Victoria’s livestock and intensive industries before establishing Animal Welfare Victoria. Animal Welfare Victoria was announced under the cover of darkness, without consultation with Victoria’s peak farmer group, the Victorian Farmers Federation or the Livestock Industry Consultative Committee (LICC). LICC was…

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Young people call bull on Mikakos’ excuses

Young people encouraged to apply for Labor’s Youth Congress are still waiting to hear if their applications were successful, four months after the Congress was due to begin. Asked about the delay in Parliament on Tuesday, Youth Affairs Minister Jenny Mikakos blamed Australia Post, despite applicants confirming that all correspondence with them to date has…

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Liberal Nationals Onshore Gas Policy

Today, Matthew Guy and Peter Walsh announced the Liberal Nationals policy on onshore gas. Matthew Guy’s statement is below. Statement from Opposition Leader Matthew Guy Today, Peter Walsh and I announce an onshore gas policy that will give Victorians a clear choice at the next election. This policy will help put the brakes on soaring…

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