Labor’s failed Federation Training ‘rescue’

Daniel Andrews’ TAFE ‘rescue’ has been a total sham. A third of Federation Training’s workforce was sacked with 182 full time equivalent staff losing their jobs at the TAFE in Labor’s first year in office. Under Daniel Andrews the number of students undertaking training at Federation Training has reduced drastically, with 700,000 fewer student contact…

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Heyfield mill closure to begin early

Australian Sustainable Hardwoods has announced today it will close its Heyfield mill earlier than planned. ASH confirmed today the mill will wind down from August due to “VicForests expected short supply of logs to the mill again this year”. At a recent hearing for the parliamentary inquiry into VicForests, VicForests Acting CEO Nathan Trushell confirmed…

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Drug crime rising under Labor

Daniel Andrews’ Ice Action plan is a $184 million dud. Lots of money is being spent but it’s not making a dent in the numbers of people and their families that are being destroyed by this insidious drug. It’s not just the lives that are being ruined, it’s the side effects like violent crime and…

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Labor can’t rescue its failed TAFE ‘rescue’

Background The Andrews Labor Government is scrambling to cover up its failed TAFE ‘rescue’, spending almost half a billion dollars to keep Victoria’s TAFEs afloat. A Victorian Auditor-General’s annual Audit Snapshot, released today, shows Victoria’s training system is shrinking and becoming more reliant on State Government grants. It found: “The improvement in revenue in 2015…

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Heyfield mill

The Andrews Government has disgracefully abandoned 260 workers at Australian Sustainable Hardwoods’ Heyfield mill by failing to guarantee a viable timber supply. Labor’s half-baked offer to purchase the mill at the 11th hour again confirms Daniel Andrews has no problem playing political games with Victorian jobs. Instead, Daniel Andrews has chosen green preferences over real…

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Liberal Nationals commit to securing jobs in the Valley

An elected Liberal Nationals government would be committed to keeping jobs in the Latrobe Valley. Unemployment was up 50 per cent in the past two years in the Valley, even before 750 people lost their job at Hazelwood Power Station in March. Wood processor Carter Holt Harvey yesterday flagged closure of its Morwell sawmill which…

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Federal Govt delivers what Andrews Labor Govt refuses to

Country Victorians will get the vital investments they need after the Federal Liberal Nationals Government delivered for the projects that Daniel Andrews refuses to fund. Investments in rail and road infrastructure projects in regional Victoria and new agriculture initiatives for our primary producers were welcome commitments in Tuesday’s Federal Budget. The $8bn inland freight rail…

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No report from Gippsland’s Federation Training

Daniel Andrews has abandoned Gippsland’s Federation Training at a time when a strong and stable training system has never been more important to the Latrobe Valley. Skills and Training Minister Gayle Tierney tabled TAFE annual reports on Tuesday, minutes before the 2017-18 Victorian State Budget was announced. For the second year in a row Federation…

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Community celebrates dumping of the dump

The Nationals MPs Danny O’Brien and Melina Bath have congratulated the South Gippsland community on a successful campaign to ‘dump the dump’ at Leongatha South. Mr O’Brien and Ms Bath joined community campaigners at the site after news that multinational waste firm Veolia had abandoned any plans it had to pursue the proposed rubbish dump…

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Country Victorians duped on regional rail announcement

Daniel Andrews and Jacinta Allan announced a $1.45 billion regional rail package on Sunday, but have refused to spend a cent of state government money. The media stunt, which has no plan, no business case and no funding, was badged as a ‘huge investment’. Just two years ago, Daniel Andrews claimed a business case was…

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Nationals secure final $220 million for Murray Basin Rail Project

The Murray Basin Rail Project – a critical project proudly driven by Victoria’s National Party – passed another milestone this week with official signoff of the Federal Government’s $220 million contribution. Federal Infrastructure Minister and The Nationals Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester this week approved the Commonwealth’s $220 million contribution which will secure the…

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Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016

The Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016 will pass Parliament. In 2012 the Liberal Nationals Government announced a gas moratorium and in 2015 we committed to an extension of the existing onshore gas moratorium until 30 June 2020. The Liberal Nationals support the ban on fracking. Indeed, fracking has never occurred under a Liberal…

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