Labor’s solar scheme rolls from one disaster to another

After caving to the wave criticism swamping the disastrous Solar Home Program Local, Labor’s Minister for Solar now has a fresh crisis on her hands.   Yesterday, after only 20 minutes Solar Victoria’s portal crashed locking out solar businesses and their customers once again.  A day and half later and still no word when the…

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Farmers need Minister to act after visit

Drought-affected farmers in the Millewa must get genuine action from the Andrews Labor Government after the Minister’s visit today. The Agriculture Minister’s visit was long overdue given famers in the Millewa are staring down the barrel of a second failed season. Like farmers in other drought-affected parts of Victoria, the Millewa farmers say relief on…

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Bpangerang need to be recognised

The Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy is calling on the Andrews Labor Government to recognise the Bpangerang people as the traditional owners of land located in north and north-eastern Victoria.   Speaking from Parliament this week, Mr McCurdy asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Gavin Jennings MP, to meet with Bpangerang elders and…

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Labor finally acts in response to solar industry muck up

Local solar retailers and installers, along with their customers, have been feverishly preparing for the next round of solar panel rebates set for release this coming Monday 2 September.   Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy said that many businesses had been fearful of a repeat of July and August where customers missed out…

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Daniel Andrews M.I.A. in drought-affected Victoria

Daniel Andrews is failing our farmers. Parts of Victoria have been in a severe drought for two seasons now but Daniel Andrews hasn’t visited any of the affected communities. Today in State Parliament, the Premier refused to visit the Millewa and meet with farmers or provide shire and water rates relief. Farmers in the Millewa…

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Statement on closure of Nestlé factory at Tongala

Devastating news for Tongala today with Nestlé announcing it will close its local factory over the next 18 months, costing 106 local jobs.   It will be an extremely difficult time for workers and their families as they face the reality of the next 18 months.   In a small, close-knit community like Tongala, the…

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Labor must park its plan to lock up more public land

Bush users have converged on State Parliament today against a plan to lock up more of Victoria’s public land. More than 77,000 hectares of public land will be locked up if the Andrews Labor Government adopts recommendations from the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s Central West Investigation final report. Nationals Member for Ovens Valley, Tim McCurdy…

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Statement on Tim Fischer

Comment attributable to Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh On behalf of the Victorian Nationals I wish to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Federal Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer AC. Tim epitomised everything it means to be a great Australian. A devoted family man, a farmer,…

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Labor avoids questions on squandered Steelvision grant

The Andrews Labor Government has refused to answer serious questions about its decision to hand a $400,000 grant to Steelvision. The Treasurer was asked in Parliament’s Question Time today to explain why Steelvision was handed a $400,000 government grant, the day after Victoria’s State Revenue Office requested the company be wound up. On 31 July…

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Labor’s appalling track record on VLine

Frustrating delays on country train lines are leaving more and more regional Victorians stranded at the station with VLine punctuality plummeting again in July. Seven of VLine’s 11 services failed to meet their targets while more than half of the services on the north east line ran late last month, according to the latest VLine…

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Reusable bags on offer ahead of plastic bag ban

Member for Euroa and The Nationals’ deputy leader Steph Ryan is offering residents of the Euroa electorate free re-usable shopping bags before plastic bags are banned in November this year.   Ms Ryan has told Parliament she supports a ban on single use plastic bags, ahead of a vote on the issue in the Legislative…

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Jobs and funding cut under Labor’s ‘plan’ for regional development

The future of Victoria’s only government department dedicated to supporting jobs growth and community development in Regional Victoria is under threat. Today, the Andrews Labor Government failed to rule out more job and funding cuts from Regional Development Victoria (RDV) once the current review is finished. This latest uncertainty comes after a $130 million cut…

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