OP-ED Pandemic’s toll lingers for Victorian women

As our state comes up for air after two exhausting years of uncertainty and six long, draining COVID lockdowns, we are assessing the damage on our kids, our small businesses and across our communities and the Victorian economy. We know some parts of our society were more heavily affected than others. With the marking of…

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Government admits roadworks failures were “expected”

The Andrews Labor Government has admitted it “expected” weaknesses in road pavements to be revealed by recent shoulder widening works across Gippsland that left local arterial roads in a state of disrepair. Responding to questioning by The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, the State Minister for Roads, Ben Carroll, confessed that the construction…

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Outreach services must be part of new mental health centres

Nationals State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, is seeking more information on two mental health and wellbeing centres to be established in Bairnsdale and Orbost.   “Having spoken of the increasing need for mental health supports in our region in Parliament, particularly on the back or drought, fires and Covid, this is overdue –…

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Andrews Government backflips on local newspaper cuts

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy recently spoke in Parliament highlighting concerns that he and other National Party MP’s share regarding the Victorian Government’s Regulatory Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2021. Mr McCurdy said, “after pressure from the Nationals the Andrews Government has finally backed down.”    In Parliament, Mr McCurdy said, “I was recently contacted by…

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Victoria’s on a long road to Closing the Gap

Victoria has today announced details of a Stolen Generations redress scheme. It comes two long years since the Government first flagged the intention to establish a Stolen Generations Reparations package. Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Peter Walsh said truth, healing and righting past wrongs are an important part of reconciliation and must go hand-in-hand with…

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LVA grilled on Latrobe City’s Unemployment and Job creation

A Parliamentary Inquiry into power station industry transition and the Latrobe Valley Authority (LVA) saw the LVA grilled on its effectiveness in reducing unemployment and creating jobs in Latrobe City. At the Inquiry, established by The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath said the LVA appeared more interested in protecting the Andrews Government…

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Regional health concerns fall on deaf ears

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy spoke in Parliament expressing his utter disappointment and growing concern for residents across the Ovens Valley whose health dilemmas continue to be constantly ignored by Premier Andrews.   Mr McCurdy said, “The lack of investment in health services across regional Victoria has hit an all time low.  …

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