Jobs not safe from Labor’s AgVic cuts

The Andrews Government should be investing more in agriculture research and development, not axing jobs. On Friday, it was revealed 49 jobs across Agriculture Victoria’s research centres would be cut. Asked to explain the job cuts in State Parliament, Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes arrogantly attempted to wash her hands of responsibility, blaming “organisational change”. Even…

Water welcome for drought-stricken farmers

Shadow Minister for Water Steph Ryan has welcomed Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud’s decision to act on the Victorian Nationals’ suggestion to utilise the Adelaide desalination plant to secure extra water for farmers.   Minister Littleproud yesterday announced the Federal Government’s plan to release 100GL for fodder production at a discounted rate of $100 per…

Victorian Liberal Nationals call to investigate Lake Buffalo expansion

The expansion of Lake Buffalo in north-east Victoria and its possible connection via a pipeline to Lake Nillahcootie should be referred to the Commonwealth Government’s new national water authority for investigation. Shadow Minister for Water Steph Ryan is also calling on the Victorian Government to reverse its panicked and unsupported ‘no dams’ policy. The Victorian…

Labor guts kangaroo pet food program

The Andrews Government has cruelled farmers trying to manage kangaroo numbers by making the state’s kangaroo pet food program unworkable, Member for Euroa Steph Ryan says. Kangaroos controlled under an Authority to Control Wildlife (ATCW) permit can no longer be processed for pet food under the Andrews Labor Government’s changes. “Removing kangaroos culled under a…