Irrigators shut out of water market

Urgent action is needed from state and federal governments to create a single, transparent trading platform in the southern Basin. Media reports today again highlight the serious concerns of irrigators who are going broke because they can’t compete with speculators and investors who are sending water prices skyrocketing. A transparent trading platform would prevent anti-competitive conduct and…

Community views ignored in Labor’s ‘lock and leave’ VEAC report

The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council (VEAC) has released its final Central West Investigation report into public land use at Victoria’s Wombat, Wellsford, Mount Cole and Pyrenees Range forests and it raises more questions than answers. The Liberal Nationals support a broad and diverse system of national, state and regional parks and reserves throughout Victoria and…

Duck hunting season

Daniel Andrews has ignored his own consultation process by imposing new restrictions on Victorian hunters in the 2018 duck season. The Andrews Labor Government has taken no notice of advice from informed stakeholder groups that strongly argued against the restrictions. Victorian hunters legally taking part in the duck hunting season are being penalised by a…