Minister’s excuses leave Murray Basin Rail Project under a fresh cloud of doubt

Victorian Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan has used parliamentary budget hearings today to raise more red flags on the Murray Basin Rail Project, saying her Federal Labor colleagues have made no commitment to the project’s delivery. Under questioning at parliamentary hearings on the 2022-23 State Budget papers, the Minister worked hard to muddy the waters…

Public dental wait times grow

  In Parliament Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy expressed his concern to hear that there will be a $24 million dollar cut to dentistry across Victoria.   Mr McCurdy said in Parliament, “I had a resident from Myrtleford attend my office recently to inform me that she waited three years to get a…

Victorian farmers fear decades of agriculture R&D facing the chopping block

Victorian farmers fear the Andrews Labor Government is “abandoning” agriculture R&D by systematically “whittling down research capabilities” after reports today Hamilton’s multi-million-dollar red meat centre is under a cloud of doubt. Labor has been on the warpath making cuts to agriculture jobs and R&D capabilities, with $47.8 million cut from the agriculture budget this year…

Labor working overtime to cover its tracks on dangerous road safety cuts

The Andrews Labor Government’s claims yesterday that it’s gone ‘over and above its original target’ for road maintenance in regional Victoria are little more than a PR offensive that won’t wash with country drivers. Evidence provided to Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) just last week stands in stark contrast to the questionable claims…