Statement on the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

We’ve long known Victoria’s mental health system is broken, but today’s interim report is a sobering analysis of how bad the problem has become. The interim report calls for transformation changes to start immediately, noting “Victoria’s mental health system is not just compromised – it is afflicted by systemic failings” (p14). It’s vital the Andrews…

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…