Commuter chaos as neglected V/Line network at a standstill – again

Regional train passengers are again wearing the consequences of decades of neglect of V/Line, with a statewide communications outage forcing the entire network to a standstill today. Commuters deserve a full explanation of what caused the ‘communications fault’ that suspended all train services for 90 minutes, including to Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Gippsland and Seymour. Today’s…

“No longer required”: Minister confirms cruel cuts to mental health support

Mental Health Minister James Merlino has confirmed almost $60 million of cruel cuts to mental health programs that were designed to help struggling Victorians recover from the pandemic. Despite growing evidence of Victoria’s deepening shadow pandemic, the Minister told Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC) on Monday that the axed programs were ‘no longer…

Minister for Roads cuts more funding

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy is frustrated to hear that the Minister for Roads and Andrews Labor Government have decided to forgo their budget promise and cut even more funding towards regional road maintenance in this years 2022/23 State Budget.    Mr McCurdy said, “This is just disgraceful.   “The Victorian Government is…