Rail Freight Advisory Council

Wednesday 1 November 2017   If Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan is genuinely committed to making Victoria’s freight rail network as “˜efficient and safe as possible’ Labor should fund upgrades at level crossings on the Maryborough to Mildura freight line. The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of a Rail Freight Advisory Council to…

ROYAL COMMISSION INTO VICTORIA’S FIRE SERVICES

Monday 30th October 2017 A Liberal Nationals Government will initiate a Royal Commission into Fire Services in Victoria. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said a Royal Commission which is completely independent of government will take the politics out of the bitter dispute over Victoria’s Fire Services “It’s time that…

Dog breeders slam Labor’s secrecy on change

Thursday 26 October 2017   Background Alarm bells are ringing for Victorian dog breeders as the Andrews Labor Government dithers on its proposed Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms And Pet Shops) Bill 2016. Breeders and stakeholder groups continue to highlight an ongoing lack of consultation and secrecy on changes to the original Bill. Agriculture Minister…

Labor in denial on botched eID rollout

Wednesday 25 October 2017 Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has embarrassingly admitted she has no idea of serious concerns with the implementation of electronic identification (eID) of sheep and goats. Victorian saleyard operators say they won’t be ready to scan eID tags by March 2018 because the software they need to share data with the National…

Food and Fibre Export Performance Report

Wednesday 25 October 2017   Cuts to Victoria’s agriculture budget and little action to reduce red tape for farmers are taking a toll on Victoria’s booming agriculture sector. The Victorian Food and Fibre Export Performance Report 2016-17 was released today and showed Victoria’s agriculture sector continues to lead the nation in exports but that growth…

Get On With The Courthouse Says Walsh

Friday 20th October 2017 In State Parliament this week Leader of the Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has called out the Melbourne Labor Government for its failure to deliver on key recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence. Mr Walsh said that on the 2nd May 2016 the Attorney General Martin…

Labor still failing to consult regional industry

Friday 20 October 2017   Background Daniel Andrews has snubbed Victorian farmers by failing to consult with Victoria’s livestock and intensive industries before establishing Animal Welfare Victoria. Animal Welfare Victoria was announced under the cover of darkness without consultation with Victoria’s peak farmer group the Victorian Farmers Federation or the Livestock Industry Consultative Committee (LICC).…

Grievances – Energy Policy

18 October 2017 Debate resumed. Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) – I compliment the member for Essendon on his contribution. It is amazing how empty vessels make the most noise. It was certainly 15 minutes of an empty vessel up there. The fact that he protesteth too loud about the member for Kew obviously shows that those on that…