Livestock Disease Control Amendment Bill 2016

25 May 2016 Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) – I rise to speak on behalf of the Liberal-Nationals coalition opposition on the Livestock Disease Control Amendment Bill 2016. This bill and the second-reading speech may not be very large in number of pages but they have some very important content that protects an industry particularly the red meat…

Direct relief next step for Victoria’s dairy farmers

Tuesday 24 May 2016  The following comments are from Peter Walsh Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Agriculture in response to today’s announcement of further support for Victoria’s dairy industry. “Dairy farmers will appreciate the extra support services for their industry and we encourage Government to roll out the programs without delay. “The…

Support for Victoria’s Dairy Farmers

20 May 2016  Comments from Peter Walsh Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Agriculture: “This is a good first step for the State Government to support our dairy farmers and their families. “The next step will be to provide relief that eases the cash flow crunch for our dairy businesses. “Farmers have raised…

Money For Clubs to Boost Safety At Their Facility

19 May 2016 Local clubs and organisations are encouraged to apply for up to $10 000 of funding to improve security at their clubrooms or facility. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the Community Safety Fund provided groups and sporting clubs with money to install safety equipment such as…

Labor Shamed into Show Grants Backflip

16 May 2016 Victoria’s show societies will get a 2015-16 grants round after all thanks to the Liberal-Nationals Coalition. Show societies had told local Nationals and Liberal MPs that the 2015-16 round of Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants had not opened as scheduled last year. With the financial year’s end just weeks away show societies…

Labor’s $36m cut to agriculture budget confirmed

Friday 13 May 2016 It was confirmed today that the Andrews Labor Government has cut agriculture funding by more than $36 million since coming to office. When questioned by the Liberal-Nationals at a Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing this morning Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford was forced to admit she had cut the agriculture output…

Walsh Fights for CFA Volunteers

6 May 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has come out fighting in parliament this week for the rights of the Country Fire Authority volunteers. Mr Walsh said that every inquiry into firefighting in Victoria including the 1939 Bushfire Royal Commission and the 2009 Black Saturday Royal Commission has…

State Budget – Agriculture spending

Thursday 5 May 2016 As the dust settles it is now clear the Andrews Labor Government failed to invest in agriculture in this year’s State Budget. In fact the Agriculture budget has quietly dropped more than $36 million since Labor took office in 2014. Treasurer Tim Pallas is boasting that his high-taxing Budget means he…