Virus escapes Melbourne without a trace

Labor Health Minister Martin Foley can’t explain why asymptomatic testing wasn’t offered to customers who were potentially exposed to a Melbourne virus outbreak that’s now spread to regional Victoria.   Mr Foley was asked in State Parliament today if he agreed with CHO Brett Sutton that asymptomatic testing for customers of Chadstone’s Butcher Club wasn’t…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, Victorians had a win this week with community pressure forcing Daniel Andrews and his Labor Government to abandon their latest shocking power grab by backing down on its controversial COVID-19 Omnibus bill. This was a decision Daniel Andrews didn’t want to make. In the past few weeks, I was contacted by hundreds of…

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New Federal funds could open the floodgates to Big Buffalo

Victoria must seize the opportunity to build Big Buffalo and boost water security for irrigators in the north-east after the Federal Budget delivered an unprecedented $2 billion for water infrastructure.   Labor Water Minister Lisa Neville has stubbornly refused to make the most of the Federal Liberal Nationals Government’s willingness to fund priority water projects.…

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Seeking solutions to the seasonal worker shortage

Consumers will pay more for fresh fruit and vegetables in coming months if problems with seasonal worker shortages, including for farmers in the Sunraysia, aren’t addressed This week, a report commissioned by Hort Innovation revealed a shortfall of 26,000 workers is expected this year as a result of coronavirus shutdowns that closed international and domestic…

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Low cases grounds for early mark for regional Vic

The Andrews Labor Government must release the shackles holding back regional Victoria’s recovery by implementing New South Wales restrictions in country areas. Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton today doubled down on the Andrews Labor Government’s unrealistic roadmap out of lockdown which will force regional Victoria to stay in more weeks of lockdown until case numbers…

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Workforce increase puts the Christmas ham back on the menu

There will be enough hands on deck to meet growing demand for high-quality Victorian produce following a successful campaign to increase workforce capacity at meat processors. The industry, supported by the Liberal Nationals, had raised fears in recent weeks that workforce limits at Victorian abattoirs would hamper ability to meet rising consumer demand in spring…

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