FOI evidence unveils a government focused on image not substance

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, said evidence being forced out of the Andrews Labor government by freedom of information requests is setting off alarm bells about its Hotel Quarantine Take Three strategy. Mr Walsh said new documents reveal the Andrews Labor government failed to properly fund chief health officer Professor…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Re: Country Roads

Dear Editor, Regional Victorians have been forgotten in the push towards zero road fatalities. One fatality is one too many, whether on country roads or roads in Melbourne. But new data shows country Victorians are being left behind in the push towards zero, with the regional road toll only falling about 20 per cent since…

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Seasonal workforce too little and months too late

The Andrews Labor Government is today patting itself on the back for forcing farmers and the meat processing industry to wait an extra six months for a seasonal workforce. Seasonal workers have finally arrived in Tasmania today as part of the quarantine deal that was announced by Victoria on January 22. A total of 100…

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Overdue grants, no workers: Labor’s plan to fix seasonal worker shortage

Farmers are still falling victim to the Andrews Labor Government’s fundamental misunderstanding of Victoria’s $15.9 billion agriculture sector. Labor’s Agriculture Minister claimed that government grants announced today will build accommodation to “support this season’s harvest workers”. But Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh said this year’s harvest was over for many farmers and well underway…

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Get on-board the school bus inquiry

The Nationals Leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, is encouraging everyone in rural and regional Victoria to participate in a new public inquiry into the use of school buses by the wider community. Mr Walsh said the Legislative Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee inquiry is focused on whether the use of school buses…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Re Small Business Support

Dear Editor, Hundreds and thousands of small businesses that were caught up in the Labor Government’s snap five-day lockdown, are completely ineligible for any support. But while Daniel Andrews won’t support small business, he’s spent more than $700,000 of taxpayers’ money buying himself likes on Facebook. There are 300 small business owners scrambling to repay…

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Labor’s promised COVID-19 support fails to materialise

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, wants to hear from local businesses who have been denied, or are still waiting for, Victorian Government COVID-19 support grants. Mr Walsh said despite Daniel Andrews and the Labor Government spruiking businesses recovery support, desperately needed as a result of lockdowns and restrictions, the majority…

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