Priority testing for food supply chain businesses

Food supply chain businesses will be relieved the State Government has finally come out to confirm our agriculture sector is an essential service. Farmers, food processors and businesses critical to making sure our supermarket shelves remain fully stocked have been desperate for clarification since Stage 1 restrictions to combat COVID-19 were announced more than a…

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Locals urged to look out for each other

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is encouraging community members to look after their mental health and take the time to check in with loved ones and neighbours as work continues to combat the spread of COVID-19. Mr Walsh said there were measures we could all take to ensure our own wellbeing as our community…

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Use local workers to expand emergency care packs

Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has called on the Andrews Government to prioritise local people in the making of emergency care packs to assist those isolating as a result of COVID-19. Mr Walsh is also calling for an expansion of the care packs which are presently only being distributed…

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Bushfire-affected farmers billed for fence subsidies

The Liberal Nationals are calling on the Andrews Government to explain why it’s billing bushfire-affected farmers for the GST paid on government subsidies that funded the replacement of fencing destroyed in fires in East Gippsland and north-east Victoria. Bushfire-affected farmers could access a subsidy of up to $75,000 from the Department of Environment, Land, Water…

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Labor’s botched Basin Rail a “missed opportunity”: VAGO

A damning report on the Andrews Labor Government’s botched handling of the Murray Basin Rail Project has found it has “not met scope, time, cost or quality expectations”. The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) released its report on freight rail projects in Victoria today, finding cost blowouts have left the Basin Rail barely half finished –…

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Liberal Nationals move to establish inquiry into timber ban

  Daniel Andrews won’t stand up for Victoria’s sustainable native timber industry, but the Liberal Nationals will. The Liberal Nationals have today introduced a motion to State Parliament to establish an inquiry into the Andrews Labor Government’s destructive plan to cut Victoria’s native timber industry and thousands of Victorian jobs. The inquiry would report back…

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Andrews backtracks on subsidy for bushfire hay run volunteers

A transport subsidy scheme for volunteers who organised the delivery of desperately needed fodder to bushfire-affected farmers is over budget and out of money. It’s been revealed today the Andrews Labor Government allocated just $600,000 to the transport subsidy. After the scheme’s budget blew out to $1.8 million, volunteers were told on February 28 that…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, Victorian households will bear the cost of the Andrews Labor Government’s move to go-it-alone on energy projects. Labor has made a mess of Victoria’s energy network, leaving us with an unreliable supply and sent prices skyrocketing. In a panicked attempt to paper over the cracks, Labor’s Energy Minister has introduced changes to State…

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Liberal Nationals call on Andrews to intervene at SPC

The Victorian Liberal Nationals are calling on Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to immediately intervene to stop the proposed industrial action at SPC Ardmona’s Shepparton factory in the interest of Australia’s national food security during the coronavirus pandemic. SPC Ardmona is Australia’s leading fruit, tomato, baked beans and spaghetti processing, packaging and canning company, with operations…

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Dedicated airport rail link only option for Shepparton

The Andrews Labor Government will condemn Shepparton line passengers to the slow train for generations if it refuses to agree to a dedicated airport rail link. Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan were in Shepparton today to call on Andrews to can Labor’s plan to do airport…

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