Labor’s sole trader support misses the mark

Sole traders who run their business from home continue to be overlooked for financial support to help them stay afloat as harsh coronavirus restrictions smash incomes of Victoria’s smallest businesses. The Andrews Labor Government’s latest business support package again fails to provide any funds for Victorians running their own business from home as a sole…

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Statement on regional Victoria moving to the Third Step

Regional Victorians have done the heavy lifting to stop the spread of COVID-19 with restrictions to be eased from 11.59pm tomorrow night (Wednesday 16 September). Each and every country Victorian has been forced to make massive sacrifices to get to this point. People have given up time with family and friends. We’ve missed weddings and…

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What price do we put on our people?

THERE are people around Australia – I have been trying to help one woman here in the electorate of Murray Plains – desperate to get into other states to farewell loved ones before it is too late. For too many of them, that deadline has passed. Parents, even worse, children, dying in hospitals in other…

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Labor must lift workforce limits or risk stealing Christmas

The Andrews Labor Government must work with industry to resolve fears the food supply chain will crumble unless workforce restrictions are lifted before the busy Christmas period. Industry has called for the requirement on meat processors and food distribution centres to be safely increased from 67 per cent to make sure there’s enough workers to…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, In good news for 2020, Victorian lamb producers are looking forward to one of the best seasons in years. But there’s massive concern in the industry that if workforce restrictions on meat processors aren’t relaxed soon, particularly in regional areas that have recorded few – if any – cases of coronavirus, that our…

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Andrews must go, and go now says Walsh

LEADER of the Victorian Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the time has come for Premier Daniel Andrews to go. Mr Walsh said the Premier’s determination to be a one-man band, the hero of the fight against COVID-19 had “failed spectacularly”. And said Victoria was now united in its utter disappointment with…

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Labor rams through six month power grab

Labor MPs have forced through the Andrews Government’s controversial bid to hold onto the power to make decisions over Victorian’s lives and livelihoods. The changes to State of Emergency legislation went before the lower house of State Parliament this afternoon, with Labor MPs using their numbers to push through a six month extension. Leader of…

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Labor to be held to account on farmers’ market backflip

Farmers’ markets will finally get an explanation on the sudden backflip that threatened to shut them down last month. Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh pressed the Premier for an explanation in State Parliament today on the evidence-based health advice that had led to the decision. The Premier couldn’t explain the August 20 backflip, instead…

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Basin Authority split a win for Victorian irrigators

The Federal Government has announced it will split the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) after a long campaign by irrigators and the Victorian Liberal Nationals. A new statutory compliance role will split the MDBA’s conflicting responsibilities by creating an Inspector-General of Water Compliance. Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said the split would help resolve…

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