Labor doubles the disappointment for duck hunters

The Andrews Labor Government has yet again turned its back on the field and game community by refusing to extend game licences that were unusable for large parts of 2021 due to lockdowns. Labor’s Minister for Agriculture today wrote to Field and Game Australia advising she was vetoing their request for licences to be extended…

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The Nationals roadmap to recovery

Fair freedoms for regional Victorians at 70% of 16+ fully vaccinated Reopen regional Victoria (for all) at 80% of 16+ fully vaccinated Rapid testing to be available and utilised, as appropriate On 4 October 2021, Melbourne became the most locked down city in the world. Victorians have lost hope. This has been magnified by the state stumbling…

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Low Indigenous vaccination rates risk widening the gap in north east Victoria

Vaccine hesitancy and testing hesitancy in Victoria’s Indigenous communities’ risks pushing people further into disadvantage under the Andrews Labor Government’s plan to offer more freedoms to people who are fully-vaccinated. Geographic data (SA4) from the Australian Government has revealed serious gaps in Victoria’s vaccine rollout in Indigenous communities, with the Hume region recording 48.43 per…

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V/Line trying to railroad Lake Boga silo project says Walsh

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains has demanded Transport Minister Ben Carroll immediately intervene; on behalf of the Lake Boga community; to enable their silo art project to go ahead. Mr Walsh used Parliament this week to deliver a stinging attack on V/Line’s refusal to reach a compromise with the community group and…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Re: Re-Open

Dear Editor, Victorians are looking for an iron-clad guarantee we’re on the road to reopen, rebuild and recover. Mixed messages and the Premier’s condescending lack of trust in Victorians has left us without hope that Labor’s roadmap will deliver us the freedoms it promises. As double-dose vaccination rates reach 60 per cent in regional Victoria,…

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Illogical rules starving the food supply chain

Industry has warned there’ll be “no food on the shelves” if the Andrews Labor Government fails to act to fix workforce shortages that risk bringing Victoria’s food supply chain to a grinding halt. Reports today detail the pressure on local meat processors, supermarkets and food distribution centres as they struggle to keep up with demand…

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Illogical rules starving the food supply chain

Industry has warned there’ll be “no food on the shelves” if the Andrews Labor Government fails to act to fix workforce shortages that risk bringing Victoria’s food supply chain to a grinding halt. Reports today detail the pressure on local meat processors, supermarkets and food distribution centres as they struggle to keep up with demand…

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Scrap the border bubble says Walsh

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, wants the border bubble shelved. Mr Walsh said residents of the communities along the NSW border want to see all the cross-border restrictions removed. They want, he said, to return to being one community again and not live in fear that draconian rules from the…

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Murray Basin Rail clocks up five years of delays – so far: VAGO

New official data on the performance of Victoria’s major projects has slammed poorly managed upgrades to north-west Victoria’s freight rail network that are now five years overdue. According to the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO), the Murray Basin Rail Project, which originally planned to deliver transformational upgrades to freight lines including Mildura, Sea Lake and Manangatang,…

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