Victorian shooters targeted by Labor Government’s ‘overreach’

Background Responsible, legitimate recreational shooters are again being targeted by the Andrews Labor Government. An email to licenced shooters on Friday has been labelled “outrageous overreach” by Field and Game Australia for an unsolicited threat to take away firearms licences if Chief Health Officer (CHO) directions are violated. It follows an insulting decision from Labor’s…

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Labor’s unprecedented power grab raising red flags

A move by the Andrews Labor Government to extend its power to enforce strict lockdowns on Victorian families and businesses for a further 12 months will not be supported by Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh. The State of Emergency powers allow the Government to impose and enforce restrictions, with no oversight or accountability. Mr…

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State of Emergency legislation

The Liberal Nationals will oppose Labor’s proposed legislation to extend State of Emergency powers over Victorians for a further 12 months. Victorians deserve a plan out of lockdown. Labor only has a plan to keep us locked down. Victoria is only in the second wave of COVID-19 due to the inexcusable failures of the Andrews…

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Workable solution needed for NSW border closure

Families and businesses on the Victoria-New South Wales border are crying out for a solution to strict border closures that are causing chaos and confusion and making it impossible to go about daily life. Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh said constant changes to the NSW Government’s permit system aren’t workable for farmers, families and…

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Labor’s bushfire recovery ‘plan’ long overdue

A bushfire recovery ‘plan’ announced by the Andrews Labor Government today seems to be nothing more than a poor attempt at window dressing. Rolling old money up in a new press release delivers nothing for families, businesses and communities in East Gippsland and north east Victoria hit by January’s catastrophic bushfires. It’s eight months since…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, Seasonal workers are a critical source of labour for our food supply chain. Backpacker numbers have plummeted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the horticulture sector fears it won’t be able to secure the workforce it needs for harvest. Despite the pressures, a group of unions is attacking our responsible, sustainable…

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Statement on VLine CEO James Pinder

The Andrews Labor Government has confirmed VLine CEO James Pinder has been suspended today as a result of an anti-corruption investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC). Former Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan announced Mr Pinder’s appointment in October 2016. While it is inappropriate to comment on the ongoing IBAC investigation, this is not…

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Breakdown of Border Crossing Restrictions

We have been receiving a lot of calls and questions to the office regarding the NSW border closure. It light of this we decided to put together the following information explaining border definitions and restrictions that relate to the different regions. I hope you find the following information is useful   Please Note: We have…

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Special agriculture permits a positive step forward

Victorian farmers who own land in NSW, shearers, harvest contractors and beekeepers will be able to move into NSW without having to quarantine or go via Sydney under a new permit announced today. The NSW Government has announced a ‘Highly Specialised Agriculture Permit’ which will allow exempted Victorian agriculture workers who live within 100km of…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, Jobs and businesses in Victoria’s $7.32 billion timber industry are being destroyed by a campaign of misinformation that’s not based on fact. There’s growing evidence in support of the sector’s responsible, sustainable reputation. This includes a recent study from University of Melbourne researchers that found bushfire – not timber harvesting – is the…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, A decision by the Federal Liberal Nationals Government to extend the JobKeeper scheme for a further six months will be welcomed by country Victorian businesses that are relying on the payments to keep local people in work. Restrictions in place to stop the spread of coronavirus are there to save lives, but they’ve…

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