Decentralisation elevates focus on regional development

Monday 25 September 2017 Country Victoria is at the heart of the Liberal Nationals plan to better manage our population and grow our whole state – not just Melbourne. The Liberal Nationals strongly believe a whole-of-government approach is integral to delivering the best outcome for rural and regional Victoria and our new Shadow Minister for…

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Labor’s goat nothing to say on eID

Thursday 21 September 2017   Victorian producers still don’t know if the Andrews Labor Government will subsidise electronic identification tags for sheep and goats in 2018. In Parliament today Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford refused to confirm if the Andrews Government would subsidise tags in 2018. Ms Pulford’s admission confirms the process is severely delayed months…

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Labor trading insults not answers on rising energy costs

Wednesday 20 September 2017   The Andrews Labor Government’s trivial response to questions in Parliament today on rising energy costs in regional Victoria is an utter insult to country business owners. Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio would rather blame others than make sure families and businesses can afford to pay their energy bills. Agricultural businesses…

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Awards recognise inspirational young achievers

Tuesday 19 September 2017   Community members are encouraged to nominate hard-working and dedicated young people for a Victorian Young Achiever Award. Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said there were many young people making a difference in the Murray Plains electorate and who deserved to have their efforts recognised. “We have so many hard…

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All Heyfield jobs must be saved

Friday 15 September 2017   Background The glaring omission in the Andrews Government’s confirmation of the Heyfield mill sale is a promise that all 250 jobs will be saved. Labor MP Harriet Shing promised in March the mill would”not lose jobs overall” if the Government became a buyer of last resort but Agriculture Minister Jaala…

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Keeping the lights on in Victoria

Thursday 14 September 2017   Statement from Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh The closure of Hazelwood Power Station this year saw the loss of 750 jobs and Victoria’s baseload energy capacity drop by 22 per cent. Increases to average annual power bills for homes and businesses have been far worse than the Andrews Labor…

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Have your say on roads

Tuesday 12 September 2017 Reports that Daniel Andrews will reduce the speed limit to 70 kmh on some unsealed country roads is just lazy policy by a lazy government Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has said. The Andrews Labor Government has flagged the government is considering a proposal to reduce the speed limit on…

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Labor playing follow the leader on water security

Thursday 7 September 2017   It is a relief that Labor has finally realised the value of the former Coalition Government’s work with Integrated Water Cycle Management. In 2011 after a decade of drought and water mismanagement that saw Labor waste billions of taxpayer dollars on the desal plant and the north south pipeline the…

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Labor’s Heyfield mill jobs promise in tatters

Thursday 7 September 2017   The Andrews Labor Government has broken its promise to the Heyfield community that jobs will not be lost at the Heyfield mill. In Parliament today Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford failed to stand by a promise from Labor’s Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing in March that the mill would”not lose…

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Country hospitals hit by rising power bills

Wednesday 23 August 2017   The Andrews Labor Government has refused to commit to providing more funding to country hospitals facing skyrocketing power bills. In Parliament on Wednesday Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio would not guarantee additional energy costs at country hospitals – expected to be worth about $2 million in western Victoria alone – would…

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Liberal-Nationals announce record funding boost for palliative care

Murray Plains residents will have access to world-class palliative care under a Liberal-Nationals government Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has said. Mr Walsh said an elected Liberal-Nationals government would provide $140 million – the largest investment of its kind in Australia – to ensure terminally ill patients and their families can get the support…

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Have Your Say On River Red Gum Parks

Tuesday 9 August 2017 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has encouraged interested community members to comment on Parks Victoria’s River Red Gum Parks Draft Management Plan. The plan is intended to be a strategic guide for managing and protecting five national parks and more than 100 other parks and…

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