Invasive Animal Inquiry Seeks Local Input

18th July 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has urged concerned property owners to have their say as part of a parliamentary inquiry into the control of invasive animals on Crown land. Mr Walsh said the Victorian Parliament’s Environment Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee was considering the benefits…

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Fred Hollows award seeks compassionate youngsters

14 July 2016 Nominations have opened for the first Fred Hollows Humanity Award in Victoria and Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is encouraging locals to get involved. Professor Fred Hollows dedicated his life to helping others saving the sight of disadvantaged people around the world. The Fred Hollows Foundation…

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Election result confirms The Nationals still going strong

Wednesday 13 July 2016   The Federal Election results have confirmed voters still see The Nationals as the one true party that delivers for regional Victoria. “The 2016 election confirms that even after 100 years voters still see The Nationals as their strong voice for Victoria’s regional communities “ Victoria’s Leader of The Nationals Peter…

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Labor refuses to detail plan for Vic dairy farmers

Tuesday 21 June 2016   Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has refused to answer how her State Government will further support Victoria’s dairy farmers despite her complaints that the Federal Government’s $579 million assistance package is not enough. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce announced a $555 million concessional loans scheme last month after Murray Goulburn and…

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CFA dispute Letter to the Editor

Monday 20 June 2016 Dear Editor Daniel Andrews claimed on Monday the role of the CFA is “sacrosanct” but his bullying actions are set to destroy the organisation. If Daniel Andrews actually believed his own words he would have stepped in to protect volunteers instead of selling them out to repay his union debts. The…

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Country Fire Authority under threat in Murray Plains

Friday 3 June 2016 The Andrews Government green-lighting a takeover of the CFA by the United Firefighters Union is a complete betrayal of the brave volunteers that protect the Murray Plains electorate. A UFU takeover of the CFA would prevent volunteers from fighting fires without professional firefighters in attendance and lead to tens of thousands…

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Control of CFA a step closer to union hands

Wednesday 1 June 2016 Daniel Andrews’ decision to back demands from the United Firefighters Union (UFU) puts in jeopardy Australia’s largest volunteer organisation Victorian Nationals leader Peter Walsh said. The Premier’s support of the UFU’s bid to take over the Country Fire Authority (CFA) confirms Daniel Andrews puts the demands of his union mates before…

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Transport plan no comfort for regional Victorians

Monday 30 May 2016 A long-term strategy for regional public transport released by the Andrews Labor Government today fails to relieve the misery of regional Victorians still trying to navigate a disruptive and unreliable transport network. “Rehashed funding promises and undefined long-term strategies will not fix the crisis facing V/Line services “ Leader of The…

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Direct relief next step for Victoria’s dairy farmers

Tuesday 24 May 2016  The following comments are from Peter Walsh Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Agriculture in response to today’s announcement of further support for Victoria’s dairy industry. “Dairy farmers will appreciate the extra support services for their industry and we encourage Government to roll out the programs without delay. “The…

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Support for Victoria’s Dairy Farmers

20 May 2016  Comments from Peter Walsh Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Agriculture: “This is a good first step for the State Government to support our dairy farmers and their families. “The next step will be to provide relief that eases the cash flow crunch for our dairy businesses. “Farmers have raised…

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Money For Clubs to Boost Safety At Their Facility

19 May 2016 Local clubs and organisations are encouraged to apply for up to $10 000 of funding to improve security at their clubrooms or facility. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the Community Safety Fund provided groups and sporting clubs with money to install safety equipment such as…

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Labor Shamed into Show Grants Backflip

16 May 2016 Victoria’s show societies will get a 2015-16 grants round after all thanks to the Liberal-Nationals Coalition. Show societies had told local Nationals and Liberal MPs that the 2015-16 round of Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants had not opened as scheduled last year. With the financial year’s end just weeks away show societies…

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Labor’s $36m cut to agriculture budget confirmed

Friday 13 May 2016 It was confirmed today that the Andrews Labor Government has cut agriculture funding by more than $36 million since coming to office. When questioned by the Liberal-Nationals at a Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing this morning Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford was forced to admit she had cut the agriculture output…

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Walsh Fights for CFA Volunteers

6 May 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has come out fighting in parliament this week for the rights of the Country Fire Authority volunteers. Mr Walsh said that every inquiry into firefighting in Victoria including the 1939 Bushfire Royal Commission and the 2009 Black Saturday Royal Commission has…

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