Regional Victorians taken for another ride says Walsh

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, says regional Victorians have just been hit with another price rise for the privilege of taking a trip on one of the state’s most underperforming services – the train. That is, Mr Walsh added, if they even get a train. In too many cases they…

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Echuca house prices soar as people flee the city

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, said people are moving to Campaspe Shire in their droves – and Echuca in particular – with the region experiencing a 17 per cent, year on year, growth in migration for the past 12 months. People, Mr Walsh said, who were discovering the true appeal…

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Labor’s border permit scheme “downright unjust, even inhumane”, Ombudsman says

The Andrews Labor Government’s border permit system has been labelled “downright unjust, even inhumane” in a scathing report released today by the Victorian Ombudsman. The Ombudsman’s investigation found the scheme, which saw thousands of Victorian citizens indefinitely locked out of their home state and effectively left homeless, resulted in “some of the most questionable decisions…

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Sack the suits and give us more boots on the ground says Walsh

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Pere Walsh, said “heaven help regional Victoria” if there is another bushfire this summer to match the disaster of 2019/2020. Because, Mr Walsh explained, the Andrews Labor Government has cut Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) field staff by 133 people. He said in their…

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Premier handed blank cheque with pandemic powers

Independent MPs have flipped to vote with Labor to pass the Andrews Government’s pandemic legislation power grab after a marathon 24-hour sitting of the State Parliament. The controversial pandemic legislation was fiercely opposed by Liberal and National MPs after legal experts and human rights advocates raised serious concerns that the Bill handed the government and…

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Labor dragged kicking and screaming to act on farm trespass

On-the-spot fines to protect Victorian farmers against illegal activists invading their family farm will finally be introduced to State Parliament this week nearly two years since they were recommended. The Labor Government and its Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas have been dragged kicking and screaming to introduce legislation for fines of $1272 for activists caught illegally…

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