Andrews Government no closer to a solution on seasonal worker crisis

Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes confirmed today the Andrews Labor Government has failed to make progress to fix the seasonal worker shortage facing Victoria’s horticulture sector. Industry has spent months desperately seeking ways to secure more workers after the coronavirus pandemic shut Australia’s borders and resulted in a mass exodus of working holiday makers. Ms Symes…

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No oversight or accountability on Basin Rail despite the problems

The Andrews Labor Government can’t say what failures led to the waste of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on the now stalled and unfinished Murray Basin Rail Project. Last week’s long overdue release of the revised business case revealed Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan never intended to complete the project, instead favouring a $244…

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Murray Basin Rail transformation in tatters under Labor

Today’s release of the revised business case for the Murray Basin Rail Project confirms the Andrews Labor Government never intended to complete the transformation of Victoria’s freight rail network. Instead of completing the once-in-a-generation project, Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan has opted to leave the project barely half finished, only funding the patch up of…

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Virus escapes Melbourne without a trace

Labor Health Minister Martin Foley can’t explain why asymptomatic testing wasn’t offered to customers who were potentially exposed to a Melbourne virus outbreak that’s now spread to regional Victoria. Mr Foley was asked in State Parliament today if he agreed with CHO Brett Sutton that asymptomatic testing for customers of Chadstone’s Butcher Club wasn’t “value…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, Victorians had a win this week with community pressure forcing Daniel Andrews and his Labor Government to abandon their latest shocking power grab by backing down on its controversial COVID-19 Omnibus bill. This was a decision Daniel Andrews didn’t want to make. In the past few weeks, I was contacted by hundreds of…

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New Federal funds could open the floodgates to Big Buffalo

Victoria must seize the opportunity to build Big Buffalo and boost water security for irrigators in the north-east after the Federal Budget delivered an unprecedented $2 billion for water infrastructure.   Labor Water Minister Lisa Neville has stubbornly refused to make the most of the Federal Liberal Nationals Government’s willingness to fund priority water projects.…

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Seeking solutions to the seasonal worker shortage

Consumers will pay more for fresh fruit and vegetables in coming months if problems with seasonal worker shortages, including for farmers in the Sunraysia, aren’t addressed This week, a report commissioned by Hort Innovation revealed a shortfall of 26,000 workers is expected this year as a result of coronavirus shutdowns that closed international and domestic…

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Low cases grounds for early mark for regional Vic

The Andrews Labor Government must release the shackles holding back regional Victoria’s recovery by implementing New South Wales restrictions in country areas. Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton today doubled down on the Andrews Labor Government’s unrealistic roadmap out of lockdown which will force regional Victoria to stay in more weeks of lockdown until case numbers…

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