Timber industry at tipping point after Dan’s delays

Friday 22 February 2019   Latrobe Valley timber contractors are furious the Andrews Labor Government continues to threaten the industry’s future by refusing to put out critical Timber Release Plans (TRPs). Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh Member for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath and Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood were in Traralgon today to meet…

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Farmers bitterly disappointed by drought package

Friday 22 February 2019   The drought package announced by the Victorian Government today is a disappointing token gesture. The package is a long way short of what farmers have been calling for and what they were expecting. This is a $13 million band-aid and it’s grossly inadequate in the context of the catastrophic conditions…

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Labor Blocks Firefighters Presumptive Rights Bill

Thursday 21 February 2019 Labor MPs have again used their numbers in the Victorian Parliament to block the introduction of a scheme to pay compensation for volunteers and paid firefighters with cancer. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said that the Fair Presumptive Rights for Firefighters Bill was originally introduced…

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Labor to axe Regional Development Fund

Thursday 21st February 2019 The Andrews Labor Government look set to axe Victoria’s dedicated Regional Development Fund. Established by the previous Liberal Nationals government the successful fund has invested $1 billion over eight year into regional Victorian communities. Funding for the program expires on June 30 this year but the new Regional Development Minister Jaclyn…

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Address in Reply – Governor’s Speech p2

Address in Reply – Governor’s Speech p2 21 February 2019 Mr Walsh :  Last night when the house was adjourned I was well through my address-in-reply. I suppose the theme of what I was talking about was the issue that was raised in the Governor’s speech on behalf of the Andrews government and that was fairness…

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Adjournment – Swan Hill Health Services

Adjournment – Swan Hill Health Services 21 February 2019 Adjournment :    My adjournment issue tonight is to the Minister for Health in the other place and it concerns the Swan Hill Needs a New Hospital campaign. I ask the minister to visit Swan Hill hospital so she can then be better informed to lobby harder…

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Question Without Notice – Timber Release Plan

Question Without Notice – Timber Release Plan 21st February 2019 Mr Walsh :  Premier in addition to the 4000 direct jobs in the sector that I have talked about there are a further 24 000 jobs in the construction and manufacturing sector that rely on the supply of Victorian timber. Why won’t your government act more…

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Daniel Andrews betrays Victoria’s timber industry again

Thursday 21 February 2019   Today in Parliament Daniel Andrews’ hypocrisy was on full display with his false claims that he isn’t playing politics with the future of Victoria’s timber workers. Thousands of jobs of harvest and haulage contractors and sawmill workers have been in limbo for months while Daniel Andrews plays games with Timber…

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Local irrigators win more time to have a say

Local irrigators will have an extra two weeks to provide feedback on a draft plan to manage Northern Victoria’s water resources despite the Andrews Government’s attempts to rush consultation. The Nationals supported irrigators’ calls for proper consultation on the 1000-page draft Water Resource Plan a vital plank of the Murray Darling Basin Plan securing an…

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Governor’s Speech – Address in Reply

Governor’s Speech – Address in Reply 20 February 2019 Mr Walsh :   I rise to make my contribution to the address-in-reply at the start of this particular term of Parliament. First of all I would like to thank the people of the Murray Plains electorate for re-electing me and giving me the privilege and the…

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