Adjournment – Water Policy

Thursday 23rd February 2017 Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) – (12 303) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Water. I call on the minister to conduct a formal review of the carryover rules for water in northern Victoria so that Victorian irrigators do not continue to have their annual allocation reduced by the outcomes of those current…

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No certainty for Vic forestry jobs

Wednesday 22 February 2017   The Andrews Government’s hostility toward Victoria’s forestry industry will bleed jobs Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh has said. Mr Walsh said workers at two major forestry businesses in East Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley would be devastated at Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford’s failure to commit to doing anything to…

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Essendon airport must stay open

Wednesday 22 February 2017   While a tragic accident occurred at Essendon airport yesterday it should not result in a knee-jerk reaction to close a vital transport hub for regional and rural Victorians. This airport is a critically important base for a number of public services that protect and help country Victorians in times of…

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Equipment Upgrade for Echuca SES

Friday 17th February 2017 EQUIPMENT UPGRADE FOR ECHUCA SES  The Echuca SES Unit has received a funding boost under the first round of the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the Echuca unit had applied for a new light tower and has been…

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Equipment Upgrade for Rochester CFA

Friday 17th February 2017 The Rochester CFA has received a funding boost under the first round of the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the brigade had applied for new lighting and has been successful with a grant of $4 470. Mr Walsh…

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Time’s running out for Dan’s wasteful desal

Tuesday 14 February 2017   Background The Andrews Labor Government is still planning to dump 50GL of desalinated water into Melbourne’s water storages. Melbourne’s storages are at a healthy 68.3 per cent but Daniel Andrews is going to dump his desal water in just before the winter filling season starts. At Parliament’s Budget Outlook hearing…

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Letter to the Editor – Bills Introduced to Parliament

Monday 13th February 2017 To the editor Last week four  Bills were introduced to the Victorian Parliament which may be of interest to Murray Plains residents. Of great importance to regional Victorians is the Country Fire Authority Amendment (Protecting Volunteer Firefighters) Bill 2016 introduced by the Liberal Nationals Coalition in the Legislative Council this week.…

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Liberal Nationals Introduce Bill to Protect CFA Volunteers

Monday 13th February 2017 While Daniel Andrews continues to wage war with our volunteer firefighters the Liberal Nationals last week introduced legislation to protect them. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said that the Liberal Nationals members in the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament moved an amendment to the…

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Letter to the Editor – Bourke Street Tragedy

Monday 13 February 2017   Dear Editor On January 20 a senseless act stunned Victorians and rattled our communities to their core. The events in the Bourke Street Mall were a horrific act that still today I and many people in the community struggle to understand. Last week in Parliament I offered my heartfelt condolences…

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Swan Hill Hearing for Autism Services Inquiry

Friday 10th February 2017 The Parliamentary Inquiry into the availability and adequacy of services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder will visit Swan Hill next week. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the public hearing will provide an important opportunity to highlight the demanding challenges autism presents in a…

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Shadow Ministry

Thursday 9th February 2017   Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) – I would just like to inform the house of some changes to the shadow ministry. I welcome the member for Lowan to the shadow ministry and she will have the portfolios of mental health consumer affairs and seniors. The member for Gippsland East will continue with the…

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