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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Water Act changes first step towards fairer Basin Plan

Thursday 5 May 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Coalition Shadow Minister for Water Peter Walsh has welcomed the passing of amendments to the Commonwealth Water Act. “On behalf of Victorian irrigators who called for these amendments I extend our thanks to Barnaby Joyce for getting this important Bill dealt with before the Federal election…

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State Budget – Agriculture spending

Thursday 5 May 2016 As the dust settles it is now clear the Andrews Labor Government failed to invest in agriculture in this year’s State Budget. In fact the Agriculture budget has quietly dropped more than $36 million since Labor took office in 2014. Treasurer Tim Pallas is boasting that his high-taxing Budget means he…

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Regional Achievement Awards Now Open

4 May 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh is inviting the community to nominate local high achievers for the Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards. Mr Walsh said the awards encourage and reward the valuable contribution individuals businesses groups and organisations are making in regional and rural Victoria. “They…

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Minister admits Ararat’s transport hub study delay

Wednesday 4 May 2016 The Andrews Labor Government has been forced to admit on the floor of Parliament this week that Ararat’s Freight and Logistics Feasibility Study is still not underway. “This is a very embarrassing admission for Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford and the Andrews Labor Government “ Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh…

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APPROPRIATION (2016–2017) BILL 2016

3 May 2016 Second reading Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) – I rise to make a contribution on the Appropriation (2016–2017) Bill 2016. The way I would couch this budget is as the budget of broken promises. The Premier was on the record unequivocally saying there would be no new taxes and no new tax increases under his…

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