Walsh says we need to plan for tomorrow and beyond

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, said he is still in “shocked disbelief at the sheer arrogance of the acting Premier and his head health honcho and their combined defence of Victoria’s never ending COVID mismanagement”. He said when rightly asked how he could defend Victoria’s contact tracing program, Professor Brett…

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Labor changes selling farmers down the river

Farmers fear they will be exposed to safety risks of unattended campfires and the burden of cleaning up waste left by campers under Labor’s proposed changes to camping on licenced river frontages. The changes will see landholders essentially forced to act as park rangers and campground caretakers with the responsibility of managing and cleaning up…

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Regional Victoria robbed in state budget says Walsh

The Nationals leader and Member for Murray Plains, Peter Walsh, says rural and regional Victorians have been robbed in this week’s Labor State Budget. Mr Walsh says the Andrews Labor Government’s latest budget sends a clear message this is a government that’s out of money and raiding the pockets of country families, farmers and small…

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Farmers, families in regional Victoria paying more, but getting less

Rural and regional Victorians have been robbed in today’s Labor State Budget. Labor’s latest State Budget sends a clear message that this is a government that’s out of money and raiding the pockets of country families, farmers and small business owners. Nearly $285 million slashed from regional development and $61.3 million butchered from the agriculture…

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Fruit fly cuts a bitter pill to swallow

A plan to slash funding to Victoria’s fight against Queensland fruit fly will make it harder for our farmers to fight off outbreaks of the destructive pest. The Andrews Labor Government has confirmed today it will slash fruit fly funds in the 2021-22 State Budget with just $5.3 million to be allocated to community grants…

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Bendigo community waiting longer for ambulances

The sickest people in the Bendigo region are waiting longer for ambulances to arrive than the same time last year. Victoria’s under-resourced and under pressure health system is spiralling further into crisis, with the latest response time data from Ambulance Victoria showing longer delays for Code 1 patients to be treated. In January-March this year,…

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Nothing fine about Fines Vic fiasco

A government IT failure has gouged a $760 million hole in state revenue that could otherwise be invested back into Bendigo’s hospitals, schools and ambulance services. Secret documents, obtained under Freedom of Information, this week revealed that up to $760 million in fines have been written off by the Andrews Labor Government over 30 months…

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