Andrews turns his back on bushfire-affected farmers

Daniel Andrews has turned his back on bushfire-affected farmers and the Victorians who generously transported hay to feed hungry livestock in East Gippsland and north east Victoria. Under questioning in State Parliament today, Andrews failed to explain why his Labor Government has failed to allocate enough money to its promised fodder transport subsidy. But Andrews…

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Andrews eyes Melbourne rail projects, but Basin Rail still stalled

Today in State Parliament, Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan waxed lyrical about Labor’s rail projects in Melbourne while ignoring the elephant in the room – the once-in-a-generation Murray Basin Rail Project. The Andrews Labor Government has made an absolute mess of the Basin Rail project with it now out-of-money and stalled. Its future relies on…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, A plan to lock up more of our state forests threatens the future of timber harvesting, hunting, prospecting, horse riding, camping and 4WDing in Victoria’s central west. The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council’s (VEAC) Central West investigation recommended locking up vast areas of Mount Cole, Wombat and Wellsford state forests and in the Pyrenees…

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Country CFA stations desperate for funding

CFA brigades across Murray Plains are concerned about their future firefighting capabilities if the Andrews Government doesn’t act to provide funding to upgrade their stations and equipment. Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has been supporting calls from CFA brigades in Leitchville and Rochester for funds to upgrade local sheds that are no longer fit-for-purpose.…

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Statement on the 2020 duck hunting season

The Andrews Government has announced a drastically reduced 2020 duck hunting season today. Opening weekend will be on May 2, with a bag limit of three ducks per day and a modified length of five weeks. A full season runs for nearly 12 weeks from mid-March to mid-June with a bag limit of 10 ducks…

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Dedicated fund needed to support bushfire recovery

The bushfires that ripped through north-east Victoria and East Gippsland have had a catastrophic impact on local communities. The mammoth task of cleaning up homes and sheds that were destroyed and replacing fencing and farm infrastructure will take years. A dedicated fund is required to ensure the rebuilding needs of local communities are met. Today,…

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Ag scientist jobs on the chopping block

Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes has failed to guarantee the job security of soil scientists at AgriBio and groundwater and salinity research staff in Bendigo. Today in Question Time, Minister Symes dodged questions about the rumoured jobs cuts from Agriculture Victoria. The Minister’s refusal of ongoing support to these important functions is risking Victoria’s ability to…

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Fuel reduction saves lives

Today the “Fuel Reduction Saves Lives” campaign calling for increased fuel reduction on public land was launched at State Parliament. The Leader of the Nationals, Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Peter Walsh and Shadow Assistant Minister for Public Land Use, Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath and the Bush Users Group United (BUGU) launched the…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor, Timber contractors have worked tirelessly to help our bushfire-affected communities to recover, but Daniel Andrews has still continued his war with them. Nearly 100 workers were put out of a job this week when the Andrews Government cancelled contracts for timber coupes in East Gippsland. It’s a slap in the face to people…

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Farm trespass inquiry delivers final report

Background The final report in the Inquiry into the Impact of Animal Rights Activism on Victorian Agriculture has been released. The Liberal Nationals moved to establish the inquiry after calls from farmers and farm communities for better protections against a worsening militant campaign of trespass and livestock theft. But instead of backing our farmers, Labor…

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Labor must release bushfire fuel load maps

Despite devastating bushfires this summer, Daniel Andrews is refusing to release critical information about where dangerous bushfire fuel loads exist across Victoria. With months of potentially dangerous bushfire season still ahead, communities have the right to know about the fuel loads surrounding them and the bushfire risks they face.  Past practice has been to release fuel…

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Daniel Andrews must recommit to Bushfires Royal Commission planned burns target

The recent devastating bushfires have highlighted the vital importance of properly managing public land to mitigate bushfire risk. Sadly, the bushfires have also demonstrated the error of the Andrews Labor Government’s decision to abandon the planned burning recommendation of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission (VBRC). Having considered expert evidence following the horrific 2009 Black…

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