Grievance Debate – Drought

Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) (14:01:53): I rise today to grieve for the drought-affected farmers of Victoria. We have a Premier that made a promise that he would actually govern for all Victorians, and as we have seen in recent times that has not been the case. That promise is about as hollow as the Premier’s…

Question without Notice – Drought

Mr Walsh :  (Murray Plains) (12:13:05): My question is to the Premier. The Premier has been to China more times than he has been to our drought-affected regions since taking office. It is a simple request from these communities in genuine need: why won’t the Premier visit our drought-affected farmers? Mr Richardson interjected. The SPEAKER:…

Questions without Notice – Drought

Mr WALSH (Murray Plains) (12:16:18): Premier, we asked you in February, we asked you in March, we asked you in April and in August, and now I am asking you again: when will you provide assistance to pay shire rates and fixed-water charges to Victoria’s drought-stricken farmers? Members interjecting. The SPEAKER: Order! I will allow the…

No rates relief for farmers, but doctors and lawyers get drought aid under Daniel Andrews

The Andrews Government’s decision to refuse council rate relief for struggling farmers while offering doctors, lawyers and public servants drought aid is an insult to farming families. In a weak performance at Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee (PAEC), Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes couldn’t even say how much of Labor’s drought assistance was actually…

Members Statement – Drought Assistance

Members Statement – Drought Assistance 9 February 2019 Mr Walsh :  I raise the plight of the dairy farmers in northern Victoria. Consumers take for granted the dairy products-the milk the cheese the yoghurt-they have in their supermarkets but every day dairy farming families have to live with the stress of trying to keep their…

School Drought Funding Shortfall

  21 March 2016 Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has criticised an Andrews Labor Government funding program which is designed to provide a one-off drought assistance payment to students. Mr Walsh said the Camps Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) program which provides grants of $375 per student was only…

Calls for Concessional Loans and Rates Relief for Farmers

20 October 2015  The Victoria Liberal-Nationals Coalition has urged the Andrews Labor Government to finalise a concessional loans package and consider offering municipal rates rebates and other practical support to Victoria’s drought affected farm communities. Comments from Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh: “On behalf of our struggling farmers we strongly…