Labor votes against stronger penalties for farm trespass

Wednesday 16 October 2019   The Andrews Labor Government has teamed up with the Greens and Animal Justice Party to vote against stronger penalties for people trespassing on Victorian farms. Parliament’s Legislative Council today voted on the Crimes Amendment (Trespass) Bill 2019, which set out a new offence of ‘aggravated’ trespass with increased penalties and…

Statement on Rural Assistance Commissioner

Wednesday 16 October 2019   Regional communities will expect the new Commissioner to be frank and fearless with his advice to the Andrews Government. Labor may have put him on the payroll but at the end of the day it’s taxpayers’ dollars and Mr Tuohey’s job is to stand up for our regional communities. Labor’s…

Community safety in Campaspe must come first

The Andrews Labor Government is failing to protect communities, as Victoria records the highest number of criminals in 15 years. Figures from the Crime Statistics Agency show a 39.96 per cent increase in the number of offences in Campaspe shire since Daniel Andrews was elected in 2014, from 2,948 to 4,126. Across the State, recorded…

Part-time squad not enough to tackle rural crime

Monday 23 September 2019   Victorian farmers have long called for a dedicated rural crime squad, but today’s announcement doesn’t deliver what farmers requested. Changing job titles is not the same as adding new frontline officers and it won’t help tackle worsening rural crime rates. The Andrews Labor Government is trying to dress today’s announcement…

Law-breaking activists to cop new sanctions

Tough new laws to better protect farmers and farm businesses against people inciting farm trespass have passed the Federal Parliament. The new laws, passed last week, will mean anyone sharing farmers’ private details online to incite farm trespass will risk jail time and follows the publishing of thousands of farmers’ home addresses on the Aussie…

Chaos Continues in Fines Victoria

The Victorian Ombudsman’s report on Fines Victoria complaints confirmed the concern and suspicions of motorists across the Murray Plains electorate, Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said today. Mr Walsh said that in a report tabled in the Victorian Parliament, the Ombudsman revealed a culture of mismanagement that has impacted…

New Crime Reporting Hotline is off beat

The announcement by the Andrews Labor Government of a new crime reporting hotline will come as little comfort to rural Victorians struggling to get police to respond when they need it most. Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the Andrews Labor Government has spent $212 million to provide a…