The Big Issues: COVID-19 blamed for bans on sale of firearms and ammo

Sally Gall One of the strangest pronouncements to come from the Queensland government as coronavirus lockdown restrictions came into force at the end of March was the direction for legitimate firearm dealers to close immediately, without any explanation. The decision left primary producers, macropod harvesters and dealers stunned and outraged. The directive by Queensland’s Chief Health…

November 23 re-opening a significant step in recovery

November 23 cannot come soon enough, says Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie. “Today’s confirmation from the NSW Premier to fully open the Victoria-NSW border on November 23 means the end is in sight for communities who have endured considerable and extended hardship under harsh COVID-19 restrictions,” Senator McKenzie said. “Restrictions have…

Bushfire projects boost recovery

Page 1, Corryong Courier, October 15 2020 www.corryongcourier.com.au/ Councils, community members and local business groups are shaping the long-term recovery of Victoria’s bushfire-affected regions, with the Commonwealth and Victorian governments announcing a $68.6 million fund to drive regional recovery and back key local community projects. Four North East projects are included in the five bushfire…

Senate backs Nationals urgent call for states and territories to show leadership and compassion for regional communities

The Senate today endorsed a Nationals motion calling on all states and territories to adopt a clear national definition of a COVID hotspot and the National Agricultural Worker Code. The Senate voted in favour of The Nationals motion which acknowledged border travel restrictions imposed by state and territory governments have negatively impacted the lives and…