Nationals MPs call on Andrews Government to reconsider regional Victorian lockdown rules

‘One size doesn’t fit all’: country MPs urge lockdown rethink By Tom Minear and Tamsin Rose Herald Sun (page 8) REGIONAL Victorian MPs are urging the state government to reconsider blanket stay-at-home restrictions on large parts of the state that have no coronavirus cases. From Thursday, country Victorians will only be allowed to leave home…

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Inland Rail supporting Victoria’s Future Supply Chains

A new study has identified investment opportunities in Victoria’s agricultural, manufacturing, freight and logistic sectors arising from the operation of the Inland Rail. The biggest winners will be food processing, transport logistics and manufacturing facilities – a welcome boost to the future of Victoria’s economy. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional…

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Live cattle industry vindicated – Government will not appeal Federal Court Live Export decision

The Nationals Senate team has praised the Australian Government’s common sense  decision not to appeal the Federal Court’s decision in Brett Cattle Company Pty Ltd v Minister for Agriculture [2020] FCA 732. Attorney General Christian Porter tonight (July 22) confirmed the Australian Government would not appeal this decision. “The Nationals see the decision by Justice…

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Regional Victorians need assurance Premier is serious about enforcing Melbourne lockdown

Regional Victorian communities demand an iron-clad assurance from the Victorian Premier that Melbourne and Mitchell Shire’s Restricted Area lockdown is being enforced. Nationals Senate Leader Bridget McKenzie said mayors from across northern Victorian border communities highlighted a range of issues the state border closure has caused for their communities. However, the most concerning matter facing…

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NSW-Vic border closure: One size doesn’t fit all

Simplified cross-border access for farmers, freight operators and local communities need to be maintained, argues Bridget McKenzie. BRIDGET McKENZIE, The Weekly Times July 13, 2020 THERE would be few people who don’t feel genuine concern for Melbourne and agree closing off affected COVID-19 areas is the right move. Isolated outbreaks require swift, decisive action on…

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2AY Breakfast

Here’s my chat with the 2AY Breakfast hosts Kylie King and Kev Poulton. We covered working with Pauline Hanson, the role of the Senate and Australia’s democracy, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann’s pending retirement, Victoria’s unfortunate Belt and Road Initiative with China and cybersecurity.