Vaccine Mandate Too Far

Vaccination is currently, and always had been our safest and best pathway out of lockdowns. COVID vaccines indeed are an effective defence against the most detrimental effects of coronavirus. They help to reduce community transmission. For these reasons and more, I myself have been vaccinated with both doses. I strongly encourage all members of the…

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Telco to Be Held to Account

One of the most frequent complaints I hear is appalling phone and internet coverage. Fred, a stone fruit grower from Woorenin, has put up with weak, slow, unreliable, and sometimes non-existent mobile coverage for years. As a small business owner, Fred has had to spend enormous sums of money to attempt to resolve these issues.…

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Melbourne Protests

The protests in Melbourne this week displayed disappointing and inexcusable scenes of violence and civil disobedience. On Wednesday, the Shrine of Remembrance was overrun by protestors desecrating the sanctity of this national site to support their own cause. The Shrine of Remembrance is one of our country’s most significant memorials. It is a place of…

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It’s time we had a conversation

I think it is time we had the conversation. The pandemic has exposed a driving force in society and governments, and it is about risk. It is a topic we are all familiar with. Risk mitigation plans are on file in every business, not-for-profit agency, hospital setting, council, bank and school. They table and rate…

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Mildura Outbreak

Mildura has this week faced its greatest challenge since the beginning of the pandemic. With four cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 the community is on high alert.  I want to thank everyone for their diligence, patience, and commitment to the safety of our community. I want to highlight the dedication of our health…

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Back To Basics

  It would be easy to think we had left our sanity behind in 2019.  It is difficult to imagine when Australia as a whole, has faced such uncertainty.  Having travelled extensively around Mallee these past couple of weeks, I have had the pleasure of hearing from locals from Kaniva to Dergholm, and Dunolly to…

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SA Border Restrictions

The inhumanity of state border restrictions continues to be displayed by countless stories of individuals and families who are traumatised by bureaucratic decisions. Children who have missed their parent’s funeral, families who have been separated for months, and patients that have had urgent medical treatment cancelled and their health compromised.   This week, I was contacted…

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Leadership Spill

As the dust settles on last week’s leadership spill, a new cabinet has been sworn in. It was a crazy week, and I dare say very few would have expected the outcome. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I backed Michael McCormack to retain his position as leader. Michael continues to be a…

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Water Amendments

As the dust settles on last week’s leadership spill, a new cabinet has been sworn in. It was a crazy week, and I dare say very few would have expected the outcome. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I backed Michael McCormack to retain his position as leader. Michael continues to be a…

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Seasonal Worker Ag Visa

This week in Federal politics, the National Party secured a new seasonal agriculture worker visa.  This is something I have been fighting for since being elected, and it’s one of the highlights of my term in government so far.  Producers have been calling for it, the Nationals have been calling for it, and now we…

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