Mallee communities are not pawns in Labor’s infighting

Regional communities must not become collateral damage as Federal and Victorian Labor fight over their reckless renewables rush, Member for Mallee Anne Webster warns. The Albanese Labor Government this week blocked the Allan Labor Government’s plan to build a plant to assemble wind turbines for offshore wind farms, while Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio accused…

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Reckless renewables rush threatening energy grid

The Albanese Labor Government’s reckless rush to renewables is threatening Australia’s energy grid and the livelihoods of farmers and their communities, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. In its draft 2024 Integrated System Plan (ISP) released on Friday, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has brought forward the expected exit of the network’s coal-fired power…

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Labor heavy on the levies, running Mallee farmers dry

The Albanese Labor Government is threatening Mallee’s productivity through the new biosecurity fresh food tax, Member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster says. The Productivity Commission’s new report Towards Levyathan? Industry levies in Australia found levies introduced in the agriculture sector were now being imposed to simply raise general tax revenue. “The Productivity Commissions report shows…

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Labor’s turbo-charged renewables plan will cripple the regions and drive up the cost-of-living

Labor’s plan to back a five-fold increase in new renewable energy across Australia will have profoundly damaging consequences on regional Australia and accelerate the rising cost of living, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. Energy Minister Chris Bowen’s panicked market intervention risks the stability of the grid and hurt Australian families. Minister Bowen is driving…

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Regional Australians continue to suffer a healthcare crisis – Butler must act now

The Albanese Labor Government continues to politicise the health of regional Australians rather than take real action, Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health Anne Webster says. On Wednesday, Health Minister Mark Butler will announce a review into the Monash Modified Model, the District of Workforce Shortage and Distribution Priority Areas (DPAs), which effect the distribution…

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Parliament savours Taste Of The Basin

Politicians from every side of the Chamber and corner of Australia were treated to the best the Murray Darling Basin has to offer on Wednesday night at the Taste Of The Basin event in Parliament House. Hundreds of politicians, staffers and journalists came through the showcase, hosted by Members representing communities from up and down…

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Labor must not abandon regional communities

Travellers on Wimmera roads have a right to be concerned that their safety and that of those they love will increasingly be put at risk, thanks to the comments made by the Minister for Infrastructure Catherine King and her intent to slash Commonwealth funding for roads, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. The Albanese Labor…

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Westpac overreach needs Government intervention

The Albanese Labor Government must step in and protect farmers from Westpac imposing deforestation targets on agricultural commercial lending, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. Dr Webster said the banking sector should not add to the burden of Australia’s strict native vegetation protection laws set through State Governments. “What place does a bank have to…

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Labor’s Closing Loopholes Bill going round in circles

The out-of-touch Albanese Labor Government risks credibility damage if they go against their own Industrial Reforms measures in the House of Representatives this week, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. Labor’s so-called Closing Loopholes Bill will return to the Lower House this week after Crossbench Senators voted with the Coalition to split Labor’s Closing Loopholes…

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