New report highlights transmission waste

A damning new report has laid bare the cost blowout and waste of the Western Victoria energy transmission project, threatening prime Mallee farmland, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. The Victoria Energy Policy Centre’s (VEPC) ‘No Longer Lost In Transmission’ report highlights the Victoria New South Wales Interconnector West (VNI West) costs are understated by…

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Murray Darling Basin Plan delay must not mean buybacks

The Albanese Labor Government has rightly extended the Murray Darling Basin Plan deadline beyond 2024, but not without Water Minister Tanya Plibersek adopting a partisan approach. Member for Mallee Anne Webster said the Minister has not assisted the debate by using terms like ‘guerilla warfare’ and ‘sabotage’ in announcing the delay. “In her first briefings…

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Aged Care Summit findings an urgent priority

The closure of two regional Aged Care facilities is further proof the Federal Labor Government’s ham-fisted staffing changes are hurting the sector, Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health Dr Anne Webster says. Mount Morgan’s Carinity Summit Cottages and Petrie Gardens Aged Care Service in Tiaro announced this week they will shut their facilities – displacing…

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LABOR FAILS TO DELIVER FOR REGIONAL DOCTORS AND NURSES

Labor has failed to deliver on a key incentive to alleviate the regional health workforce crisis, Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health Anne Webster says. Almost five months after the legislation passed parliament, a Coalition-era policy of reducing or waiving doctor or nurse practitioner HELP debts if they practice in the regions is still not…

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Labor needs regional rethink to rescue Mallee projects

The potential investigation of two of the Albanese Labor Government’s grant programs by the Auditor-General obliges the Government to rescue key Mallee projects in Labor’s 90 day Infrastructure Pipeline review firing line, Member for Mallee Dr Anne Webster says. The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) Works Program of performance audits for 2023-24 includes a review…

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Federal Government’s Fiasp Fiasco

The Federal Labor Government has provided only a bandaid solution to the removal of fast acting insulin Fiasp from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health Anne Webster says. Novo Nordisk will remove Fiasp, an innovative mealtime insulin that improves blood sugar control in diabetes patients at a faster rate than other…

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Government admission a win for Regional Aged Care

The Federal Labor Government has been forced to admit it won’t reach its target of 24/7 Registered Nurses in all Aged Care homes, which is an acknowledgement for battling smaller regional aged care facilities. Earlier this week Minister for Aged Care Anika Wells revealed to media not every facility would be fully staffed by July…

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