Labor’s IR reforms risk Mallee jobs

Labor’s latest industrial relations reforms risk employers being forced to let staff go, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. “The government needs to focus on keeping Australians employed, not appeasing the unions”, Dr Webster said. The Albanese Labor Government’s proposed industrial relations changes will make life tougher for Australian businesses by increasing costs, complexity and…

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Regions in the dark over Labor’s “90 day” review

126 days after announcing a 90 day review of Australia’s $120 billion infrastructure pipeline, Mallee communities are still waiting to hear whether their key projects will continue or be axed by the Albanese Labor Government. Member for Mallee Anne Webster said Infrastructure Minister Catherine King needed to give answers on Coalition-funded projects such as the…

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Regional figures show need for investment

New data highlighting a surge in millennials abandoning the cities for the country life shows a need for Labor to invest in the regions, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. The Regional Australia Institute’s Big Movers 2023 report found an additional 54,000 millennials headed for the regions during the latest Census period (2016-2021) compared to…

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The Nationals vindicated on 60 day dispensing

Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health Anne Webster says Labor’s announcement to bring forward the 8th Community Pharmacy Agreement is an acknowledgement their 60-day dispensing policy was going to adversely impact community pharmacies and health outcomes, particularly in regional Australia. “All along I have advocated for Mallee and other regional community pharmacists who were worried…

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Health workforce review welcomed

Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health Dr Anne Webster has welcomed a Federal Government Review into the Australian health workforce, which is in line with the findings of her Regional Health Workforce Summit held in Mildura in March this year. Unleashing the Potential of our Health Workforce Review is one of the recommendations of the…

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Warning on Varroa Mite

With Varroa Mite detected on the New South Wales side of the Murray River, Member for Mallee Anne Webster is urging caution to protect Victorian biosecurity. An emergency order is barring the movement of beehives after Varroa Mites were found at Euston and further East in the Riverina. The NSW Department of Primary Industries has…

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New Avoca GP welcomed

Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health and Member for Mallee Anne Webster congratulates Dr Jim Sharples on his move to open a clinic in Avoca. Dr Sharples, who also practices in Talbot, will partner with Central Highlands Health Network to provide GP services to the Avoca township. “The people of Avoca deserve quality healthcare and…

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Labor has sold Victoria down the river

The Albanese Labor Government and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek have sold Victoria down the river by paving the way for devastating water buybacks despite the wishes of their Victorian counterparts, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. In announcing a new Murray Darling Basin Plan agreement with support from all but Victorian Labor Water Minister Harriet…

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Flood funding welcome but more needs to be done

Almost 40 Mallee volunteer committees of management have received joint Federal and State flood recovery funding but more needs to be done as Mallee rebuilds, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. The flood recovery grants for voluntary committees of management enable them to identify and deliver the work necessary to clean up and reinstate the…

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Labor puts regions on road to ruin

The safety of Mallee drivers is being compromised by Labor’s poor management of regional road repairs, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says. “In its October budget the Albanese Labor Government stripped $60 million from the Black Spot Road Safety program over the forward estimates and deferred more than $280 million in Road Safety Program funding…

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Labor must pause 60 day dispensing rollout

The Albanese Labor Government must pause its 60 day pharmacy dispensing rollout because of the adverse impact on regional people, Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health Anne Webster says. A nationwide survey conducted by the Pharmacy Guild has revealed almost one in four of the 1000 community pharmacies surveyed have reduced opening hours and 54…

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Plibersek circles buybacks again

Federal Labor Water Minister Tanya Plibersek needs to stop ignoring Murray Darling Basin irrigation communities and State governments in her ruthless push to pursue water buybacks, despite their known impact on farm sustainability, Member for Mallee Anne Webster says.   “The Minister is prepared to disregard farmers whose livelihoods depend on irrigation, as well as…

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