Nationals’ childcare desert relief plan

The Nationals are working on a specialist policy to address the ongoing childcare crisis in regional Victoria. The first step to building this policy involved an analysis summarised in a report titled “Beyond Urban Borders” and investigates access to childcare in regional Victoria using data, community responses, and interviews with local providers. Nationals’ colleague, Member…

Youth crime solutions – LTE

What a week to have a chance lunch meeting with the Minister for Corrections and Youth Justice, on the very day that Victoria’s latest crime statistics were released. It just so happens that Minister Enver Erdogan MLC, is part of the Parliamentary Friends of Italy, of which I co-chair. We had a meeting on Thursday,…

Labor has no plan for youth crime

The youth justice announcement from the Allan Labor Government reveals it has no plan to keep Victorians safe and address the alarming rise in violent youth crime. After denying for years that a problem exists, even weakening bail laws and cutting early intervention and youth engagement programs, the government has finally acknowledged the need to…

A fair go for all LTE

Young people in regional Victoria have been overlooked by the Andrews Labor Government for far too long so The Victorian Nationals have launched a Fair School Bonus campaign to highlight regional Victorians being blatantly ignored by Labor. So many families are unfairly excluded by the Allan Labor Government’s inequitable School Saving Bonus and it’s time…

Wild dogs out of control

Upon her return to Parliament next week, Nationals Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, will ask the Minister for Environment on why Northwest Victoria is being thrown to the dogs? Ms Benham has had sheep graziers call her office reporting, up to 30 lambs mauled in a single night. Once a wild dog is on private…

Mildura MDC must be delivered

Jade Benham MP has called on the Premier to clarify whether the recently announced Family Violence Protection Package will address the critical needs of the Mildura Multidisciplinary Centre (MDC). The MDC, which incorporates the Mallee Sexual Assault Unit and the Mallee Domestic Violence Unit, is in dire need of expansion due to the region’s alarmingly…

Regional health a joke to government

The Nationals Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, has voiced strong opposition to the Allan Labor Government’s pending decision to amalgamate local regional and rural hospitals across the State. This decision poses a significant threat to the range of vital and lifesaving healthcare options available to our communities. Ms Benham asked the Minister for Health in…

AFL road safety grants open

Grassroots football and netball clubs across the state can apply for a share of $600,000 to improve their club as part of an annual road safety rewards grants program. Ms Benham said, “The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) have kicked off this year’s TAC Club Rewards program, which encourages local clubs to promote road safety to…

Driving change for women and girls in sport

Improving female participation, equipment and uniform upgrades and additional training for coaches and are on the agenda for local soccer club Irymple Knights, after it was named one of 119 successful recipients of the 2023-24 Change Our Game Community Activation Grants Program. The Nationals’ Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, congratulated the club and said she…

Investing in the future of our farmers

The Nationals’ Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, is thrilled that young farmers across the Sunraysia region will have the opportunity to thrive and expand in the agriculture sector with the launch of the 2024 Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarship Program. Ms Benham said she was thrilled to see such immediate results after her tireless…