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Labor priorities: politicking ahead of drought-hit farmers

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has criticised the Andrews Labor Government for wasting $1 million of Victorian taxpayers’ money on a partisan advertising campaign against the Federal Coalition Government.

Mr O’Brien said the $1 million in political advertising spending was in stark contrast to the support for drought-affected Gippsland farmers.

“The announcement yesterday of small grants for pasture renovation for farmers in our region is a drop in the ocean compared to what needs to be offered,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It speaks volumes about the Andrews Labor Government's priorities that it can find $1 million for a partisan political advertising campaign to support Bill Shorten during an election campaign, but has failed to stump up any meaningful support for the region’s farmers.

“Our farmers will need a good autumn break to actually make use of the State Government's pasture renovation grants.

“The Nationals, the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and most farmers I speak to support a municipal rate subsidy, which would deliver an equitable return across all farms and help put cash back into the local economy.

“If Daniel Andrews actually visited our region and listened to farmers he would know this, but he can’t get past Traralgon.  As a result, Labor continues to tinker at the edges without providing meaningful support.”

Mr O’Brien said the waste of money on government advertising was extremely frustrating for Gippsland South residents.

“This money would be better spent on contributing to a rebuild of Korumburra Secondary College, completing a new Foster Primary School, replacing Yarram and Winnindoo fire stations or helping fix our local roads.

“But instead Daniel Andrews is more interested in wasting taxpayer funds trying to get his mate Bill Shorten elected. This is an outrageous abuse of taxpayer funds, particularly at a time when our drought hit farmers are struggling.”


The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has criticised the Labor Government for prioritising political advertising over drought-support

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