The right moves

Central Victorians are in voting mode, with just eight days left to have their say as to who should be our political representatives for the next four years. This state election has been remarkably different from any other before it. There has never been so much money...

It’s not cricket

IT’S an interesting coincidence that the fortunes of the Australian men’s team – for so long described as our national sporting team, and the up and about women’s national team, are so diametrically opposed. Our male team is at rock bottom, and for so many reasons,...

Mental health push

THE state government’s commitment to initiate a Royal Commission into mental health in the state of Victoria should it win the next state election is wonderful news, but it should not be just an election pledge. This is a good policy and a much welcomed announcement...

Regional rail pain

THIS week’s state government announcement of a brand new era of fast rail for regional Victoria offered a lot of hope and potential, until the realisation it’s actually a plan for Ballarat and Geelong. The government’s plan is exciting for commuters in both Geelong...

Rail offers hope

SEVEN weeks out from what is expected to be a closely-fought state election, and the contest suddenly got a lot more interesting this week. The announcement of a $19 billion plan by the state opposition to dramatically transform rail services throughout regional...

Think positive

IN just over eight weeks’ time, Victorians will go to the polls to determine who will lead our state for the subsequent four years. This year’s election comes at a time when our confidence and trust in politics at every level is at its lowest ebb, but it’s also...

Mayoral vote vital

CITY of Greater Bendigo councillors are facing one of their most crucial votes as the battle to determine who will lead their group for the next 12 months slowly unfolds. One thing seems certain – this contest will be as intriguing as any in recent years. The next...

Mental health help

THIS week there has been a significant focus on issues surrounding the mental health and wellbeing of Australia’s 25-plus million residents, highlighted by yesterday’s RUOK? Day, and that’s a good thing. Our mental health report card makes for some sobering and...

Policy reboot plea

“We live in a time when the salacious and the negative trumps the productive.” These are the honest and forthright words of a senior state government minister to an assembled gathering of regional newspaper executives in Melbourne this week, but they are also a...



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