Drought Resilience grants – encouraging innovation

• Applications open for $10 million program aimed at building drought resilience. • Organisations, farmer groups and individuals urged to apply for funding of up to $200,000. • The program is part of the Liberal National Government’s Future Drought Fund. The Liberal Nationals Government is investing in organisations, farmer groups and individuals with innovative ideas to build drought resilience through improved Natural Resource Management (NRM) with grants of up to $200,000. Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson has announced applications are Read more…

29 September 2020

$6.3 million funding boost for bridges and heavy vehicle roads

JMR WITH INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTER McCORMACK & ROAD SAFETY A/MINISTER SCOTT BUCHHOLZ Sixteen projects across the Ballarat, Bendigo, Corangamite and Gorton electorates will receive a share of more than $290 million in Australian Government funding under Round 5 of the Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP). Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the timing couldn’t be better to see funding flow to deliver better and safer bridges and freight roads across Read more…

29 September 2020

Extension of JobKeeper and JobSeeker

The Morrison Government’s JobKeeper and JobSeeker programs are continuing to work together to support Australian workers who have been impacted by COVID-19. Under the changes from 28 September 2020, the rate of JobKeeper will be $1200 per fortnight for full time employees, $750 per fortnight for people employed under 20 hours. Recipients of the $1200 payment may also be eligible for a part payment of $276 per fortnight; and those on the $750 payment may also receive $546 per fortnight Read more…

28 September 2020

Human rights concerns remain in Victoria over curfew and other laws

The announcement that the draconian Melbourne curfew will cease at midnight tonight does not absolve the Victorian Government from responsibility for what appears to be a significant breach of human rights. As I stated on 10 September 2020 (see https://sarahhenderson.com.au/victorian-governments-curfew-a-serious-violation-of-human-rights/), Victoria Police and the Chief Health Officer have admitted that a curfew was not required for either policing or public health reasons. As I argued, on the evidence available, a nightly curfew which so dramatically limited the right to freedom Read more…

27 September 2020

Reforms to support small business recovery in Victoria

New insolvency framework The Morrison Government will undertake the most significant reforms to Australia’s insolvency framework in 30 years as part of our economic recovery plan to keep businesses in business and Australians in jobs. The reforms, which draw on key features from Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States, will help more Victorian small businesses restructure and survive the economic impact of COVID-19. As the economy continues to recover, it will be critical that distressed businesses Read more…

25 September 2020