Richard Riordan News

Government disrespects country road users

February 20, 2018

A VAGO report found that Andrews Labor Government’s cuts to regional road funding is making country roads dangerous, but the minister thinks it’s still better than a “kick in the d—k.” Daniel Andrews’ decision to scrap the much needed Country Roads and Bridges program left councils without their roads maintenance funding. To add insult to...

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Country school bus system using police to punish parents

February 15, 2018

Another school year and the country school bus system is scaring children and breaking up families. Parents across Polwarth and Western Victoria are reporting new heavy handed tactics by the Public Transport department (PTV), as they continue to use Google Maps to decide where children can go to school, no matter how absurd the outcome,...

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Libs to suspend wire rope barrier roll-out

February 13, 2018

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP has supported Opposition leader Matthew Guy MP and Shadow Minister for Roads, David Hodgett MP in their common sense wire rope barrier announcement.   The Liberal Nationals support properly placed and installed wire rope barriers, that can prevent some serious accidents and can save lives.   The Liberal Nationals...

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Wire rope barriers – Members Statement

February 9, 2018

This government has a crazy contagion. It is spreading wire rope barriers across the width and breadth of country Victoria with scant regard for common sense, practicality and the real needs of road safety on our rural roads. In a crazy quest to waste more money in the roads portfolio, hot on the heels of...

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Lies, damn lies and statistics on wire rope barriers

February 7, 2018

Roads Minister Luke Donnellan must stop making up wild statistics to justify his extravagant, at times dangerous wire rope barrier roll out at the expense of much more urgent road safety measures. Speaking in a unified chorus today in Parliament, country MPs including Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan called to cease the madness of the...

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Australia Day 2018

January 29, 2018

Special guests, fellow Australians. Australia Day means many things to many people. The one thing Australia Day does do, is encourages us to reflect on who and how we are. Where we have come from and where we want to be. Public debate at this time of year can sometimes focus heavily on the mistakes...

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December 11, 2017

At 11am on Monday, a rather cool start to the week, and how much energy was Victoria producing? To date Victoria has spent over 5 billion dollars on wind farms, with billions more announced. We have tram commuters feeling warm and fuzzy about the thought of trams powered by renewable energy, and inner urban elites...

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November 30, 2017

Richard Riordan MP, Member for Polwarth has spoken in Parliament about the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) Bill 2016, which has been reintroduced into Parliament with a swag of amendments after the government pulled it last year due to a public outcry against its unfair targeting of pet breeders.   “As a...

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November 23, 2017

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has warned Victorians that in this mini heatwave, our lack of baseload is costing Victorian households and businesses.   “The Victorian economy has now spent around $5.1 billion on intermittent windfarms which have the capacity to produce 1508MW,” Mr Riordan said. “At 9.30am today our renewables infrastructure supplied energy...

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November 21, 2017

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has again expressed concerns about our increasing reliance on renewable energy.   At 11am today, with temperatures expected to exceed 30 degrees, Victoria is a massive importer of electrical energy and is paying the highest prices in the nation. South Australia is providing both gas and diesel-fired power, while...

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