Richard Riordan News


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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November 14, 2017

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has again expressed concerns about our increasing reliance on renewable energy.   The State Government has today announced that Victoria will need expensive diesel generators to keep the lights on and the air conditioners running this hot summer.   At 10:40am 13 November 2017:   Wind was producing at...

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November 10, 2017

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, heard evidence about enormous council rate inequities in rural and regional shires at a Joint Parliamentary Investigative Committee in Colac on Friday.   Mr Riordan was joined by multi-party parliamentary colleagues on the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee (ENRRDC). Representatives from local Polwarth shire councils gave evidence...

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November 2, 2017

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has raised concerns surrounding Victoria’s energy supply.   At 11.30am today (2/11/17) Victoria was a net importer of energy and we had the highest power prices at $97.20. The 657 wind turbines installed in Victoria, which have a stated output of 1450MW, were only producing 28MW. This means the...

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Euthanasia debate speech

October 31, 2017

EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING BILL 2017 Second reading Wednesday, 18 October 2017 Mr RIORDAN (Polwarth) — I rise this evening to speak on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017. As the second‑reading speeches begin to draw to an end, many of the finer technical points of this legislation have been discussed in...

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The Battle of Beersheba

October 30, 2017

A speech delivered on Saturday 28 October 2017 at Terang. The Terang Express, Tuesday 23 April 1918 reported the following from the famed WW1 correspondent Keith Murdoch — “All soldiers appreciate the great deeds of the Light Horse in Palestine. Extraordinary dilatoriness and ineptitude in the official arrangements for chronicling them have made them less...

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October 9, 2017

Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan has welcomed the Liberal Nationals onshore conventional gas exploration and domestic reservation policy announced today by leader of the Opposition Hon Matthew Guy. This policy will give rural and regional Victorians a clear way forward in securing growing and advancing important local industries. Increasing supply uncertainty and rising gas prices...

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Wire Rope Barriers

Where is the proof?

October 6, 2017

Plenty of money for rope barriers trapping traffic and protecting them from grass on the Princes Hwy West. Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan MP and thousands of his constituents are sick of waiting for Roads Minister Hon Luke Donnellan to provide proof on why hemming traffic in on country roads with a proliferation of wire...

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Opinion: Our farmers must rally for reliable energy

October 6, 2017

Our farmers must rally for reliable energy This opinion piece has been published as far away as the Warrnambool and Ballarat media. Country people do understand energy. Many advocates for the immediate dismantling of our traditional carbon based energy systems, are quick to accuse those who insist on a more sober and practical approach as...

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