THE SHOCKING REALITY OF ANIMAL CRUELTY IN VICTORIA

In Victoria alone, RSPCA Inspectors receive more than 12,000 complaints of animal cruelty every year. Add to that the number of local government investigations into such complaints and the numbers are horrifying.

The Liberal Nationals believe the laws in place to deal with animal cruelty need to be enforced with more vigour to send a clear message to perpetrators, and to provide a real deterrent to this type of behaviour

Just this month in Victoria, two major cases of animal cruelty sent shock waves through the community. In the first example, a pet cat was found in north-east Melbourne with its neck, tail and leg bound with cable ties and a threatening note attached around its neck. The cat had also been sprayed with an odourless green substance. In another shocking incident, a sheep was found with electrical tape wound around its muzzle. The ewe’s muzzle was swollen and the tape was restricting her nasal passages and preventing her from breathing properly.

Last year the state government’s first animal welfare strategy revealed plans for a major shake-up to protect animals in domestic, agricultural and natural settings. The laws will allow for earlier intervention to prevent animal cruelty and better reflect modern community expectations of their treatment.

While the Liberal Nationals support tougher penalties, they say the action plan’s release followed the Victorian Opposition letter to the anti-corruption watchdog in December asking it to investigate whether the Andrews government used public funds to secure a preference deal with the Animal Justice Party at the Northcote by-election in November.

While the Andrews Government dismissed the claims, it quickly released new plans for the animal cruelty strategy.

The Liberal Nationals will not tolerate animal cruelty and expects the current government to stand by its word to bring perpetrators to justice with more expedience and greater effect. The Victorian community expects no less.

Anyone who has concerns for the welfare of an animal, is encouraged to contact RSPCA Victoria on 9224 2222 or at rspcavicorg

TOLLING THE TRUTH

There’s a topic Daniel Andrews has never been honest about – road tolls.

The Liberal Nationals know that Victorians desperately need our chaotic, congested road network fixed and we have to be realistic – tolls are just part of the picture. For these vital major projects to be finished as soon as possible and not decades into the future, private investment will be needed.

All sides of government know this and so do all Victorians. But time after time the Andrews Government has promised toll-free roads only to backflip on that promise.

That’s why the Liberal Nationals will deliver the largest connected super highway – the East West Link and the North East Link – and not hide the fact that to do this the roads will need to be tolled for a specific time frame.

Melbournians are becoming unnecessarily stuck in traffic for hours day after day. The effects are far reaching – not only do our work productivity and family life suffer; it takes a toll on our mental health too.


The Liberal Nationals are being upfront about tolls on future road projects

But the Liberal Nationals plan will ease these frustrations with the completion of the super highway within eight years.

Daniel Andrews wants to build a North East Link without fixing the Eastern Freeway, and that can only cause more gridlock. Fixing the end of the Eastern Freeway is essential before completing the construction of a North East Link.

Four years ago Daniel Andrews said cancelling the East West Link contract wouldn’t cost taxpayers a single dollar. It ended up costing taxpayers more than $1.3 billion.

Four years on and it’s a certainty that Daniel Andrews and Labor will put tolls on motorists using the Eastern Freeway if they win November’s election. They will promise not to – but who can trust that promise?

The Liberal Nationals will build both the North East Link and the East West Link.

The future of our roads is in the hands of the Victorian public. The choice is stark – a Liberal Nationals plan to create a super highway for a progressive city to improve our standard of living – or Labor’s plan to force more than 100,000 more cars a day onto the already congested Eastern Freeway.

The Liberal Nationals’ super-highway is not just an election promise but a decision that will make a fundamental change to the future liveability of Melbourne and Victoria for generations to come.