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Murray Plains MP slams lack of drought action

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The opposition has slammed the state government and the Premier, saying he's been to China more times than he's been to drought stricken areas of Victoria.

Leader of the Nationas and Murray Plains MP Peter Walsh asked in state parliament yesterday why the premier has been "missing in action" from areas in the grips of the drought while farms and families are suffering across Victoria.

Mr Walsh claims the Premier's been overseas nine times since be started in the role, but has only seen one drought affected community back in 2015 when he visited Birchip.

The Nationals are calling for rates relief for farmers, saying it will help take some of the pressure off while they wait for rain.

The Andrews Government has stalled for months saying it’s monitoring and looking at assistance options but farmers have been loud and clear about one thing they do want, and that’s farm rates relief,” Mr Walsh said.

“With another rates instalment due later this month, the Andrews Labor Government must get cracking and start delivering the relief our farmers are asking for.”

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