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Rural issues on Victorian Liberal agenda

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016 Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer

Victorian Liberal members are pushing for a cost-benefit analysis of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, which they say is stripping jobs from rural areas.

The party's state council meeting, to be held in Ballarat this weekend, will debate a resolution from the McEwen branch calling for the analysis to be undertaken by the Productivity Commission.

"The roll out of the current plan is having severe impacts on communities throughout the Murray Darling Basin," the branch says in the council meeting agenda.

"Current evidence suggests the plan has already contributed up to 35 per cent in agricultural job losses."

A Senate committee recently made a similar recommendation.

Another motion calls for government charges on the red meat industry to be reduced to make Australian industry more competitive.

The party's rural committee which is proposing the motion says beef producers pay 12 per cent of their farm revenue in government costs and charges and want federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce to take action.

Policy discussions are planned on law and order, health care, the environment, education and infrastructure.

The conference is expected to hear from Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy as well as a number of federal ministers including Foreign Minister and deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop.

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