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January 31, 2018

Ready for a close shave?

IN MARCH, the iconic Australian fundraising campaign World’s Greatest Shave will be celebrating its 20th birthday and to commemorate this milestone, the Leukaemia Foundation is calling on record numbers of Australians to register and join in the fun.

Over the past two decades, more than 1.9 million Australians have supported the campaign to help the Leukaemia Foundation continue its vision to cure and its mission to care.

Every day, 35 Aussies are diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma and thanks to those extraordinary Aussies, blood cancer patients and their families continue to receive free emotional and practical support, educational resources and transport to and from vital medical appointments from the Leukaemia Foundation.

Your support also means regional families continue to be provided with free home-away-from-home accommodation near their treating centres.

Our commitment to fund research projects continues to help more Australians with blood cancer survive and live a better quality of life.

I’d like to take this opportunity to invite the Campaspe community to join us and register for World’s Greatest Shave in 2018 to help beat blood cancer.

Let’s make this year the boldest and bravest year ever!

So go on, register today at

Bill Petch

CEO of the Leukaemia Foundation

Bordering on the ridiculous

VICTORIA’S state borders with South Australia and New South Wales are more than just lines on a map for the communities that live there.

It means another set of rules, added cost and more red tape to business and everyday life.

Our tradespeople need two separate licences to work on both sides of the border, while our transport operators and farmers need two different permits if they want to cross the state line.

Emergency services also struggle to share information, making it harder than it should be for them to help our family and friends in times of need.

Despite a clear need to solve these problems, all Daniel Andrews has done is announce a business case to tell him whether or not the problems are real.

Unlike Daniel Andrews, the Liberal Nationals have listened to our border communities and we’ve made a solid commitment to establish a Cross Border Commissioner.

The Liberal Nationals will also ensure the commissioner is based in regional Victoria, again in contrast to city-centric Labor who struggle to see past Melbourne’s tram tracks.

It’s time for action to resolve our cross border issues with South Australia and New South Wales and the Liberal Nationals are committed to working with border communities to find and fix the problems.

Peter Walsh

Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains

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