The Nationals are at a loss as to why the Liberals are running a candidate against them in the seat of Euroa.LIBBY PRICE June 25, 2014 3:19am
The National Party leadership is at a loss to explain why the Liberal Party has broken a Coalition agreement not to stand candidates against each other by announcing it will run a Liberal candidate in the new electorate of Euroa in November’s state election.
Benalla physiotherapist Tony Schneider has emerged as the likely candidate for the Liberals. Mr Schneider is the current president of the Benalla branch of the Liberal Party.
Nationals leader and Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said he had not been consulted about the three-cornered contest and was deeply disappointed with the Liberal Party.
‘‘We (the Nationals) didn’t even discuss standing a candidate at Eildon against the Liberals’ Cindy McLeish. You have an agreement. Good friends have disagreements, but this is nonsensical,’’ Mr Ryan said.
In 2008 Mr Ryan made a Coalition agreement with then Liberal leader Ted Baillieu which included not standing candidates against each other in three-cornered contests unless otherwise agreed.
This will pit the Liberal candidate against the Nationals’ 28-year-old Steph Ryan, a former journalist and adviser to Agriculture and Water Minister Peter Walsh. She also worked as an adviser to Nationals leader Peter Ryan and former premier Ted Baillieu.
For full story see this week’s Ensign.
A-grade women's Ladder-leader Echuca-Moama has been unable to shake off a dogged Shepparton Youth Club challenge and has had to settle for a draw in their Goulburn Valley Hockey Association clash.
In a surprise announcement this morning the Burramine Sports Club has said there will be no Burramine Gift in 2015.
The Tatura and district Catholic community will celebrate the 51st staging of the Feast of St Donato on Saturday, August 2.
Emmett McEwan has the title of being first born in the new Echuca hospital after his quick arrival on Monday.
Rochester businesses will be without power for an extended period this Thursday.
Resident celebrates 90 birthday with surprise party.
Swans senior football side always in control despite narrow margin.
Despite being scheduled to play at home this Saturday, Finley footballers and netballers will instead make the trip to Blighty.
Axedale's new platypus sculpture will be revealed on Saturday.
Barooga Lions Club's stalwart of deb balls calls it a day after 17 years of service.
Jake and Todd Marshall led Deniliquin's thirds to an important victory over fellow finals hopeful Finley on Saturday.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
Devenish dog breeder Pam Gregg takes out Best in Show with labrador retriever, Charlie
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