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18 November, 2015
THE LAND: Farm assets cut from means test
Pic source: farmonline.com.au BY Colin Bettles FARM assets will be cut from the Youth Allowance asset test from January 1 next year, delivering great news for farming families while boosting regional education, says Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie. Starting next year, the Family... Read more
18 November, 2015
ABC RURAL: Saleyard operator tells Senate Inquiry it knew Teys would boycott first Wodonga sale
Pic source: ABC Rural (Warwick Long) BY Warwick Long The operator of the new Wodonga Saleyards, knew at least one major meat processor was going to boycott its first prime sale, months before the sale occurred. At the opening of the new multi-million dollar saleyard complex at Barnawartha ne... Read more
17 November, 2015
ABC RURAL: Australian Meat Industry Council gets a grilling at Senate meat processing inquiry
Pic source: meatprojects.com.au BY Anna Vidot The Australian Meat Industry Council has fronted a Senate inquiry in Canberra to defend processors against claims of collusion and anti-competitive behaviour. The Senate's Rural Affairs committee is investigating the red meat processing industry,... Read more
17 November, 2015
AAP: Red meat Senate inquiry told of collusion
Pic source: ampc.com.au The chairman of Australia's peak red meat industry body insists he has no knowledge of collusion among buyers and sellers of livestock. David Larkin from the Australian Meat Industry Council told a Senate inquiry into the sector on Tuesday that he has never heard of c... Read more
16 November, 2015
SWAN HILL GUARDIAN: Changes to 'illogical' test a win for country kids
Pic source: ncsehe.edu.au BY Kate Thorburn COUNTRY students considered asset-rich but cash-poor are able to access youth allowance for the first time, after the eligibility test for the financial assistance program was loosened. A bill was passed in Canberra last week excluding farms and trus... Read more
16 November, 2015
DUBBO DAILY LIBERAL: Time for education equality is now
Pic source: studiesinaustralia.com THE federal government needs to act quickly to address barriers facing rural and regional students, according to National party senator Bridget McKenzie. Last week saw the government pass changes to Youth Allowance eligibility, including removing the Family A... Read more
13 November, 2015
THE AUSTRALIAN: Youth Allowance access widened as means, asset tests eased
Pic source: uwa.edu.au BY Andrew Trounson Access to Youth Allowance student support payments will be widened by new legislation dropping two asset tests at a cost to the budget of $263 million over four years. The measure will particularly benefit regional families who often face higher co... Read more
12 November, 2015
ABC RURAL: Parents celebrate as Parliament signs off on Youth Allowance changes to make university more accessible for country kids
Pic: ICPA members celebrate youth allowance changes. Source: ICPA/ABC Rural     BY Anna Vidot The Federal Parliament has signed off on changes to Youth Allowance that will make it easier for rural and remote students to go to university. The Family Actual Means Test and F... Read more
05 November, 2015
THE GUARDIAN: Gambling laws: government should impose national tax, says senator
Pic source: dss.gov.au BY Katharine Murphy The federal government should impose a new national gaming tax and prohibit Australians from gambling with foreign operators through “banking and other tools”, Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie has said. The Victorian backbench senator,... Read more
04 November, 2015
Will Female Foodies be the Future of Australia’s Economy?
•Women are driving the creation of digital technology in the food industry •Australia’s Food industry is more valuable than mining •Huge potential for economic growth: technology start-ups could add $100 billion to Australia’s GDP* Hackfood 2015 Liz Kaelin, Moni... Read more
30 October, 2015
ABC Radio National Breakfast: Regional politicians react with anger to ABC changes to regional radio
Politicians in the bush have reacted with anger to changes to ABC regional radio programs. The ABC will cut two-thirds of its local radio news bulletins in regional areas, and there will be changes to long standing 'morning' programs. Instead, a new feature program will be introduced&mdash... Read more
26 October, 2015
WANGARATTA CHRONICLE: Probing alleged boycott
Pic source: meatprojects.com.au BY Jamie Kronborg AUSTRALIAN Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Simms has admitted his agency is no closer to determining if any action is warranted against buyers who allegedly participated in the so-called 'Barnawartha boycott' of a February cattle s... Read more
24 October, 2015
NEWS.COM.AU: Victorian Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie on Australian gun control
Pic source: news.com.au http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/victorian-nationals-senator-bridget-mckenzie-on-australian-gun-control/story-fnpjxnlk-1227580961935 BRIDGET McKenzie wears her engraved Beretta over a shoulder and looks an elegant version of that American creation, the “... Read more
20 October, 2015
ABC PM: Autistic children home-schooled because of a lack of school places
Pic source: australiancurriculumlessons.com.au DAVID MARK: Disability advocates say autistic children are being turned away from mainstream schools because they lack specialised support. As a result, families with autistic children say they're being forced to home-school their kids. Many ... Read more
14 October, 2015
WEEKLY TIMES: Housing cost is uni hurdle for country kids
Pic: Senator McKenzie listening to student concerns at a recent regional forum in Tasmania, hosted by Member for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson. http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/housing-cost-is-uni-hurdle-for-country-kids/story-fnkfnspy-1227567711579 BY Natalie Kotsios FROM parents t... Read more
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