NORTHERN STAR: Hogan upbeat as Nationals Senate team visits the region

Pic source: Northern Star. (From left) Senator John Williams, Senator Bridget McKenzie, MP Kevin Hogan, Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash, Senator Nigel Scullion, and Senator Matt Canavan outside Kevin Hogan's office while visiting the region. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/hogan-upbeat-nationals-senate-team-visit-region/2792033/ PAGE MP Kevin Hogan has said he is upbeat about the…

CENTRE FOR NANOSCALE BIOPHOTONICS: Then The Cells Light Up

http://www.cnbp.org.au/-/cnbp/lib/percontent/pdfs/Media%20Release_CNBP%20RMIT%20launch_FINAL.pdf Senator Bridget McKenzie, Martin Bean CBE, Vice Chancellor and President of RMIT University, and Professor Calum Drummond, RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, will jointly open the RMIT Research Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) at a formal event later today. It is here, in a new…

AUSTRALIAN: Nationals urge action to close access gap for regional students

Pic source: Australian http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/nationals-urge-action-to-close-access-gap-for-regional-students/story-e6frgcjx-1227539188834?sv=a1684b3035b080df66f8fb859162e700 BY Kylar Loussikian The federal government has moved to consider additional measures to close a higher education access gap between metropolitan and regional students. The Nationals have urged new Education Minister Simon Birmingham to work with Social Services Minister Christian Porter to investigate a way to support students presently using other…

ABC AM: Why is the ‘Effects Test’ causing so much heartburn for businesses large and small?

Pic source: australiansmallbusiness.com.au MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: The Nationals say support for the so-called “effects test” was also secured from the new Prime Minister. As we revealed on AM yesterday, the Council of Small Business Australia says it believes both Tony Abbott and now Malcolm Turnbull have succumbed to pressure from big business to shelve the reform.…

ABC BUSINESS: Meat processors under fire as beef farmers complain of exploitation

Pic source: ampc.com.au http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-14/beef-farmers-complain-of-exploitation/6772790 BY finance reporter Elysse Morgan The meat processing industry is coming under fire for the way the big players treat farmers. Takeovers and mergers have led to a massive concentration in the meat processing industry and sheep and beef producers say they are being exploited, with evidence meat processors use heavy…

WEEKLY TIMES: Collusion hard to pin down

http://m.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/saleyard-collusion-hard-to-prove-according-to-red-meat-senate-inquiry/story-fnkeqfxg-1227519071346 BY Fiona Myers ALLEGATIONS of collusion are rife in the meat industry, but finding proof is almost impossible, according to the red-meat Senate inquiry. Anecdotal evidence of collusion was presented at a Senate inquiry into the red-meat sector in Albury last week. One came from Mudgegona producer Julian Carroll, who spoke of a single…

DUBBO DAILY LIBERAL: Education equality – Uni fees deterring students

http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/3330898/education-equality-uni-fees-deterring-students/?cs=112 BY Jennifer Hoar REGIONAL communities, as well as students and parents, are suffering at the hands of a university system where high costs force country students to choose between staying at home or gaining a higher education, according to federal National party senator Bridget McKenzie. Possible solutions, raised at recent Regional Higher Education Forums,…

WANGARATTA CHRONICLE: Beef farmers fed up

http://wangarattachronicle.com.au/2015/09/07/beef-farmers-fed-up/ BY Shane Douthie THE public hearing of the Senate inquiry into the meat processing reaffirmed to Senator Bridget McKenzie why she was one of its main instigators in the first place. “This issue has resonated throughout North East Victoria,” Senator McKenzie said. “The strong community turnout at Albury really impressed the panel and it…

NFF: China-Australia FTA great for Australian jobs, industry groups say

http://www.nff.org.au/read/5047/china-australia-fta-great-for-australian.html AUSTRALIA risks missing out on a surge in jobs and export opportunities if the Parliament delays approving the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), prompting three major industry groups to today launch a national campaign to inform the public on the benefits of the landmark deal. The campaign by the National Farmers' Federation, the Minerals…