ABC Radio National with Fran Kelly: Australia Post Cartier watch scandal set to flare at Senate Inquiry

Former Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate will be the star witness at a Senate Inquiry into the purchase of luxury Cartier watches for executives who landed a lucrative deal for regional post offices. Senator McKenzie speaks to Radio National’s Fran Kelly about the inquiry including the watches gifted to senior executives that “pale into insignificance”…

Sky News AM Agenda: Agriculture labour shortage, benefits of coal mining and why Australia Post must prioritise the regions

Joining Sky News’ Laura Jayes on AM Agenda to discuss the plight of our agricultural industries from fruit growers to abattoirs from the shortage of labour. While the NSW government today threw a lifeline in offering to foot half the quarantine cost for overseas farm workers, the Victorian Labor government’s dragged the chain to the…

ABC News 24 – Afternoon Briefing: Nationals Women’s Safety Summit and Australia Post CEO’s legacy in the regions

Joining Matt Wordsworth on ABC News Afternoon Briefing, welcoming the National Women’s Safety Summit to be held in late July to tackle domestic violence and providing economic empowerment and safety of women and children. Also discussing how, despite the Cartier controversy, former Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate championed rural and regional licensed post offices, delivering…

Sky News Afternoon Agenda: How The Nats Tripled Female Representation Without Quotas and more

Great to catch up with Sky News’ Kieran Gilbert to talk about the government’s latest ministerial reshuffle and boost in female representation around the cabinet table; why the Nationals advocate against quotas having tripled female representation without them; and the Nats work with industry in the Hunter region focusing on manufacturing, jobs and opportunities. Watch…

WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN: Recruiting the ‘backbone’ of the community in rural and regional towns

Caption: Susan McDonald, Michelle Landry, Kay Hull, Bridget McKenzie, Anne Webster and Perrin Davey. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage New Nationals federal president Kay Hull is setting out to recruit the women who are the “backbone” of Australia’s rural and ­regional towns for parliament, as the junior Coalition partner’s growing number of female MPs…

AAP: Wool industry sheepish over North Korea

(*Watch Senator McKenzie question AWI CEO Stuart McCullough here.) BY Matt Coughlan Australian wool’s market research arm identified North Korea as a potential export option despite harsh trade sanctions against the oppressive dictatorship. Australian Wool Innovation, which is funded half through farmers’ levies and half by taxpayers, has come under fire for naming the rogue…

STOCK AND LAND: Wool industry reminded to beware trading with North Korea

(Watch the senate estimates exchange between Senator McKenzie and AWI CEO Stuart McCullough here.) By Chris McLennan Australia’s wool industry was given a slap on the wrist in Federal Parliament yesterday for inadvertently planning to breach trade sanctions against North Korea. Australian Wool Innovation chief executive officer Stuart McCullough came under tough questioning in a…

ABC RURAL: North Korea highlighted as emerging market by Australian Wool Innovation

(*Watch estimates exchange between Senator McKenzie and AWI CEO Stuart McCullough here.) By national rural reporter Kath Sullivan Australia’s major wool research and marketing body has been forced to back down after identifying North Korea as an emerging market for Australian producers in a strategic document. The taxpayer and farmer-funded Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) listed the rogue…