SUPPORTING REGIONAL VICTORIAN SMALL BUSINESSES

A second generation North East Victoria winemaker says new financing options outlined by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is welcome and timely. Minister for Regional Services and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the creation of the $2 billion Australia Business Securitisation Fund would enable greater access to finance for small businesses when they needed it.  The Minister said the announcement that the…

Consultation period complete for VAST service review

The Minister for Regional Communications, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, has welcomed the the progress of the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service review and the number of submissions received through the consultation process. The review is considering the effectiveness of the current VAST service and looking for efficiencies to deliver free-to-air television and radio…

Improved benefits for regional Australia in private health insurance reforms

Private health insurance will be more attractive for people living in rural and regional areas as a result of Coalition Government reforms that will allow insurers to offer travel and accommodation benefits under private health insurance hospital cover. These new arrangements will allow private health insurers to support customers living in country areas who need…

Tackling our unhealthy consumption of salt, sugars and saturated fat

The Coalition Government is taking decisive action to reduce the unhealthy levels of salt, sugar and saturated fat in the diets of many Australians. The Minister for Rural Health, Senator Bridget McKenzie, said the government-funded Healthy Food Partnership has begun a nationwide consultation process on the proposed Healthy Food Partnership Reformulation Program. “The latest available…

Research into lifestyle related chronic conditionsgiven funding injection

The Coalition Government has today announced funding of $7.7 million for the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre to further research into how Australians’ lifestyles contribute to chronic conditions and how to prevent them. The Centre founded in 2013, is dedicated to identifying new ways of understanding what does and doesn’t work to prevent lifestyle-related chronic health…