Senate Committee Report on Decentralisation flawed from the start

 The Labor dominated Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee’s report in to decentralisation has proven to be what everyone expected, a political excise with more holes than a Swiss cheese. National’s Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said the majority report is unbalanced, selectively quoting wide ranging views on complicated issues to give a skewed view…

Government supports while Labor Fails

National’s Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie today strongly supported the Federal Government move to establish its own inquiry into decentralisation following Labor’s discredited Senate hearing. “That Inquiry held only one hearing, in Townsville and rejected my calls for further regional hearings to give local councils and community groups the chance to make a submission. “Eighty-five…

Labor hypocrites on school funding

Federal Labor tried and failed to block the Government’s Gonski needs-based funding plan which passed in the House of Representatives tonight. National's Senator for Victoria, Senator McKenzie said the Government’s needs-based funding reforms had been endorsed by David Gonski himself and promoted initially by Labor when in Government with their largely un-funded Gonski model. “We’re…

More support for students and regional higher education

 National’s Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie says the Federal Government’s higher education reforms will “drive better outcomes” for both students and taxpayers, according throughout the state. Senator McKenzie said the reforms delivered on the Turnbull/Joyce Government’s commitment to higher education reforms that are fair, drive quality and excellence, were financially sustainable and ensured students had…

Record Federal Funding for Legal Assistance Sector

Senator Bridget McKenzie, Senator for Victoria, today welcomed the further injection of funding by the Coalition Government to the legal assistance sector as part of the 2017-18 budget.  The Turnbull Government will provide a further $55.7 million over the next three years to community legal centres ($39 million) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services ($16.7 million). “$1.73 billion is now…

Labor playing politics on decentralisation

 National’s Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie said today Labor’s refusal to hold more References Committee hearings into decentralising Commonwealth agencies and offices to regional areas, who are strongly backing the move, is another example of its bloody mindedness on the issue. “The Labor chaired Committee refused my request for more regional hearings including Armidale in…