McKenzie reminds regional students that relocation assistance is available

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie is reminding students from regional and rural communities who receive Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY that Relocation Scholarships worth more than $4,000 are now available. Senator McKenzie said Relocation Scholarships supported eligible students who move from a regional area to a city for study. “The Nationals are strong advocates…

Letter to Editor – Labor must end uncertainty over higher ed reforms

Pic source: studyadelaide.com   Dear Editor,  Opinion on the Abbott-Truss Government’s higher education reforms has gone up a notch as critics anticipate the legislation’s reintroduction to parliament next month.  But as they preach how the uncertainty is affecting students and the sector, they fail to acknowledge that their own Labor-Greens camps have caused the current…

Rejection of higher education reforms bill would be blow to students, universities

Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie thanked those crossbench senators who negotiated amendments to the higher education reforms legislation, that complement the government’s commitment to ensuring a quality education is accessible to more students, especially those from disadvantaged and regional backgrounds.  “In doing so, these senators were responding to feedback from universities, students and other stakeholders that…

Character test for Daniel Andrews – ditch the unions

The Victorian Labor Party led by Daniel Andrews was today, in the Australian senate, challenged to sever ties with corrupt unions and their slush funds.  Victorian-based Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie today in Question Time asked Employment Minister, Eric Abetz, about the federal government's legislation to ensure transparency to the governance of trade unions and so-called…

$30m drought assistance for Victoria shows benefits of Nationals in Government

A $30 million drought concessional loan package for Victoria announced today shows the benefits of a strong Nationals presence in government at all levels, according to Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie. “The deal reached between Nationals federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Nationals Victorian Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh will help Victorian…

Victoria’s farmers, education and other industries to benefit from China FTA

“This is truly a free trade agreement. Australian dairy has been a leading commodity in the negotiations with China; we have campaigned long and hard for a positive outcome and are thrilled to see this come to fruition.” “The ADIC (Australian Dairy Industry Council) thanked Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb, the Australian government,…