Red tape strangling regional childcare centres, Senate inquiry hears

A Senate Committee inquiry into childcare has heard damning evidence on the disastrous impact which new regulations brought in by the Gillard/Rudd Governments are having on the operation of childcare centres in regional Australia, according to committee member and Victorian Nationals Senator, Bridget McKenzie. “The Labor reforms were intended to raise standards, but it is…

REPORT RECOMMENDS RISK ANALYSIS FOR POTATO IMPORTS

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has welcomed the recommendations made by the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee regarding the importation of potatoes from New Zealand. The report recommends that before potatoes are imported from New Zealand an Import Risk Analysis should be conducted, which should consider scientific research into disease…

SEND SHANE TO CANBERRA

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has condemned Labor and the Greens for voting against the repeal of Mining Rent Resources Tax in the Senate this week saying the vote highlighted the need for a strong regional Western Australian presence in the Senate. ‘‘This is an anti-Western-Australian tax that has not worked,’’ Senator McKenzie said.…

APPLICATIONS FOR YOUNG LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP NOW OPEN

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie is encouraging young regional Victorians undertaking tertiary studies to apply for The Nationals Young Leaders scholarship. Senator McKenzie said the Nationals were proud to support regional students to pursue tertiary study and develop leadership qualities, especially those committed to the development of regional Victoria. “I would encourage all school-leavers…