DISAPPOINTING RESULT FOR SPC

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said yesterday’s Federal Cabinet decision not to back SPC Ardmona’s request for government support was disappointing for the company, its workers and the community. ‘‘SPC Ardmona’s request was for once-off support, not subsidisation. This would have been an investment in the future of the Goulburn Valley and Australian food…

AUSTRALIA DAY IN REGIONAL VICTORIA

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie says Australia Day is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the future of regional Australia. Senator McKenzie said with the mining boom receding, key future growth opportunities could be found in regional Australia. ‘‘Agribusiness, gas and tourism were recently identified by the Deloitte report ‘Positioning for Prosperity: Catching the…

Dairy stars in estimates

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie says the proposed front of pack labelling scheme developed under Labor does not give a true depiction of a product’s health benefits and is not based on evidence of behavioural change. During Senate estimates this week, Senator McKenzie’s questioning revealed the flawed application and assumptions of the front of…

HEARING REINFORCES NEED FOR EMERGENCY SAFEGUARDS

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said a Productivity Commission hearing held in Melbourne today as part of its inquiry into processed fruit imports reinforced the need for emergency safeguards.   Senator McKenzie attended the hearing, after making written submissions to the Commission earlier this year. Representatives from the City of Greater Shepparton and Member…