Senate recognises benefits of higher education reforms to regional students

The Australian senate today recognised greater education benefits for regional students as part of the Coalition Government's higher education reforms. A notice of motion by Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, highlighting these benefits was passed in the senate today. It called on the senate to recognise that further expansion to higher education access for…

Victorian farmers, health services and industry want end to carbon tax

Victoria's regional communities, industry and health services want the Australian parliament to respect their wishes and repeal the carbon tax, Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said today. Speaking on legislation to repeal the tax in the senate, Senator McKenzie said the Clean Energy Regulator found the carbon tax hit Victorians with $1.5 billion in additional costs…

Regional Victoria now leads the world in carbon fibre research

A new collaboration project between business, industry and Deakin University is a huge leap forward for Australia and it is all happening in regional Victoria at the University’s Waurn Ponds campus, according to Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie. Senator McKenzie was speaking after the official opening of Deakin University’s new pilot carbon fibre manufacturing line, Carbon…

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.…