Govt fails to answer NBN consultation questions, refers to cuddly koalas instead

The Government has failed to answer questions on community consultation for NBN towers in two regional Victorian communities during Senate Question Time today, the Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said. The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy was at a complete loss when questioned about proposed sites at Buninyong and…

Senate considers Murray Darling Basin sustainable diversion limits

Bridget McKenzie, The Nationals Senator for Victoria, has used parliamentary debate into long term sustainable diversion limits within the Murray Darling Basin to highlight the need for recognition of the impact on communities and industries in northern Victoria of the forthcoming Murray Darling Basin Plan.   The Senate’s Environment and Communications Committee tabled a report…

Coalition Online Safety Working Group launches Discussion Paper

 The Coalition Online Safety Working Group has today released its Discussion Paper on Online Safety for Children and is seeking input from parents, schools, young people and industry.   As Victoria’s representative on the Working Group, The Nationals for Victoria Senator Bridget McKenzie said community feedback was vital in the development of effective national policy.…

Environment lawyers skirt flooding liability question at MDBP hearing

 The Australian Network of Environmental Defender’s Offices have skirted around the issue of environmental watering at a Senate inquiry into two amendments to the Water Act to implement the Murray Darling Basin Plan.   Following questioning by The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie in Canberra today, the EDO repeatedly avoided stating who is liable…

Coalition calls for community to join its Green Army

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie is calling on central Victorians to join the Coalition’s Green Army and submit ideas for worthwhile environmental projects. Through the Coalition’s Environmental Plan, a Green Army of 15,000 young Australians will take on environmental projects to clean up their local community. “The Coalition has a strong track record…