Evidence shows Zebra Chip disease will cripple local potato industry

 The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee has heard the proposed importation of fresh New Zealand potatoes, potentially infested with Zebra Chip disease, would ravage an industry already under significant pressure.   In Canberra for the Senate inquiry, the Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie heard from Victorian potato growers who painted…

Families in Bendigo will pay more because of Labor’s Budget update

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said families in Bendigo are paying a high price for Labor’s budget mismanagement. “The Gillard Government has used the release of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook as yet another chance to tax local families to pay for the government’s reckless waste and spending. “Families are still recovering…

Senator questions federal funding for failed Year of the Farmer

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie last night questioned the recently announced cancellation of many Year of the Farmer activities at Senate Estimates in Canberra. “The Innovation and Technology Expo in Melbourne in December was the cornerstone event on the Year of the Farmer calendar,” Senator McKenzie said. “Now it appears the organisers of…