Media release: Water Act improvements deliver greater certainty for Victoria

Pic source: murrayriver.com.au The Australian Government today introduced the Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Bill 2015 to reduce red tape and ensure the Water Act 2007 more effectively supports the delivery of the Murray–Darling Basin Plan. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie said the…

Letter to Editor: Liberal-Nationals deliver improved foreign ownership scrutiny

Pic source: econews.com.au Dear Editor, Victorians will welcome the passage of legislation in parliament this week that will ensure a better oversight of foreign purchases of agricultural land. It formalises a new register of foreign ownership of agricultural land, and lowers the screening thresholds for foreign purchases of agricultural land and agribusiness by private investors…

Where is our wi-fi?

Caption: Senator McKenzie and Member for Euroa, Steph Ryan, looking for Wi-Fi service at Seymour train station. Commuters along the Seymour-Melbourne train line are wondering where their wi-fi is. Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said wi-fi on the line had been committed by the previous Coalition Government in April…

Media release: Youth allowance changes to give regional students, families better support

Pic source: uow.edu.au “For decades farming families have experienced unfairness in having their farm counted as an asset in their assessment for Youth Allowance. The Family Assets Test and the Family Actual Means Test, from January 1 2016, will be removed from the Youth Allowance Personal Test. This will give rural and regional families better…

Media release: Consultations start on new Murray-Darling Basin on-farm water savings program

Pic source: www.mdba.gov.au The Liberal-National Coalition Government is calling on irrigators, industry and potential delivery agencies to have their say on the design of a new on-farm irrigation efficiency program. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, said the Commonwealth On-Farm Further Irrigation Efficiency (COFFIE) program was…

$500,000 now available for Victorian pest and weed projects under Ag White Paper

The Australian Government will provide $500,000 to drought affected Victorian councils for projects to control rabbit and weed infestations on country roadsides, in line with its commitment under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, and Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, said the Australian Government would top-up the…

Media release: Trade, export benefits for regional Victoria

Pic source: namag.com.au Farmers and agribusiness learned how they can directly benefit from major trade agreements in North Asia and the Asia-Pacific at seminars hosted by Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie during the Elmore Field Days. The seminars included an address by the Assistant Minister for Trade and Investment, Senator Richard Colbeck, followed by an interactive…

Media release: Labor hysteria over guns unhelpful and insulting

Pic source: Sporting Shooters Association of Australia Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, called on Labor to allow the National Firearms Agreement review to take place without stirring up unnecessary hysteria. Senator McKenzie dismissed calls by Labor's justice spokeperson, Graham Perrett, to ban the importation of a new Adler lever-action firearm that meets current requirements.…