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…

World Mental Health Day 2012

The Nationals Senator for Victoria and Patron Senator for Bendigo Bridget McKenzie is encouraging central Victorians to acknowledge World Mental Health Day this Wednesday, October 10.   “World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health issues in our community,” Senator McKenzie said.    “Mental illness is Australia’s most prevalent health…

Op shop week and Govt Bills – Local charities need more support

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has called for greater support for charities and not-for-profits, as the Government prepares to implement heavy-handed reforms to the sector.   The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Bills establish a new national regulator and regulatory framework, new reporting requirements and new enforcement powers.   “The Bills will increase…