9 days out from the carbon tax and government has no idea

The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said nine days out from the world’s biggest carbon tax the government has no answers for central Victoria.   Senator McKenzie used Question Time yesterday to push for government plans on the Regional Structural Adjustment Assistance program compensation, but it couldn’t confirm financial support.   “Modelling by Deloitte…

Coalition visits regional volunteers

The Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie has hosted Senator Mitch Fifield, Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Carers and the Voluntary Sector in central Victoria. The Senators visited the not-for-profit volunteer organisation Our Place in Eaglehawk. Senator McKenzie said regional Victorians were passionate volunteers, and the people of Greater Bendigo were no exception. “From local sporting…

Senate Committee hears health system failing regional Victorians

The Senate Community Affairs Committee has heard this week that the Labor Government’s healthcare ranking system was failing regional Victorians. In Albury for a parliamentary inquiry into rural health services, industry leaders told the committee including The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie, the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) system was flawed.…

Revised MDBP fails northern Victoria

Major agricultural industries across northern Victoria could be pushed over the edge, under the Gillard Government’s revised, yet virtually unchanged Murray Darling Basin Plan.   The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said small dairying communities and Sunraysia’s horticultural sector would be extremely vulnerable to the final Basin Plan.   “These industries are the lifeblood…

MDBA fails fundamental Q&A

The Murray Darling Basin Authority has failed to answer fundamental questions surrounding Victoria’s future food and social economic security.   The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie directly asked a Senate estimates hearing if the MDBA had taken enough water out of Victoria, and was given an indeterminate no.   “This answer is in stark…