Simon Crean – out of touch with the regions

Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie listened in amazement in Bendigo this morning as the Federal Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, Simon Crean spoke about new opportunities for economic diversification across the Murray Darling Basin. “He said that the Gillard Government is “determined to deliver the reforms for a healthy, working basin,”…

Have your say on telecommunications, says Senator McKenzie

Phone and internet users throughout regional Victoria have been given an extra opportunity to have their say on the telecommunications their area needs, Bridget McKenzie, Nationals Senator for Victoria, said today. The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (RTIRC) is conducting a review into the adequacy of telecommunications, with particular attention to what consumers need to…

About face by ALP on occasional child care

Senator Bridget McKenzie, Nationals Senator for Victoria, today expressed delight with an about-face from the Gillard Government to restore funding for Victoria’s occasional childcare services. Yesterday Labor joined with the Coalition, Greens and Independents to support a motion calling for the reinstatement of $12m in Australian Government support for occasional care. Senator McKenzie was particularly…

This Government does not understand the Goulburn Valley

“The Labor Government is out of touch and disconnected with the impact that Australia’s new carbon tax will have on horticulture industries, production and industry development in the Goulburn Valley and its promised assistance package of $200 million will be well short of what’s required,” according to Nationals Senator, Bridget McKenzie. Senator McKenzie questioned the…