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…

A tax to make people poorer in a degraded environment

Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie has welcomed changes to Round 2 Regional Development Australia Funding criteria and is encouraging the department to distribute money fairly to projects throughout all of regional Victoria. “The criteria for the new application forms has been finalised and I welcome the improvements. The department has completely re-written the guidelines and…

Regional Structural Assistance Package not enough for regions

During Question time today in the Senate, the Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, asked Minister Wong about the socio-economic impact of the of the Gillard Government’s carbon tax on regional communities. “Can the Minister confirm what modelling has been undertaken by the Government to ensure that the $200 million allocated to the Regional Structural…