Apple imports live up to dangerous expectations — McKenzie

Today’s news that an Australia-bound apple consignment contained disease threats shows the Australian Government should have heeded warnings from Victoria’s apple and pear growers. The Nationals’ Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, said this after news broke that a consignment of New Zealand apples contained leaf trash and a leaf curling midge. “The Federal Government and…

Apology wanted

Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie has slammed Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan for politicising the state public service and issuing misleading news releases. For clarification, Senator McKenzie did not attend the opening of the Department of Premier and Cabinet office yesterday, nor as the Premier confirmed were any local MPs invited. “The only one misleading Bendigo…

Regional Victoria the winner

The Nationals Senate Leader and Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water, Senator Barnaby Joyce has commended the initiative of the recently sworn-in Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie in establishing her electorate office in regional Victoria. He made the comment in Bendigo when opening Senator McKenzie’s electorate office. He told around 70 guests that…

Fight to save Victorian apple and pear industry

Double standards in quarantine arrangements threaten the viability of Victoria’s apple and pear industry. The Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie met industry representatives in Canberra today to hear their concerns over Biosecurity Australia’s recent decision to allow New Zealand apples into Australia without quarantine restriction. “Our border security has been sacrificed to New Zealand…