Opinion Editorial – Protection for the regions crucial to any net-zero emissions deals (As seen in The Australian)

Three major industry bodies, which have been allies during the decade-long climate debate, have recently backflipped to support net-zero emissions by 2050. Interestingly, they have collectively recognised that the real impact of decarbonising our economy will be felt most acutely in regional Australia. The Business Council of Australia, National Farmers Federation and the Minerals Council…

Opinion Editorial – It’s easy being green in Kooyong or Wentworth (As seen in the Australian Financial Review)

It is fashionable for the commentariat to try to frame the Nationals as anti-environmentalist energy dinosaurs – the last political party holding out against a tide of public opinion wanting to embrace an economy not reliant on fossil fuels. The truth is much more prosaic. First, as people from the regions we care for the…

Premier Andrews’ stubborn one-size-fits-all mindset a hurtful insult to Regional Victoria

Nationals Senate Leader and Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has condemned Victoria’s one-size-fits-all plan to re-open regional Victoria. Senator McKenzie has strongly implored Premier Daniel Andrews to show some empathy for COVID-19 free rural and regional Victorians who have suffered untold financial and emotional damage during his extended forced restrictions. “From the start of this…

NSW-Vic border closure: One size doesn’t fit all

Simplified cross-border access for farmers, freight operators and local communities need to be maintained, argues Bridget McKenzie. BRIDGET McKENZIE, The Weekly Times July 13, 2020 THERE would be few people who don’t feel genuine concern for Melbourne and agree closing off affected COVID-19 areas is the right move. Isolated outbreaks require swift, decisive action on…