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…

Regional Victorians should not pay price for careless behaviour of a few Melbournians

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie says regional Victorians should not be penalised because of COVID-19 spikes in isolated parts of Melbourne. Senator McKenzie encouraged Victorians not living in Stage 3 Stay at Home restricted postcode areas and the rest of Australia to support regional businesses and tourist operators by visiting and holidaying in regional…

Letter to Editor: Media law reform debate needs strong regional advocates

In ‘Nationals accused of ‘Stalinist’ approach over local content rules’ (AFR, January 18), a nameless television executive asked what the Nationals were smoking.  We smoke regional-centric bias like it’s free, legal and our job. I am disappointed when television executives cannot recognise rural and regional advocacy when presented to them. Are we on drugs because…