Coalition tackles cyber safety in Bendigo

  CYBER safety was in the spotlight this week. The Coalition Online Safety Working Group visited Bendigo on Thursday to hear from primary and secondary students, education and sports officials, and representatives from the justice system. Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie said technology was evolving rapidly and it was essential that effective policy was…

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Nationals eye Bendigo’s federal seat

  14 May 2012 SENIOR National politicians have pitched their case to win Bendigo’s federal political seat. Federal Nationals leader Warren Truss addressed the party’s state conference in Bendigo on Saturday. He said “Bendigo deserves better” and vowed to fight hard to win the city’s federal seat at the next election. Mr Truss praised Bendigo…

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Senator meets with exporters

  “UNBELIEVABLE” fee hikes are forcing small exporters out of business, the owners of a Northern Rivers nursery have told Federal Nationals leader Warren Truss. Mr Truss spent yesterday afternoon at Ellison Horticultural at Rous, near Alstonville. Owners David and Rhonda LeBrocque told him some of their costs for exporting registrations and certificates (required by…

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Senators urge action on ag skills shortage

THREE coalition senators have moved that the Labor government be more proactive in addressing the worsening shortage of agriculture graduates and skilled workers. Senators Fiona Nash, Chris Back and Bridget McKenzie introduced the motion that was supported by the Greens and Independent senators. “But Labor senators bizarrely opposed the motion that seeks to reverse a…

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Coalition tours Thales

  6 March 2012 FEDERAL Liberal leader Tony Abbott fell short of guaranteeing defence contracts for Thales during a visit to Bendigo yesterday. Mr Abbott toured the defence manufacturer’s facilities and announced a veterans’ affairs policy during his Bendigo trip. He ridiculed the government for failing to give Thales a contract earlier this year, a…

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Senator challenges cattle grazing inconsistencies

  Nationals Victorian Senator, Bridget McKenzie, is accusing the Federal Government of inconsistency on alpine cattle grazing. Last year the Victorian Government reintroduced grazing in the Alpine National Park in a trial to see if it reduced fire fuel loads. But earlier this year Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, stepped in and stopped the trial.…

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Lower numbers at MDBA Mildura

TODAY’S Murray Darling Basin Authority public forum in Mildura has run over time. MDBA chairman Craig Knowles and Federal Water Minister Tony Burke agreed to stay back after the scheduled finishing time of 5pm to continue discussions with local irrigators and community representatives. With seating available for 800, the venue was about half full at…

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