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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Bendigo MP against same-sex marriage

   10 December 2011 NATIONALS MP Bridget McKenzie describes marriage “as between a man and a woman”. The Bendigo-based senator made the comments about marriage in the wake of the Labor party endorsing same-sex marriages. She said she was an advocate of removing discrimination against people because of sexual preference but fell short of endorsing…

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Certainty lacking in Murray Darling Basin Plan

  7 December 2011 To say Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone is disappointed following the release of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s draft environmental plan last week would be an understatement. Dr Stone said the plan showed, ‘‘they still do not understand what is needed for a sustainable environment without killing local water dependent economies’’.…

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Senator visits Rochester farm

  6 December 2011 A tomato farm in Rochester was one of the farms in the Murray-Darling Basin region to receive a visit from opposition water spokesperson Senator Barnaby Joyce last week, as part of a three-day trip to talk to farmers following the release of the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Senator Joyce said he…

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Early Christmas present

  28 November 2011 Warracknabeal families have received an early Christmas gift with news that Federal Government could soon reinstate slashed Take-a-Break funding. Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has expressed her delight with an “about-face” from the Gillard Government to restore funding for Victoria’s occasional childcare services. Labor joined with the Coalition, Greens and…

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