‘One size doesn’t fit all’: country MPs urge lockdown rethink By Tom Minear and Tamsin Rose Herald Sun (page 8) REGIONAL Victorian MPs are urging the state government to reconsider blanket stay-at-home restrictions on large parts of the state that have no coronavirus cases. From Thursday, country Victorians will only be allowed to leave home…Details
Virus-free towns swept up in lockdown By Richard Ferguson The Australian (page 4) 4 Aug 2020 It might only be a three-hour drive from Melbourne, but the town of Rutherglen, population 2109, is a world away from the coronavirus pandemonium. Indigo, where Rutherglen is located, is one of four Victorian local government areas not to…Details
Discussing Victoria’s Stage 3 restrictions and Melbourne’s tighter Stage 4 restrictions with Annelise Nielsen on SKY News Australia.
Wodonga-based Nationals Senate Leader Bridget McKenzie, says the hard border closure has made life more difficult for border residents. Senator McKenzie added checkpoints have done little to stop the spread of the virus in Sydney and Melbourne while the border bubble means people can’t visit family members or jobs they’ve held for years because they…Details
A new study has identified investment opportunities in Victoria’s agricultural, manufacturing, freight and logistic sectors arising from the operation of the Inland Rail. The biggest winners will be food processing, transport logistics and manufacturing facilities – a welcome boost to the future of Victoria’s economy. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional…Details
The Nationals Senate team has praised the Australian Government’s common sense decision not to appeal the Federal Court’s decision in Brett Cattle Company Pty Ltd v Minister for Agriculture  FCA 732. Attorney General Christian Porter tonight (July 22) confirmed the Australian Government would not appeal this decision. “The Nationals see the decision by Justice…Details
Regional Victorian communities demand an iron-clad assurance from the Victorian Premier that Melbourne and Mitchell Shire’s Restricted Area lockdown is being enforced. Nationals Senate Leader Bridget McKenzie said mayors from across northern Victorian border communities highlighted a range of issues the state border closure has caused for their communities. However, the most concerning matter facing…Details
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…Details
Closure was ‘baffling’, a ‘big mistake’ By Shana Morgan Border Mail (page 7) 10 Jul 2020 THE decision to make the “border bubble” 50 kilometres instead of 100 kilometres has been slammed by Senator Bridget McKenzie. The NSW government health order only refers to “Border community residents” being able to get permits; it does not say how far…Details
Here’s my chat with the 2AY Breakfast hosts Kylie King and Kev Poulton. We covered working with Pauline Hanson, the role of the Senate and Australia’s democracy, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann’s pending retirement, Victoria’s unfortunate Belt and Road Initiative with China and cybersecurity.