Deputy Premier’s commitment for Cross Border re-set a significant step forward

Wodonga-based Nationals Senate Leader Bridget McKenzie says the call by NSW Nationals Leader and Deputy Premier John Barilaro for the border permit system to be dismantled is right. The Nationals are putting rural and regional communities first. “Like Barra today, The Nationals have been very vocal in our calls for a practical approach to allow…

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Victoria’s agriculture sector to benefit from Inland Rail project

Inland Rail good for farming Country News (page 20) 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, which MPs say will be a welcome boost to the future…

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‘We’ve got to speak up’

Echuca-Moama worse off than Melbourne lockdown By Anna McGuinness Senator says border rules are unfair on residents and businesses CAMPASPE residents are experiencing worse impacts from the border closure than people in lockdown in Melbourne, according to Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie. In a visit to Echuca last Thursday, Senator McKenzie said she had written…

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Nationals MPs call on Andrews Government to reconsider regional Victorian lockdown rules

‘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…

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Inland Rail supporting Victoria’s Future Supply Chains

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…

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Live cattle industry vindicated – Government will not appeal Federal Court Live Export decision

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 [2020] 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…

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Regional Victorians need assurance Premier is serious about enforcing Melbourne lockdown

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…

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