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…


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…


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…


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…


2AY Breakfast

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.

ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga

North East Victorian businesses are worried they will not be able to financially recover if the state’s COVID-19 restrictions tighten. Stage three restrictions are now in effect across huge parts of Melbourne’s north and west. Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie says regional Victorians should not be penalised for the COVID spike in isolated parts…


hit91.9 Bendigo

Nationals Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie has criticised Queensland and South Australia for banning all Victorian visitors once their borders reopen this month. She says it is unfair that country people are being tarred with Melbourne’s brush.

The Weekly Times – McKenzie: Coronavirus restrictions are unfair on regional Victorians

Regional Victorians are being unfairly restricted by state governments due to a coronavirus outbreak made in Melbourne, Bridget McKenzie says. By ALEX SINNOTT, The Weekly Times July 1, 2020 1:59pm REGIONAL Victoria should not be penalised for the Melbourne coronavirus outbreak, former agriculture minister Bridget McKenzie says. The National Party senator criticised interstate leaders for…